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The 2007 Audi Q7 Is Cheap Luxury You Should Avoid

Buying a used luxury vehicle is a great way to save a lot of money. Luxury cars depreciate faster than your average car, even from the first day they make it off the dealership lot. Go back more than a few years, and you can find a lot of affordable options for a used luxury SUV. The appeal is that they cost just as much, if not less than other SUVs on the market that are seemingly lower quality. Considering all of the potential, costly problems you could have with the 2007 Audi Q7, it isn’t on our list of cars to test drive.

The danger of used luxury cars

Part of the reason why luxury cars depreciate so heavily is that the more mileage a car has the more likely it is to need major and expensive repairs. According to Consumer Reports, this is one of the reasons why you should avoid the 2007 Audi Q7 no matter how cheap it gets. Buying a car for a bargain isn’t really helpful when you end up having to pay a ton of money for major repairs, and chances are, that will be the case with an older used Q7.

DETROIT - JANUARY 7:  The new Audi Q7 V12 TDI Concept vehicle draws heavy attention from the media following its introduction at the 2007 North American International Auto Show January 7, 2007 in Detroit, Michigan. The show draws nearly 7,000 members of the news media from around the world and opens to the public January 13.  (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
The new Audi Q7 V12 TDI | Bill Pugliano

More than a few reasons to pass on the Audi Q7

On the surface, buying a 2007 Audi Q7 probably seems like a great idea. Even for an older vehicle, it offers a lot of comfort and features that you would expect from modern cars. Even better, you can find them on the used car market for well under $10,000 even in good condition with lower mileage. From a car that you could buy brand new for around $55,000, that’s a pretty significant drop in price. Not to worry, this older luxury SUV makes up for the cost in other ways.

Neckarsulm, GERMANY: Chairman of German car maker Audi Rupert Stadler poses next to an Audi Q7 model prior to an annual general meeting in Neckarsulm 09 May 2007. Stadler said earlier he expected Volkswagen's Audi brand to surpass its 2006 results. AFP PHOTO MICHAEL LATZ     GERMANY OUT  (Photo credit should read MICHAEL LATZ/DDP/AFP via Getty Images)
Chairman of German car maker Audi Rupert Stadler poses next to an Audi Q7 model | MICHAEL LATZ/DDP/AFP

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Hidden costs in new ways

The Audi Q7 already isn’t the most reliable used car on the market, and they are known for being just as expensive to maintain as they are to purchase. As with buying any older used car, you can expect to end up having to handle more than a few repairs or replacements, even if it’s just on parts that wear out with time.

For the 2007 Audi Q7 parts and repairs are a lot more expensive than you might think. If you are going to buy a used luxury SUV, you should probably look at something that is known for being a little bit more reliable.

Detroit, UNITED STATES:  The Audi Q7 V12 TDI concept car is introduced 07 January, 2007 at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan.  AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA  (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images)
The Audi Q7 V12 TDI | STAN HONDA/AFP

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There are plenty of older used luxury cars that are worth the depreciation, but you have to remain diligent on buying a car that has been well maintained, and avoid buying a car that could be a total lemon.