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Old 08-24-2013, 01:08 PM
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Hey. I am looking to get my first car and was wondering if you all could help me with some opinions and stuff.

First off let me just say I am a college student. I am looking to spend up to 22k the a car. The car that I would like to get is the 07/08 335i. However I am wondering if anybody can share their experience with the maintenance and any known problems.

I've looked around and have seen both opinions that 335s cost a lot to maintain, or that they cost a moderate amount as long as you know how to do the repairs. What are your experiences with repairing the car? How much do the regular replacement parts (o2 sensors, brakes, etc) end up costing?

Also, I have read about the HPFP issues and am wondering how big of an issue that is since I have seen many forum posts about it and BMW has even issued a recall. But is the issue a guaranteed failure down the line just not sure when or just luck because I dont feel like anybody has said its a ticking timebomb though many people have had the problem. Also are there any other big problems for the car that are as big? I haven't read of any but am just wondering.

Alternatively I am considering the is350. But of course it wont give the driving experience the 335 would, but would probably cost less to maintain. I know that this is a BMW forum so everybody pretty much likes BMWs, but between the two for my case, what would you recommend?

I am willing to learn how to repair the simpler parts, but in your opinions would it be wise for me to go this route or just get a cheaper to maintain car as a first car?

Thank you for your opinion, comments, and feedback!
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:14 PM
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Save your money. Concentrate on what's It's tough out there and you'll need every penny of that cash to get on your feet after graduation.

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I don't know you or your situation. But from the info you have provided a) since this is your first car you have limited driving experience and b) you are in college so you have limited resources and time to devote to a car.

Do yourself a favor and buy one of these

or one of these

These are not nearly as fun or sexy as a 335i. However, they have nice warranty and driving dynamics. They can be as much fun as an inexperienced college student driver with a constrained budget ought to have in a car.

Get a manual tranny, and in 5 years or so when you have graduated have a secure job and have begun putting aside money for the down payment on a house then get a bummer.

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on the Jetta. Our daughter's moving to grad school next week, and she's getting a Jetta SE when she get there. $18k, 3 yrs bumper-to-bumper, 5 yrs powertrain. Decent looking, nice driving, reliable for the next several years.

Could have picked up a Mustang, but the savings on insurance and lack of worry is what you want as a student.

Cover all the things you don't want to worry about when you're in school. Afterwards, go out a get a car that needs a bit more than average TLC.

OK, past being a killjoy, why not a 335? Parts are expensive. The HPFP may be taken care of now but you'll need to spend $500 - $800 getting the valves cleaned at 50k miles and every 50k thereafter. If a turbo fails, it's $$$ time.

I love my 335, as does my daughter. But I'd never give it to my her while she's still in school.
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Your budget will buy a nice 328i ..... 2009 with the styling refresh ..... less maintenance than the 335i ......

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1st car out of school you say?? Get the "Is" plenty of time for you to move up and less worries of costly repairs. Bimmers drive like no other but Lexus is a very reliable product.
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I am willing to learn how to repair the simpler parts, but in your opinions would it be wise for me to go this route or just get a cheaper to maintain car as a first car?
I truly understand the desire to have that car when you are very young. It stands to all reasons that YOU should be driving that car and not us old farts around this forum - but that's not how this Universe was designed to work. Unfortunately.

Take it in stride and just follow one advice couple of others have given you in this thread : BUY NEW since you can afford it. It doesn't seem like much, but say you get Jetta SE for $20,000 OTD, everything included. You now have $2,000 in your pocket to use for whatever will bring your dates to your bed AND for 3 years you will spend NOTHING on that car (except for gas) - guaranteed. That's worth a lot when you don't have steady income.

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Old 08-26-2013, 12:25 AM
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Thank you all for the replies! It seems like getting a new / lower maintenance car is a better choice for me.
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