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  1. G30 (2017 - Current)
    Hello everyone, Great, informative forum! I am on my second BMW (2018 M550i) after driving a 2001 330i for 19 years and 175K miles. I love the 550i - it's a beautiful car and I love driving it. But the sophisticated (over-sophisticated?) German engineering scares me. Plus there's the...
  2. E82 / E87 / E88 / F20 1 Series (2008 - 2014)
    I just bought a 2008 135i with 120,000 miles and can buy a service contract for $2,789 (from Endurance). Contract would be for 48 months or 60K miles. It's fairly basic coverage of specified components in the engine, transmission, transfer case, drive axle, HVAC, electrical, cooling, and fuel...
  3. E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
    Can a DME really be repaired or is that a scam??
  4. 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008)
    I just purchased a one owner, dealer maintained, low mileage '06 750Li. 71k, new brakes, tires and full system flushes. My question is how much money should I be putting aside and what major expenses approaching 100k should I expect? Apologies if this is redundant to other posts but I figured...
  5. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    I bought a 2004 BMW 325xi this past August with 133,000 miles on it. I've put a good 13,000 on it or so (so up to 146,000), but I've got to replace a lot of parts. About to spend a good $2500 on new control arm and bushings, rear shocks, brake pads and rotors, as well as a transmission service...
  6. F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current)
    Hi Everyone - I purchased a 2012 335i CPO this last summer. The car is awesome when it drives, but I have had nothing but problems with it the last two months. Long story short over a 6 week period the car was taken to the shop 5 times - two of those being tow ins. The first tow in visit was...
  7. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hey there! Bought my son a 2000 323i last week. Within 48 hrs he had a fender bender so now his insurance is too expensive so I've now inherited the car. I've had Porsches, Fiats, american muscle, and even a Miata. I would say I'm an advanced level shade tree mechanic, but certainly no pro...
  8. E70 X5 M and E71 X6 M (2010 - 2015)
    Purchased a 2011 X5 35d with 22k miles in Nov 2013. Car has been in the shop approximately 4 or 5 times due to check engine light. Two days prior to 4 year warranty ending and with 47k miles, I get an error message that the engine is not operating efficiency and I lose power. Have to take my...
  9. E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
    First let me say, I LOVE BMW, I believe they make awesome products but I wonder why everything has to be so expensive. I have a 2006 325i with 150,000 miles. I take advantage of the dealer's free check, they give you this nice color report with all the issues with the car. I got a report that...
  10. E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
    I have a 2009 328i base model which is past its warranty. On a recent visit to the dealer for an oil change, I was recommended to get the following done asap. > Replace spark plugs > Brake fluid flush > Microfilter replacement. The car has ~57K and this has never been done before. I checked on...
  11. E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
    I have a 2007 525i with 80k miles on it. The only problems I have had thus far are a bad ignition coil, which I replaced myself. My brother just bought an '08 X5 and went with a Carchex warranty. I got a quote from Carchex for the "Titanium" coverage at $180/mo for 24mo or 24,000 miles. I...
  12. E39 (1997 - 2003)
    True stories where your mechanic went above & beyond (or well below) all expectations So that others benefit, do you have a vignette of a true story, where a mechanic you had trusted turned out to be a crook, or a saint? I ask that this thread contain, over time, small true stories of...
  13. E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
    Whats goin on yall. I'm on the verge of buying a 2011 BMW 335d, M-sport. But I'm worried that even with the warranty, all the time and effort to repair and replace components (i've been reading a lot about EGR, SCR, pumps, etc) will make owning this car more headache than love affair...
  14. 7 Series - E38 (1995 - 2001)
    Hey guys, so I have a 2000 740i with a quite a bit of mileage on it...140K to be a little more specific. Anyway, I took it in to get the ccv and brake hose replaced along with a few other things. All together the bill was less than $2k, not too bad considering he replaced the whole manifold. He...
  15. E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
    Hi guys, my Z3 is about to go to the shop for some work on the suspension. I live in Mexico so the best place to find parts is the BMW dealer; but it is quite expensive, I tried autozone mexico; I got both control arm bushing there (Duralast) for around USD$9, long story short they only lasted...
  16. General BMW Questions
    Hey Guys, I just wanted to take some time out to share a hidden gold mine that I have found of late. I bought my E53 X5 not longer than six months ago the car did not come with a warrante on the car as it was over the KM's for them to have to provide one, After having the car a month or two...
  17. X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
    I picked up a certified X5 35d with 39,xxx two months ago. I've put about 3,500 miles on. Here is a list of problems/repairs needed in the two months I've owned it: Oxygen Sensor Wiper Rain Sensor Exhaust hangers Some oil filter gasket leaking oil EGR Cooler I'm freaking out a bit here about...
  18. F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current)
    Long story short, I backed out of a parking space last night and hit a short brick column I didn't see. There are about two quarter sized gashes in my rear bumper, one of which seems to have cut all the way through. I drive an alpine white F30 335xi. I've never had an issue like this before so...
  19. E46 (1999 - 2006)
    Hi, I have a 2004 330i ZHP manual transmission. About 4-5 months ago, just after taking my car to the dealer for an oil change, my parking brake started acting up: about 1 in every 4 times I tried to put it on when parking, the little button you depress would stay in and when you pulled up the...
  20. E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
    Hi, I purchased 2008 BMW 535xi (E60 N54) in Dec 2010 (as preowned certified) and it has a warranty until Jun 2014. Current Mileage 93000 KMS / 58000 MILES I have a question and need an advice if I should keep it or better sell it before the certified warranty expires. As per my experience...
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