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May 9, 2016—The Lincoln MKZ is the most expensive car to fix, while the Nissan Sentra is the most affordable car to fix, according to a recent study from RepairPal.

RepairPal Institute, the research and data science division of RepairPal, conducted a study of the average cost of common auto repairs for 40 of the most popular car models in the U.S., forming the RepairPal Institute Auto Service Cost Index.

The study used the average cost of four common auto repairs: water pump, alternator, brake pad replacement, and oil change service. The 40 most popular car models for 2010 within a representative sample of zip codes across the U.S. were categorized  as compact, mid-sized, luxury, or SUV.

The top 20 most expensive models to repair are: 
1. Lincoln MKZ - [Luxury] ($2,649)
2. Audi A4 - [Luxury] ($,2259)
3. Lexus IS250 - [Luxury] ($2,234)
4. Volkswagen Jetta - [Compact]  ($2,114)
5. Volkswagen Passat - [Mid-Size] ($2,087)
6. BMW 328i - [Luxury] ($1,965)
7. Mercedes Benz C300 - [Luxury] ($1,960)
8. Mitsubishi Lancer - [Compact] ($1,931)
9. Infiniti G37 - [Luxury] ($1,725)
10. Chevrolet Malibu - [Mid-Size] ($1,633)
11. Chevrolet Equinox - [SUV] ($1,604)
12. GMC Acadia - [SUV] ($1,603)
13. Volvo S80 - [Luxury] ($1,600)
14. Chrysler 300 - [Luxury] ($1,578)
15. Acura TL - [Luxury] ($1,537)
16. Nissan Murano - [SUV] ($1,503)
17. Honda Pilot - [SUV] ($1,480)
18. Toyota 4Runner - [SUV] ($1,480)
19. Kia Sportage - [SUV] ($1,469)

The top 20 most affordable models to repair are:
1. Nissan Sentra - [Compact] ($931)
2. Nissan Altima - [Mid-Size] ($986)
3. Mazda CX-7 - [SUV] ($988)
4. Mazda6 - [Mid-Size] ($1,026)
5. Ford Explorer - [SUV] ($1,052)
6. Honda Accord - [Mid-Size] ($1,060)
7. Ford Focus - [Compact] ($1,064)
8. Mazda3 - [Compact] ($1,068)
9. Hyundai Elantra - [Compact] ($1,088)
10. Ford Fusion - [Mid-Size] ($1,093)
11. Honda Civic - [Compact] ($1,120)
12. Hyundai Santa Fe - [SUV] ($1,179)
13. Hyundai Sonata - [Mid-Size] ($1,188)
14. Kia Forte - [Compact] ($1,190)
15. Subaru Impreza - [Compact] ($1,191)
16. Subaru Legacy - [Mid-Size] ($1,213)
17. Toyota Camry - [Compact] ($1,244)
18. Toyota Corolla - [Mid-Size] ($1,323)
19. Jeep Cherokee - [SUV] ($1,406)
20. Cadillac CTS - [Luxury] ($1,429)

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