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Old 04-23-2013, 09:20 PM
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thinking of becoming a "solely BMW" household-are we nuts?

We got bit bad by the Bimmer bug.
First we traded in the Sebring vert for an 07 Z4.
Then we traded in the 08 CRV for an 06 X3.

The only other car left is my 05 Vibe, which we bought brand new. Mind you, it is a well-maintained vehicle I use almost daily. But it is no BMW in terms of drive/ride quality. We are kicking around the idea of trading it in and getting me an 03-06 3 series. This BMW will have around 8x,xxx miles on it. M54 or N52 engine.

I have not settled in one one particular car. No reason to fall for a single vehicle then find a bad service record. Whatever we choose, it will have a PPI from our local indy place. I am only looking at cars from reputable dealers, with decent service records. I am doing lots of homework on BMW since most dealers don't know a thing about the brand.

Are we insane?
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:19 AM
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If having three out of warranty BMW's is not an issue for you I say go for it. Life is short.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:06 AM
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I am old enough to remember when a 5 year old car was ready for the junk yard. My family rarely bought cars that were "newer". In the 1970's Dad had a 59 Rambler and Mom's Volvo Wagon (circa 1970s) is still doing Demolition Derby in Indiana. I am accustomed to out-of-warranty cars. So, yeah, life IS short and I hope our mechanics are good.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:12 AM
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Good luck. Keep us informed. We like pics also.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:15 AM
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You have some experience so you probably realize this but BMW parts cost more too. An oil change for my Suzuki SUV is about $30 in parts. An oil change for my 128i vert is about $70 in parts (Tischer). We're thinking of trading in the zuk on a X3 (I want to drive a X1 too but it is probably too small). It isn't the practical choice but sometimes practical isn't the right answer.

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Old 04-24-2013, 09:47 AM
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Agreed. But I think a BMW can be practical. I love the X3. Hauling hay and chicken feed has never been so fun! The upcost in parts/labor/oil changes is coming for every car. I believe soon every car will cost more to own.

It feels like getting/nurturing/keeping a good car makes more sense than buying new and discarding after 100,000 miles.

I will post pics!
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:49 AM
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yes u nuts for not doing this earlier
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:47 PM
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We may do the same. Currently have an 04 ZHP (Not for sale!), 08 MINI Clubman S and an 02 Saturn VUE (For winter/airport as neither of the Bimmers are practical). So we may lose the MINI and the VUE for an X3...down to 2 BMWs. The Saturn got driven 5 times last year...don't need it anymore.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:01 PM
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The E46 is actually pretty easy to keep going. The E46 guys have pretty much documented what goes wrong and how to tear down and do the needed maintenance or repair.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:29 PM
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The search is on and I continue to be surprised how many BMWs there are in St Louis, Missouri. And how few salesmen understand them. Two older salesmen from reputable dealerships told me " I have never even looked inside one".
One I looked at today (2006 325i, 116,XXX) had "service engine" light on, as well as body damage and a driver's side rearview mirror out of alignment. However, it was a pretty wine red color and drove nicely. I asked the sales guy why he had a car for sale that had a service light on and he shrugged.
Definitely a "buyer beware" experience!
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:30 PM
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The E46 is actually pretty easy to keep going. The E46 guys have pretty much documented what goes wrong and how to tear down and do the needed maintenance or repair.
That is why I am looking hard at them. The local indy place gave E46 a big thumbs up for ease of maintenance.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:08 PM
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...and without meaning to I annoyed a BMW salesman at the local dealership when I commented that the matte finish on a showroom car made it look freshly Bondo-ed and ready to paint.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:33 PM
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thinking of becoming a "solely BMW" household-are we nuts?

2 cars and 2 bikes for me.
03 330xi, 07 Z4 3.0Si, 03 R1150RT, and a 81 R100RT.
What could be better?


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Old 04-26-2013, 07:59 PM
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...and without meaning to I annoyed a BMW salesman at the local dealership when I commented that the matte finish on a showroom car made it look freshly Bondo-ed and ready to paint.
Hahaha! I'm glad someone else feels the same!

As for your car situation, I don't see why it'd be so strange, if your can afford the upkeep. And you got to admit these cars are built to last (tho jury's still out on some newer models)

I'm driving a z4 now, but my brother is using my old 10yrold e46 (which I have to say handles better than the newer z4) which still runs fine.
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Agreed. But I think a BMW can be practical. I love the X3. Hauling hay and chicken feed has never been so fun! The upcost in parts/labor/oil changes is coming for every car. I believe soon every car will cost more to own.

It feels like getting/nurturing/keeping a good car makes more sense than buying new and discarding after 100,000 miles.

I will post pics!
How does it do for hauling a cord of firewood or a yard of topsoil?
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:47 PM
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As for topsoil (in bags), I just throw a blanket down first, and the X3 stays pristine. Cordwood would do equally well.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:11 AM
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The search continues for the third BMW. Thought we had one but the PPI did not work out.
Have decided on a 3 liter X drive, prob 06.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:30 PM
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Re: thinking of becoming a "solely BMW" household-are we nuts?

Pulled the trigger
2007 328i
Tiefgruen and beige Dakota.

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Old 05-08-2013, 03:06 AM
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If having three out of warranty BMW's is not an issue for you I say go for it. Life is short.
Ha! So true. When I told my Dad I was on the fence about buying a BMW he told me, "You only go around once, enjoy it". I haven't stopped yet

Good luck.

BTW - I had a Vibe as a rental years ago and it was a nice car.
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