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Old 01-10-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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BMW life cycle

hi I am new to bmw im buying my first bmw next week I just want to know the life cycle and how often the repairs come in

I had Honda before for example accord is good for 350 000 to 400 000 on regular maintenance which is reli basic oil change breakers routers all small stuff no major repairs and timing belt like 100 000 or so
currently have 20078 civic with 182 000 km runs amazing no major maintinece required and it can got for 300 000 no problems


how is bmw with maintenance and like what's life cycle in that sense
also how is the rust problems on bmws cuz honga have major rust problems


thanks a lot guys who ever can give me some information before I spend a the money and will know exactly wt im getting into
looking forward for : 2011 323i automatic white
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:35 PM   #2
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It will require a lot more repairs and maintenance then your Honda.
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:24 PM   #3
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Don't let repair and maintenance cost stops
you from buying your BMW

Stick to the maintenance schedule and take carr
of minor things before it becomes major and
you be alright.

Congrats
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:21 PM   #4
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New cars, BMW included, are not made to last too long. We have customers with old ones at 750K+ Km, but that wont happen today. They are fairly reliable until the warranty is up, and downhill from then on. They are made to be leased, driven to 100-150K and traded in. This is what most people do these days, unless you are an enthusiast and really love it, take care of it, and spend $$$$ on them (or have something older).

Having one is great, you wont get the same feel in other cars, so good luck with your choice. If you get the 323i get the differential fluid changed, they are notorious for going bad (bad design, very small and fragile).
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:32 PM   #5
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The engines are generally rock solid. Its other equipment that just isnt up to lasting super long in a neglected state like a honda can do.

cooling systems, sensors, electronics etc... can and do sometimes go wrong. if you stay up to date on maintenance itll be fine especially a 323.

i wouldnt let what people are saying scare you off but theres no reason why even a 2011 323 cant go well beyond 300+k if you wanted it too.

you just have to be a bit more diligent(and keep an eye on) maintenance when the car is a bit older.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:52 PM   #6
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thanks a lot guys who ever can give me some information before I spend a the money and will know exactly wt im getting into
looking forward for : 2011 323i automatic white
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Agree with what everyone responded so far.

How many clicks does this 2011 323i have? Generally anything under 60 - 80000 kms is decent.

Also, is this an x-drive ( all wheel drive?). If not, be ready to drive rear wheel in winters - which may require some skill if you have never done it.
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:50 PM   #7
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BMW life cycle

An E90 (2006-2011 3 series, non turbo) is arguably the best 3 series to own and the most reliable. Far less maintenance annoyances on them conspired to an E46/E36.

You have nothing to worry about with that car.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:32 PM   #8
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What pisses me off about Japanese cars is when it breaks, after you fix it they still don't give any driving satisfaction.

After fixing a broken BMW and it drives right, you actually want to drive it.

I've tried getting into Japanese cars, but every time I do it's been a let down. I'm talking STI's and 350z's, not Civics and Accords.
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What pisses me off about Japanese cars is when it breaks, after you fix it they still don't give any driving satisfaction.
The above statement is biased,so you are saying is before it breaks
You have satisfaction driving it?

The car either gives you driving pleasure or not before it even
breaks down even with BMW.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:53 AM   #10
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The above statement is biased,so you are saying is before it breaks
You have satisfaction driving it?
I'm saying I am not satisfied with Japanese cars even when they have no problems, so if it broke and I fixed it, I still don't appreciate the car.

Let say I busted an sway bar endlink on a IS250 and drove around with it clunking over the weekend. I replace the part, and after, it's still a boring car.

If I busted the end link say on a 2011 323, drive around with it clunking for a weekend, replace the part, the 323 will feel complete again to me.

Of course, this is subjective.. some people are happy driving Fits and Yaris', this is how I feel about it.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:20 AM   #11
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Thanks for ur help everyone
But I am still looking bit more details to repair and life cycle of new bmws like 2011 323i etc
I know some of u r just agaunt these cars and some love it
but I want actual reviews abt them howl ong lsting and wt repairs u guys got hpw much it costed and stuff at wt kms and stuff
thanks everyone who responded
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The 3 BMWs that I've owned, I've loved them! 1984, 1994, and 1997. I've been through North American, Japanese, and other European cars as well. BMW is definitely at the top of my list, Volvo is next up. If you're a smart shopper, BMW can be much cheaper to maintain from my experience and that is with buying oem parts. Volvo was slightly more to maintain than my BMW I found and parts were a little harder to come across. AS for working on them, they are fairly user friendly too. BMW is an advanced car so obviously there will be little issues here and there considering there is more to go wrong than any other vehicles.

For me I love the heritage of BMW, how advanced they are, their styling always has similarities between years and models, handling and performance is excellent, and the fuel economy is great too. Driving in the snow is okay, depends on the conditions. My 1994 740i wasn't great in slippery condition, deep snow it never had that much of a problem unless I was taking off. My 1997 540i, I haven't that much experience with it though to judge just yet.

The inline 6 has always been known as BMW's best engine. There is known to be VANOS issues in the past, not sure if it's something that still occurs or not. Automatics have never been that great with them just in general. It is common for reverse to start causing problems, so if you are planning to purchase one, I would recommend a manual. Also if you are planning to get one, get something above a 323i. From what I've heard they're a detuned engine compared to the 325i or 328i (can't remember which was available in 2011). If you get a higher model and something available with a sport package, it will have better retail value in the future if you plan on selling it. I've seen a few with over 300,000km for sale in the past, still in good condition and running good. It all depends how well someone will take care of it. My 1984 733i has about 282,000km, my 1994 BMW 740i had around 360,000km when I sold it 3ish years ago, and my 1997 540i has 240,000km.
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