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#576 of 30250 Reliability
Jan 24, 2001 (7:29 am)
I owned a 318ti in 1995 and sold it in 1997. It did not give me any problems. I am about ready to order a 325ci. My wife and I have always purchased Japanese cars (Honda and Toyota) with the exception of the aforementioned BMW. I am VERY quality and reliability concious. So, I would not be ordering a BMW if I thought it was going to be a nightmare. What I do think is that BMW makes very high quality cars; however, I do not expect them to be at Honda or Toyota standards as far as reliability. People buy Hondas and Toys primarily for boring reliablity transportation. BMW drivers, with the exception of the idiots buying them for "status" reasons are more concerned about performance. My own research indicates BMW's are more "complicated" cars and are more likely to provide an errant check engine light or some niggling complaints about a squeak here and there. As far as leaving you stranded - very unlikely.
My advice: individual opinions are VERY subjective. Rely on real data. Consumer Reports (the most anal of car magazines) gives the 3-series very high reliability marks. The current BMW's are MUCH more reliable then in the past. So, if Joe Blow had a nightmare 1990 BMW...you are going to get some bad information. I know someone who had a hightmare Toyota Corolla - so what.
As far as repair costs I understand BMW's cost about the same as other luxury brands (Lexus, Audit, ect). But, this is just what I've heard.
Enough rambling. Good luck on your purchase.
Jan 24, 2001 (7:50 am)
I'm thinking about buying a new 2001 330i. However, I keep hearing "nightmare" stories about BMW's breaking down and being extremely expenisve to repair. I've heard the spark plug wires cost $300, for example. And I've also heard about fairly new BMW's breaking down suddenly.
I expect a BMW to be more expensive to repair than an American make, but it should be reasonable. I also think a car should not need any major repairs for at least 100k miles.
I'd love to get some feedback from current and former BMW owners.
#578 of 30250 $300 Spark plug wires?
Jan 24, 2001 (9:13 am)
If you pay anything for spark plug wires you're getting ripped off. On account that all 3 series since at least 1992 have direct coil-on-plug ignition, and hence, no wires.
I'd guess that repair costs on a Bimmer will be in the same ball park as a comparable domestic or Japanese car. "Comparable" here meaning "of the same cost and complexity". A Lexus ES or Lincoln LS will cost more to fix than a Toyota Corolla or Ford Focus. Statistically, I'd expect slightly more frequent repairs on the Bimmer than the Japanese cars, but my personal experience hasn't borne that out - the Bimmer's been better than my last two Japanese cars, and I drive it much harder.
A couple of examples from my experience: The water pump for my M3 cost a bit more than the one for the Maxima, but labor was less (actually, I did the job on the Bimmer 'cause it was so easy). I had the fuel injectors replaced in the Maxima, and just for grins checked into what the same job would cost on the Bimmer. Parts cost was within $20, but the labor on the Max was more than double that on the Bimmer (a brief peak under the hood will reveal why).
#579 of 30250 325I maplight
Jan 24, 2001 (11:22 am)
I just picked up my 2001 325i sport pkg with moonroof and cd player. yes it does already have maplights. This is my 4th BMW, great cars!!
Jan 25, 2001 (11:03 am)
Just received a call from my sales rep. stating that the 325i: orient blue, sand leatherette, 5spd, PP, is in route (on the ship) and designated to be on the jersey port by the 30th. My previous calls from him when the frame (vin # provided) or that it was completed did not exhume any excitement. I am certain that I will not call the 325i “my 325i” until I drive it out with the full assurance that it is mine. When it is visually it in front of me and when I have the “New BMW” smell is when I will most defiantly begin to over express the sense of WOW!!!!!! Soon to follow with blubbering disbelief!!
#581 of 30250 Nearing end of the warrranty
Jan 25, 2001 (2:23 pm)
Hi, guys. I'm reaching 36,000 miles on my 2000 323i. Is there some sort of checkup I could do before the warranty expires? Thankx.
#582 of 30250 What a great car...
Jan 25, 2001 (2:33 pm)
i have a 323i 2000 model...
2 months ago, i had a race with my friend's car, a mazda 240 94 or 95 model. i was making a 35 to 40 degree turning at BQE brooklyn, NY in 100 mph more... the car so so stable and stick to the ground.... a great turn... what a great car...
shouldn't complaint and ask for more.... : )
by the way, i won the race by 4 car distance after i was in 85 - 90 mph.
Jan 25, 2001 (5:41 pm)
I have a few questions regarding a used 1996 382i sedan and wondering if this car is worth buying. Since this is a rear wheel drive, I am wondering how will this car drive in winter in snow conditions. I have never driven rear wheel drive. Car looks in excellent conditions with fully loaded (options: sport pkg, premium wheels, AT, Leather w/heated seats etc) and owner is asking for $23500. Is this worth the price. Any information on this model car will be greatly appreciated.
#584 of 30250 The Problem of My New BMW325i
Jan 25, 2001 (6:33 pm)
Hi, folks, I just bought a brand new BMW325i 5 speed on December 29, 2000. I really liked my car. However, today when I drove it on the high way, my car suddenly had a serious problem. At that time, I shifted the gear from Gear 4 to Gear 5 (the highest speed), but I found the car didn't have much power (even though I press the gas pedal very hard). It seemed that speed 1-4 (gear1 to gear 4) were fine. Only speed five was not powerful enough (but I can still drove on Speed five). I remember I used to press the gas pedal slightly at speed five, the car would be very powerful and fast, but today it was a big difference. I wanted to talk to the dealer tomorrow, but I don't know what will happen. I just bought this car for less than one month, then I began to have such a big problem. This really drove me crazy. Will the dealer just repair this for me? Or will the dealer give me some compensation? Did anyone have the similar experience? What should I do? Thank you very much.
#585 of 30250 Fleet pricing for either Euro or US delivery
Jan 25, 2001 (6:44 pm)
Has anyone found any dealer anyplace in the US who will do very attractive prices based on their true invoice price for any of the new BMWs?????