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Car under existing warranty: Powertrain + 5Y 100k 14 10.00%
Car under existing warranty: Powertrain + 6Y 100k 8 5.71%
Car under existing warranty: Powertrain + 7Y 70k 4 2.86%
Car under existing warranty: Powertrain + 7Y 100k 3 2.14%
Car under existing warranty: Gold 5Y 100k 3 2.14%
Car under existing warranty: Gold 6Y 100k 0 0%
Car under existing warranty: Gold 7Y 70k 1 0.71%
Car under existing warranty: Gold 7Y 100k 0 0%
Car under existing warranty: Platinum 5Y 100k 5 3.57%
Car under existing warranty: Platinum 6Y 100k 8 5.71%
Car under existing warranty: Platinum 7Y 70k 3 2.14%
Car under existing warranty: Platinum 7Y 100k 9 6.43%
Car out of warranty when I purchased: So I bought one of the 3 options offered in my case 4 2.86%
Not buying it b/c it's a rip off or I can fix everything myself (please specify) 51 36.43%
Not buying it b/c I won't be keeping this car past or significantly past the warranty peroid 27 19.29%
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      11-18-2011, 12:19 PM   #45
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Regardless of what has happened to others, I am doing the Platinum 7/100. I plan to be FULLY covered. I don't wanna find out 5 years later that I shoulda spent a little money to cover the car.
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      11-18-2011, 12:39 PM   #46
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Regardless of what has happened to others, I am doing the Platinum 7/100. I plan to be FULLY covered. I don't wanna find out 5 years later that I shoulda spent a little money to cover the car.
I think I'll be doing the same... Replacing the engine or DCT would REALLY hurt.
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      11-18-2011, 01:08 PM   #47
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Mine was a CPO, automatic 6 years / 160k KM
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      11-18-2011, 02:11 PM   #48
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6yr/100k here
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      11-19-2011, 12:23 AM   #49
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I bought a warranty but now from rip-off BMW. I bought from an company specializing in extended warranties. You should have reduced the existing poll options and added some for these types of cases.
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      11-19-2011, 02:52 AM   #50
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I didn't have those options when I bought my car, but it was in early 2008 when they were just starting to get them in.

They sold me an aftermarket warranty which has a $50 deductable. I think I paid 3K for it, coverseverything except maintenance, up to 6 years or 70K. I don't drive the car daily anymore so I probably won't hit the mileage expiration before the time lapses. The company was Zurich. I think an aftermarket warranty is a good idea because BMW just wants to get paid for the work, as opposed to paying for repairs out of their own pocket through BMW warranties. When the M3's first came out, there was no factory extention to the warranty that I think they offer now.

The warranty company I had I contract with for the Jaguar I had for a couple years was horrible. There was a clause in the paperwork that said "not responsible for consequential or incidental damage". The transmission went out in the car and they determined that a bearing failed which sent metal thoughout the transmission and torque converter runing everything. So they paid for that bearing and the labor to replace that bearing which was $1,500 or so, and I got stuck with the other $2,500. I hoping that this warranty sold to me at time of purchase affords a higher level of protection over the previous experience I had with an aftermarket warranty.
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      11-19-2011, 03:21 AM   #51
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I know statistically the chances are it's not going to be me that gets a s65 blowup or a DCT malfunction, but a couple thousand is alot better than 20k for an s65 or 13k for a DCT. I think of it like my health insurance, I probably won't get critically injured but just in case.
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      11-19-2011, 09:13 AM   #52
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I don't buy a car so I can pay someone else to work on it. For me, part of the joy and thrill of getting a new project car is well... making it a project. It'll be a learning experience of course, for example this will be my 1st car with ITB's, and there are a good amount of systems on the car I'm not entirely familiar with or have at least not dealt with on my own, but learning about them and gaining that knowledge is part of the fun (for me).

There are a good amount of resources out there, even though BMW tries to keep them on lock... It's ridic how hard you have to search to get a copy of the e92's shop/repair manual. Worth it though in the end.
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      11-19-2011, 01:38 PM   #53
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I don't buy a car so I can pay someone else to work on it. For me, part of the joy and thrill of getting a new project car is well... making it a project. It'll be a learning experience of course, for example this will be my 1st car with ITB's, and there are a good amount of systems on the car I'm not entirely familiar with or have at least not dealt with on my own, but learning about them and gaining that knowledge is part of the fun (for me).

