Got control arm bushings on our 2005 E46 right before warranty expired. Not sure but the E90 CABs seem to not wear as fast?
You would feel a little vibration / looseness in the steering if you need CABs.
To comment on the warranty expiration concept, in general, I am sympathetic that's it's a less-than-optimal situation as repairs can get costly.
However, I look at my $600 monthly payments as the BIGGEST problem at the moment. If the monthly payments aren't being made, the party's over!
Now, keeping in mind that we are looking at a depreciating "asset," the warranty typically expires just around the same time the payments are up.
So I'd much rather be at the 4-5 year mark with NO warranty but also NO monthly payments. Why? There's absolutely no way the car would brake and would require upkeep to the tune of 600 per month....
Anyone, please feel free to correct any of my misunderstandings. Is it true that if you wait for looseness/vibration, that we are already way past the point of needing to change them out. That we should have them visually inspected every once in a while, looking for any cracking, or failure of any sort. That if you wait until this point, you may be putting other more expensive parts at greater risk of failure. Worse, we are putting ourselves and/or others at risk of death, since the part may be more likely to completely fail while driving.
Correct you? I congratulate you. Yes, Ilovemycar. Yes.
Every savvy BMW pilot knows that most malfunctions, unless clearly inhibiting vehicle motion, are a part of normal mechanical activity [first years of operation only]. You alone have detailed what every BMW owner should do.
You see, dear reader, if you wait for any part or vehicle function to fail, you "....are already way past the point of needing to change them out."
As an historical note, we thank George W Bush for the notion of pre-emptive action, supplanting 'preventative' in our evolved society. Thus, we are mandated to document possible problems before warranty expiration so that they are shown to fall within the area of manufacturer's responsibility.
What problems are those? Just comb through forum posts for your model of interest, and you shall find a reliable list. Bring up even remotely questionable operation, in writing, to your dealer at service time!
You should begin ~18 months before warranty expiration to establish a defensible history of issues. If a manufacturer fails to correct them under warranty, believe you me he'll be required to after!
Within reason, of course. There are no guidelines for one problem vs another, and mileage after warranty will be factored. But, without the above protections, you may as well walk naked into a 'gator farm.
Words to the wise....
:thumbup: I've been in the middle of the "keep it or trade it in" process recently and finally committed today to maintaining what we have. My wife has wanted a Mini or 1-series for awhile (she loves the idea of a nice SMALLER car) but after weeks/months of on and off price checks and weighing value for the money, we just couldn't justify getting rid of our 58k mile great-running 325i. Yes, I'd like a newer car with covered maintenance/warranty, but it just doesn't make financial sense when I know how well our car has been maintained (so presumably how well it will hold up down the road). Today's $344 rear brake job was the first real expense I've had for this car (tires soon to follow). No complaints.