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      06-25-2013, 08:10 AM   #23
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First off, no road trip is complete without some unplanned event(s) occurring, regardless of car. Personally, I'd take the BMW, but with the knowledge that breaking down in the sticks might suck that much more, since finding someone to service the car might be that much harder. Get AAA if you're concerned, and spring for the water pump now and call it a day. BMWs are meant to be driven cross country.
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      06-25-2013, 09:17 AM   #24
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Threads like this remind me of how happy I am that I never got (or plan to get) married.

If I was in this situation, though, I'd go with the Bimmer all the way.

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I been trying to decide with wife if we should take 330i (107k miles) or Jeep compass (37k miles) on this extensive cross country. My wife keeps saying bmw is to risky taking it on long trip like that what you guys think?

Other then coils which I all replaced recently I dont see why 330i cant. Only thing that I need to do soon is replace cooling system components cause they look little heat treated.

I also don't believe in the happy wife happy life shit. Man think differently than women and uneventful tips are boring. I would pick BMW because it so much easier to drive and fatigue will be less. Compass vs BMW ... mule vs. purebred!

Take the car you prefer and end of story. I tell mine you have room for one carry-on and personal bag, everything else you don't need. You'd be amazed how creative they get and they never miss a thing. If you forget something go and buy it, there are shops everywhere.

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Consider being cooped up with the wife in a Jeep Compass for 7,200 miles.... (I'm sure she is an exquisite woman as all of our wives are)

The OP's choice.
Is a Jeep Compass smaller than a 3er? I have no idea to be honest, but you correctly inferred that I gave no consideration to the size of the vehicle. I just figured that something called "Jeep" must have more interior space than a compact sedan. (

I thought the OP just meant Jeep. I thought too that the word "compass" which wasn't capitalized was just an artifact from a sentence the OP was initially going to write, but didn't get fully deleted, and "compass" was just something left behind. I never heard of a vehicle called a Jeep Compass until this thread. Sorry.)

I agree the OP's wife is a lovely lady. I know too that if he takes that 3er on the trip and something untoward occurs, for at least some span of time, she'll seem far less so to the OP. Truthfully, of course, I don't her at all and don't really know how she'd react. The OP does and I'm certain he'll act with her in mind.
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      06-25-2013, 06:03 PM   #27
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I'd vote for the BMW, in all honesty I can't imagine that the Jeep would be that much more reliable - though it probably has a warranty.

I'm contemplating a very similar decision, will likely be driving from Seattle-Boston-Seattle with my daughter and my golden retriever over the summer. 10-year-old daughter really wants to drive, and I don't know how much longer she will be staying stuff like that. My wife and other daughter will be flying.

The three choices are to drive the '11 E91 6MT that now has 30k on it (drove it to FL and back over the winter, was brilliant), drive our new '13 Toyota Sienna with 3k on it, or board the dog and fly. I'm leaning toward the E91, will be much more fun than the Toyota and it's more than enough room for two people and a dog.

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Gentlemen,

The most important part ....

is the rest of your life...

Take the Jeep.

If anything would happen, flat tire, blown engine, cracked windshield... you would never EVER hear the end of it from the wife.

Take the Jeep.

Just not worth a life time of attacks for a two week trip.

Take the Jeep.

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I been trying to decide with wife if we should take 330i (107k miles) or Jeep compass (37k miles) on this extensive cross country. My wife keeps saying bmw is to risky taking it on long trip like that what you guys think?

Other then coils which I all replaced recently I dont see why 330i cant. Only thing that I need to do soon is replace cooling system components cause they look little heat treated.
Round trip cross country (NY to CA) is approx. 5,000 miles. Where the hell are you going?! Definitely the Jeep (more room). Also, if it is still under warranty, you can just pull into a dealership and let them fix it for free.
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Gentlemen,

The most important part ....

is the rest of your life...

Take the Jeep.

If anything would happen, flat tire, blown engine, cracked windshield... you would never EVER hear the end of it from the wife.

Take the Jeep.

Just not worth a life time of attacks for a two week trip.

Take the Jeep.

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quote for thread.

and if it does survive with no issues she'll want to take it everytime until something does break.
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      06-26-2013, 08:49 AM   #31
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As much as I'd like to drive it everywhere, I leave the BMW at home for the high mileage trips and rent a car. It's safer at home then driving thousands of miles with all the horrible drivers on the road. I'd take the Jeep.
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      06-26-2013, 09:32 AM   #32
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Both the BMW and the Compass are machines. Tools to serve you. Take the tool that will best do the job: which will be more comfortable, efficient, and fun to drive. Don't worry about something breaking or getting damaged. It's a car. It can be fixed.

