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Old 11-24-2010, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by EvolutionTheory View Post
This thread is getting WAAAAAAY OFF TOPIC!

Would you agree with me on the premise that if I do not wish to own my 2011 or 2012 535i X-drive beyond 3-4 years, and if purchased I would likely sell within 6 years, a lease would be more appropriate than paying cash upfront so far as money saved vs money lost in depreciation? I guess I'm looking for a more direct answer than 'it's personal preference'.

One issue I'm currently getting burned on is the amount of repairs necessary to keep my '04 325i in good condition. **** breaks. Often. I am not a heavy footed driver and as far as I can tell I treat the car very well. There are just so many mechanical issues. I do NOT want to own a BMW beyond warranty at this point.
According to the 2011 Consumer's Reports Buying Guide the 2004 BMW 325i has an "average" frequency of repair. Maybe you just got a lemon. Your car is seven years old. To really address this accurately it would be helpful to know exactly how much you have spent on repairs, not maintainance, in the past two years.

Sorry, to get so "off topic", but some of this is about why we all spend so much money to buy a high quality German car rather than a less expensive American car. After all, some name callers would refer to the German economic system as "Socialism". Which, of course, it isn't. Or is it?
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