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Old 04-21-2013, 05:00 PM
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BMW 335i Maintenance/Repair costs?

Hi so I need to have some questions answered by someone that has owned a BMW for a while. I'm currently in the process of purchasing a new car, either a brand new Subaru BRZ or a 2009 335i Coupe which one of my family member owns so it's been in good hands. I'll spend more on the BRZ than the BMW, about $4k more.

The only thing I'm worried about is costs of maintenance or repairs on the BMW, it currently has about 35k miles on it. I'm using this as a daily driver/commuter... not much commuting but about 200 miles a week, 3/4 of that highway miles. My question is how long until you start to need major repairs? 100k miles? I know it varies on how you drive, etc. but an estimate would be great so I know what I'm getting myself into before it's too late. Also how much are your annual costs on regular maintenance, oil change, etc.? Once those major repair comes in am I looking to spend thousands?
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:05 PM
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here we go again.... who knows, u could have problems or not have problems. comparing brz to 335 is a little silly. the brz is nice but a good 335 is great....the interior of the brz would kill me...can u work on a car yourself..... that can save u big money. just did my plugs today, piece of cake. r u going to chip the 335, that means more service and possible repairs....
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:10 PM
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Not chipping it, I can work on the car myself sometimes. Not trying to compare the two cars but those are my options for the long run. Just trying to get a rough idea of how much the costs may be. As long as it runs fine for ~2 years I think that answers my question really. By that time the cost of repairs most likely won't worry me.
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:14 PM
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then its condition and service history that will give you some idea. if the car had 15k oil changes never waxed or cared for then i would pass....if it had oil changes and other service often then go for it, keep that 4k in the bank for any surprises. hpfp and turbos have a extended warranty to 80k 8yrs, i believe..
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:14 PM
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Unless you are covered by warranty, and not doing stuff yourself, BMW wants your first born to do even most the basic services. The engine compartment is so cramped that in most cases you have to remove quite a bit of parts to do any repairs. Their components have very limited tolerance ranges due to performance. But, to change oil, air filters, brakes, etc., they are very easy to DIY if you can. If you take it to the dealer or an INDY, you will pay more than an average car for sure. Their transmissions seem pretty rock solid. Engines seem to be bullet proof as well as long as you don't overheat them. Remember, nowadays, they build for performance and not necessarily for reliability.

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