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Old 10-14-2019, 05:23 AM
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Cars don't last forever. At some point they become unreliable, with an increased change of disrupting your life on a regular basis. Here's my depreciation and maintenance costs for an E46 M3. After this experience, my goal is to have the new owner pick up their BMW on the day after the odometer hits 100000.
I'll roll the dice after 100,000 miles but call it when it becomes unreliable and very expensive. I'm at 97K miles now and hoping these items hold up...O2 sensor, fuel filter, water pump, thermostat, oil pan gasket and original battery. The other major parts have either been replaced or changed.
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Old 10-14-2019, 06:10 AM
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I'll roll the dice after 100,000 miles but call it when it becomes unreliable and very expensive. I'm at 97K miles now and hoping these items hold up...O2 sensor, fuel filter, water pump, thermostat, oil pan gasket and original battery. The other major parts have either been replaced or changed.
The only under-hood problem I had in 115k miles was an ignition coil at 110k miles.

I use my cars for road trip, and the road trips are usually "schedule-critical." I was on one of those schedule-critical in my Chevy Cobalt (because my M3 wasn't reliable) when I said "**** this, I need a new BMW."
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Old 10-14-2019, 06:06 PM
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The under-hood problems I've had in 97K miles were: OFHG, OCG, VCG, coolant hose leak, and bad fuel injector. My ignition coils were good until those were changed due to a misdiagnosis by the dealer so I paid for that too. The others were changed due to time/mileage.
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My 1st BMW, bought in 2012: Munich '13 F30 335i, RWD, Alpine White, Black Leather, M-Sport, DHP, Premium Pkg, Tech Pkg, 403M 19" wheels, Sport Auto w/paddle shifters, Heated front seats, HK, Alum Hex Trim/Estoril Blue accent, Xenon Adaptive Headlights, Sunroof, Alarm
Mods: Tint 35%, lower intake grill guard, Bimmer America Coding. Nankang 235/40/R19 AS, Yokohama Advan Sport 255/35/R19
Pros: Power, Drive, looks, space, mpg
Cons: Engine (leaks & parts)
98K mi Nov19
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:46 AM
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I plan on keepin it forever til it rolls over
so far the biggest thing was the pressure control solenoid went bad
if you keep it past warranty, expect to put away some funds for repairs you cant do yourself
and to be able to DIY
else it may end up costing alot of money
lots of plastic parts, sensors, electronics in these new cars
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:59 AM
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I'll roll the dice after 100,000 miles but call it when it becomes unreliable and very expensive. I'm at 97K miles now and hoping these items hold up...O2 sensor, fuel filter, water pump, thermostat, oil pan gasket and original battery. The other major parts have either been replaced or changed.
Which other major parts have been replaced/changed on your N55?

My N26 has SULEV, the O2 sensor, thermostat, VCG are covered for 15 years/150000 miles.

The timing chain is not covered by SULEV for my MY, but if a CEL is thrown when the timing chain goes bad, the oil pan gasket will be covered too.

The fuel filter for F30 is integrated into LPFP, so it cannot be replaced separately.
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:02 AM
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I plan on keepin it forever til it rolls over
so far the biggest thing was the pressure control solenoid went bad
if you keep it past warranty, expect to put away some funds for repairs you cant do yourself
and to be able to DIY
else it may end up costing alot of money
lots of plastic parts, sensors, electronics in these new cars
once the warranty is over, i'm planning on selling it and getting the new g20 3 series, but will buy a custom ordered one so i have all the options i want and keep that for the long term
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:42 PM
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I keep mine till the end of the 3 year lease. (Well, okay. I did extend the lease on my F10 wile my G30 was being built and shipped). Though I did keep my 911 for 12 years (the last 9 of which as a track car).

Life is too short to be stuck with outmoded tech and stuff that needs repairing / replacing. Unless you get more joy out of driving spreadsheets than cars.

BTW Putzer really is a French model. He even did a swimsuit calendar:

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Old 10-17-2019, 02:51 PM
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That monkeyazzduck….. he so funny. He also has strange tastes in calendars... I'm just sayin'.

Frau Putzer's 2018 X3 does have some cool gadgets that my 2014 535i doesn't have. But, they're not cool enough for me to go run out sign up for a perpetual car payment. I'm also driving my BMW less than I used to, 6750 miles in it's fifth year. Leasing and low annual mileage are a toxic cocktail. Leasing can actually make sense with high annual mileage.

I'm impressed by the X3 30i's fuel economy. Even Frau Putzer managed 25.8 MPG in her running around today. I'm thinking that same engine in a RWD, 600-pound lighter 2024 330i would be amazing.

I caused some trouble at work a few years ago. I blew the whistle of a $5M R&D project that would never work. The powers that be were pissed because that stopped them from pissing away another $5M on it. For punishment, they were going to assign me some secretarial work for a year. I told the person I'd be working for that I'd be coming to work in his office wearing only a Speedo, at least on warm days. That was the end of my secretarial assignment. I spent the next few months surfing the Interwebs.

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Old 10-20-2019, 12:52 PM
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With the new 3 series (G20) not having a manual transmission in the US and only a few diesels in Europe having it, I plan on keeping my F30 longer. I might keep it beyond the G20 and replace it with the G20 replacement (H-something?) or some other brand.
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TPMS sensors from BMW are VDO or HUF/Beru, but are not the same even though frequency is the same.
https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=976197
Step by step instructions when a hood release cable needs replacement. https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=981724
SIB 11 13 15 oil filter housing for the F30 - metal since mid-2013 and can be retrofitted without charge
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:16 PM
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With the new 3 series (G20) not having a manual transmission in the US and only a few diesels in Europe having it, I plan on keeping my F30 longer. I might keep it beyond the G20 and replace it with the G20 replacement (H-something?) or some other brand.
i can't wait to get rid of my F30 lol, the transmission sucks, and the car drives like ****, i'll test drive the new G20, if its any good i'll get one, if not i'm moving to a Mercedes C-class coupe.
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:26 PM
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i can't wait to get rid of my F30 lol, the transmission sucks, and the car drives like ****, i'll test drive the new G20, if its any good i'll get one, if not i'm moving to a Mercedes C-class coupe.
Any Genesis G70 in your locale?
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:27 PM
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Any Genesis G70 in your locale?
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