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Old 01-31-2020, 01:28 PM
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Great post. Glad I am not the only OCD one about record keeping. I have a thread I update every year on the E46 (started on the car's tenth anniversary and 2020 will be the 18 year update...) and I also had on on the E70 side which I just updated with the final numbers after selling it over the weekend. Nice to see actual number from long term owners.
With about 3 exceptions, I have a file with a receipt for every gas purchase, excluding rental cars, that I've made since 2005. I have a little book with each gas purchase, mpg, and other date from 2005-2014 and on a spreadsheet from 6/2013-present. I plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
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With about 3 exceptions, I have a file with a receipt for every gas purchase, excluding rental cars, that I've made since 2005. I have a little book with each gas purchase, mpg, and other date from 2005-2014 and on a spreadsheet from 6/2013-present. I plead not guilty by reason of insanity.[/QUOTE]

But why?
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Old 01-31-2020, 09:41 PM
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That's pretty good - the expenses on my 435GC since warranty expiring at 50k including consumables up to my current mileage of 90k are:

1 Spark Plug Change (DIY): $50
1 Oil Filter Housing Gasket Replacement (DIY): $40 (including some sockets)
3 Oil Changes: $390
2 Sets of Tires: $1820
2 Alignments: $300
2 Brake Fluid Changes: $260
1 Engine Air Filter (DIY): $30
1 Microfilter (DIY): $25
1 Full Brake Job Rotors/Pads/Sensors (DIY): $550

All parts were OEM or OEM equivalents without the BMW branding other than the microfilter and tires (of course).

Add it all up and the cost to operate 40k miles is just shy of $3500. This is 8.75 cents/mile which is less than my fuel cost even in MO where premium is around $2.40/gal right now.

I drive about 18k per year so the annual cost averages out to be $1560 per year. For a more typical driver at lets say 12k per year it would fall in line at about $1040 per year.

While there is probably just under $2k of savings due to some of the DIY work on jobs that dealers would charge substantially more for, I'm surprised to find out how inexpensive it is to maintain one of these cars if you're willing to DIY a few things. Next up will be a transmission fluid replacement which seems to be doable for about $350 DIY.
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Old 02-01-2020, 12:27 AM
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That's pretty good - the expenses on my 435GC since warranty expiring at 50k including consumables up to my current mileage of 90k are:

1 Spark Plug Change (DIY): $50
1 Oil Filter Housing Gasket Replacement (DIY): $40 (including some sockets)
3 Oil Changes: $390
2 Sets of Tires: $1820
2 Alignments: $300
2 Brake Fluid Changes: $260
1 Engine Air Filter (DIY): $30
1 Microfilter (DIY): $25
1 Full Brake Job Rotors/Pads/Sensors (DIY): $550

All parts were OEM or OEM equivalents without the BMW branding other than the microfilter and tires (of course).

Add it all up and the cost to operate 40k miles is just shy of $3500. This is 8.75 cents/mile which is less than my fuel cost even in MO where premium is around $2.40/gal right now.

I drive about 18k per year so the annual cost averages out to be $1560 per year. For a more typical driver at lets say 12k per year it would fall in line at about $1040 per year.

While there is probably just under $2k of savings due to some of the DIY work on jobs that dealers would charge substantially more for, I'm surprised to find out how inexpensive it is to maintain one of these cars if you're willing to DIY a few things. Next up will be a transmission fluid replacement which seems to be doable for about $350 DIY.
Are ur parts from fcpeuro? Some posters say they send unused oil + filter back for free replacement, that can save oil change costs.

My indy charged me $130 plugs + labor.

Coolant + brake was done at dealer for $250 with coupon.

Where can BMW cabin filter be purchased for $25? Mine was $35. DIY BMW air filter was $5.
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Old 02-01-2020, 04:56 AM
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Are ur parts from fcpeuro? Some posters say they send unused oil + filter back for free replacement, that can save oil change costs.

My indy charged me $130 plugs + labor.

Coolant + brake was done at dealer for $250 with coupon.

Where can BMW cabin filter be purchased for $25? Mine was $35. DIY BMW air filter was $5.
The only parts I got from FCP Euro in the list above were the two front brake rotors. I upgraded from the standard rotors that come on the 435 with the M-sport package to basically the same rotors but with dimples and cross slots with the generic Zimmerman branding. Between the standard brakes, the upgraded set of brakes you get with the M-sport package, the upgraded brake pads you get with the M-sport brake option, and and the M-performance brakes, it was more effort to find the right damn parts than it was to do the actual touch labor.

