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      03-01-2012, 01:25 PM   #23
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lol you can really see how some figures can be so completely different in each various situation

If I look at my current car, lease+gas+insurance, I pay about $530-$550 per month (I have a VERY low lease cost). With the new 328i, I will only pay about $200-$225 per month
some down payment do help a bit ... in your case
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      03-01-2012, 02:30 PM   #24
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LOL, I'm thinking you paid a huge down payment? $200-$225 per month is absolutely AWESOME!!!
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some down payment do help a bit ... in your case
lol the cost of $200-$225 is just about $120-$140 for gas (this is currently about $200-$220 due to worse fuel efficiency) per month and about $85 per month for insurance. The car will be paid in full on delivery so no cost there

I actually expect the insurance to be less but I calculated my current one. But, I did forget to include my yearly registration, about 450 per year for my current car, dunno what the next will be but seeing it is weight based, it should be less
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lol the cost of $200-$225 is just about $120-$140 for gas (this is currently about $200-$220 due to worse fuel efficiency) per month and about $85 per month for insurance. The car will be paid in full on delivery so no cost there

I actually expect the insurance to be less but I calculated my current one. But, I did forget to include my yearly registration, about 450 per year for my current car, dunno what the next will be but seeing it is weight based, it should be less
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well good for you, that's the way to own a car!
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under warranty you pay for gas and tires that's it. After that it's a total crap shoot. The more expensive your car, the more complex and expensive it's going to cost to fix.
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The only thing I've had to pay for are tires. Everything else is covered by maintenance the first 4 years.
So oil changes, brakes, wheel alignment are covered under warranty?
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I have no idea how reliable the current F30 will be (I'll find out over the next few years), but my previous BMW, a 2002 325i cost me about $2k repairs after the warrany/maintenance period (36k miles / 3 years for that model) over the 5 years I owned it. I loved that car, and my F30 is even better. All 4 windows broke on the 325i; BMW USA refunded the cost of the parts.
How did you get the part costs covered? Did the dealer ask or did you have to do something?

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      03-01-2012, 03:19 PM   #28
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B@S!&d

well good for you, that's the way to own a car!
Haha well, I have to whether I like it or not.. I need to have my name on the title for 6 months if my wife and I indeed decide to move to Europe.. If I don't, it's going to cost me a couple of ten thousand dollars in taxes and import costs :S (and then I might as well have bought one there as the difference would be nothing anymore lol).

But yeah, I have to say, it does give a good feeling knowing that I don't get any monthly costs for a couple of years for financing/leasing
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As another data point I have had 3 3 series BMWs. Each one bought as a CPO with about 30,000 miles and sold when the warranty expired at around 98,000 miles. I drive a lot and put a lot of miles on the car so I wanted to always make sure it was under warranty. For me it is a comfort since I never had a major warranty issue (unlike a Merc E Class that was in the shop every month I owned it). In any event my only cost has been tires, brakes, and oil changes. Also by buying CPO, the cost of depreciation has always been minimal (about $6,000 per year and that is with putting 30,000 miles a year on the car)
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As another data point I have had 3 3 series BMWs. Each one bought as a CPO with about 30,000 miles and sold when the warranty expired at around 98,000 miles. I drive a lot and put a lot of miles on the car so I wanted to always make sure it was under warranty. For me it is a comfort since I never had a major warranty issue (unlike a Merc E Class that was in the shop every month I owned it). In any event my only cost has been tires, brakes, and oil changes. Also by buying CPO, the cost of depreciation has always been minimal (about $6,000 per year and that is with putting 30,000 miles a year on the car)
Interesting - since I intend on eventually keeping an F30 from new and running it into the ground over 20 years, I'm curious - what prompted you to sell the cars at 98,000 miles? Did you just fancy something else, or is the risk of breakdown just unacceptable to you? From what I understand of what these cars are capable of they probably had at least another 100k miles of life on them, possibly 200k miles. Sure, repair costs would have started to bite, but I doubt it'd have cost more than the $6k /year depreciation.
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I've been doing alot of research on these beautiful cars, ranging from the 328, 335, to the M3. I've seen numerous arguments about some owners trying to get away from paying for gas(can I put in 89 or 87 ), but nobody's perfect right? So to the original question, over the course for your bimmer what has been the total cost in repairs? The most you had to shell out at once? This soo called No-Cost Maintenance how extensively are things covered? The most embarrassing question, how often did u have to bring her in? Thx for the input n advice.
1. Repair costs? None. But i don't keep any car past warranty. Not b.c I'm worried about the car. More b.c i get bored easily.

2. The most i had to shell out? $1000 on tires. Don't get rtf.'s imho. Ride is worse than normal tires and way more expensive.

3. Everything is covered that you don't cause.

4. Barely. had stupid issues on my 03 325i (wiper motor, window regulators; etc). Took about 3 days. Had a 528xi loaner the whole time.
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I have no idea how reliable the current F30 will be (I'll find out over the next few years), but my previous BMW, a 2002 325i cost me about $2k repairs after the warrany/maintenance period (36k miles / 3 years for that model) over the 5 years I owned it. I loved that car, and my F30 is even better. All 4 windows broke on the 325i; BMW USA refunded the cost of the parts.
How did you get the part costs covered? Did the dealer ask or did you have to do something?

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We called BMW USA, told them all 4 windows broke (2 on the same time) and sent us a check for the parts.
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