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#4349 of 5349 True or False
Aug 18, 2009 (5:57 am)
I'm considering buying a 2009 328xi.
Given that my current car is a 2001 model with only 57k miles on it I am expecting to put a similar amount of miles on this car in that time frame. It will not be taken to a race track, just used for a short daily commute and some occasional longer trips (say 40 minute drives)
So... is it fair to assume my maintenance/repair costs will be low on this vehicle? Right now the main concern I have with a BMW is reliability. Any resources anyone can recommend on what to expect from them?
#4350 of 5349 Re: True or False [dash5]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 18, 2009 (5:26 pm)
Are you going to keep the new car for eight years?
If so, the first four years will have very, very low maintenance costs.. Probably only a set of tires at the end of four years... BMW covers all of your maintenance, outside of tires, for the length of the warranty.
After that, I'd say your costs could be fairly low... if you find a good independent BMW tech/repair shop.. Even routine maintenance at a BMW dealer can get expensive.
On the plus side... at 7500 miles/yr, your BMW will only need one service per year...
That's it for maintenance.... from a reliability standpoint, we've always had very good luck with our BMWs... Unscheduled visits to the service department have been very rare.
#4351 of 5349 Re: True or False [kyfdx]
Aug 19, 2009 (7:25 am)
Thanks kyfdx, appreciate the response.
The plan would be to keep the car for at least 5 or 6 years, probably more. Looking at it that way it's 2 years or so of maintenance I'd have to pay for after the warranty. Normal maintenance though I have no problem with.
Honestly, what you said about "Unscheduled visits to the service department have been very rare." is all I really care about. The nightmare is: oh, electrical problem. next month the AC wont work, next month the engine light goes on, same electrical problem crops up again etc etc. Even if that's covered I dont want to deal with that. Far worse if it's not covered of course
I think I just need reassurance that hey, first 60k miles on this car should be smooth, statistically speaking, assuming I take proper care of it.
#4352 of 5349 Re: True or False [dash5]
Aug 23, 2009 (6:24 pm)
I'm in a similar situation I have a 2002 bmw with low mileage (69k km) and am considering a 328ix. I have a question for you. I have had to change my battery 4 times (even changed the alternator). The dealership says its because I don't drive it enough to fully charge the battery. Have you had a similar experience ?
#4353 of 5349 2007 335i Bluetooth question
Aug 24, 2009 (9:35 am)
I just assumed a lease on a 2007 335i Sedan with Comfort Access. The steering wheel has a button for handsfree, but I cannot find any documentation in the manual to setup/pair phones or how to use this feature. This may be a stupid question, but does the 335i come standard with this feature or is this an add-on?. I suspect it is an add-on, but can someone provide some guidance on whether this can be purchased or whether it is a factory option and what type of $$ I can expect to pay for this. I live in Toronto Canada.
Many thanks in advance
#4354 of 5349 Re: 2007 335i Bluetooth question [qali]
Aug 24, 2009 (12:33 pm)
Does it have iDrive? On the '08 models, you can connect a phone through the iDrive which is pretty intuitive. You can just go to the phone section to connect to a phone, and then the handsfree button on your steering wheel works automatically to connect to your phone when you press it.
#4355 of 5349 Re: 2007 335i Bluetooth question [pdude1]
Aug 24, 2009 (12:47 pm)
Nope, no iDrive.
#4356 of 5349 Re: 2007 335i Bluetooth question [qali]
Aug 24, 2009 (12:58 pm)
You need BMW Assist to have bluetooth capability. If your car has this capability you will have a SOS button on controls near the sunroof controls.
#4357 of 5349 Re: True or False [screen]
Aug 24, 2009 (1:37 pm)
Hi screen, well mine is a VW Jetta but I've only had to replace the battery once or twice at most. 4 times sounds really excessive. My commute is 7 miles each way so call it 30 minutes driving a day round trip since it's back roads and lots of lights heh.
Do you drive it daily? Maybe if it goes longer stretches it's harder on battery life I'm not sure. Good luck with the 328ix! It's a gorgeous car I'm very strongly leaning towards getting it.
#4358 of 5349 starting problem
Aug 24, 2009 (2:39 pm)
I have recently aquired a BMW 330D SE tourer and I am having starter problem. I take the car for quick drive, say 5 mins and leave car for about 1 hour. the car then wont start, engine turns over OK and there are No warning lights, sounds like it wants to start initially but then wont start, Just wont fire up. Starts first time about 12 hours later. Very intermittant problem. Computer diagnostics show all clear, (BMW dealer). My guess is fuel problem, fuel pump seems OK, Is there a sensor that could stop start up? I've seen that cam sensor could cause problem. Been with BMW garage 4 days but It wont repeat the problem, so I know that if I pick car up it will let me down. ANYONE had similar or suggest remedy? regards Paddy