In other words, hit the wide open road in your Bimmer.
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Both the BMW and the Compass are machines. Tools to serve you. Take the tool that will best do the job: which will be more comfortable, efficient, and fun to drive. Don't worry about something breaking or getting damaged. It's a car. It can be fixed.

In other words, hit the wide open road in your Bimmer.
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I'd like to go back to 2007 when I purchased my New E90 335i. 6 months later I drove to FL to get married. I would have preferred to drive the bmw, however the HPFP concerns and the tight timeline would be a problem. We arrived around 9am Friday and had to have all the local paperwork completed and certified prior to the wedding on Sunday. So Any break down would have been bad, very bad (for the car, my health, my money and my marriage).

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      06-26-2013, 12:05 PM   #34
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Round trip cross country (NY to CA) is approx. 5,000 miles. Where the hell are you going?! Definitely the Jeep (more room). Also, if it is still under warranty, you can just pull into a dealership and let them fix it for free.
Ya its under warranty, VA/MT/WA/ID/CA/NV/VA - Ya its big trip.
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I take care of jeep just like I do bmw so I dont have question it cant do the trip reliable.

I looked into some rental stuff like some of you mentioned its not bad idea but is it worth 500$ rental not to put 7200miles on jeep.

Worked out $ part:
Jeep: 1050$ in gas

Ford focus : 750$ in gas
Rental: 540$
Total: 1290$

Little over 200$ for no mileage on jeep seems worth it to me.
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cooling system and tires are the weekest points. no spare sux, and if u havent' changed water pump then they may go

rental sounds like a good idea. maybe credit card insurance (like amex rental insurance) can also save you some.
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cooling system and tires are the weekest points. no spare sux, and if u havent' changed water pump then they may go

rental sounds like a good idea. maybe credit card insurance (like amex rental insurance) can also save you some.
Ya I agree, You dont see pump problems on ours from people I talked to on forum till around 140-160k miles. And with INPA setup apparently it will throw code before failure like low pump speed or pressure warning.
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I... will likely be driving from Seattle-Boston-Seattle with my daughter and my golden retriever over the summer. 10-year-old daughter really wants to drive, and I don't know how much longer she will be staying stuff like that. ...
Hopefully it won't matter how long she says stuff like that. She's too young to drive, so I don't really understand how her wanting to drive plays into it....
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its not worth the risk being stranded in the middle of nowhere, just take the Jeep (only coz it has 37k miles) - Buy a bmw with roadside and warranty to drive coast to coast, just my 2 cents
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Drive in comfort take the bimmer, , everysummer I drive my 99 bmw 323 is half way across Canada and back roundtrip over 3000 miles , the car is closing in on 200k miles . No issues and I drive 22 hours straight only stop for gas , very little driver fatigue in a Bimmer.
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Hopefully it won't matter how long she says stuff like that. She's too young to drive, so I don't really understand how her wanting to drive plays into it....
It plays into it because she's actually enthusiastic about taking a drive like that (as opposed to flying) and I'm hopeful that this enthusiasm will continue into the teen years, but I'm not going to bank on that level of enthusiasm when she's older.
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another consideration is road debris...

do you want to have rock chips, and a coating of bugs to clean off your bmw.

bah... let the jeep get beat up.

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p.s. if I wore a hoodie and was looking for prey at a rest stop/restaurant, etc... I'd go after the bmw people first before a jeep.
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It plays into it because she's actually enthusiastic about taking a drive like that (as opposed to flying) and I'm hopeful that this enthusiasm will continue into the teen years, but I'm not going to bank on that level of enthusiasm when she's older.
I must not have been smug enough in the comment to which you replied. I jokingly suggesting that you were going to let your daughter do the driving. I had hoped that because it's obvious she's too young for that, that you'd see the humor in it. Sorry.

It's great that your child wants to drive across the country with you. Like any parent, I sometimes drove to vacation/outing destinations only for the time with my kids. I fully understand.

I hope you have (or had) a save and fulfilling trip. The time with your family is priceless, so I'm sure you will/did.
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Take your BMW, it will be a much more comfortable experience. I drove mine to visit colleges, round trip of about 3000 miles (yes, less than your trip) and the car didn't miss a beat! And mine has about 150k on it (2006 330xi). Heck, when I took it, it actually "needed" back brake pads. Like you would do with ANY car, just do an inspection to be sure nothing annoying is gonna happen (check engine oil level (an oil change may be good), coolant level, tire pressures etc.) only because you will be driving the distance that most people drive in half a year in I'm assuming about 2 or so weeks. Your BMW is the Ultimate Driving Machine, use it as such! Leave the compass for getting groceries!
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