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The E9X is the latest evolution of the BMW 3 series including the highly tuned twin turbo 335i variant pushing out 300hp and 300 ft. lbs. of torque. BMW continues to show that it sets the bar for true driving performance! Post questions about "upgrading" from your current E46 here or jump over to E90Fanatics.com!

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Old 05-31-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Cost of Ownership 2006 325i

Hello I'm looking to buy my first car and want a BMW. My family has always been a Honda family but it's too boring for me. I was wondering how much in repairs/ maintainence should I expect per year. I do my own oil changes. If I always had $500 set aside for repairs would I be good for an average repair? Or is it more expensive? Just trying to decide if I should go BMW, which I want, or VW Jetta or Civic. I know it's more expensive, but if you could, could you relate costs compared to a Honda? Thank you all
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:08 PM   #2
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If you're handy with a wrench, BMWs aren't that hard to work on. You must get some sort of OBD II code reader/clearer tool, and $500 annually might be a bit low for an 8 year old car, but not by much, maybe closer to 800-1000 maintenance if you DIY everything. If you have to take it to the dealer for everything, expect double or triple that amount.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:15 PM   #3
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Oh ok. That sounds reasonable. Thank you for the response. But with the code reader I can pretty much always figure out what's wrong, right? Also, how reliable are the engines and transmissions on the E90s? The car in looking to buy has 86k miles on it.


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Old 06-01-2014, 01:27 AM   #4
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Yea code reader will be your main diagnostic tool. Almost everything that can go wrong the computer will spit out a code and tell you what it is. If you keep up with your maintenance, you could probably get 200k miles out of the car with no sweat.
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Old 06-01-2014, 02:25 AM   #5
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I bought my 04 about 18 months ago, it had 70k miles. I do my own service but I have around $600 in parts invested already. This is for essential repairs.

I did blow a front strut three months ago but I had an $1100 H&R Touring kit sitting on the shelf waiting to be installed so I don't count that as essential repairs since I consider that more of a modification.
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:07 PM   #6
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Can I pretty much find out how to do anything I need to do on YouTube? Thanks again for the replies


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Old 06-10-2014, 08:37 AM   #7
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Most things can be found on you tube or you can look around using the search function on these forums for DIY posts. There is a post for just about everything you need. =) Have fun with it!
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