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      02-24-2011, 11:51 PM   #1
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Upgrade or not?

I have 04 325i. It has 55k miles now. It was paid off 2 yrs ago.

I am worried about maintenance and repairs during 60k-90k miles.

Do you guys think the cost of leasing a new 335i will be almost the same as the repair/maintenance/depreciation of my old 325i?

Share your experience.

Thx in advance

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      02-25-2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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Well obviously getting a new 335i is gonna be much more expensive then fixing your current car. But thats normal you have to pay more for a newer better car. If you have the money and are willing to spend it I say go for it if you get a good deal the 335i is an amazing car.
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      02-25-2011, 12:47 AM   #3
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It is always cheaper to keep your old car. Why would you want to a car payment in the off chance that your car is going to break down? Your car is depreciating an order of magnitude slower than a newly leased 335.
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      02-25-2011, 01:00 AM   #4
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Well, I just read alot of horror stories about 70k mile car breaking down and cost 3-4k to repair.

And, edmunds puts 4k/yr to maintain/repair 3 series. I dont know if thats true.
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      02-25-2011, 10:41 AM   #5
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The car will last without repairs as much as YOU take care of it. Can't wait for mine to be paid off, wait for the F30 it looks like you dont drive too many miles per year anyways... my .02
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      02-25-2011, 10:46 AM   #6
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keep the car. It is cheaper in the long run for your pocket
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      02-25-2011, 10:56 AM   #7
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Since your engine is naturally aspirated you actually might not run into as many problems as you'd think in the long run. However, you could get a 2008 CPO 335i with some warranty left on it and not worry about maintenance for a little while. My 335i is a 2007 and does not have the extended maintenance warranty. However, I have come to the conclusion that I do not even need it; maintenance is so sporadic and the cost not as extreme as I believed it was going to be (oil changes, microfilter, etc).

Plus, the pumps have their own coverage up to 100K, and that is the main issue to be concerned about with these cars.
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      02-25-2011, 11:24 AM   #8
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My car is almost at 97K.... I've never had any major problems. It also depends on how much you baby your car.... I know I do
Plus 60K-90K is just teenage years for the car.. nothing will happen as long as you dont ignore maintenance !!
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      02-25-2011, 12:48 PM   #9
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yea I wouldn't worry too much about your current car, could be small issues occationally but I don't think many big parts will go wrong.
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      02-25-2011, 12:57 PM   #10
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Keep driving your car until 90k miles and then report back, we will help you decide then.

The taxes on a new car will be probably more than what you will spend on your BMW by then.

You are welcome.
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      02-25-2011, 01:02 PM   #11
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Hmm, I had that same car but I sold it at 125k miles which I put on all by myself. I've got to say, you do have a lot of miles left in that car before it's going to become a huge headache. I'll bet you're a bit shy of your second brake job and you probably are 20k away from a cooling system overhaul.

My honest opinion is to keep it, unless you flat out want a new car. As it stands, 3-4 lease payments on a new 335i will likely cover the cost of maintenance for the next 15k miles you put on your car.

Between now and 100k miles, my guess is that you'll be doing 1-2 more brake services, several oil changes, new cooling hoses, new water pump maybe, a window regulator or two, maybe final stage resistor replacement, front control arm bushings and differential bushing (which isn't crucial with small cracks). Also, the serpentine belt and the other smaller one. forgot the name of it.

Find a trusty independent shop, stay on top of maintenance and your car will last a long time. Wait for the F30/32 or whatever the new chassis code is.

But once you hit 100k, get rid of the thing quick! My car in it's final 6 months cost me 8k. No joke.
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      02-25-2011, 09:00 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for the info. I will keep the car for another 15-20k. Then f10/f30 here I come.

I have babied the car since mileage 10.
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I buy every 4 years like clock work. I call it "self financed leasing". Ha. Seriously, if you are going to keep the car longer than 8 years and then until it literally dies & worthless then you start saving money. Otherwise, every dollar your car depreciates is a dollar you have to contribute to the price of a new car. Even if a car is paid off you are still "paying" for it. I did the math once and keeping a car 7 years vs. 4 saves about $400 a year, not including maint. When you are talking about a $50K+ car big whoop. In my mind it doesn't pay to keep a car too long. I'd rather enjoy a new car for that $ and not have to worry about repair or maint. costs.
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Well, I just read alot of horror stories about 70k mile car breaking down and cost 3-4k to repair.

And, edmunds puts 4k/yr to maintain/repair 3 series. I dont know if thats true.
Seems like that for me.. including repairs... flats.. recent spark chages.. routine oil changes...
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      02-26-2011, 08:00 PM   #15
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Keep your car. Save your previous car payments to use as a down payment on a new one.
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      02-26-2011, 11:15 PM   #16
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I have 04 325i. It has 55k miles now. It was paid off 2 yrs ago.

I am worried about maintenance and repairs during 60k-90k miles.

Do you guys think the cost of leasing a new 335i will be almost the same as the repair/maintenance/depreciation of my old 325i?

Share your experience.

Thx in advance
I wouldn't worry about your current car, especially with no car payment.

1. Your E46 325i will probably need some suspension and cooling system work within the next few years (80+k miles). If you can do it yourself, you are not talking about a huge amount of money......

A: Cooling system overhaul - $400??? thereabouts (includes Tstat Water pump radiator, hoses, expansion tank) includes changing the belts while you have them off.
B: Suspension $400, typically front control arms and bushings, tie rods, maybe the rear shock mounts? While you are at it, you may want to upgrade or replace struts/shocks...another $400

2. If you lease a 335, you will now have a $400+/month lease, probably more like $600 ( idk I dont lease cars). In 2 months of car payments, you would have spent enough to do the preventative maintenance I mentioned above on your mint 325i. Your 325i would then be good for another 60k+ miles...trust me, I drove 2 E46 for many many miles. Take that money you save and buy gold/silver or something other than paper.

Or, figure you only live once, why not have fun and buy that 335, tune it and forget about money.
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Thanks everyone for the info. I will keep the car for another 15-20k. Then f10/f30 here I come.

I have babied the car since mileage 10.
did you really make your decision based on what a bunch of internet forum ppl said?

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