(Closed) BMW owners?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I don’t know about BMW drivers in NC but here in Ontario, they notriously are bad, aggressive drivers. Not all-but there is a reputation, for sure.

All new BMWs have a 4 year maitenance free package, so I think it should come down to taste and affordability. you could always sell it in a few years if it doesn’t live up to par…

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m not a big fan of german cars personally.  I had a mercedes and it was a POS, expensive to repair, needed constant bs repairs, and just an overall dumb decision on my part.  I have heard that BMWs are generally better than mercedes but I wouldn’t chance it.  I have a nissan now and LOVE it.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

haha its funny cause its the opposite withe me. I want a BMW 3series sooooooo bad but everyone keeps telling me the maintenance is expensive but even if its used you can still buy a maintenance package which shouldn’t be THAT high but I’m being more reasonable and leaning towards a camry or nissan altima coupe!! He likes those ideas better lolol. But you can get a used BMW 3series for 25K here in ATL

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Lol my Fiance and I just went through that!! He really needed a new car, too, so no matter what he was going to be spending a lot of money on a car.

Tell him to check out some other sporty cars – my Fiance used to drive the VW Jetta TDI and loved it, and it was definitely cheaper than a BMW.

Anyways, my Fiance ended up getting a Kia Optima Turbo – I KNOW it’s Kia but when you see it from the side it looks a lot like a BMW. It has leather seats, a great navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, heated AND air-conditioned seats, and a million other features, and it was <$30,000. Plus it is super fast since it’s a turbo.

 

He bought it without asking me actually, which caused a big fight… but I am glad he stuck with a cheaper car. When I drive it I would never tell you I’m driving a Kia! Haha. Anyways, tell your Fiance to do more research 🙂

I don’t know what your financial situtation is, but my Future Sister-In-Law bought a BMW a few years ago, and she could afford the monthly payments, but when it came to oil changes and maintenance she was really in a crunch. She ended up trading in the car and getting a different brand because the maintenance was too expensive.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@soon2bS, no problem, good luck with it! 30K for a 99 is reallly really LOW. Do a Carfax to make sure the odometer wasn’t messed with.

Post # 12
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378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I drove a BMW X3 for several years and I’m so glad to be rid of it. It was a 2005 that we bought used in 2007. We purchased an extended warranty and I’m so glad that we did because it had constant problems! It was in and out of the shop several times. Honestly, I think it was more of a problem with the BMW dealer where I live than with the car though (several of our friends with BMWs have experienced the same problem with this dealership’s maintenance deptartment). They kept fixing little things that were wrong but it took about 4 trips in before they realized what the ACTUAL problem was causing the little things. Very frustrating! This was covered under our extended warranty though so we didn’t see too many bills over this time. Keep in mind, though, that regular maintenance (oil change, new tires, etc.) are more expensive on BMWs and you have to use premium gas. Don’t forget to factor this into the cost! One thing to keep in mind though is that these cars keep their value pretty well. When I traded my X3 in this spring we got the KBB value for it which was only $3K less than what we bought it for 5 years ago. I don’t think that’s typical with other makes of cars. FWIW, I now own an Audi Q7 (and my husband has an Audi A4) and we MUCH prefer these cars to our previous BMW and Mercedes. They drive better, the interior is so much nicer and we have had zero service issues with either one. Hope this helps!  🙂 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have a 2004 x3 and i love it.  I also bought it used with very low mileage.  I’ve had it for over 5 years now and although it has been a pain at times, it drives fabulously.  I recommend getting the extended warranty on it.  

 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I looooooooove my 3 series, but it is expensive to maintain. I’m lucky that my fiancé is very mechanically oriented and has a garage full of toys to do nearly all of the work on my car, because otherwise I’d trade it in for something cheaper to maintain. It’s not that the car breaks down frequently, but general maintenance is pricey.

I used to have a Lexus ES300- it’s a boring sedan that’s basically a Camry with nicer finishing, but that thing ran like a dream and was very inexpensive to maintain. Perhaps he can look at the Lexus IS (I don’t know the reviews or specs on that car, but it’s sporty, and Lexuses are much cheaper to maintain).

I know once my fiancé gets his heart set on a new toy, it’s hard to deter him. Hopefully yours isn’t the same Smile. Good luck!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Can you afford it? If the issue is just how much compared to a trusty Honda- I’d say give in. if you honestly cannot afford the maintain the car maybe not.

In our circle all our husbands are “car guys” and all four out of 5 men got fancy dream cars before we got rings. That’s just the way it goes for us. No biggie.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I drive a 2005 325i with 105,000 miles (due to long commute) and I love it!  I bought it used from my sister when I got a job outside of the city.  I commute about an hour each way and it is so nice  to have a nicer car.  Gas is expensive since I have to get premium, about $60 a tank, but I can go about a week on one tank.  The oil changes are about $125, but I also have them done in the city for my convience, but the oil is changed every 15,000 miles!  New wiper blades cost $60. BMW’s customer service has been great and even though we bought it used we get regular communication and updates from BMW.  They also paid for repairs on a recalled brake light.  I did have a minor snafu with some road debris not too long ago and the BMW version of OnStar was fabulous!  Such a comfort as I sat on the freeway waiting (forever) for highway patrol in a bad part of town.  We thought we might have to replace the car at that point and my fiance mentioned getting something more economical.  I said no way in hell, I would want another BMW!  I also love to drive, and drive fast, so I love the amazing handing of my car.  I am a bit of a car person and grew up with a dad that has Porsches and a love for German cars. I think your husband wil love his car!  I have several friends that have a 325 as well (different years) and they all like their cars as well.

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