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Old 08-31-2012, 01:43 PM
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In 2009, I spent 531$ to fix the under-covers that were all broken - my car is lowered. I should have just removed them.
What are under-covers? Is this something to be done when lowering the car?
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:03 AM
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What are under-covers? Is this something to be done when lowering the car?
He's talking about the plastic pieces that protects your car.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:23 AM
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I bought my 06 325 in February. It had right around 86000 miles on it. So far I've had to replace the window regulator ($75) fixed my self. Now it is in the shop for bad alternator and battery which is 1076.12 with labor. hopefully nothing else anytime soon lol.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:30 AM
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I have a box of new parts for my annual maintenance -- filters, oil, wiper blades -- that I plan to do in the next few months. The pile of parts cost roughly $200 if my memory serves me.

If you're referring to repair costs -- it is unlikely to be $100 or $200 each month. It's random, and there is a large dispersion about the mean. Many months it will be $0. Some months it will be $500, or $1000. If you're really lucky some month and need a motor and buy it from a BMW dealer, it might cost you $14,000 that month.

Consumer Reports generally gives BMWs black dots for "owner cost". I don't worry about it. Eurocars are an expensive hobby, but there are even more expensive hobbies.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:28 PM
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Mein Auto: 335 vert//M3/4/ 13Outback
5 years 5 months 335i with 54,000 miles.
Costs outside of 4/50 warranty are oil changes I did (7L Castrol Synthetic plus filter), new set of Michelin Pilot Sports A/S, Cool Carbon not because the OEMs were shot but because I wanted to reduce or eliminate the brake dust.
Estimate oil changes to be around $42 each and I do those at someplace between 8-10K miles (Blackstone report added $20 to this and confirms life left in the oil) and have done a total of 4 so $168 bucks
Cool Carbons BavAuto had a good deal on a set for $180.00
Michelins were $600 because they had a rebate
Plugs at $60 and transmission change and diff change another $140
Lift time and mounting and balance add another $ 40.00
Misc cleaning and lube supplies add another $40
Total approximately $1228 for 5 1/2 years.
Future I expect to maintain the same oil, transmission, diff change interval
Replace rotors when needed and struts and shocks the same.

I seem to be pretty easy on brakes and struts, shocks since my M3 which I have owned since I bought it from the dealer is still on the OEM brakes and struts and shocks and they are still fine at 88K miles.

I guess a lot has to do with where you live and how hard you drive your ride...

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Old 09-03-2012, 06:23 PM
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Another recurrent cost I didn't think.... AAA/CAA suscription. 170$/yr w/taxes.

I wouldn't have to pay it with a new BMW under warranty.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:01 PM
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As a data point, my last car was a 2008 335i SP/PP/6M. Purchased new, took delivery Dec 2008, traded Oct 2011 with 85K on the clock. I spent $6,100 on routine maintenance during my ownership. Only the SAT radio module had to be replaced under warranty. Nothing broke out of warranty. HPFP replaced under recall, but original had never failed.

All work performed by an independent mechanic. I maintained the car using the "old school" method of oil changes every 7500 miles, other fluids changed often, MTL and Rear diff fluids changed at 50K. Only items other than fluid changes were brakes (F&R), spark plugs and of course tires. I had oil changes performed in between BMW's provided oil changes during the warranty period, and then on the 7,500 mile interval. Used BMW oil during the first 50K miles, Mobil 1 5W30 after. Price does not reflect replacing two wheels bent from potholes (approx. $700), insurance or gas.

With that, my pure maintenance expenses were approx. 7.2 cents per mile or $132.61 per month of ownership. As always YMMV.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:41 PM
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130k miles 2006 330xi. 17k oil change interval. avg 25.5 mpg for my driving condition.
Original battery, AT/Steering fluid, struts, shocks, belts.
Changed wiper relay, ignition coils twice, steering wheel column (due to lock issue) twice (once under warranty, 2nd time was $1,200), MAF sensor ($400, due to K&N oil filter since removed), brake pads twice, brake fluid per computer, diff fluid/spark plugs at 100k.

After a year of non-functional driver's side door lock (I use the metal key to unlock), which I was certain is a bad actuator, it seems to have fixed itself! Now the remote can lock/unlock driver's door fine.
Car still drives very nicely with Conti DWS tires.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:50 PM
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Since December, when I replaced a sensor in my '08 335i, I have spent exactly $0 on maintaining my car, other than a new RFT tire ($451-installed). The sensor was $700, though...

