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BMW 3-Series Maintenance and Repair



  • I have little choice. I must get a 4 door as I drive my son daily. The options at 4 door and fun are limited to...well I've not found anything much. Given the circumstances I've lowered my expectations. Fun isn't really the only goal here so after driving everything again (G37, 09 A4, CC, GTI, WRX, C, CTS...if it's got 4 doors and sporting pretensions I drove it), I've come back to the fact that 3 (and WRX) are about my only chance of having a halfway fun car and at least 4 doors.

    A used 3 might be a better deal than a new leased 3 - depends on expected maintenance costs v. depreciation.

    FWIW, I've found the 325/328 with 17s to be a better ride than the 330i/335i with 18s. I simply can't get used to the way 18 inch RFTs skip on the roads of San Diego. :D
  • Thanks. I guess it's the by-the-book thing that vexes me. I've never looked into maintenance schedules on a 3 (always leased so quite frankly the cars got BMW service and that's it).

    By the book come down to 1k a year? More or less on average?
  • I am looking at buying a 2006 330i with the 6-speed auto. The car seems to hold for 2-3 seconds before moving when first put into gear (either forward or reverse) and if you are at a complete stop and release the brakes. It is more pronounced when first put into gear but does seem to do the same thing to a lesser extent when stopped. It has about 3k left under the manufacturer warranty so if it's a problem I should be able to get it fixed. If it's a design characteristic then I have to decide if I can live with it or if I should hold out for the manual I really want.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,261 came out of a 2006 3-er! What gives?

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,030
    By the book come down to 1k a year? More or less on average?

    A lot depends on where you live. My local dealer(Swope BMW, Louisville) performed an Inspection II and brake fluid flush on my wife's X3 for just $374. Santa Monica BMW charges $1105 for the same work. I know that the cost of living in California is higher than that of Kentucky, but 295% higher? That said I'd say $1000 per year may be a bit high.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Thanks. I like to plan for the worst outcome and be happy when it all plays out better. :)
  • Hope it works out. I bought a used 335i manual this weekend. Two years left on the warranty. Then two years CPO.
  • How bout some details? :)

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,126
    congratulations are in order! Please give us the gory details. Their asking price & what you paid for it. Colors & Options? What did you do with the MINI? Sell it privately or trade it in?

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • I was set to buy an 09 WRX but Saturday I stopped in for a spin in a 335i manual. Well that sold me but the price was more than the wife wanted to pay. Looked online and found in so cal we had a total of 3 335is with manual. One dealer had a model with only sport and navi (no interest in the navi). They ended up selling me the car, cpo, for 27k (not including bmwcca rebate). According to Edmunds that's less than trade-in value. Edmunds claims 33k for that car at a dealer with CPO. Even if it's off, I feel like I got a nice deal.

    28k miles on the odometer, silver, not a scratch on the outside (nicks on the driver's door trim aluminum), otherwise pristine.

    Given my profit on the cooper and my payments on the 335i match the cooper's, I basically paid $500 to switch to a larger, faster, more family friendly car. Hard to argue with that. And the 335i has more included maintenance left, plus a longer warranty and 4 brand new tires (my cooper needed new tires).
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,126
    Good luck with the car!

    Do you feel your 335i rides different than your 330i that you got rid of?

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,261
    Excellent! Now we can see how you like it compared to your recent rides. I'm interested on your take vs. the '06 330.

    Best of luck! Hope you don't flip it, though!

  • Can anyone tell me where the fuse is located that operates the trunk release for the 2001 330 ci. Both the remote key and inner release has stopped working and I'm guessing it's a fuse...any other ideas out there? Thanks for the help.
  • $90.00 is a bad price for any oil change...especially when it's only about $35 to do it yourself. Who's got more money than God out there?
  • I own a 2001 330 ci and regardless what others tell you, it's usually going to cost you around $150-200/month in anticipated repair costs. Less if you do them all yourself. At 97,000 miles you start to see things like oil manifold leaks, broken hoses, belt issues, and even water pumps and steering pumps that exhibit problems. Thank God I haven't had an issue with the convertible top yet. I also drive a 740i and ditto for that model. Good Luck.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "$90.00 is a bad price for any oil change...especially when it's only about $35 to do it yourself. Who's got more money than God out there?"

    Thirty-five dollars for an oil change on a BMW? Where are you buying your parts? Last time I checked, oil that met the BMW LL-01 oil specification was around $7.00 per quart (times 7 for the oil change), and filters were typically between $10 and $15. With that in mind, my math suggests that the cheapest one can do an oil change on a 3-Series is $60. Yes, no?

    Best regards,
  • Last time I got the parts, they were around $40 at my dealer, with the CCA discount.... That was a little over three years ago...

    So, assuming 1/2 hour labor, I don't think you'll get much cheaper than $85-$90, total... The last time I paid for a change (at least 4 years ago), my dealer charged around $95... I could see an independent doing it for $75-$80, if you are a repeat customer...

    I'm sure prices are higher now..

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  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Yeah, I used to be able to buy Mobil 1 0W-40 and Castrol Syntec 0W-30 for about $5.00 per quart, however, these days $7.00 per quart seems to be the norm. Granted we're not talking about a lot of money here, but I don't think I've been able to change the oil in a BMW with a ~7 quart sump for $35 since at least the mid 1990s.
  • I think that a) paying someone to clean your bathroom or b) change your oil, has got to be not only one of the world's best bargains but a great humanitarian act on their part. Not only do they do the recycle for you but if the person is qualified, they can scope out the car underneath for you, check all your fluid top and bottom, replenish all your fluids---in other words see and do things you can't do in your driveway.

    Unless you have a lift at home, I think paying $75 bucks for an oil service is well worth it....presuming they use a quality product and presuming they really do check everything for you.

    I stay away from Quickie-Change places, however.
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