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  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Last Monday, a week ago, took the wife's 2011 X3 to the dealer for regularly scheduled maintenance. Oil change and spark plugs, plus a few other things. 75K miles. Estimate was $550.

    I knew that rear brakes were a possibility, but the call I got later that morning was a gut punch.. The new total estimate? $2750.

    I won't go into the gory details, but one of the items was the belt tensioner pulley. I think it's spring-loaded or hydraulic or something like that. Anyway, it was losing it's "spring", and wasn't keeping the belts taut. "We really need to fix this, because the belts are starting to work their way off of the pulley, and if that happens, you'll be stuck on the side of the road".

    The car had a recall that involved the body shop, so they had it all week. Picked it up on Friday. Final bill was $2685. (Rear brakes, leaking transfer case seal, aforementioned other items).

    Wow! I'm not rich enough (or profligate enough) to ever buy a new BMW or Mercedes. And the above is a very good example of why I wouldn't own a used one that is out of warranty.
    Wow, big bill. I may have lost whatever is left of my mind if it stranded me for the exact problem I just fixed!
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Lots of VW and Audi love on these boards. Only two American cars. Wow.
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    @roadburner Sounds like a quick lube setup!
  • Re: Car Commercials, the good, the bad, and the annoying!

    Jan is no Flo....
  • Re: Road Trip!

    Michaell said:
    tjc78 said:
    The wife hates 80s on 8... so naturally I make sure I leave it on all the time. Classic Rewind too, since that is basically 80s on 8 without the pop.
     If you really want to annoy her, try the hair nation channel 
    Ha ha I have, I had that as a preset in her car and she changed it.  lol. 
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