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BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37, Acura TL, Lexus IS 350, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S60, Audi A4, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#10434 of 16984 Re: 3 series rear springs [leadfoot4]
Oct 03, 2007 (8:54 am)
We used to own an '01 330Xi, purchased as a previously owned car circa 2003 with less than 15,000 miles when we bought it. Within a year, we had to replace a broken rear spring.
We bought it from a (non BMW) dealer who specialized in prevously owned BMWs, and they claimed they performed a thorough inspection at the time of sale to ensure the car was in good shape.
We discovered the problem the first time we had 5 people on board, about a year after we bought the car when it had about 30,000 miles- it was making a funny noise over bumps with that load.
I have no idea how or when the spring broke as we don't abouse our cars and we had no specific incidents per se.
Oct 03, 2007 (9:18 am)
I've heard of the rear shock tower mounts failing (pretty common, actually, and no big deal), but I've never heard of a spring breaking.
#10436 of 16984 Re: Audi A4, Infiniti G35, or Lexus IS? [habitat1]
Oct 03, 2007 (9:48 am)
It's all about the computer/program from now on. It really is a bitter-sweet evolution. Soon you will need a nuclear physics degree to maintain the damn things! Hydrogen, lithium-ion/hybridization, and lane-departure technology are a far cry from seat-of-the-pants and 4-on-the-floor!
The 7'er story is an eye-opener. That's what I would call a very neat and thorough "Fry Job". Quick and painless! If your computer can't be fixed to open/close your top, ask your business associate if you can park your car in his driveway for a few weeks! Then you can get your GT2!!!
#10437 of 16984 Re: 3 series rear springs [leadfoot4]
Oct 03, 2007 (5:53 pm)
The price is no surprise, but, like the others have said, the springs are. Get it to an independent garage and get a second opinion.
#10438 of 16984 Re: Audi A4, Infiniti G35, or Lexus IS? [circlew]
Oct 04, 2007 (3:17 am)
I like the way you think, but I need to get my 911S above 105 mph before I trade up to a 205 mph GT2! That, and find another $100k+ in loose change between the seat cushions.
Besides, I bet they don't even come with a navigation system and I know they don't come with keyless entry!
#10439 of 16984 Re: Audi A4, Infiniti G35, or Lexus IS? [habitat1]
Oct 04, 2007 (4:29 am)
I figured you buried that mark by now. I believe you have just over 10K miles now. Heck, 105 is a quick stab for your ride or track day should do it.
In any event, in the GT2 you'll have a blast getting lost...and won't loose any real time when you finally find your way!
#10440 of 16984 A4 review....did anyone here read it?
Oct 04, 2007 (9:10 am)
Seemed the reviewer thinks the V6 is the option people would be intrigued by? Why? Quattro 2.0T with a chip is more powerful and a good 300lbs lighter.
#10441 of 16984 Re: A4 review....did anyone here read it? [blueguydotcom]
Oct 04, 2007 (9:18 am)
Because "most" people buying cars don't even know what a "chip" is nevertheless what does it do to a turbo charged engine. All they know is their butts are telling them that the V6 feels better and smoother than the 2.0T.
Keep in mind, people who spent times here are a rare breed.
#10442 of 16984 Re: A4 review....did anyone here read it? [louiswei]
Oct 04, 2007 (11:31 am)
I suppose you also can't "chip" a car if it's leased and it may void your warranty in which case you may not want to do it even if you buy it.
#10443 of 16984 Re: A4 review....did anyone here read it? [dan12]
Oct 04, 2007 (12:13 pm)
People chip leased cars all the time. In fact it makes more sense to chip a leased car as you needn't worry about any long term damage. By the time it shows up it's someone else's problem. Leased car = drive it like you stole it.