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Old 01-12-2013, 06:42 AM
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Buying mom a BMW. Need info

Hello everyone. I am trying to purchase my mother a BMW. I had a 7 series before and I loved it but it seems like every week something was wrong with it. Also the valve cover gaskets went bad so I had to sell it :-( but anyway I was asking people about BMWs and they were telling me that the 3 series can be more reliable. I wanted to get her a 2006 550I but I think that would be do expensive for her to repair. But I really like the 2007 bmw 328I coupe. Are those pretty reliable?

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Old 01-12-2013, 06:57 AM
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Also the valve cover gaskets went bad so I had to sell it :-( but anyway I was asking people about BMWs and they were telling me that the 3 series can be more reliable.
Well I just changed my valve cover on my E90 2007. Although a rare problem, the job was pricey (1000$). In general, the E9X are reliable, but I won't bet on this past 7 years.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:11 AM
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Are you trying to get back at your mom for some bad childhood memories?

Don't buy your mom an old, out of warranty BMW ..... get her a 2010 or newer 328i still under full maintenance and warranty so she can enjoy the car without troubles!
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Are those pretty reliable?
It depends on what you mean by "pretty reliable". According to Consumer Reports, the 3-Series is the most reliable Euro sports sedan. My own experience, however, is that the 3 has been much less reliable than just about every other car I've owned that was built in recent years.

I love BMW performance and handling, but I don't see myself buying another one once my extended warranty has expired.

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Are you trying to get back at your mom for some bad childhood memories?

Don't buy your mom an old, out of warranty BMW ..... get her a 2010 or newer 328i still under full maintenance and warranty so she can enjoy the car without troubles!
I'll go a little further. Unless mom's behavior brings "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" to everyone's mind, I'd suggest that you buy her something (new, with a warranty) that's very user friendly.

Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus products come to immediate mind.
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Are you trying to get back at your mom for some bad childhood memories?

Don't buy your mom an old, out of warranty BMW ..... get her a 2010 or newer 328i still under full maintenance and warranty so she can enjoy the car without troubles!

Good advice. But....9 out o'10 mom's prefer a 5.

Then again, why not a minivan? Like, grossly more practical.
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This guy posted over in the 5 series thread and got ALL the same responses. I'm not sure what hes trying to accomplish - to me it sounds like he wants his mom to buy a BMW so he can drive it...
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stay away from 7 series is a good idea

3 series possibly the most reliable BMW around

328i low mileage (50,000) would be ideal for her
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This guy posted over in the 5 series thread and got ALL the same responses. I'm not sure what hes trying to accomplish - to me it sounds like he wants his mom to buy a BMW so he can drive it...

LOL that is true. I will be driving it as well. We already have a lexus I just want to add some german feel to the yard. I just want some opinons on the 3 series and 5 series that's all. I rather get info from people who actually have the cars rather than listen to these car rating websites. But I think imma go with the 3 series for her. I love my mom to death and I want her to have a nice car.
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Well I just changed my valve cover on my E90 2007. Although a rare problem, the job was pricey (1000$). In general, the E9X are reliable, but I won't bet on this past 7 years.
I rather pay 1000$ than pay 12,000$ to replace the 7 series valve covers
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LOL that is true. I will be driving it as well. We already have a lexus I just want to add some german feel to the yard. I just want some opinons on the 3 series and 5 series that's all. I rather get info from people who actually have the cars rather than listen to these car rating websites. But I think imma go with the 3 series for her. I love my mom to death and I want her to have a nice car.
A well chosen 3er should serve your mom quite well. Just make sure it is well chosen. If she's not a power demon then a 328i would suit her needs just fine.
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LOL that is true. I will be driving it as well. We already have a lexus I just want to add some german feel to the yard. I just want some opinons on the 3 series and 5 series that's all. I rather get info from people who actually have the cars rather than listen to these car rating websites. But I think imma go with the 3 series for her. I love my mom to death and I want her to have a nice car.
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