There are a good amount of resources out there, even though BMW tries to keep them on lock... It's ridic how hard you have to search to get a copy of the e92's shop/repair manual. Worth it though in the end.
Hard copy or PDF?
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      11-30-2011, 04:16 PM   #54
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A little bump. Back when I purchased my car in December of last year the dealership i bought it from (a toyota dealership) offered me a CostGuard warranty. I honestly didn't do much research but I believe it was around $2500 and it covers pretty much anything major that would happen to the car.
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What's covered by Gold, but not Powertrain Plus ?

It's hard to tell from the brochure, but:
ENGINE AND FUEL SYSTEM
cylinder heads gaskets,valve seals,upper and lower timing case gaskets,valve cover gaskets,oil pan gasket,front and rear radial oil seats,fuel tank
COOLING SYSTEM
fan surround, idler pulley/belt tensioner,coolant recovery tank,
TRANSMISSION:
transmission oil seals and gaskets, DCT clutch assemblies ?
FINAL DRIVE ASSEMBLY:
input and output flange seals and gaskets, rear housing cover gasket, CV joint boots
STEERING:Steering box housing; all internally lubricated parts within the
steering box; rack-and-pinion assembly; power steering pump; steering shaft and couplings; cooler and lines.
BRAKES and ABS:Master cylinder; brake booster assembly; wheel cylinders; brakecalipers; hydraulic lines and fittings; brake pedal assembly;parking brake assembly. (ABS): hydraulic pump assembly; ABS control module; wheel speed sensors; relays.
ELECTRICAL: windshield wiper motor; rear window wiper motor; power window motors; power seat drives; convertible top storage lid and top drive motors; manually and electrically operated switches; front and rear main wiring harnesses; on-board computer; power door and central locking systems; remote electronic entrance system; cruise control switch, actuator and control module; sunroof motor and gear; turn signal/headlight dimmer switch; electronic mirror motorsand switches; windshield wiper delay switch; horn contacts, brush, contact rings assembly and horns; rear window defogger;
all gauges; instrument and service indicator circuit boards; LCD display modules and coding plugs; control modules.
HEATING/AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM:Condenser; compressor, evaporator; receiver-drier; idler pulley/belt tensioner; compressor clutch and pulley; heating and A/Ccontrol panel and control module; expansion valve; stepper
motors; auxiliary water pump; heater and air conditioner blower;
heater control valve.
INTERIOR and EXTERIOR
Trunk and hood gas pressure struts; front seat tracks/rails; shift lever; bumper impact struts

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I didn't buy extended maintenance through BMW, but I DID pick up "Mechanical Breakdown" through Geico. It covers vehicles less than 15 months old with fewer than 15k miles. My price is $34.20 every 6 months. It covers everything except "wear and tear" like BMW for 7 years/100k miles, and with a $250 deductible. It has nothing but good reviews from customers.

I figured that the worst case is that I'd spend $479 for the seven years and not use it. The best case is that a new engine, etc. will cost at most $729.
http://www.geico.com/getaquote/auto/...own-insurance/
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I went with a 3rd party. It's a Mechanical Repair Warranty offered through my Credit Union. I was able to get the Platinum which covers just about everything including NAV, Radio, etc. for 4 years and 48,000 ADDITIONAL miles for $2387. The equivalent BMW Platinum warranty was $4000 + and was for 60 months. BMW didn't offer a less expensive option for a shorter timeframe or I might have stayed with them. I will probably sell the car within 3-4 years (for another M3 of course!) so I didn't need a 5 or 6 year warranty. Anyhow some say this is a sucker's bet but for $2300 it's great piece of mind.
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If you bought it, please let me know which one you bought and were you able to negoitate a price better than MSRP?

I know the parts of the topic here may be been debated ad naseum. I'm not trying to debate the merits, I just want to know what package you actually bought out of pocket. Not what package was given to you from CPO Used car or extra warranty offered on your purchase or warranty work or anything unrelated.

If you're unfamiliar with the existing packages please visit this site to avoid confusion of terms and packages:

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...rotection.aspx
http://resource.bmwusa.com/pdf_3927f...458c3059d.arox
I just bought a Platinum extended warranty through a buddy of mine at VW. The warranty is offered from Fidelity and the MSRP was around $10k. I paid $4,900. I'm covered for an additional 6 years and an additional 60,000 miles. That means I'm set through 2018 up to 113,500 miles. It covers more than other warranties I researched and has a $250 deductible. I look at it as purchasing an insurance policy in the event something major happens. If I average this out over the next 6 years, it around $68 a month for pure piece of mind. If you want my buddy's contact info PM me and he can get you a quote.
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Still under factory warranty, but I didnt and wont be buying any extended warranty. I run and operate a import repair shop. Parts are cheap for me even oem once, labor is cheap. I either do it myself if I have time or run it through and make one of the tech do the job and pay only $25/hr (his rate)
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