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Old 05-24-2013, 09:17 PM
paulodominichio paulodominichio is offline
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Caught in a tough decision

Proud owner of 2006 325xi, awesome vehicle. Best I have owned. Getting a little long in the tooth, 136000 miles and gaskets should be replaced, defrost fan doesn't work now, things like this. So the question....repair and keep the vehicle or replace with a 2011(Keeping the inline 6). I probably have about $3000 in up keep, but a new would be much more(after selling this one).....just pondering the idea....thoughts anyone.....
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:50 PM
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Tough Decision

I know how you feel - it's a slippery slope. I dumped nearly $7K into my old 2001 540i 6-sp before my wife said "get rid of it." I loved that car, but it still needed thousands more in repairs and I would still be left with an old car with 130+K miles on it. I was going to lease but was offered an incredible finance package for a new left over 2011 M-Sport with a stick.

I still miss the old five, but there's nothing better than new with a warranty.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:23 PM
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Going thru that right now with my wife's Nissan. Paid it off and every 3-5 months, 1-2K in repairs. Now, transmission having issues again at only 113K. Wondering about my 335i in 65K (will be over 100k and CPO). Every mile is killing something in there. Sigh...
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:37 PM
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Proud owner of 2006 325xi, awesome vehicle. Best I have owned. Getting a little long in the tooth, 136000 miles and gaskets should be replaced, defrost fan doesn't work now, things like this. So the question....repair and keep the vehicle or replace with a 2011(Keeping the inline 6). I probably have about $3000 in up keep, but a new would be much more(after selling this one).....just pondering the idea....thoughts anyone.....

Three li'l letters: DIY

You'll save a bundle....why not get to know what you have?
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:54 AM
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Consider what has already been replaced that hopefully won't go wrong for a long time. What's the body and paint like?

Forget sunk cost...its future costs that count against the 'need' for a replacement.

Bored with it? Not fast as the one down the street? Ego/image?

If there were lots of miles on mine in 5 years time I would definitely consider a replacement but not with new...3 years old with about 20k miles...possibly finance or savings if I don't move back to Swansea before its too late.

Definitely learn to service yourself.

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Old 05-25-2013, 06:22 AM
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I have 2006 330xi (AT, PP, nav) 143k miles, original battery, water pump, thermo stat, oxy sensor, gasket, auto trans fluid, I believe original AC inert gas. 17k oil change interval. I only replace if they do go bad, otherwise I will need to spend $4k...
Recently changed shocks (1 was leaking), low D1S (Morimoto 3Five) beam bulbs, 1 parking light bulb, changed rear rotors on the 3rd set of brake pads. (still original front rotor)
Replaced parts history: 2 sets of ignition coils, 2 steering racks (due to steering lock issue, 1 was under warranty the other $1,200), 1 MAF sensor (due to H&N oil air filter since replaced back with OEM air filter), spark plugs at 100k, typical brake/coolant flush schedule, air/cabin filter.
I use indy to keep the labor costs reasonable and I can get BMW parts at dealer at 20% off with bmwcca.org membership.

This is the longest mile car I've ever kept and it still drives very well so I have not needed to replace it. Still debating for future car 328i w/DHP or go 320i / X1 route.
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:41 PM
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Diy

That is a consideration, the oil pan gasket to replace is about 70.00 in parts, and i know it is a little difficult to get to, but really.....charging 1700.00 to replace from a sevice center ridiculous...which led to this post....
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:47 PM
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yeah, this is issue. Much money has been invested. Pretty vigilant on the fluid changes. I know that with the mileage, changing the gaskets, set for another 50K at least maybe more. Paint, Body, interior, all pretty good. But....the new appeals...but i just get the same platform. No material improvements, no major gas mileage improvements, so anyone have a suggestion for the best download for service manual?
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Old 05-26-2013, 12:52 PM
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I have always used this approach in the past. But my life is more complicated and time is very valuable, 3 young boys in the house and an effort to break 79 in golf. So I know that DIY is the best, more confident in my younger years to tackle anything. But I am in a different place, just would like to find and use a reasonable service facility. The problem, the small shops price just under the dealerships, and the dealerships are almost $175 an HOUR for labor. REALLY.....
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