The funny part is that it doesn't feel that much bigger on the
interior for the driver.
Any chances of that happen with the current generation car?
I was told the O2 sensors needed to be replaced at 100K. However,
I was also told that it is OK to drive until they actually fail. The
warning lights would just throw up a "maintenance required".
Does anyone know if that is true (i.e. OK to keep driving till
the sensors actually fail)?
Mine will cost quite a bit less than that because I don't load it
up as much. I bought my E46 (2003 325i) for ~31K (including
CA sales tax). The only option I paid for is the sunroof.
But I hear ya...it's still a lot. The car has lost about ~23K
since I bought it in Dec 2002. Plus I paid for the extended
warranty and service plan, so add another 3.5K, or 26.5K
over 6 years. Assuming depreciation is significantly lower
from now on, if I spend more than ~5K per year on maintenance,
then I would be probably be better of buying a new car.
Hopefully I won't have to spend anywhere near that.
Keeping my fingers crossed. But the thing I'm worried about
most is the failure of the electronics. I had a friend who
decided to move away from BMW just because of expenses
encountered on the electrical system, specifically the
BTW, here's what the 2012 3-series might look like.
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