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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Any BMW 3-Series Owners?

BrentD
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Michigan

Harumph.
Dec 21st, 2017 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm curious about maintenance costs.

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Dec 21st, 2017 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wife has a 2003 330i. Might be my imagination, but it seems like the maintenance guys start rubbing their hands together as soon as we pull into their driveway.

It's not so much that a lot of stuff has broken or worn out on it, it's just that ANY work done on it seems awfully spendy: comes with the "prestige" of owning a Beemer, I suppose.

I know that the thin-sidewall tires help make it handle better, but the interior road noise because of them is noticeably louder than that generated by my pickup truck. But I guess most cars sport those tires these days.

The CD player sucks: seems inordinately prone to skipping whenever you go over the slightest bump, but most newer cars probably don't even have CD players anymore, so that's a "meh".

Fuel consumption is only slightly better than my pickup, which has a small V8 in it.

Oh: and at 120K miles, we are facing some expensive transmission work in January. FWIW: this car has NOT been driven hard at all.



BrentD
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Michigan

Harumph.
Dec 21st, 2017 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ok. That's what I thought. I went looking at a Ford and they had a 2014 on the lot for $20k with 30k miles. It was nice but the Edmunds data was concerning.

BrentD
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Michigan

Harumph.
Dec 21st, 2017 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^I mean I went looking for a Ford and they had a BMW on the lot.

Billy the Kidder

Westlake, Ohio

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Dec 21st, 2017 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Taildragger, is it the Blaupunkt stereo? The CD player in our old Z3 was terrible, in fact the stereo in general was not so hot.

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Dec 21st, 2017 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have an ‘08 M3 sedan. I do oil and brake pad changes myself. The only problems have been a valve on the cat blower fan that warms up the cat on startup, and clock needs to be reset if I don’t use it for a few days. The cd player is fine, it also had a usb slot and a mini jack for music sources. Good all around nice car.

BrentD
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Michigan

Harumph.
Dec 21st, 2017 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a 328xi. It's really nice but I think I'm going to opt for a new car with a warranty. I understand now why people get hooked on Bimmers and buy one after the other, though!

As an aside, I got to drive a Focus RS today. That was fun!

6L6
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Dec 21st, 2017 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve owned a 2003 325iT (Sport Wagon), 2004 328 convertible, 1994 318i, and a 2000 540i.

I loved every one of them and wouldn’t hesitate to buy another. I found them no more expensive to own/operate than American cars I’ve owned.

Should state that I’m big on preventative maintenance.

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Swinging The Lead
Dec 21st, 2017 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Had loads of German cars, currently have several Porkers and the German Range Rovers. German equals fast and precise, and very reliable.

GuitarGeorge

Long Island, NY, USA

Dec 22nd, 2017 07:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 1997 BMW 318ti.

It has 116,000 miles on it and still looks and runs like new.

Most of the repairs have been normal service items.

milo24x7

United States

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Dec 23rd, 2017 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To Taildragger's point about the tires -- BMWs all come with run-flat ContiPro Contact touring tires now. They're ridiculously expensive and don't last very long. I opted for Michelin Pilot Sports after going through two sets of the OEM tires, and I'm very happy with them. Of course, there's no spare tire provided with the vehicle, so there's a certain amount of finger crossing involved with this plan...

Other than that, the car has been awesome. 2014 328i with 63K miles so far. Practically all maintenance has been covered by the initial purchase agreement. But now that I'm out of warranty, we'll see if things start falling of the car on a regular basis.

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Dec 29th, 2017 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Taildragger, is it the Blaupunkt stereo?"

No: Harmon-Kardon. The one in my Dodge pickup is superior to it.


Another trivia point: they hid the car's battery in one of the rear fender wells. Never seen that before.

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Dec 29th, 2017 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had the first year of the 320i, a 1977.

Man, I loved that car, and drove it for 11 years. Broke my heart to sell it.

I could change the oil and tune it up on the driveway for the price of parts and half an hour of my time. Easiest car to work on that I ever owned.

I hear that no longer is true.

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