Hey there!! I can def help you! I’m a little frustrated with mine right now, lol.
I’ve owned a 2004 BMW 530i since 2008. I bought it with 65k and now it has 115k. While the car is great looks and style wise, it has been a huge pain and cost to maintain and my husband and I still argue about letting it go soon before we shell out for “the next big thing”. We call her the Beast. So first, gas is the worst! You NEED to put premium, it costs me $65 a tank. Gas is not conservative in BMW’s either, the 3 series may be a little better but they are meant for speed and nothing green, so there you go for the first weekly expense.
Tires are $$, Mine are $220 each. They are thin and wide so don’t last long. If the 3 series has run flats, they are prob 400 each. One of my original rims cracked and had to get antother, bought used for $150 luckily.
I’ve done soo much work on this car, its not even funny but pretty much went through the whole front suspension over the last 2-3 years, control arms (did then both 2 years ago), one is about to go again and I’m repairing this weekend. bushings, sway barm then after all that had to pay for an alignment. Those parts probably totaled $2000.
An “angel eye” part of the headlight blew out, $125 for a small light, then the biggest shock was one of the xeonons started getting pink then blew, the dealer wanted $400 to replace this one little bulb but I negotiated it into some other work thankfully.
Had a problem in the winter with random lights going on all the time (check engine, trans, brakes, etc.) so I replaced the battery which they said was the problem and ..ahem…$500! Then the next winter the same problem started again and the battery had shorted out, which then blew the alternator…new alternator $650! I did the alternator at a local place cause the dealer wanted $1100.
The car is VERY sensitive, I drive it daily with an annoying flat tire light that keeps coming on, even though no flats. Same with the oil light, but we’ll check and its got plenty of oil. Its just really annoying. The electical system on the car has a brain of its own.
Most BMW owners will probably share some similar expenses. Keep in mind, mine was owned at 65k + and around then to when now is when a ton of things start dying off. So you should get one with under 50K only if you don’t want to deal with these things that will wear out.
I’ve loved my Beast but we’ll be moving on soon. We just married and this car is a ticking time bomb for us. We may just trade her in before another winter. We are thinking of leasing a new Honda or Toyota if you can actually believe that, so yeah we’ve had enough of the luxury and BMW does rock but yes they are a task to keep up on.
What year/mileage is he looking at?