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Old 10-17-2010, 06:43 PM
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Common high mileage e92 problems

I have a 2008 e92 335i with 43k miles. I am planning on purchasing a BMW extended warranty. To help me decide which one to buy (powertrain plus, gold, or platinum), what are the most common problems people have had with these cars between 50-100k miles? Of course I know about HPFP, injector, and turbo problems. But I am thinking the powertrain plus warranty would probably suffice as I haven't heard about a significant amount of suspension and other problems. Btw the powertrain plus does cover cooling, alternator, trans, rear axle, and engine module problems. I should also add I will hit 100k in six years or less.

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Old 10-17-2010, 08:59 PM
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Easy answer to this q is : yea must buy warranty ! Approx 2.5k
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:24 AM
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Easy answer to this q is : yea must buy warranty ! Approx 2.5k
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:38 AM
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I am a new BMW owner so I can only offer an opinion, for what it's worth.

I would think the electronics would fairly expensive to work on.
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Old 10-18-2010, 10:52 AM
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It would be great if anyone that has a 335 with >50k miles shares what problems they have actually encountered with the car. Thanks.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:30 AM
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Make sure whatever you get covers the turbos and wastegate. If you have iDrive, I'd make sure that's covered, too.
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:06 PM
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I always wonder how BMW dealers can make a living selling cars at $1,000 over dealer cost. Now I know, it's all the money they're making off of these extended warranties, road hazard programs and the like.
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:23 PM
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I have a 2008 e92 335i with 43k miles. I am planning on purchasing a BMW extended warranty. To help me decide which one to buy (powertrain plus, gold, or platinum), what are the most common problems people have had with these cars between 50-100k miles? Of course I know about HPFP, injector, and turbo problems. But I am thinking the powertrain plus warranty would probably suffice as I haven't heard about a significant amount of suspension and other problems. Btw the powertrain plus does cover cooling, alternator, trans, rear axle, and engine module problems. I should also add I will hit 100k in six years or less.
Good post...but w/ the N54 only being around since '07, you probably won't get much historical repair info. My experience w/ my previous BMW, 328i, was 100K and no problems; it's doubtful we will get a similar experience with our 335i.

As for ext warranty insurance; tough to say, till your house burns down!
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:32 PM
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"I always wonder how BMW dealers can make a living selling cars at $1,000 over dealer cost. Now I know, it's all the money they're making off of these extended warranties, road hazard programs and the like".

Henry Ford stated he would give his cars away if the people brought them to the dealer for service. I believe to this day a dealer's service department is the cash cow for any automaker, be it warranty repair or not.
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JLIPTION--I'm the proud owner of a 2007 335i. To share some perspective, I would NOT own this vehicle without a warranty. Rather than spend $2K on an extended warranty, I decided to trade it in and put that money towards a 2011 355i. Don't get me wrong--it's a great car. But turbo charged engines, especially the N54, are are more complex with many moving parts and usually require more TLC than simpler naturally aspirated engines.

Also, BMW's electrical systems have become a lot more complex in recent years. Whenever computers are involved, the liklihood of issues significantly increases.
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Henry Ford stated he would give his cars away if the people brought them to the dealer for service. I believe to this day a dealer's service department is the cash cow for any automaker, be it warranty repair or not.
My BMW is the first new car I've purchased. I was aware dealers made most of their money in the service department. I was aware they tried to pad their bottom line by selling stuff like "underseal" and extended warranties. What has surprised me is how many people are buying these add-ons. The dealers make money if the car needs service; the dealers make money if it doesn't need service. That's a heck of a deal for the dealer. No wonder people call them stealers.
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Whenever computers are involved, the liklihood of issues significantly increases.
What evidence exists to back up this statement? I would assert that the addition of electronics to automobiles has greatly improved their reliability. Software and solid-state electronics don't wear out like mechanical parts do.
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