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Wanted: BMW repair cost horror stories...

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Reevolving, May 17, 2010.

  1. mdao63

    mdao63 Well-Known Member

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    Back in the day, each trip to the shop:
    3 series $300
    5 series $500
    7 series you get the idea.
    The Japanese (and now Korean) autos seem to be commodities in terms of risk/return. For the bimmer, check the used cars very carefully before purchase.
    IMO, the bimmers are much more fun to drive.
     
  2. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Well-Known Member

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    any 360 Modena ownership stories?
     
  3. Cavalier

    Cavalier Well-Known Member

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    Back in the day, each trip to the shop:
    3 series $300
    5 series $500
    7 series you get the idea.
    The Japanese (and now Korean) autos seem to be commodities in terms of risk/return. For the bimmer, check the used cars very carefully before purchase.
    IMO, the bimmers are much more fun to drive.


    I want to go to your shop

    Watch out for Acuras-- their auto trannys suck.
     
  4. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    For my Mercedes SL, it cost $1000 to service the timing chain guide rails.
     
  5. uvmboi13

    uvmboi13 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with going with a G35 or Lexus IS350. If you go G35, mind as well go coupe. [​IMG]
     
  6. spertia

    spertia Well-Known Member

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    Watch out for Acuras-- their auto trannys suck.

    Yep, my wife han an Acura years ago in which the automatic transmission had to be replaced at 20k miles.
     
  7. Rye GB

    Rye GB Well-Known Member

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    I don't know too much about cars so excuse the lingo.

    My friends 03 325 Coupe has 38K on the clock and extended his warranty last year for an additional 3 years for $2k.

    He had the car serviced at BMW Beverly Hills only 2 months ago. Some kind of bulb had bust in one of the headlights and they tried to claim it wasn't warranty covered, cost to fix $900. I don't know the details but in the end after haggling and begging the warranty covered it.

    On Wednesday his car wouldn't start. He had it towed to BMW. After 48 hours of having the car BMW hadn't even looked at it. Yesterday they said his "ignition" I'm sure that's what it is had four leaks and his oil pan was busted and all of the weather stripping around the windows is falling off and the front brakes are caput. He claims if they only just serviced the car how come the ignition and oil pan issue wasn't diagnosed two months ago.
    He still doesn't have his car because BMW want the warranty adjuster to come and make an evaluation before doing any of the work.

    Sounds fuck'n nuts to me!!
     
  8. SpallaCamiccia

    SpallaCamiccia Well-Known Member

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    same question, but:

    -AMG horror stories? particularly the 5.5 s/c'ed cars.
    -996 3.6L horror stories? I've heard them about the 3.4L's but how about 3.4's?


    Oh the bad name of the worst 911 ever is gone overseas too? Tons of them are for sale with less than 100.000 km due to that.

    Back to the bmw , you can get almost all the pieces 2nd hand for cheap and take the car to a mechanic you trust.
     
  9. SpallaCamiccia

    SpallaCamiccia Well-Known Member

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    any 360 Modena ownership stories?

    3 f1 auto gear broken in a row. 30.000 euros bill , radiator broken 5000 and so and so...
     
  10. JohnGalt

    JohnGalt Well-Known Member

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    Yikes, I'm very happy someone posted this thread. I am looking for a used car, and this answered a lot of my questions.

    My top 3 choices are:

    1. 2004+ Acura TL
    2. 2003+ Infiniti G35
    3. 2003+BMW 3 Series

    Looking for somewhat decent maintenance costs, and good gas mileage.

    Any thoughts?


    g35
     
  11. Yimmy1234

    Yimmy1234 Member

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    Yikes, I'm very happy someone posted this thread. I am looking for a used car, and this answered a lot of my questions.

    My top 3 choices are:

    1. 2004+ Acura TL
    2. 2003+ Infiniti G35
    3. 2003+BMW 3 Series

    Looking for somewhat decent maintenance costs, and good gas mileage.

    Any thoughts?


    2003 BMW 330i ZHP
     
  12. Huntsman

    Huntsman Well-Known Member

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    Any comments on the Z4 M's? I'm about to buy an '07 coupe.
     
  13. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    What about the reliability of the first-generation 6-series or M6 (E24)?
     
  14. A Y

    A Y Well-Known Member

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    Any comments on the Z4 M's? I'm about to buy an '07 coupe.

    They are good cars, but as with anything high performance, maintenance is necessary and can be expensive, but since you own a Jag, it will probably be a cakewalk for you. Make sure the gearbox and diff had the 1200 break-in oil-change (BMW requires this), and the car's had good maintenance: oil change and filter every 7500 miles, and diff and tranny fluids every 30K. The oil is a special BMW oil, and probably the diff, too, since it is an LSD. The S54 engine needs its valves adjusted every Inspection period, too, about 30K miles.

    The rear shock mounts can go early in these cars --- you hear a clunk, but there's not a major degradation in performance.

    It's also the last really good-handling car BMW made --- enjoy it!

    --Andre
     
  15. Smartalox

    Smartalox Well-Known Member

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    What about the reliability of the first-generation 6-series or M6 (E24)?

    Everything you need is right here: http://www.bigcoupe.com/checklist.php

    Click on the 'buyer's guide'

    I looked at one before I bought my e30. Known problems are
    - cabin heater cores
    - water pump
    - cracked engine blocks

    The upshot is that the bodies on these cars are dead sexy, and timeless. Swap out the engine, and you can have some REAL fun
     
  16. Journeyman

    Journeyman Well-Known Member

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    I can't speak for newer BMWs but older ones have interence engines and so it is essential to change the timing belt at the correct intervals. If the timing belt breaks, all hell will break loose within your engine and it certainly won't be cheap to fix it.
     
  17. larryr

    larryr Well-Known Member

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    Don't take a BMW to BMW for repairs. Find a good reputable shop who specializes in german cars
     
  18. henrikc

    henrikc Well-Known Member

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    You'll find horror stories for almost all brands. If you want it and you know that you can afford it given a decent repair cost estimate, go for it.
     
  19. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

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    Any comments on the Z4 M's? I'm about to buy an '07 coupe.
    This sounds like a fun purchase. Looking forward to pics.
     
  20. Cavalier

    Cavalier Well-Known Member

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    Any comments on the Z4 M's? I'm about to buy an '07 coupe.

    Great car, as long as you're not worried about normal repair bills (figure $1-2K a year if you drive regularly)
     

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