As none of the post 2006 models have yet required any out of warranty
repairs, I'd find a new BMW mechanic if I were you. Either he is reading
tea leaves to predict the future or perhaps he gets a kickback on any
extended maintenance/warranty contracts his dealership sells.
How about any 2004 owners? How many times have you been into the shop this
I have a recent 3 series and wondering what's going to happen in year 5-10.
I know my last car (non-BMW) had some repairs, but didn't get bad until year
8 when so much went wrong!
Select your 330 3 Series convertible, drive it for five years, then leave it
at my house. I'll take care of the shipping and port charges to get rid of
it. Be sure to sign the pink slip and leave it and the key sin the glove box
so I can take care of the legal documents for you. Maybe you could make it
easier for me by getting a power of attorney ...
Buy a Honda.
I have had five 7 series, often bought young, but disposed of after many
years and miles. I PX'ed the third one after eleven years, with approaching
200k on the clock when it was 17 years old. It passed an MOT without work
IMO there is a bit of vulnerability to age with all the fancy electronics in
the newer ones, but I would still expect decades rather than five years.
Acquired Disposal Condition on
735i 3 4 high
mileage - worn
735iSE 3 6 accident
735iASE 6 17 passed MOT
740i 7 13 OK except
cold start (Nikasil)
735i (V8) 6 - (now 9) no current
With about $4K (extended service plan and extended warranty),
BMW will cover all maintenance and repairs to 6 yrs/100K.
I have a 2003 E46 manual transmission with no options other
than the sunroof. The car currently has about 138K miles.
Since coming out of the warranty, I've had:
- Oil service.
- Inspection II.
- Driver/passenger power window regulators replaced.
- Cooling system replaced (thermostat, hoses, radiator) -
thermostat failed and the rest was recommended by the shop
as preventative maintenance because they claimed they
were susceptible to cracking.
- Drive shaft flex disc replace - it was cracked.
All of that set me back about $4K. On the watch list
are a leaking shock absorber, and wearing control arms.
But the car drives great and I try to keep it in good condition
because it's my only car and I drive a lot (~25K mi/year).
My plan was to replace it after 7 years (which would be the
end of this year), but since it's running good, I think I'm
going to keep it. Plus there are a lot of things about the
E90 that I don't like (dash, controls for seat adjustment,
cup holders, etc.).
The mechanic told me that the transmission on the
manual cars lasts forever; if it was an auto, he said he'd
have recommended I sell it.
Anyway, for now I'm keeping it, and keeping my fingers
crossed as well.
Just my story...I think the cars are designed to last long
but they are expensive to fix. Not $5K/year expensive,
but more expensive than an economy car (which is to
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