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      07-02-2011, 08:15 PM   #1
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M3 Questions? Looking to buy one.

I know the first 4 yrs are free maintanance but what about afterwards? Do these cars cost alot for up keep? Is it better to get one this year or wait and see what happens next year? I rather have a NA engine, that is what is so cool about the M3. I have a 135i(N54) but drove a M3 at the dealer with only 4 miles on it. It was pretty impressive.
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      07-02-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
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Well it's German so yes it will be pretty expensive to fix, but that's what extended warranties are for. Not much changes for the next model year, so I don't think it really matters.

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      07-02-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
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I know the first 4 yrs are free maintanance but what about afterwards? Do these cars cost alot for up keep? Is it better to get one this year or wait and see what happens next year? I rather have a NA engine, that is what is so cool about the M3. I have a 135i(N54) but drove a M3 at the dealer with only 4 miles on it. It was pretty impressive.
If you're concerned about something breaking after 4 yrs, go for an extended warranty, as suggested. If you can afford the car, other than blowing a motor I'm sure you would be able to easily afford anything else that might go wrong as the miles rack up.

Life's too short to be worrying about what might happen. Buy the car and drive it like it's meant to be driven. You might make one person's life just a little more fun - Yours!
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      07-02-2011, 09:00 PM   #4
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I've owned 2 e9x m3 with a total of 30,000 miles driving,all i need is oil change. Other then that, nothing special.

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      07-02-2011, 09:27 PM   #5
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      07-02-2011, 10:29 PM   #6
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Yes. 60k service on this car is easily $1500. With all the electronic crap on this car, out of warranty, anything that breaks will certainly be $1k plus.

All said, the E90 M3 series has acquired a reputation of one of the most reliable cars on the road. It is actually the most reliable BMW currently made.
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      07-02-2011, 10:34 PM   #7
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the engine is bullet proof but those electronic crap makes shit happens a lot. My previous ride 2003 SL500 never had a single problem on the engine but those electronic stuff costed me over $12,000 in 6 months of ownership, luckily i got the extended warranty cover it
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      07-02-2011, 11:40 PM   #8
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Sell it after 4 years if your concerned.
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      07-03-2011, 10:59 AM   #9
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Yes. 60k service on this car is easily $1500. With all the electronic crap on this car, out of warranty, anything that breaks will certainly be $1k plus.

All said, the E90 M3 series has acquired a reputation of one of the most reliable cars on the road. It is actually the most reliable BMW currently made.
come to think of it $1500 isn't all that bad for a 60k service...that's probably what a dealer would charge too.

I bet you can get 60k done for about $1000 at a 3rd party reputable shop if you provide the parts and fluids.
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The oil and stuff like that I can do myself. I was wondering if there are other things that break often or if there is something special that has to be done that cost a ass load.
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The oil and stuff like that I can do myself. I was wondering if there are other things that break often or if there is something special that has to be done that cost a ass load.
I dont think so, just some electronic stuff, maybe sensors
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      07-05-2011, 12:16 AM   #12
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      07-05-2011, 07:44 AM   #13
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The 60k service on my STI was about 1k. So 1500 isn't all that bad.
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I dunno.. if you take it to a reputable shop with a BMW certified technician, you can save quite a bit of money over the dealership. I found my E46 M3 to be no more expensive than my STi. Buy your parts online.
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I dunno.. if you take it to a reputable shop with a BMW certified technician, you can save quite a bit of money over the dealership. I found my E46 M3 to be no more expensive than my STi. Buy your parts online.
Amen! Please buy your parts online and save big. Pay for labor only at a reputed indy shop.

Another plus with the E9X is that it does not require the dreaded valve adjustment every 30k miles like the E46 M3. That's a good chunk of change saved right there. Compared to the E46-the E9X also has a heavy duty rear subf rame reinforcement which explains why its heavier but more durable in the long term.
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if you plan on keeping it for a long time you
could always just extend the warranty before
the warranty that comes with the car expires.
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Oil, brakes, warranty items.
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I know the first 4 yrs are free maintanance but what about afterwards? Do these cars cost alot for up keep? Is it better to get one this year or wait and see what happens next year? I rather have a NA engine, that is what is so cool about the M3. I have a 135i(N54) but drove a M3 at the dealer with only 4 miles on it. It was pretty impressive.
I have not seen any E9x M3s yet that are over 4 years old. I don't think anyone knows how they will be over the long term in terms of cost of ownership. Due to the greater complexity and initial cost, I would guess ownership expenses will be higher than those of its predecessors like the E30 M3, E36 M3, or E46 M3.
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