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  1. Mid Atlantic Region - DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV
    Hello! I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for where I should take my car for maintenance/repair? I've had a lot of bad experiences with repairs on my BMW; and being new to this area I don't want to go to a place that may either overcharge or not even fix my car. Or would it be...
  2. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    I admit up front that I am not mechanically or electrically inclined so I rely on good mechanics and I've been fortunate to have one now but the cost of maintenance is starting to wear on me. Here are the basics: - 2001 E46 325i that I picked up in Germany via the European delivery program...
  3. X5 F15 (2014 - 2018)
    Buying a 2015 X5 50 w/20K miles in pristine condition except CPO report shows need for front and back brake rotors & pad maint in approx 3K miles (i.e. soon). Would like advice whether $3,400 dealer service contract is better option than a local BMW specialty mechanic shop for first 36 month...
  4. F80/F82/F83 M3 and M4 (2015 - Current)
    Can I ask for input on predicted costs for brake and clutch maintenance on the M4? We are purchasing a 2018 M4 later this month and comparing extended service contracts: USAA offers a "comprehensive" policy for 72mo/100k miles for around 3200 dollars. This does not cover brakes or clutch but...
  5. E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014)
    Hello Folks, I have previously owned 2007 328i, 2013 Base Cayenne, 2012 Audi TT and now on my way to i think what will solve my hunger for power-acceleration-performance. I am considering a 2013 M3 (<20k miles) for 53k (sticker price: 75k: car is fully loaded with competition package/premium...
  6. F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
    Hi Guys, I am selling off my 2013 Cayenne & in the market for my 2nd Bmw. Used to have a 2007 328i. I am based out in So Cal & have the following questions: My Budget is 42k before taxes. 1. Is there a BIG difference in 550i (2012: Hp[400] vs 2013: Hp[445])? For example, in 750i, the internal...
  7. 7 Series - F01 / F02 / F03 / F04 (2008 - 2015)
    Hi Guys, I am a big-time BMW fan, started my journey with 2007 328i, drove it a good 70k miles. Bought a 2013 Cayenne Base, owned it for an year, currently has 23k miles, fully loaded with options & now selling it & trying to decide b/w buying a 750I with M Package & 550i M Package. Questions...
  8. General BMW Questions
    I'm sure this has been discussed (many times) but I wanted to really start a current, thoughtful conversation. I take good care of my cars and tend to modify them to suit me. Presently, I'm driving a 2013 x5. This is our 5th new BMW. It's an awesome car/truck! When my lease is up, I want to...
  9. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hey all - I'm looking to purchase a used 3 Series and am having trouble justifying a vehicle with over 100k miles. I've been reading up, some on this site, about the high maintenance cost over 100k on Bimmers and other German cars. I used to have a '00 Audi A4 2.8, loved it, but timing belt at...
  10. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    All, I just wanted to give a snapshot of what a typical life with an e39 has been like for me. 2002 E39, SP, PP, CWP (P=package). Black interior/exterior Asking price $13,000 - Purchase price ~ $9500 @ ~90,100 miles (July 2011) Work so far in chronological order (July 2011 - Nov 2013) : New...
  11. F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current)
    Hi everyone, It's likely that I will be signing a lease tomorrow on a 328xi and I want to make sure I'm as prepared as possible. I've already negotiated the purchase price on a custom order (invoice less $750 option allowance), RV (60% for 36 month, 12k miles/yr), and money factor (.00125...
  12. X3 F25 (2011 - 2017)
    Hi all, I'll be on the market for an X3 soon and I just had some random questions I'd like answered. My family has a history of BMW ownership, and this will be my first time owning a BMW. 1. What is the estimated cost and/or intervals of maintenance on your X3? This includes oil changes...
  13. E46 M3 (2001-2006)
    Just bought an 06 e46 m3, 30k miles and about to drive it across the country. I had the PPI done but an inspection 2 has gotta be due soon. I've heard good and bad about strictly bmw and cartender in the seattle area, wondering if there are any master techs around here i could talk to and have...
  14. E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
    Hi All! I'm a new member and I'd love to get your insight... I'm on my second BMW but I only kept the first one for 2 years before getting the updated model that I have now so I've never been out of warranty before. Rather than buying an extended warranty out of fear, I'd like to make an...
  15. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hey so I am seriously considering picking up an e46 m3, and I am just scared of the maintenance costs. Is it dangerous to get one with over 60k miles on it? I will check to see if the 3 inspections were done and to see that the oil was changed and whatnot via carfax. Also, What is some good...
  16. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    My main question is one of reliability...What kind of maintenance costs am I looking to incur at 143k miles? What should I be on the lookout for (warning signs) when I go to check it out? Clearly I don't have a ton of money, but I'm in love, so naturally I'm looking to make some bad...
  17. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    This is my first bmw forum/post. I recently bought 2001 bmw 330xi and is now just over 90,000 miles and counting. I need to properly maintain my ultimate driving machine. I am strongly considering doing alot of work and maintenance myself since I am a student at WVU, and after car payments my...
  18. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    My daily driver is a 1991 Miata with 178K miles. I've been to the track, ran the Tail-of-the-Dragon too many times to count, and been all over the SE and midwest US in it. Good perfromance, cheap to operate, rarely needs repairs, easy on tires, and FUN always! Getting in and out is catching up...
  19. E36 M3 (1995-1999)
    Ok So I am 18, Freshman in college, and in the National Guard. I love BMW's. I joined the Army National Guard a year ago and I am looking to get part of my bonus in the next few months and need to get a new car. I have fallen in love with the e36 M3. Its just so pristine. I will be able to...
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