Last post on Jan 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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BMW 3 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#4 of 21 Re: BMW Service Questions [cdude]
Apr 09, 2011 (8:23 pm)
Having owned nine BMWs over the past 28 years I wouldn't buy either plan. My 2004 X3 has 110,000 miles on it and from 50,000 to 100,000 miles it did not require any maintenance aside from a four wheel brake job and the scheduled oil services/inspections- all of which which amounted to less than $2000. My 1995 E36 required less than $500 in repairs over the same mileage. That said, if the urban legends about hellishly expensive BMW servicing costs are going to keep you up at night, then buy the plan(s) that ease your concerns.
#5 of 21 Re: BMW Service Questions [roadburner]
Apr 10, 2011 (8:54 am)
Did any of your cars had turbos on it and any other issues electrical..
#6 of 21 Re: BMW Service Questions [cdude]
Apr 10, 2011 (1:28 pm)
No turbo BMWs yet, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy one. The primary reliability issue with the N54 is the HPFP, which already has an extended 10 year warranty from BMW. In fact, I have looked at several 2007-2008 335i sedans and coupes and the only thing that has kept me from buying one has been the fact that it is difficult to find one equipped the way that I want(RWD, SP, CWP, manual gearbox, Logic 7, no navigation, and not silver or black).
As far as electrical issues go, the X3 required a passenger SRS sensor(replaced under the new car warranty) and one brake light bulb.
I replaced the battery on the 3er at 10 years/101000 miles as a precaution and 5000 miles later it needed a brake light switch(a whopping $30!).
At 114000 miles I had to spend almost $13 to replace the miniature bulbs in the headlamp and fog lamp switches. I think I also replaced a couple of tail lamp bulbs.
Bottom line: The electrical "issues" on both cars have cost me a combined total of nearly $200.
#7 of 21 Re: BMW Service Questions [roadburner]
Apr 10, 2011 (4:57 pm)
Wow thats cool. That you didnot had that many electrical problems with your car
#8 of 21 Re: BMW Service Questions [cdude]
Apr 10, 2011 (7:07 pm)
I would be more inclined to recommend an extended warranty on a 5, 6, or 7 Series BMW as they can be problematic due to the amount of mechanical and electronic complexity built into them. How much is the warranty offered by your dealer, and what does it cover?
#9 of 21 Re: BMW Service Questions [cdude]
Apr 11, 2011 (3:03 am)
And, what are the deductibles, and does the deductible apply per visit or per incident? By that I mean if you have a $100 deductible and you have to take the car back 3 times to fix a covered problem, are you out $100 or $300?
#10 of 21 Re: BMW Service Questions [srs_49]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Apr 11, 2011 (7:21 am)
and go *right* to the "exclusions" section of any extended warranty to learn what you don't get.
#11 of 21 Re: BMW Service Questions [srs_49]
Apr 11, 2011 (7:31 am)
Its $50 per repair visit.
#12 of 21 BMW DSC light acting up after tire rotation
Apr 18, 2011 (7:56 pm)
re: 2000 BMW 323i\130,000 miles
Since I had my tires rotated and balanced about 6 weeks ago, my DSC has been acting up. First, it was coming on once a day. When it kicked on I would hear a noise (click?) in the engine, car would kind of pull, but then drove fine but light stayed on until I turned car off then on again. Then after a suggestion, I checked my tire pressure & they (Tires Plus) overinflated my tires to 40. I deflated them down to about 30 where they should be about at, then the DSC was coming on about once week, or at about 100 miles. Then for the last 3 days it is coming on again more frequently. Half of the time the light just comes on w/ no noise/slight pull (ie indication it is coming on).
As a side note, I had some engine work (spark plugs, coils, tune-up) done on the car about 1 mo ago and they did full diagnostics and module did not show any error codes.
Any suggestions as I'm not looking to put much more into the car as will be getting rid of same w/in the year.
#13 of 21 Oil change question
May 06, 2011 (5:58 pm)
I may buy a Preowned BMW 3281 manual transmission from a private buyer. What concerns me is that going by the car fax reports the first oil change was done at 11k and the next at 15K. Is this normal? Will appreciate any advice