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#26 of 30 Re: Trapped Between High Depreciation, and Expensive Maintenance and Repairs [fintail]
May 30, 2010 (11:31 am)
Well said. All true.
#27 of 30 Re: Trapped Between High Depreciation, and Expensive Maintenance and Repairs [andys120]
May 31, 2010 (8:45 am)
I agree with andys120 almost 100%, but I would add a few comments.
1. Believe it or not, some dealers offer excellent service at a reasonable price. For example, my local BMW dealer(Swope BMW in Louisville, KY) performed the Inspection II service(AKA 60K mile or "Major" service) as well as a brake fluid flush on my wife's 2004 X3 for less than $400. That said, I also have an excellent indie shop(Performance Specialties, Louisville) that I use for some service- particularly on my older Bimmers.
2. Join the national Marque club. As an example, BMW Car Club of America members can often get 20%-25% discounts on parts/labor from BMW dealers and/or indie shops. Membership also wires you into a network of enthusiasts who can help you find decent shops and vendors as well as assist in diagnosing and resolving problems.
3. Check out my 318ti Club Sport blog entry to see an example of an older BMW that has been remarkably inexpensive to own; repairs and maintenance costs(which include five sets of sticky street/track tires) have averaged almost exactly 5 cents per mile over the almost 15 years that I've owned the car.
#30 of 30 Re: And now... Audi [anythngbutgm]
Jun 23, 2010 (9:49 am)
Herr Stadler should look at what happened to GM after they became #1 and what happened to Toyota after they took over from GM. Market share isn't everything.