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Hidden Costs Of BMW Ownership
By ACF on
Vehicle1997 BMW 3 Series 318i 4dr Sedan
ReviewLook, the BMW 3 series is as about a pleasurable ride in a daily driver you can possibly get. Great road feel, great acceleration, great looks, & in the MT a superior shifting experience. However, be prepared to pay high maintenance costs, especially beyond 75k miles. I bought my '97 with 49k miles. It now has 99k, & I have put out around $7k in maintenance since. Clutch is $900, alternator is $450, ball joints are $500, water pump $400, tires (sport) $700 & brakes $300 done every other year. It has some quirky things too. LED displays (radio & odm) go dim/out, radiator necks break, coolant lever sensors go bad, paint chips/rusts way to easy. All in all a great ride, but you're gonna pay.
Best FeaturesAcceleration, Handling, Manual transmission, Exterior styling, Attractive engine compartment, BMW name.
Worst FeaturesCooling system/water pump, Paint/undercoating, Electronics reliability.
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