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Old 05-15-2012, 11:59 AM
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And just remember, the N52 motor in the 328 is built to last, so knock wood, your maintenance costs should be manageable. It is a totally different animal than the N54.
I don't think anyone is that worried about the engine lasting. What really racks up the repair costs are the water pump, radiator leaks, thermostat, fuel pump, alternator, etc etc...all stuff that is highly likely to need replacement once you get to higher mileages. The engine is solid on the N52 or N54, but with the N54 you need to also worry about waste gates and are more likely to have injector trouble.

Anyway, my best advice to the OP would be that if maintenance sounds like it could keep you stranded, go with a vehicle that's cheaper to fix. If you're already pricing oil changes I'd venture to say you're worried about maintenance cost...
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