What is the maintenance $ on a 3 series
I am new to the BMW market. I am thinking about buying a '96-'98 3 series. What I would like to know is what costs are typical for these cars for average yearly maintenance. I would appreciate any input.
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Depending on how much you drive, a typical major service for a 3 series seems to run in the $400 range. This of course doesn't include "expendables" like tires, or unexepcted repairs either.
Generally, I ballpark a car like this at $100/150 a month to keep everything up to a high standard.
This presumes, of course, that you are starting out with a very well cared for used car.
Many people just want one to crank and a rare few demand it be as new in every aspect.....the differences can amount to thousands per year!
Since it depends on where you live since the hourly labor cost can vary from $120/hr [CA/manhattan] to $50/hr [Mississippi], and labor is roughly half the equation.
7-11 cents per mile plus any adjustment from the average $85/hr.
The State of Texas did some calulations on its car fleet and it average 8 cents per mile and we can assume the vehicles were not kept perfect.
There are diffferences among engine sizes 4 vs. 6 cylinder and manual vs automatic, tire sizes and driveer abuse constant and local traffic conditions [brake applications per mile].
Tires can vary from $60 each to $150 each.
Always budget a few thousand on any used car to make it right initially, then start the per month cost!
One might say "well, why go through that trouble when I can buy a Camry and not have to spend as much to keep the car in good order", and that is a perfectly logical argument.
If you take good care of your 3 Series it will give you good service. It's not for nothing that it is the car everyone copies.
Maintenance for the long haul [say 200k] is something else. Equating maintenance vs replacement......will annual fluid exchanges [besides oil]increase component life.
If you own a new car, and you make "withdrawals" (use) without making "deposits" (maintenance) you will eventually be bankrupt.
How much you deposit to keep the balance operative depends on the car itself and its requirements.
On the one hand, labor rates are about the same for all makes of cars, but complexity might require more labor in one car than another; also, a part for a BMW is going to cost more than for a Chevrolet (usually) so that's a factor, too.
So we have a Rolls Royce on one end of the maintenance spectrum ( the horrifying end) and maybe a Corolla or Sentra on the other end of the spectrum. A BMW is probably on the high end of middle but certainly not "up there" with Ferrari or even Benz I don't think. Maybe the V-12 would be, but not a 3 Series.
I bet $100/150 a month is pretty close to reality over the course of a couple years.
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If you drive aggressively you are going to eat up tires, especially on a somewhat heavy car (as opposed to a Miata) and if you drive a lot you are going to eat up brake pads.
some taxi cab companies replace brakes every 6 weeks!
I don't know -- my Audi A4 has almost 50K on it and I'm on the original brake pads. I keep asking about them on every service, and they keep saying they don't need changing yet (and I'm sure they would like to replace them if they could). They did say that manual trans cars are easier on the brakes because the drivers tend to use more engine braking.
I've calmed down a bit since then.
Arrogance? Or forcing you to do maintenance when you don't want to pay? And all they are trying to do is get the car to last FOR YOU.
Wish performance car buyers were forced to attend a 7 day 18 hour per day intensive school before being ALLOWED to buy! That's arrogance not using a special oil.
My ownership costs over the past 5 years have amounted to practically nothing. I have done my own maintenance but even following the service intervals the costs have been miniscule. I have done two brake fluid flushes, one coolant flush, one air filter, one cabin air filter, and after several samplings of the motor oil I have settled on 5000 mile oil drain intervals with Mobil-1 10W-30.
The only part that I've had to replace other than normal maintenance items was a plastic slider hook that holds the sunroof interior panel in its track. This part cost me $14 from my local dealership. They would have replaced it under warranty but wanted me to leave my car for 3 days which was foolish considering it was a 30 minute replacement.
In all fairness, at the 5 year mark and the 50,000 mile mark I am ready to replace the original tires and the front brake pads and rotors. I have already priced Jurid pads and Balo rotors on the internet and my front brake replacement will cost me less than $125. The rear pads and rotors are still serviceable. I have not decided on which tires I want to buy but I'm looking at no more than $80 per tire from the tire rack.
So in all fairness to the marque, you can own a very nice German car for not a whole lot of money. In fact, I'm averaging 25 mpg on my city driving course and have gotten as high as 34 mpg on the highway. The key is to stay on top of maintenance items before they become problems.
I don't turn rotors and I don't wait 10 miles past the valve adjustment period. MOre expensive? Yes and no. Yes in the beginning but now with a couple hundred thousand miles on my car I'm enjoying a "like new" car that's all paid for and runs great.