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It's a Money Pit!! by Adrienne in NC on 07/10/2011. Trim: 2004 BMW 3-Series 325i Sedan, Owned 5 years.
Pros: From day one, I fell in love with my BMW. The acceleration power and the handling made it so fun to own. I love my music loud and the sound system was great! Also, having a full size spare tire in the back along with standard tools was a little thing that went a long way. I didn't pay much attention to the little problems I had here and there b/c everything was covered under the BMW service warranty. However, from the time you hit 60K, BEWARE! Everything starts to fail. Electrical problems (power locks/windows fail, indicator lamps malfunction regularly), headlamps, tail lamps vaccuum hoses, window regulators, radiator, water pump, gasket seals, control arm bushings, (continued below)
Cons: horn malfunction, and now ENGINE FAILURE!! Repairs are extensive and extremely expensive and most shops won't touch this car. I'm currently looking to buy a new car but it won't be a BMW! Side Note: There aren't armrests/cupholders for backseat & rear seat does not fold down in this model. Didn't notice this until my daughter locked my keys in the trunk, and trunk switch decided not to work at the same time. I couldn't fold down my rear seat and get in!! Interior parts are cheaply made and expensive to replace. The plastic trim along the car and the weather stripping started breaking off in sections, the window buttons have cracked in half and broken, even the sunroof malfunctioned!
Overall review: Overall, this car is a dream to drive but it has been a nightmare financially for me. If you like attention, it will definitely get you a lot of head turns but how much do you want to pay for that attention?? Be prepared to wipe out your emergency funds! Regular service for brakes and rotors will run between $300-$500. Regularly scheduled maintenance (inspection 1&2) $500 & up. Basic things like windshield wipers-$50, button controls $50-$60 each, synthetic oil changes, $80 & up, tires approx. $400 a set. BE PREPARED!!
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