If you want value, don't buy a BMW, lease it instead
By hmellem on
2005 BMW 3 Series 325xi AWD 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)
I purchased a new BMW 325xi in the spring of 2005.
It ran great the first 4 years without many problems.
Then when the warranty expired 4 years later it all went south.
My bills at the mechanic (not the dealership) were regularly in the thousands, not hundreds.
I had to have the control arms replaced twice--fortunately the second time was under the mechanic's warranty. I then had to put about $3K into the engine 7.5 years after buying it.
Finally the last straw was when the control arms had to be replaced for the third time.
Got me for a tie rod assembly too-- almost $3K. This car is like an abusive spouse.
Each time I thought it would be the last expensive repair.
It never was.