- Mar 19, 2002
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I am thinking about purchasing a 3 series BMW or an Audi A4. Does anyone have any personal experiences with either of these cars?
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My family is on their 4th BMW in 20 years. We've always enjoyed them and they've been very reliable. My car for the summer is going to be a 87' 635csi with 240k on it. It's been well taken care of and runs like a top with no problems since we've owned it. My Dad's previous car, a 92' 525i with a 5spd, had over 120k on it before it was hit by a postal truck. Â That being said, they're fairly expensive cars to repair if something really goes wrong, but that doesn't happen that often. And if you're involved in an accident you will probably have to have panels shipped from Germany.Do you know how reliable BMW's are around the 100K mark? Â This is one of main concerns.
They're reliable as long as they're maintained. Â The engine and manual transmissions are near bulletproof when not abused. Â Certain wear items will need to be replaced at that age, though. Â If you're talking about cars with 100k miles, you're talking about the E36 chassis (92-99 3-series). Â By 100k miles, the stock shocks and many suspension bushings will need replacement (if it hasn't happened already). Â Lots of people drive on the old, tired components, but you'd be giving up the handling, one of the best parts of driving a BMW. ÂDo you know how reliable BMW's are around the 100K mark? Â This is one of main concerns.
Ahh, that changes things a bit, I guess only time will tell. Dah328's advice is awesome, definitly take whatever car you're thinking of to an independent BMW mechanic. I was talking to a BMW mechanic recently and he said that the overall quality of BMW, MB, and Audi has gone down significantly from even 5-7yrs ago. The quality of plastics and overall build quality has gone (especially on American built MB's and BMW's) in the name of higher profits.I'm conidering 2002 models. Â I just want to know how they hold up becasue I plan to drive it for awhile.
The reasons you chose the A4 are the exact reasons I am considering it. Do you have a 1.8T or 3.0 Liter?I've got a 2003 A4, with about 24k miles on it. I like the car a lot, sport suspension handles well and the cabin is spacious. Drove the 3 series as well, decided upon the A4 for its distinctiveness and price.
I have heard the same. I have also heard Turbos can be a pain. A friend of mine had a 944 Turbo and he used to have to let the car warm up for two minutes (even in the warmer months) before he took, as well as let it run for two minutes before he shut it off. Whnay is this true with your A4?I've heard it's generally recommended to avoid used vehicles with the Audi/VW turbo engines, for what it's worth.