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Old 01-28-2014, 03:48 PM
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Know now why everyone leases

Seems to me that BMW has done an excellent job of gaming the cost of ownership studies. My 35d has been out of warranty/free maintenance for 9,000 miles and so far has required a $500 oil change and now a $700 battery replacement. I also didnt get a brake replacement under warranty because I drive so many highway miles. God knows what that will cost.

Anybody that thinks these are reasonable maintenance expenses is insane. As good as these cars drive, I will never own another. Might lease one. Maybe. I'm getting an Accord for my daily driver.
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Nobody is holding a gun to your head to have it serviced by a BMW dealer...
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Nobody is holding a gun to your head to have it serviced by a BMW dealer...
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Repair shops are free to charge whatever they want but to put it bluntly, whoever is working on your car is ripping you off.
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Nobody is holding a gun to your head to have it serviced by a BMW dealer...
Very true. Nobody is holding a gun to my head making me own this money pit either. The maintenance is still cheaper than a new car though.
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Repair shops are free to charge whatever they want but to put it bluntly, whoever is working on your car is ripping you off.
BMW of Sterling this time.

Anybody have a recomendation for a good indy shop in the Northern VA area?
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:14 PM
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As an example, I'm also too lazy to change my own oil so I get this kit from ECS:

BMW E70 X5 xDrive48i N62 4.8L Maintenance Engine Oil Service ES#257565 ECS Tuning Oil Service Kit - N62INS1

and take it to the local EZ Lube and for $20 cash they'll do the work.

That makes $120 for exactly the same ting your dealer charged you $500 !!
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Pretty sure high quality Bosch or varta battery will be half that price.
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I pay $134.00 for oil change at a local indy shop. Stop with the dealer, they will put a hurt on you. :-)

Good luck.
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Smart BMW dealerships these days actually compete with indies. I have seen advertised prices at the dealer where I serviced my vehicle under warranty. When time comes to change oil (if I don't DIY it) I will consider that dealership.
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BMW of Sterling this time.

Anybody have a recomendation for a good indy shop in the Northern VA area?
BMW Repair Shops - Find a BMW Mechanic | BimmerShops.com

oil changes can be ~$100 and battery $250 programmed which is about what I paid through an indy.
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