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Old 06-14-2018, 11:42 PM
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It seems no car company is perfect. I understand these European cars can be expensive like MTU and MAN diesels. But I appreciate the quality they are built with and driving experience.

Speaking of dash lights. Just this week my assistant had his GMC in for a second opinion as he can't seem to keep his check engine light from coming back after multiple fixes. A few days later my sister calls asking if I had an idea for what my brother in law should be shopping for. I asked why and she said his Tahoe keeps having dash lights come on and dealer keeps chasing issues and it keeps costing them money.

It seems with American made cars we are more willing to accept these types of things. I will be the first to admit that if you want reliability get a Toyota/Lexus. I just helped my parents find a nice used GX460. After owning many of them I just wanted more of a driving experience which I have only found in European cars which I think many would agree. No doubt about it though. Once I get hit with a 4k dollar fix for something that is not under warranty I will be trading both cars in for a Toyota/Lexus immediately.

I appreciate all the input and will continue to learn from everyone's experiences that they share. Never had a BMW and something about them intrigues me. My fiancé and I both work hard and driving something you are that is enjoyable and satisfying is important at this time in life.
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Originally Posted by Surfside View Post
My neighbor was given a Z-8 Roadster by her employer in his will when he passed... Prior to passing, he would drive by my house in it from time to time with the top down and let me tell you it was pure SEX. What a beautiful piece of machinery and I am dangerous with tools in my hand so don't even look under the hood but you just knew... The women who inherited it sold it for major $$$$ as it was pristine...
Oh boy oh boy....how lucky she was. And how lucky you were to have someone in the neighborhood who occasionally drove by in such a gorgeous car (aesthetically and acoustically!)
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Hell yea! It is probably the only one I have ever seen out in the "wild" and I do ton of driving as Im in sales. The woman's SIL is married to a guy who owns a foreign car shop (most Mercedes and Range Rover) and is somehow connected to a guy at MB where is able to cherry pick MB (especially wagons which I would love to have the F1 EMT AMG wagon BTW) at auction. He has done all right for himself making a living selling them out of a small show room at a car wash in a Wall Street commuter town here in NJ. I'm sure the woman got close to top dollar for that Z8 with the BIL and his contacts.
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PSW - a 40 Cabo with MANs and you're deliberating over an X5? Life's too short. Go buy it and enjoy it, personally "if it was me" I would make sure it's not my high mileage vehicle (keep those miles down) and enjoy the experience. You only live once.
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FIRST OF ALL... 64 posts and no requests for pics of fiancee??? WTF???
Unless fiancee is financially very well off and has a high salary job, from the finance point of view you will get totally blindsided taking on a wife and a BMW at the same time. Proceed with caution. Both will be high maintenance projects, enjoy the rides.
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I had a 2014 750 and x5. Couldn’t keep them out of the shop. Sold them the day the warranty was out for a huge depreciation hit. Never again!
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Pics.....
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Originally Posted by D.M.D. View Post

Pics.....
That's MY fiancee....
Old 06-15-2018, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by flcatcher1 View Post
FIRST OF ALL... 64 posts and no requests for pics of fiancee??? WTF???
Unless fiancee is financially very well off and has a high salary job, from the finance point of view you will get totally blindsided taking on a wife and a BMW at the same time. Proceed with caution. Both will be high maintenance projects, enjoy the rides.

As requested...
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Get her whatever she wants, just make sure it's 100% warranted. Take advise offered here, do NOT expose yourself to ANY german car outside of warranty. Want proof??

Take any model you are considering and call a dealer service dept and ask the for a price quote on.....new brakes (disc/rotors/etc) or any other job you can think of. It will blow your mind. If it were me I'd steer her to a Lexus!!
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We currently own a gas 2016 X5 and a 2011 328i convertible. Both are absolutely awesome driver cars. We haven't had a problem with either one. In the past we have owned a Mercedes E320 and ML320 and a Lexus LS400 and SC400. The E320 had a ton of problems as did the LS400. All were bought new. The ML320 was a very good car as was the SC400, but both required much more maintenance then the BMW's. From a cost benefit standpoint I love my Avalanche and Tahoe. But driving the X5 or the 328i puts a smile on my face.
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It's amazing to me that people project that because they had BMW s with no service nightmares that others will have they experience too. If you haven't read the nightmares recounted here, of you throw them out as irrelevant then your just as snobby as their pompous drivers.

I had a friend who's AMG needed a new engine, quote was 63,000 welcome to duetchland
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Originally Posted by Re-Bait View Post
It's amazing to me that people project that because they had BMW s with no service nightmares that others will have they experience too. If you haven't read the nightmares recounted here, of you throw them out as irrelevant then your just as snobby as their pompous drivers.

I had a friend who's AMG needed a new engine, quote was 63,000 welcome to duetchland

Classic. Thanks.
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I'm real dissappointed that everytime I put my 328 on speed cutoff (133 mph) the valvetrain takes a crap. BMW says to replace the HEAD! Bad design for oilflow to the hydraulic "lifters". BTW, engine cam timing components are PLASTIC.
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If you want to talk service nightmare a buddy of mine offered me up his 2007 Aston Martin (not sure what model but a 2008 with 34K in miles) which I absolutely love these cars. First I thought of the wife who would make me ball less and then MAINTENANCE which would make me destitute Its a nice wet dream though !
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Originally Posted by Surfside View Post
If you want to talk service nightmare a buddy of mine offered me up his 2007 Aston Martin (not sure what model but a 2008 with 34K in miles) which I absolutely love these cars. First I thought of the wife who would make me ball less and then MAINTENANCE which would make me destitute Its a nice wet dream though !
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BMW. Pay for the name and it’s more about bling and status. I obviously don’t get it. Drive a corolla everyday and a 69 road runner on the weekends.
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Originally Posted by slickster View Post
BMW. Pay for the name and it’s more about bling and status. I obviously don’t get it. Drive a corolla everyday and a 69 road runner on the weekends.
Can you guys honestly tell me you can't tell the difference un quality and driving experience between a luxury vehicle and price pount xyz comparable? It is night and day for me.

To each their own. My point of the thread was not if a BMW was a waste of money and I should buy a Forde Explorer or similar but rather the nuances of the CPO program or how and when lease rates change. Possibly buying a year old demo vs new. Things like that. Never had a BMW and every brand is a bit different and I hate getting to finance to for the first time here about buying prepaid service and make a decision right now.
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It's obvious the BMW is carefully crafted and designed. Fit and finish is great. Basic design is perfect..rear wheel drive!

However, poor thing has been ruthlessly dumbed down for the soccer mom. Too many quirky electronics which crap out. Hell, it doesn't even have a dipstick for the oil, and the oil level sensors crap out regularly. Luckily the oil level sensors are only $250 or so....

Run flat tires. Good idea? NO! You think you're gonna find one of those rare expensive tires if you get a flat in Mississippi on Sunday night??

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