Yearly maintenance for the Bugatti Veyron is rumored to cost tens of thousands of dollars, particularly because it requires extensive disassembly of the rear bodywork in order to access certain components. Not much is known when it comes to regular repair, but gives us a lot more detail on what some Veyron parts cost and how much labor a repair takes.
The application includes a section with pricing for parts and labor on components that are covered under the emissions warranty, and lists items that are classified as part of the emissions system. The list is mostly composed of bespoke parts with eye watering prices, but there are a few components that are shared with more lowly Volkswagen products. Shockingly, they are very affordable.
The intake manifold is sold in three pieces, with the upper portions for each bank coming in at $4,000 a piece, while the lower intake manifold costs $2,000. Labor to replace it is listed as being $1,800. In comparison, , and one for something a little more common like .
The W16 engine in the Veyron is fed by four turbochargers and, unsurprisingly, they are some of the most expensive items on this parts list. According to the prices that are listed, it costs $6,400 to replace each individual turbo and the labor involved comes out to around $9,000 per pair. The total repair price? More than $21,000 per side. The turbochargers feed air to a pair of charge air coolers which each cost $9,000, and labor comes in at $2,000 per cooler. The key is to get them both replaced at the same time, because then labor for the pair drops to $2,200.
Camshaft adjusters are priced somewhat reasonably at $700 to $800 a piece depending on the position. But labor is more than $21,000 since it likely requires some engine disassembly. The mass air flow sensor only costs about $200. That's because the part number is shared with the W12 Phaeton as well as a variety of Volkswagens that were powered by the 2.5L engine. The boost pressure sensors are another shared item which are also found on the GTI and Audi A3, so it is not surprising that they are listed for less than $20 each. Although all of these parts are cheap, they still require $1,800 in labor since it appears the rear deck has to be removed in order to access them.
Finding a $9 sensor on a Veyron might seem a little surprising, but it turns out that the four camshaft position sensors are shared with the Mark IV Jetta and Golf, making those sensors the cheapest parts on this list. Like the other parts, the labor isn't cheap, and it costs $7,200 to replace all four. The fuel rails are about $1,300 per side and also require approximately $7,200 in labor to be replaced. The fuel tank is the most expensive item on this list: $20,000 for the part and $22,000 in labor to replace. The fuel pumps are somewhat more reasonable since they are just $3,400 for the pair. A bargain.
The throttle body costs right $300 and appears to share a design that is similar to other VW products. The secondary air pump's part number matches the pump used in the Audi A3 and Seat Ibiza from 2003, so the price to replace is just more than $350.
Exhaust manifolds are $2,000 per side but it sounds like extensive labor is involved in order to replace them... It costs nearly $22,000 in labor per unit. On the other hand, the catalytic converters are a little less labor intensive since the fee is only $1,800 per piece, but each one costs nearly $6,700 for the part alone. The rest of the exhaust system is the same story, with the remainder of it coming in at just over $12,000 with a labor cost of $3,600 for replacement.
The Veyron uses a standard Bosch ME9.1 engine computer with a custom calibration, so the replacement cost is a very fair $550. It also sounds like the ECU is fairly accessible as labor is only $700. The transmission computer is a very different story. It's likely a bespoke unit and costs almost $9,000 to replace. Labor for replacement of the TCU is about twice the labor for the ECU. All of the oxygen sensors are $300 or less for the part and the likely reason for that is because that part number is also used on the Passat W8. Replacing all four of the oxygen sensors comes in at just under $15,000 for labor, since it probably requires extensive exhaust removal.
Rounding out the list is the instrument cluster, which comes in at a fairly reasonable parts cost of around $3,500 and requires about $1,400 in labor to replace. This cost is surprisingly reasonable for a vehicle like this, but that could mean VW uses the same electronics in a number of its vehicles.
The costs listed here seem to match the unique nature of the Veyron, but $42,000 in parts and labor to replace a fuel tank is certainly exorbitant regardless of the car. On the other hand, it's reassuring for a Veyron owner to know that they could just go down to their local VW dealer and pick up an oxygen sensor if they really needed one. Problem is they might need one of Bugatti’s “flying doctors” in order to do the repair.