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Old 08-30-2014, 08:02 PM
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to keep or not to keep 328 2011 after lease end

2011 328 x Classic(love it) 32K KMs (I am in Canada no miles here ) lease end May 2015.
I took over the lease of this car Sep 2013 with 24K on it. Had Lexus RX350. After winter pushed it out because I felt in love with this little "jet fighter" (I cannot call it different ).
And don't want to touch SUVs anymore.

Got some calls from BMW dealership (kind of : your lease comes to the end let's see what we can do for you). Drove 328 2014. Nothing in common...
For me it is just like another Japanese luxury.
After trying couple of others on that level and especially highly promoted as better than BMW 328 new LEX IS350, I came to a final conclusion: I will not let go my BMW at least until lease end. For me nothing is close to REAL 328.

I feel that the smartest thing for me will be just to keep this car until I will find something that will drive at least like it (of course in the same price range). By lease end the max mileage that I will do will be 45K.

The residual of the car is 19200 CA + tax. So it will be very practical from economical point of view just to refinance. And even after 2 years I can get some money for it.

Now couple of questions:

1. what I can expect as a trouble for 2011 model with the mileage 45K without warranty for next 2 years(making 15k per year), mostly driving on highway. Does the age (4years old) would take over the low mileage in terms of make car aging and become unreliable..

2. would it be a right idea, before end of the lease to take the car to an independent mechanic and in case something will be found to ask BMW to fix all.


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Old 08-30-2014, 09:19 PM
wilt wilt is offline
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BMWs generally do not have much in the way of repairs, other than water pump and thermostat, until 90K+ miles (150K km.)

45K km is NOT 'high miles'! I don't know what Canada warranty period is, but in US it is 50K miles (83K km), and the average car in US gets driven 15K miles (25K km) annually
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Old 08-31-2014, 02:32 AM
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I would say that with the mileage as low as yours, you should expect pretty much maintenance free driving for the next couple of years.

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Old 08-31-2014, 04:31 AM
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Thumbs up I'd say keep it!

I just purchased a 2011 335 coupe with 30,000 kms for $34,000, so a buyout on yours of less than $20,000 sounds like a great deal to me.
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:43 AM
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The warranty period in Canada is the same 80k km or 48 month for all luxury cars.
So it is covered until lease end by time and the mileage doesn't play any role in my case.

The main question for me is the reliability after warranty period. From my car ownership experience I have no doubt that this car should be as a new until 100K km.

But all kind of stories about modern BMWs after warranty makes me a bit concerned.

Again with my low mileage and normal care this car should serve me for couple of more years for sure and may be even more if I will not like nothing better.

Thanks for the answers.
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:06 AM
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No turbocharger, no wastegate, no direct injection system or HPFP to worry about. Yes, water pump is a typical thing to have to replace at some point, and whatever silly options the car is equipped with that might break and need fixing. The new F30 3-series can drive pretty well, but you have to have the right option boxes checked. I just bought out the lease on my E93 335i (right). Hoping they improve the F30 during the LCI update, and want to try a few other cars too.
2012 E70 X5d (IT'S HERE!) Deep Sea Blue / Sand Beige, Premium, 3rd Row, Multi-Contour
2011 E93 335i Deep Sea Blue / Oyster, Step, Premium, Convenience (PDC & CA), and that's it

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Old 08-31-2014, 05:43 AM
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In the USA it would be less obvious. But in Canada, the depreciation is accentuated by BMW Canada high prices. Yeah buying it makes sense to me.
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Old 08-31-2014, 08:41 AM
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