Last post on Dec 15, 2009 at 9:06 PM
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#61 of 92 Re: Going in Reverse [bmwannabe1]
Dec 04, 2009 (12:16 pm)
Specific to the comments that I was responding to last year, BMW had a problem with the 1999 and 2000 vintage 323i (GM produced) automatic transmissions not going into reverse after roughly 50,000 miles. Honda on the other hand has had an ongoing problem with the automatic transmissions used with their V6 engines, especially those on the Odyssey and larger Acura models. There are (or were) four Honda vehicles in our neighborhood so affected, our immediate neighbors being the worst hit in that their V6 Accord needed one transmission (covered under warranty) and their Odyssey needed two (neither of which was covered and each of which cost about $5,000. Ouch!
The above said, the easiest way to avoid automatic transmission problems is to buy a car with a stick shift.
#63 of 92 The Way to Avoid. . .
Dec 04, 2009 (5:26 pm)
many of these issues is to only drive manual transmission-equipped cars.
Both BMW and Honda make excellent cars with manual transmissions. They almost never fail and are much more fun to drive.
#64 of 92 Re: Going in Reverse [bmwannabe1]
Dec 04, 2009 (7:02 pm)
Talk about "from the sublime to the ridiculous", an M3 is a much more highly strung car than a typical BMW, and while the E46 version is relatively reliable compared to Ms of old, they do require more care and feeding than say a 330i of the same model year.
Personally I'd avoid a second hand M3 unless I had tons of documentation in its maintenance history, better still if I knew the previous owner and how it was driven.
#65 of 92 Re: The Way to Avoid. . . [cdnpinhead]
Dec 04, 2009 (7:03 pm)
#66 of 92 Re: Going in Reverse [shipo]
Dec 04, 2009 (7:32 pm)
"the E46 version is relatively reliable compared to Ms of old"
Hey, I resent that remark.
Except for replacing the transmission, clutch (twice), driveshaft, differential, 2 axles, AFM, brake master cylinder, 2 window switches, exhaust from the header back, control arms, tie-rod ends, rear shock mounts (twice), guibo, O2 sensor, sway bar links, subframe bushings, engine mounts, oil cooler, shifter bushings, 2 wheel bearings, flywheel sensors, and the alternator in the past 3 years, my M3 has been completely reliable!
#67 of 92 Re: Going in Reverse [fedlawman]
Dec 05, 2009 (8:20 am)
#68 of 92 Re: Going in Reverse [shipo]
Dec 06, 2009 (9:15 pm)
haha thanks guys, but im also under a price limit. this is my first car, and my parents are not trying to get me something too expensive.
#69 of 92 Re: Going in Reverse [bmwannabe1]
Dec 07, 2009 (4:04 am)
Then do not get an M3, you'll be perfectly happy with a regular 3-Series.
#70 of 92 Re: Going in Reverse [shipo]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 07, 2009 (8:57 am)
M series cars also don't have good resale value vis a vis their original premium price.