2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

2002 BMW M3: For A Few Dollars More

October 03, 2008


If you've been following the progress of our long-term 2002 BMW M3 the past 10 months, you know that the sublime driving experience has been tempered with some maintenance and upgrade expenditures. Here's the fistful of dollars tally so far:

$1,173 -- alignment and new rear control arm bushings. $1,273 -- Yokohama tires and install. $1,532 -- door lock and power steering hose repair. $3,140 for the Stoptech brakes and install. $870 -- 60,000-mile service. $1,900 -- Alternator and FSU repair.

Obviously, we didn't have to go with the M3's upgraded tires and brakes ("We could have gone cheaper with factory replacement brakes and rock hard Pep Boys specials, but what fun would that have been?" quipped Oldham earlier.) Or we could have tried to use independent shops or our own wrenches more often. But it is what it is. Which is, erm, a grand total of $9,888, or about $1,000 a month since we've owned it.

For reference, the now departed 1983 Ferrari 308 cost us $4,625 in total maintenance.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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