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#4152 of 5378 Re: Buying Tips for BMW 3 Series (1998) [realpunksgt]
Feb 25, 2009 (8:16 am)
I own a 2001 330 ci and regardless what others tell you, it's usually going to cost you around $150-200/month in anticipated repair costs. Less if you do them all yourself. At 97,000 miles you start to see things like oil manifold leaks, broken hoses, belt issues, and even water pumps and steering pumps that exhibit problems. Thank God I haven't had an issue with the convertible top yet. I also drive a 740i and ditto for that model. Good Luck.
#4153 of 5378 Re: Where to get quotes for extended warranty and maintenance plan [jscholder]
Feb 25, 2009 (8:22 am)
"$90.00 is a bad price for any oil change...especially when it's only about $35 to do it yourself. Who's got more money than God out there?"
Thirty-five dollars for an oil change on a BMW? Where are you buying your parts? Last time I checked, oil that met the BMW LL-01 oil specification was around $7.00 per quart (times 7 for the oil change), and filters were typically between $10 and $15. With that in mind, my math suggests that the cheapest one can do an oil change on a 3-Series is $60. Yes, no?
#4154 of 5378 Re: Where to get quotes for extended warranty and maintenance plan [shipo]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 25, 2009 (8:30 am)
Last time I got the parts, they were around $40 at my dealer, with the CCA discount.... That was a little over three years ago...
So, assuming 1/2 hour labor, I don't think you'll get much cheaper than $85-$90, total... The last time I paid for a change (at least 4 years ago), my dealer charged around $95... I could see an independent doing it for $75-$80, if you are a repeat customer...
I'm sure prices are higher now..
#4155 of 5378 Re: Where to get quotes for extended warranty and maintenance plan [kyfdx]
Feb 25, 2009 (8:52 am)
Yeah, I used to be able to buy Mobil 1 0W-40 and Castrol Syntec 0W-30 for about $5.00 per quart, however, these days $7.00 per quart seems to be the norm. Granted we're not talking about a lot of money here, but I don't think I've been able to change the oil in a BMW with a ~7 quart sump for $35 since at least the mid 1990s.
#4156 of 5378 Re: Where to get quotes for extended warranty and maintenance plan [shipo]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 25, 2009 (9:20 am)
I think that a) paying someone to clean your bathroom or b) change your oil, has got to be not only one of the world's best bargains but a great humanitarian act on their part. Not only do they do the recycle for you but if the person is qualified, they can scope out the car underneath for you, check all your fluid top and bottom, replenish all your fluids---in other words see and do things you can't do in your driveway.
Unless you have a lift at home, I think paying $75 bucks for an oil service is well worth it....presuming they use a quality product and presuming they really do check everything for you.
I stay away from Quickie-Change places, however.
#4157 of 5378 Re: Where to get quotes for extended warranty and maintenance plan [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 25, 2009 (11:07 am)
The beauty of changing the oil on a late model BMWs (pre dipstick delete) is that you don't need a lift. Simply open the hood, open the oil filter cannister, pluck out the old filter, suck out the remaining oil, pop in a new filter and screw the top back on. With that complete, slide out the dipstick, slip the tube down in its place, suck out the oil from the pan, put the dipstick back in and pour in the new oil. The total job takes all of ten minutes. Geez, I can't even drive to a place that I trust that quickly.
FWIW, our town recycles our used oil.
#4158 of 5378 Re: Where to get quotes for extended warranty and maintenance plan [shipo]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 25, 2009 (12:47 pm)
Yeah but you don't get to look underneath, was my point. I like having eyeballs under there and even as slim and buff as I am I cannot scooch under a BMW that's on its wheels.
Doesn't this no-dipstick thing make you crazy? It feels like we're being led at gunpoint to the dealership.
#4159 of 5378 Re: Where to get quotes for extended warranty and maintenance plan [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 25, 2009 (4:21 pm)
I have ramps so the occasional "eyeball" job is pretty easy, however, that whole no dipstick thing is still driving me crazy, and I don't even have a BMW at the moment.
#4160 of 5378 I have a questions on muffler.
Feb 25, 2009 (6:37 pm)
I have a 2009 BMW 335i. It has a dual muffler, the pipe on the right hand side tends to exhaust more than the pipe on the left hand side, which makes the pipe on the right looks smoked. Anyone knows what the problem is? Or is it just normal?
Thanks a lot.
#4161 of 5378 Buying Used - what to look for?
Feb 26, 2009 (5:00 am)
Let me preface by saying, I've owned a Benz and a VW, never BMW. Most of the maintenance on the priors was self-maintained once you buy the proper set of sockets and learn to think like a German...
I'm test driving a 98 328i 4dr, I6, automatic on Friday, what do I need to be checking for mechanically to make sure I'm not buying someone elses BMW nightmare? Tranny's, valve leaks, wiring malfunctions, high dollar fixes.
Also, don't know that having a service tech run the codes will be an option.
Something about this deal seems too good to be true, less than 90k miles, for under $4k...