Thinking of buying a used car with a V12 engine? Well, that’s not a problem you are just looking for one of the smoothest running engines at a cheaper cost. Just imagine you bought a car and showing it off in front of your friends, and it fails in the middle of the show 🤭. Here are a few V12-powered cars that you should avoid buying even if you are getting them at the lowest price possible.
1. 2003 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
Surprised? Yes, one of the most popular cars on the top of the list. This vehicle has a 5.9L V12 engine that produces a maximum power of 460hp at 6500rpm. Which is more than any Aston Martin can produce without a turbocharger or a supercharger in 2003. The transmission gets damaged quickly, and it is known that the clutch feels jerky and needs a replacement very often which is quite an expensive task. Not every Aston Martin Vanquish is a James bond car, so think before buying.
2. 1999 Aston Martin DB7
This car has been made of the Jaguar XJS origins and has Gorgeous styling, Huge performance, Great handling, and Luxurious continental cruising but for a used car Many parts are very expensive, Air-con is unreliable and pricey to fix, and Prone to more rust than you might expect because of its aluminum parts.
3. 1974 Jaguar XK-E V12 Series III
In order to keep up with the power-sapping emissions controls required in the U.S.A. Jaguar discontinued the reliable 4.2-liter six for a 5.3-liter V12 which completely disturbed the design of the vehicle. Later Jaguar discontinued the fixed-head coupe and offered the car only as a long wheelbase 2+2 or convertible. This V12 engine was very noisy and had frequent repairs.
4. 1996 Jaguar XJ12L
This vehicle is equipped with a 6.0 L V12 engine that is capable of producing a maximum power output of 313 hp at 5,350 rpm and 353 lb-ft of torque at 3,750 rpm. This too had issues with the engine like overheating, misfiring on longer usage and the main problem is that if the engine breaks down there are very few parts available at a fair price.
5. 2002 Mercedes-Benz S600
This Mercedes has a 5.8-liter V12 engine that produces 362-hp and can accelerate from 0-60 mph from a standstill in just 5.4 seconds. But the problem is the engine which is literally not strong enough to endure the forces it generates and gets deformed in the prolonged usage. It has frequent oil leakages.
6. 2016 Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG
This vehicle has a 6.0L twin-turbo V12 engine that is capable of generating a power output of 600-hp but the main issue is not with the engine, but with the body roll and blind spots of the vehicle the driver needs to stay laser-focused to keep the G65 AMG in its lane. The cockpit is filled with some random modern stuff and a very old design.
7. 2002 BMW E65 7-Series
This vehicle has a 6.0-liter V12 engine that can produce a maximum power of 440 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Designed by Chris Bangle this vehicle had some amazing advanced features like iDrive system, adaptive headlights, electronic Smart Key, and more. So the problem is with this technology, for example, these adaptive headlights do not turn on or off while entering a tunnel or leaving it due to the miscommunication between the sensor and headlight module.
8. 2009 Audi Q7 V12 TDI
This diesel-driven model of Audi is equipped with a 6.0L twin-turbocharged V12 engine. And that was made to produce a power of 490 hp and a 783 lb-ft of torque. With a total weight of 5900lbs, this vehicle can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. But the problem is with efficiency it has an MPG rating of 25 on the highway and 16 in the city which will be a bomb.
9. 1989 Ferrari Testarossa
This Ferrari is a mid-engine sports car and has a naturally aspirated 4.9 L 12-Cylinder engine. And a point, this is a Flat 12 engine not a V12, I know we are speaking about V12 powered cars but this is important. The maintenance cost is extermely high with failing catalytic converters excessive oil consumption, failed mass air flow sensors and major mechanical repairs with the engines.
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