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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
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#5132 of 5349 Re: I'm Guilty [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 01, 2011 (10:30 am)
Whatever floats your boat. My wife's 2004 X3 has 121,000 miles on it and it was paid off in 2007. Since the 50,000 mile mark the repair and maintenance costs(including 1 set of four tires) have amounted to $3998- a bit less than six cents per mile, or $83 per month. And note that $427 of that figure represents more frequent oil, ATF, and transfer case changes than BMW calls for. As I said in another topic, I guess I really should buy a new car and saddle myself with $40k-$50k in consumer debt so that I can save some real money...
#5133 of 5349 Re: I'm Guilty [roadburner]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 01, 2011 (11:51 am)
Well as the car ages the maintenance per month will go up, and you aren't very typical since you DIY a lot.
I always tell people that a used BMW out of warranty is going to cost you about $150/month to keep healthy, presuming of course a) you average that out over a long period of time and b) there is no catastrophic failure.
These days, as you know, an engine failure (rather unlikely on a BMW) would total most used Bimmers valued under $10K.
#5134 of 5349 Re: I'm Guilty [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 01, 2011 (12:24 pm)
On the X3 the only DIY work I've done are the oil changes between the scheduled services- $227. All other service(excluding tires) has been performed at my local BMW dealer. I suspect that running costs will still be averaging less than $100 per month at 150,000 miles. Even so, lets assume the costs do increase to $150 per month; I'm still $3600-$4800 per year ahead of the guy who is leasing(AKA renting) a BMW for 3-5 years.
And let's face it- a lot of dealers actually encourage the "you'll need to take out a second mortgage to maintain a BMW out of warranty" foolishness, as it provides the dealer with a steady stream of rubes who want to flip their car at the 50,000 mile mark...
#5135 of 5349 Re: I'm Guilty [roadburner]
Sep 01, 2011 (12:38 pm)
Well, they don't sell those extended warranties at a loss....
#5136 of 5349 Re: I'm Guilty [busiris]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 01, 2011 (1:18 pm)
True, they are betting your car doesn't break and you are betting it does.
That way, when your engine blows up, you get to say WHUPPIE!
$100 a month may be optimistic, but I hope you make it.
Sep 01, 2011 (2:20 pm)
... I agree... that's a pretty good estimate for average maintenance/repair on an E46/E83 model..
Of course, saying that is average, means quite a few people will have higher costs...
When I bought mine, I decided it was worth it.... to actually enjoy what I drive..
#5138 of 5349 2006 E90 330xi 111k miles no ATF change yet
Sep 07, 2011 (4:46 am)
drive 80 miles a day, 80% highway, I don't redline the car, don't use sportshift. I will be the test subject on how long transmission would last with BMW's recommendation.
Replaced spark plugs and coils at 100k.
#5139 of 5349 Re: 2006 E90 330xi 111k miles no ATF change yet [Firebird_EOU]
Sep 07, 2011 (5:16 am)
BMW does recommend replacement ATF and filter replacement at 100,000 miles, so you have already exceeded the factory recommendation.
#5141 of 5349 Re: Tire Pressure Monitor Kit? [shipo]
Sep 07, 2011 (11:04 am)
I have some kind of issue with the TPMS in my 2003 330XI where I can not successfully reset the yellow light. When re setting, normally, the light should turn red and then disappear. In my case, it stays yellow and then disappears for maybe 5-10 minutes and then comes back again and stays on. I went to independent BMW specialist who replaced the main unit and then checked everything else and could not find the problem why it would not reset. he says every component works correctly but the light is still on.
It is very annoying to have it on all the time and I would love to fix it.
Anyone who has experienced it or knows something about it - please HELP!!!! I really appreciate your attention.
BTW... I am in North NJ and if you know of a shop that can help - please let me know.
Thank you in advance!