A pair of them cost justs under $200 while if you get the exact same part with BMW stamped on them the price doubles.

Below is the part I used for the cabin microfilter (now $18).

https://www.amazon.com/PureFlow-Filt...T723ZPQVM1RDYV
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I'm surprised to find out how inexpensive it is to maintain one of these cars if you're willing to DIY a few things.
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I was also surprised how easy certain DIY maintenance tasks are on N20/N26 equipped F3x cars. I especially like the convenient positioning of the engine oil filter and brake fluid reservoir on my car.
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The only parts I got from FCP Euro in the list above were the two front brake rotors. I upgraded from the standard rotors that come on the 435 with the M-sport package to basically the same rotors but with dimples and cross slots with the generic Zimmerman branding. Between the standard brakes, the upgraded set of brakes you get with the M-sport package, the upgraded brake pads you get with the M-sport brake option, and and the M-performance brakes, it was more effort to find the right damn parts than it was to do the actual touch labor.

A pair of them cost justs under $200 while if you get the exact same part with BMW stamped on them the price doubles.

Below is the part I used for the cabin microfilter (now $18).
The Airflow filter with 4 layers looks interesting.

Other aftermarket cabin filters usually have fit issues(e.g. can't bend), and/or less material than BMW ones(e.g. less pleats, shorter pleats), so the cost difference is about the same.

My brakes are OK so far, front still 60% left and rear 35%(may be less) according to indy.

My stockpile does include a set of BMW non-sport rear rotors$170) + pads($30) + sensor($15), indy said labor will be $200 per axle.

For some reason BMWNA still has no Value Service for F30 brakes yet, E46/E90 brake jobs at dealers are $250-$300 pads-only and $500 pads + rotors, those prices are not bad at all.
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I was also surprised how easy certain DIY maintenance tasks are on N20/N26 equipped F3x cars. I especially like the convenient positioning of the engine oil filter and brake fluid reservoir on my car.
N20/N26 is pretty good to have oil filter in front of engine, B engines now have oil filter in the rear ....

The cabin air filter is not as easy DIY as previous generation, that panel under dash has to be perfectly aligned or else it can't be snapped in.

The engine air filter DIY also can be a bit tricky but manageable.

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I do the same on my 2013 325i sport package/manual six speed car--which I ordered from Munich to my specs, as with my previous three-series cars. The car is now at over 103,000 miles and runs like new, and it loves to play! As with all my previous cars--I am 76 years old, after all--I've never downshifted without double clutching and I don't get sporty until the car is fully warmed up. All of our 103,000 miles have been within the state of Washington. This is the first of my bimmers that has not done any track days--but that is due to the rules of my insurance company. Even an event in a parking lot at the track is not covered!
I'm a big fan of runflat tires--unlike some people--because I think they are safer--and even though I belong to the AAA, I do not want to have to deal with a flat a couple hundred miles from home. I never had to subject my bimmers to commuting--since I was lucky enough to be able to commute to work by bike: just 30 miles a day. Since I can no longer afford a BMW with an MT, my car is going to have to see me out. I look forward every day to getting out and giving the car a good run! Soon, our mountain roads will emerge from deep snow and then my car and I can really have some great fun together!

When I start my car, I also turn off the auto stop-start: it's annoying though I know it saves gas. For me, driving is all about FUN!
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I do the same on my 2013 325i sport package/manual six speed car--which I ordered from Munich to my specs, as with my previous three-series cars. The car is now at over 103,000 miles and runs like new, and it loves to play! As with all my previous cars--I am 76 years old, after all--I've never downshifted without double clutching and I don't get sporty until the car is fully warmed up. All of our 103,000 miles have been within the state of Washington. This is the first of my bimmers that has not done any track days--but that is due to the rules of my insurance company. Even an event in a parking lot at the track is not covered!
I'm a big fan of runflat tires--unlike some people--because I think they are safer--and even though I belong to the AAA, I do not want to have to deal with a flat a couple hundred miles from home. I never had to subject my bimmers to commuting--since I was lucky enough to be able to commute to work by bike: just 30 miles a day. Since I can no longer afford a BMW with an MT, my car is going to have to see me out. I look forward every day to getting out and giving the car a good run! Soon, our mountain roads will emerge from deep snow and then my car and I can really have some great fun together!

When I start my car, I also turn off the auto stop-start: it's annoying though I know it saves gas. For me, driving is all about FUN!
Sounds great! Wish you many more years and miles with your car! BTW, it's a 320i right, not 325i?
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