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Old 07-07-2019, 06:18 AM
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Hi! I am planning to buy an used BMW 3 series in VANCOUVER. it will have around 200000 on the meter. I wanted to know how much will the maintenance cost for these range of cars ? will it make a difference if go for alternate parts or indie shops ?
I know I should be ready for repairs and replacing parts but a rough idea about how much will it cost to maintain overall will really help. So, if anyone can give me an idea about the cost for about 6 months, that would be very much helpful.
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Read the attached.

Edit: Uploaded new 1.3 Extended discussion of key N52 (and some N54/55) oil leaks past 100K or so.

Also, adding the google drive permanent link location of current version of "So You Just Bought an E90":

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OK, now you're reading that, the cost to keep one of these can be relatively cheap (DIY, good maintenance history) or really expensive (Dealer and no maintenance history).

Do a professional PPI before you buy it.
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Hi! I am planning to buy an used BMW 3 series in VANCOUVER. it will have around 200000 on the meter. I wanted to know how much will the maintenance cost for these range of cars ? will it make a difference if go for alternate parts or indie shops ?
I know I should be ready for repairs and replacing parts but a rough idea about how much will it cost to maintain overall will really help. So, if anyone can give me an idea about the cost for about 6 months, that would be very much helpful.
Thanks
Two things (at least) are terribly wrong with your post.
1) Do you mean Vancouver, Washington, USA; or Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada? The 300 miles separating those cities makes a big difference.
2) You've listed a date range that spans two distinct models: E46 and E9x. The changeover is 2006/2007. Cars are not really comparable across that changeover.

My 2010 335d has cost around $18,000 US$ (exclusive of tires) in the 10 years I've owned it. Most people don't pay that much for non-turbo M54/N52 engined cars.
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Buying one of these that has up to date maintenance is a huge difference than buying one that you discover needs a bunch of nagging jobs. Here's an example, a friend of a friend outside Toronto asked me a couple of weeks ago why the e90 he had just bought for his son to take to college wouldn't start.

I scanned it and the water pump had stopped working. He asked while I was there if I thought it needed anything else and within 5 minutes had told him:

1. Waterpump & thermostat
2. Replacement of all hoses
3. Replacement of all idler/tensioner pulleys
4. Valve cover gasket (leaking bad)
5. Oil filter housing gasket ( leaking bad)
6. PS reservoir & lines (leaking bad)
7. New rear brakes
8. Brake fluid flush, coolant, ps fluid, & oil & filter change
9. New plugs
10. Cabin filter/ air filter (optional but long overdue)

He asked me what it would cost to have this repaired at a bmw dealer. I laughed. More than you paid for the car was my quick response. At around 20-25 hours labour Toronto BMW dealer service rates avg $195/hr + OE dealer parts I quickly calculated (in my head) a guesstimate of around $7k+ (CAD). He paid $6500 for the car. I told him he might shave off up to $2k using an Indy.

Had he spent $300 on a PPI he would've been advised against this one, or had he bought one that had up to date maintenance but cost $3-4K more he would have saved in the long run.
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He asked me what it would cost to have this repaired at a bmw dealer. I laughed. More than you paid for the car was my quick response. At around 20-25 hours labour Toronto BMW dealer service rates avg $195/hr + OE dealer parts I quickly calculated (in my head) a guesstimate of around $7k+ (CAD). He paid $6500 for the car. I told him he might shave off up to $2k using an Indy.

Had he spent $300 on a PPI he would've been advised against this one, or had he bought one that had up to date maintenance but cost $3-4K more he would have saved in the long run.
I was going to type a response. But it's not needed because our resident T-Dot'er has perfectly explained the realities of buying a used BMW
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The chassis model of the 3 series changes from e46 to e90 at the 06 model
year so this board only covers the e90 chassis which is a lot different in terms
of motor types size of the vehicle and bunch of other stuff.

e46 is smaller and simpler and some would argue better and more
BMW like than the e90.

Changes in the e90 that not a lot us like include
Run Flat tires with no spare
No dipstick
Electric water pump (that tends to fail and is expensive)
Battery registration.

https://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1517476

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... our resident T-Dot'er ...
Is a T-Dot'er analogous to an I-crosser?
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Is a T-Dot'er analogous to an I-crosser?
T-Dot is a shortened "slang term" for Toronto. T-Dot'er means someone from Toronto
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T-Dot is a shortened "slang term" for Toronto. T-Dot'er means someone from Toronto
derp.
I was thinking "cross the Ts and dot the Is", which is often bent, folded, spindled & mutilated into "cross the Is and dot the Ts".
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