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Old 07-08-2009, 02:21 PM
Doc Holliday Doc Holliday is offline
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Originally Posted by blord1124 View Post
buying a $20-$30k M-car is about the cheapest expense... (ok, not really) but expect 4-figure inspections... be prepared when anything breaks to be immediately in the $500-$1000 range, if it is minor. $250-$400 oil changes (depending where you get it done). I probably pay a more because I get all the work done at BMW Seattle... but, none the less... most shops think if you are going to drive an M-Car.... the price of fixing it is just the cost of admission.

So... age isn't of concern... rather, if you're going to buy a fantastic car... can you REALLY afford to fully maintain it under just about any circumstance? (clutch, brakes/rotors, tires, oil changes, inspections - these are quite expensive) etc... also... responsible or not... it can be tough to keep under the speed limit on nice sunny friday afternoon days, so, the price of tickets, and insurance premiums too...
If you can do some of the work yourself, you can lower some of these. I'm still amazed at anyone who takes a car to a dealer for an oil change. You should just hand them your ATM card and PIN and get it out of the way.

However, he's right in that the cost of stuff you CAN'T fix yourself is even worse on an M than on a regular BMW.

If you've got the money for the upkeep, and it would be high, then have at it. You only live once. If you don't have the money to do the upkeep right, wait a few years until you have that MD, then go to town.
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