How high is the maintenance cost of the 4C? It seems to be reasonable, am I wrong?
Now I'm toying the idea of getting something, like an E90 M3 or a 4C. The price for the 4C is high but I think I the maintenance would be reasonable and depreciation low. I won't lose more than 20% in 5 years, which is pretty good IMO. I think the M3 would lose 50% of it's value within 5 years and having 14 mpg fuel consumption just adds salt to the wound.
So far, so good. I've owned my 4C just shy of two years now and put 22,000 miles on her, as a daily driver.
I've had the oil changed three times, major service once, and tires once.
Oil change is about $200.00 at the dealer. The under-body panels needs to come off. Interval is 8,000 to 12,000 miles depending on driving habits.
Major service is once a year or 12,000 miles. About $800.00 including oil. This is primarily a nut & bolt tightening of the entire car. Absolutely necessary on this type of construction.
Tires price and mileage is dependent on user choices and driving habits. My set cost me about $1000.00 including mounting and balancing. I did get 20,000 out of the stock tires.
Fuel consumption is driver habit, mostly. I'm getting about 23 mpg as a DD. On the highway I've gotten as high as 35 mpg. With effort, I could get better, but that wouldn't be much fun and I didn't buy a Prius.
As mentioned, comparing the 4C to a BMW isn't a fair comparison. The two cars are completely different. A Lotus or Ferrari would be a better comparison. Don't know the maintenance costs of a Lotus, but I can't afford to drive a Ferrari, even if I got it for free.
The 4C certainly isn't a car for everyone. The car is all about the driving experience. It's about emotion. It's not a GT, it's a purist's sport coupe. It's like driving a street legal race car. You love it, or you hate it. She's not a practical car. For some, a lot of compromising. For me, I plan on driving her everyday until I die.