Originally Posted by gnatty8
Wow, you are either having bad luck with your car in particular or the mean time to failure for BMW components is longer than I have ever kept one!
Originally Posted by djh
May be on the slightly higher side, but that's pretty standard for an older BMW if you want to take care of it.
Yeah, it's a 13 year old car and parts are starting to reach the end of their life. The biggest components are still in excellent working order with no issues (drivetrain, chassis and body, major electrical) but other stuff just wears out.
The main issue is cost of components - for instance the last major repairs I did were to replace the brakes (rotors, lines and pads) and the O2 sensor and a couple of other sensors that I forget which ones. Total repair bill was about a grand including labor, and I thought I got a deal considering what I thought it would cost.
With that said, I actually doubt that performing the same repairs on a Honda or Toyota would be much cheaper, but I am not well informed on those marques