Last post on Jun 02, 2009 at 1:34 PM
You are in the BMW 3-Series
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BMW 3 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#13 of 19 Re: Four BMWs.... [lokki]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 24, 2008 (11:35 am)
You know how it is with cars. There's the "bell curve" in which most owner's experiences fall, and then there are the "outlanders" on either end of the curve, people who have much better, and much worse, experiences than the majority.
My own personal rating for BMWs "bell curve" is "average reliability", nothing too bad, nothing too great. A bit "iffy" IMO.
so your post-CPO experience is most likely going to be "iffy".
In terms of driving experience, styling, resale, etc., they are tops.
#14 of 19 I'd agree that the reliability is average
Dec 24, 2008 (11:39 am)
I'd agree that the reliability is average..... and that the repair costs are perhaps above average.
As a former Alfa owner, I view the repair and maintenance costs as part of the price of ownership - the price you pay for the rest of the BMW experience - but worth it.
Having said that, the maintenance costs are the reason I'll probably never have a Porsche. I can afford the entry costs easily.... I'm not so sure about the ownership costs.
My pockets are deep enough for BMW ownership (helped by their built-in maintenance program or the CPO) but a Porsche!
You're talking boat money when you talk Porsche repairs!
#15 of 19 Re: I'd agree that the reliability is average [lokki]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 24, 2008 (1:29 pm)
Porsche BMW Audi...even VW....German cars are not cheap to fix. They are much cheaper to MAINTAIN.
#16 of 19 Re: What to do when the CPO period ends? [skgolfer]
Jan 07, 2009 (8:12 pm)
Lordy....this is too easy. My 2008 335i has been in the shop 8 times already; I am definitely without a doubt geting rid of this repair bill before the warranty ends. These cars are a guaranteed high pressure fuel pump replacement either sooner or later. It's just a matter of time.
#17 of 19 Re: What to do when the CPO period ends? [JunkOwner]
Jan 08, 2009 (2:18 pm)
I've got a 2003 that I bought CPO with a great interest rate. I mention that because I'm still making payments (for another 15 months). I'm inclined to get rid of it because I can pay maintenance or I can make payments, but I can't do both.
I will run it by my mechanic for a once over before I make a final decision. Its been a great car for my 3 years/40,000 miles.
#18 of 19 Should I buy the BMW extended warranty?
Jan 08, 2009 (6:34 pm)
I own a 2007 328xi with about 40K miles. Its certainly had a few minor problems that have been fixed under the original warranty. What do people think of getting BMW's extended warranty when the car hits 50K? What should it cost? Is it negotiable? What's generally covered? What are the down sides?
#19 of 19 Percentage of Problems
Jun 02, 2009 (1:34 pm)
I just got a 2003 325i, with 69,000 miles on it, for $12500 out the door. It looks great and runs fine, to me. I took it to an indy BMW guy, who checked it out and told me I got a good one. I figured for the price, I could spring for the maintenance, but as I read people's laundry lists of problems, I find myself wondering if it's worth it.
Do most people have these fuel pump, bushing, tail light issues or do some, many, or most, and do they happen to be the ones that hang out in web forums? Are these typical maintenance issues or exceptions? I'd never get another VW, because they seem so problem prone, yet I know others who get them and drive them to death. Basically, what I'm asking is this: Are BMWs with more than 50K miles just hobby cars, better left to those who enjoy working on them, or can they be somewhat practically enjoyed and relied upon for transportation? Thanks so much.