Originally Posted by skins333
I think this had a lot to do with awful cost of ownership of these cars..at least that's why I didn't buy one. My main concerns were out of warranty repair costs, crazy costs of extended warranty for them, and horrendous gas mileage (I expected 12-13 mpg instead of ~17mpg w/ m3). I would have probably got either the older gen m6/m5 otherwise...I'm assuming so would have others, accounting for lower resale values.
e9x m3's on the other hand have somewhat more reasonable extended warranty costs (even for bmw warranties), better mileage (I'm getting very tolerable ~17+ mpg, even w/ lots of city driving), and I sure hope repairs won't be too bad.
I think the weak mpg will ultimately hurt E9x resale value. I was never able to get more than 15mpg, myself. Hard to predict repair costs, but anytime you're talking about a $60-70k car, the law of averages are just against you.