While I love my '03 530i, it has been subject to just about every one of the
BMW OBTW's. Instrument cluster pixels, MID pixels (both requiring
replacement of the component). Ignition coils (a recall item). Rear door
vapor seal leaks (my nickel). Sunroof lift brackets.
I've done all the fluids per the old maintenance schedule (coolant, brakes,
diff, trans, P/S). I'm in the planning stages for the cooling system
pre-emptive replacement (radiator, water pump, thermostat ... do you go high
bucks aftermarket or OEM and do it again some day?). This is the price you
pay for the best combination of luxury and handling available.
OTOH, it would seem to me that BMW could make a car that is as bulletproof
as Lexus/Acura but still retains its "soul." I think it has to do with the
concept of production quality control employed by the Germans versus that by
R / John