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Old 05-14-2012, 10:11 AM
smbmw3 smbmw3 is offline
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Originally Posted by wattage View Post
Just be aware the BMW's are not inexpensive cars. Oil Changes are just one piece of the puzzle.

Need new tires 1000 - 1500 unless you replace the run flats. But then you need a spare that sits in your trunk - 350. Oh and you'll go through those tires every 15 - 30 K. Need an alignment - 130 at a good independent, 200 at a dealer.

Brakes - 1000 unless you can do them yourself.

Coolant, transmission, diff oil changes - 50 - 100 a pop.

I love my 2008 328i and have no thoughts of selling it but the cost with depreciation and real maintenance has been about 75 cents a mile and that has been with no major problems. Do the math for 10000 miles per year. They are great cars but just because you can afford the initial cost does not mean you can afford the car.

I'm not trying to scare you but you need to be aware.
Yes, this is a good point. I will note that an independent shop can save about 3-350 on brakes, however. Most of the prices listed are stealership prices.

I had a 328i for a year, then upgraded to my current 335i. During that time, I have had the following done at an indy shop:

Tires - Conti DSW + Alignment on 328i = $750
Tires - Conto DSW + Enkei EKM3 Rims = $1,100 (Discount tire matching tire rack + $200 in rebates)
Front Brakes on 335i = $665 (rotors, etc)
3 total oil changes = $85 each
Current: 1998 BMW M3
Former: 2007 335i and 328i

Last edited by smbmw3; 05-14-2012 at 10:15 AM.
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