Originally Posted by alexzn
I have to chime in here. Yes, BMW repairs are expensive. But you fix the car only once in a while and you drive it everyday. Comparing any BMW to a Subaru is a bit of a joke. There is nothing wrong with the Subaru, it's a hugely practical car. But as far as refinement, handling, and that intangible "fun-to-drive" feeling, they are in completely different leagues with the BMW. If you can afford the BMW, do it and you will enjoy every day you are driving it. 328d is the slowest 3-series, but it is still more than adequate and will beat the pants off the Subaru any time in any real world driving. And by all accounts the BMW diesel is still clean (no VW magic there). I drove a 3-series to 200K miles, with a decent amount of repairs along the way (nothing major though), at which point it was reduced to a heap of metal in a highway accident, saving my life in the process. They are just great cars.
P.S. The smaller X SUVs are considerably less refined than 3 and 5-series wagons. I'd choose an AWD wagon every time, and an X5 if you need room for family and cargo. P.P.S. Conventional wisdom is that smart buyers get a BMW with just a couple years of warranty left to have a chance to iron out any issues from the previous owner. my
Alexzn makes a solid case for BMW ownership, they are a lot more fun as a daily driver. If you have the financial resources, it is the preferred daily driver. In an earlier post, I cautioned that repair and/or maintenance costs of BMW's can be significant. Yes, BMW's are covered for 4 years with full maintenance. and, at there are solid maintenance contracts available for 2 years following original warrenty. Buying 2 more years from BMW is very expensive. Smart BMW owners will follow the trends of what fails ie, front bushings, water pumps rotors, and get these replaced under the new warranty. Yes, the oil change interval is stated at 15K miles, but, nobody who posts in Bimmerfest ever lets it go that long. It's more about minimizing BMW's costs during the first 4 years. BTW, a full cost BMW oil change is $140 at the dealer.
To expand on my previous comments about long term BMW repair/maintenance costs, mostly I wanted to make the OP aware that long term BMWs reliability is, in general, not on a par with Lexus, Acura etc. In BMW forums, many posts are by original owners making the keep or trade decision as the warrenty expires. The 328 engine is considered bulletproof, but, anything that fails is a very pricey fix. I was a very happy camper for the first 30 months of my used BMW but a $3k repair took some of the shine out of the experience, and, put in more than a little fear of the unknown. I had a 5 series from the 90's and it was a far less complex vehicle. I sure do not need all the high tech electronics etc that are built into a modern car. The BMW I-drive computer controls can be a PITA at times. On a cost per mile basis, my BMW will be the most expensive to-date. Never owned a Subie, but, they do seem to be the one car to own in the skier community. My last car was a VW Passat V6 wagon AWD, which is much more practical than my 5 series. Often, I regret not looking for BMW 3 series wagon. You will also take a bigger depreciation hit with a BMW due to repair costs.
Just be an educated buyer, and, if you choose the BMW, enjoy!