Recalls happen. It’s part of owning a car: they go through a complex manufacturing process and sometimes, something goes wrong. Usually it’s nothing life-threatening, and the manufacturer just wants to ensure the car functions properly. After all, you’ve paid them thousands of dollars for an operational vehicle – plus, you’re paying hundreds of dollars in auto insurance, and what feels like millions of dollars in gas…
But it’s not just everyday cars on the street that get recalls. More often than not, luxury vehicles get recalled as well…some of them for very dangerous problems.
#5) The 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost
Apparently it’s something of a tradition that BMW, every few years, will sell you a car that will have something minor go wrong and it will suddenly light on fire. Take the Rolls Royce Ghost, a classic car for an upper-crust proper British chap. What wasn’t proper was a circuit board, which could fail and, in extreme cases, light the water pump on fire.
The average price for the vehicle? Over $200,000. For the "basic" package. Fortunately, only 600 of them had to be recalled. BMW barely noticed amid the 32,000 sports cars they had to recall for the same problem, since two cars had caught fire under the hood thanks to the defect.
#4) The 2012 BMW 5 and 6-Series
BMW, of course, learned its lesson and never had that problem again. By "that problem," we mean a circuit board under the hood. Now, a flawed battery connector in the trunk lighting the car on fire, that’s another matter entirely, and it affected even more cars: 36,000 of them.
The 5 Series starts at $43,000, while the 6 will set you back at least $73,000. At that money, all that fine German engineering, and nobody thought to try and solve this whole "catches on fire" problem?
#3) The 2008 Mercedes M-Class
The M-Class is, of course, a fine SUV from a respected name in engineering. They produce only the finest automobiles. Which is why if the Mercedes is going to kill you, it’s not going to fool around: it’s going to disable the steering by having a small pin break and completely disable the gears in the steering column
Starting at $46,000, you’d think they could afford better pins! But they shouldn’t worry. This only affected 577 Mercedes. … unlike Toyota and their high end Lexus brand.
#2) The 2004 to 2006 Lexus
It’s a simple problem: a pulley becomes misaligned on the crankshaft. But it can lead to big problems; as Toyota politely puts it, if this happened, and fortunately it didn’t, you may have experienced "increased steering difficulty."
This affected over a hundred thousand cars, but BMW shouldn’t look too smug: Toyota didn’t light anybody’s car on fire. The same cannot be said, however, for Porsche.
#1) The Porsche Carrera S
If you bought a Porsche manufactured between October 26th of last year and January 24th of this year: bad news. Your fuel lines could get disconnected, which in the best case scenario could stall your car and in the worst case…er…light it on fire.
$100,000 seems an awful lot to pay for having your car catch on fire on the road, but what do we know? We drive a Camry.