I am looking for input. I have a 1998 E320 wagon with 195K miles. The
car runs well but I have been told by my mechanic that I need to
replace the motor mounts and shifter bushings. I did this about two-
three years ago ( with another mechanic).
I have driven BMWs ( 1 car for 10+ years) before and never experienced
the constant repairs that I have on this car. It seems it is always
something. things I never had to repair on other cars. Is Also, I
could use more room as my family has recently expanded.
Should I keep the car and maintain it ( roughly $1500 a year, assuming
nothing major) or try to sell? is this a lemon? At what point do you,
let it go?
On Feb 16, 9:24 pm, email@example.com wrote:
The motor mounts and shift bushing shouldn't cost much to replace.
Beyond that, we don't know what your repair history has been.
Just to show you that BMW's may not be so reliable, a friend has a
2002 X5. Right after the 5yr/50K warranty was up, he had the drivers
side rear window just fall down and break while sitting in the
driveway. They use some kind of cable to hold the window up and it
just broke. $600 Less than a year later, the same thing happened
on the passenger rear side. $600. Now, you would think BMW would at
least offer to pay for part of the repair on the second one, because
this is so rare, it's obvious there was some manufacturing defect.
They refused. Also, a week after the 5/50 warranty expired, while
doing a brake job, discovered that the driver side CV boot was
torn. Few months later, same thing on other side. At the same
time, the rubber intake boot split. That so much happened to these
similar rubber boot type components suggest to me that they have a
problem with their rubber supplier.
In the end, with your car, for me it would depend on what my total
repair history has been, what you could get for the car, if you would
replace it and be happier with something new, etc. If you can't get
much for it and are fairly happy with it, I probably would fix it and
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