Also, I have an oil change scheduled on Friday ($79.99)

OK... so I've spent a bit more than $0.
What sensor cost you$700?
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:33 PM
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Mine is pretty nasty.
Bought it in April. Checked out mechanically. Within 4 months of daily commute here's what I had to pay.
Water Pump
Thermostat
Battery
Belt Tensioner
Brake Sensor
Radiator Fan
$1500

Oil Pan Gasket
$800

$255 per month so far...
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:14 PM
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I do all the maintenance: preventative and break-down on my own to save ridiculous dealer or mechanic hourly charges. I mean in this world where information is at the tips of our finger 24/7 with a little instruction and some tools
You can easily maintain and rapair your bimmer with no problem. I have had my z3 for about 4 years now. On one occasion my water pump jammed causing mt radiator fan and shroud to break... The parts, quality German aftermarket mostly bosch cost me $150... Not bad huh.... Next I have changed the battery OEM $150. Next I just recently changed my transmission and rear axle fluids $58 in oils and tools. 4new tires Khumo 420(installed and balanced)An oil change costs me around $40 8auarts of Mobil 1 + filter.

So conclusion is: Always try to do your own maintenance.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:16 AM
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2008 335i Coupe with 48k on the odometer.
I did a 1200 mile and 5000 mile oil change, then did oil chages @ 7500 miles at $91 dollars a piece. I had the oil tested and the result was that I could easily go 10k miles between oil changes.
I had the underbody plastic replaced after my wife dropped it off a curb, backing out of the driveway: $110.
I'm out of warranty now and I just had the oil changed, manual gearbox and rear differential fluids replaced, and the hydraulic fluid drained and filled, (and had the CDV removed while they were at it) ~$400.
I will be changing the oil once a year now, or 10k miles, whichever first.
I think my next out of pocket expense will be the shocks/springs.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:40 AM
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Lots of engine problems are covered by the emission warranty and if you live in some states it goes up to 10 years 150,000 miles.
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:44 AM
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Greetings.

I understand that the maintenance cost for 3 series varies a lot depending on which shops or dealers you use, it would be helpful if you guys can share some of your information regarding the maintenance cost.

As long as it costs roughly $100-$200 per month, I might afford it but since there's some opinions that one would spend HUGE amount of money and effort to maintain 3 series, I cannot ignore the problem.

You may be more appreciated if your bimmer's 3 series coupe : )

Thank you! And hope you can share the info!
Hi , I purchase my Bmw used 08 but purchase the " bumper to bumper" care for 2 yeas which cost be about $3500- 4000. Anytime I have an issue is free . Don't worry to much about these cars , A Bmw is well stable car , if you drive it with care it will last if you decide to hit every pot hole and drive like a mad man well your car won't last too long before it needs to be taken to the mechanic .
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:29 AM
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We've owned the 328xi for 2 years now, purchased brand new, and so far we've had 1 tire that needed to be changed and a new alternator, due to a rough idle. I don't kid myself about upcoming maintenance and costs, once we run out of warranty, but truth be told, I can't wait to get there! Why you ask? Well, our monthly payments are just over $600, there is no way the car would cost this much to maintain, once it's paid off. My point is, don't be afraid of the upkeep, be afraid of loans!
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:45 AM
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Hi , I purchase my Bmw used 08 but purchase the " bumper to bumper" care for 2 yeas which cost be about $3500- 4000. Anytime I have an issue is free . Don't worry to much about these cars , A Bmw is well stable car , if you drive it with care it will last if you decide to hit every pot hole and drive like a mad man well your car won't last too long before it needs to be taken to the mechanic .
Free..? It cost you between $3500 and 4000. That will buy you a whole lot of maintenance and then some in two years.

I DIY just about everytning, that would cover my costs for about five or six years!

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Old 09-10-2012, 08:12 AM
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Free..? It cost you between $3500 and 4000. That will buy you a whole lot of maintenance and then some in two years.

I DIY just about everytning, that would cover my costs for about five or six years!
ok well it's not free but I had no choose if i wanted to purchase the car without having a co-signer that was the only deal that worked for me . It was there way of saying, this 1st time buyer program is a way to not charge extra on interest but still get our money and you'll get car service etc... :/ .
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