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Average Running Costs For Australias 4WD Vehicles

By Rita Bonivento on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Over and above the purchase price of your car, just how much money are you committing to servicing and fuel every year?

From our national network of more than 1,600 workshops and mobile mechanics, AutoGuru has compiled and compared the true annual cost of five of Australia’s top-selling and most-popular 4WD vehicles.

Many Australians have purchased a 4-wheel drive as their vehicle of choice for both daily commuting, and weekend adventures.

Being versatile enough to handle city traffic with ease and then venture off the beaten track on weekends and family holidays, 4WDs provide comfortable family transport, wherever you’re headed.

But what about servicing costs?

The table below shows the average car servicing cost per annum based on a 10-year logbook service schedule, and the annual fuel cost, based on the average distance Australians drive per year.

MODEL & RRP

SERVICE INTERVAL

AVG. SERVICE COST PER YEAR

AVG. FUEL COST PER YEAR

TOTAL PER YEAR

SERVICE PRICE QUOTE

Toyota Landcruiser Prado

$77,990

10,000 km / 6 months

$946

$1,964

$2,910

Check out the servicing schedule & cost for your Prado

Jeep Grand Cherokee

$78,000

10,000 km / 6 months

$1,272

$1,281

$2,553

Check out the servicing schedule & cost for your Grand Cherokee

Mitsubishi Pajero

$50,990

15,000 km / 12 months

$737

$1,434

$2,171

Check out the servicing schedule & cost for your Pajero

Land Rover Discovery

$69,330

26,000 km / 9 months

$745

$1,332

$2,077

Check out the servicing schedule & cost for your Discovery

Volkswagen Amarok

$52,000

15,000 km / 12 months

$523

$1,417

$1,940

Check out the servicing schedule & cost for your Amarok

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The Toyota Landcruiser Prado and the Jeep Grand Cherokee both have rather costly service schedules due to the fact that they require servicing at 10,000km or 6 month intervals, whichever occurs first.

The services themselves are also more expensive, varying from $400 up to $1,200, depending on which service is required.

The Landcruiser requires a timing belt change at 150,000km – so this will need to be budgeted for.

The Mitsubishi Pajero encounters a higher servicing outlay because it requires a major service every 30,000km, costing around $850. It’s most expensive service occurs at 90,000km and averages $1,100.

While 4WDs are a great option for serious off-roaders, servicing and maintenance costs may be too high for the average motorist.

In this case, it may be better to go for a smaller SUV, one that is still capable of tackling the family camping trip, just not the rugged off-road tracks.

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Image credits: Jeep Grand CherokeePetr Magera; Volkswagen Amarok - James; Land Rover Discovery InteriorLand Rover MENA

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