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Old 04-03-2008, 05:52 PM   #61
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I'm a BMW enthusiast and previous owner of a beautiful E34 540i, so in my opinion you can't go wrong with a BMW. I think the 135 looks exceptional too - really nice all around car and really pretty affordable for what you get.

That being said, make sure you "do the math" with respect to fuel considerations. Not saying you would, but so many people seem to think paying an extra $5k-$10k is justified if they get a few extra MPG.

Let's say you get a miserable 15 MPG currently, fill up each time with about 20 gallons at say $3.15/gallon and you drive about 10,000 miles/year. A 15 MPG vehicle will run you about $2,100/year in fuel costs, whereas a 25 MPG car will run you about $1,200.

First reaction from people is usually "hey, I'm saving $900 a year! Where do I sign the papers?" Let's say the 25 MPG car costs you an extra $5k, you're not even breaking even with respect to fuel costs for over 5 1/2 years...that's assuming every other factor like reliability, maintenance, insurance, etc. remains the same. A number of auto reviewers have found the break-even point on hybrids or high-efficiency cars to be pretty far out.

Even factoring in tax breaks and whatnot it's not necessarily a good deal, though it could be. I wouldn't make any rash, blanket statement, just do the appropriate research for your situation. Hybrids aren't always the huge money saver people make them out to be. If you want to buy one to better the environment, go for it. If you want a 135 cause it looks "hawt" and it's a hoot to drive, knock yourself out man. You don't' need to justify it from a fuel standpoint

Along the same lines, it cracks me when people pitch a fit when gas goes up 10 cents. An extra 10 cents over 20 gallons, say once a week adds up to an extra $8/month...or less than most of us spend on a movie ticket or a large coffee at Starbucks.
Good post.

Well, like I said, I trade in vehicles after every 3-5 years and I've had my truck for almost 4 years. So it really doesn't matter...The gas cunsumption is just an added bonus. By my calculations, I'd save around $950 per year in gas which comes out to $79.17 a month. Also, I'd be paying roughly $20-30 less a month on monthly payment...add the two together and I'd save $100-$110 a month. Then again, I am pretty sure my insurance will go up, so it might be a wash. Right now, I pay $230 a month for my house, my wife's brand new 08 camry, and my 2005 GMC Sierra 4x4. (we don't have a single blemish on our record.)
I love BMW's, I love their designs, and the way they drive. I don't love their price tags though.
When it comes to price, I am concerned about overall how much, but I don't care about that otherwise. I am fine paying $400-$500 on a car payment. My real considerations are only if I will like it and it has to be under 40k very well equipped.
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:55 PM   #62
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No idea what hess' comment about "computer glitches" is based on. I've owned, and know a number of other people who have owned BMWs and never had "computer glitches." If you're afraid of the rogue glitch because it's a new car and "new cars have computer glitches" then I suppose you should go buy a Delorean or something...
I've never had a car with a computer glitch, then again, I never keep them long enough to see if one will develope. I am seeking advice from people that know more than I do about these cars. The salesmen won't tell me the down sides like actual owners will. I don't HAVE to trade my truck in, I just want to. If the deal doesn't work out, I'll walk.



By the way...everyone seems fascinated at my mortgage...so what are all of you paying?
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I've never had a car with a computer glitch, then again, I never keep them long enough to see if one will develope. I am seeking advice from people that know more than I do about these cars. The salesmen won't tell me the down sides like actual owners will. I don't HAVE to trade my truck in, I just want to. If the deal doesn't work out, I'll walk.



By the way...everyone seems fascinated at my mortgage...so what are all of you paying?
Given that the U.S. model of the 128/135 is brand new this year, you won't get any reliability or track record data or anecdotes on it. It's kind of the price you pay for having the hottest new car on the street.

BMWs are extremely well built - most of the major components can go well over 200k miles. Since you don't keep cars more than 4-5 years, you won't even come close to any of the major stuff.

Of course there's always the possibility of getting a lemon, or that BMW all of a sudden drops the ball on the 1-series, but that could happen with any manufacturer and any car.
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In terms of computer and electronic issues, I think the biggest problem lies with WV.
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BMWs are great driving machines. If you LOVE to drive a good car and can respect the way it goes around turns and moves through traffic than a BMW will make you happy as punch! Are they cheap to fix when they break down? - heck no. But you have to weigh the pros and cons..

I'll never drive another car the way I drive a BMW.. there is just no other car that can compare. They don't lie when they say they are the ultimate driving machine.
At the very least, I am going to test drive it next saturday and see where to go from there. I already know if I do get one, it's getting ordered, and that should take a good 6 weeks.
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In terms of computer and electronic issues, I think the biggest problem lies with WV.
west virginia????
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Every time I hear a friend say they are test diving the next "new" BMW I get jealous... They are such amazing cars..you will fall in love with them once you drive them so beware! Make SURE you take that thing around a good corner with no brakes at a reasonable speed and you will feel the way it hugs the corner..... and hugs you!! Awesome!

Maybe I need to trade up.. ;-)
If I get it, I'll be sure to post it somehow...although I said that about my wife's new camry and have yet to take a picture of it.
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Sorry meant VW lol, big difference.
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Sorry meant VW lol, big difference.
OOOOH...should have guessed that...my bad.
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not really, they are both German and have similar parts.. it's like Acura is to Honda as BMW is to VW..
I agree with that, but I think Js was referring to the fact I said "WV" by accident, and he thought it was West Va.


Also BMWs have very little electronic failures and issues compared to VWs. Especially Jettas, which are known to give trouble about 40 or 80k, but I guess that wouldnt matter for Js if he is getting rid of ride every 3-5 years.
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If I get it, I'll be sure to post it somehow...although I said that about my wife's new camry and have yet to take a picture of it.
how big are you? i had a 325, and at 6'2", that car was way too small for a bigger guy.
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Hey J, this is a little off topic, but not really. I am looking into this as my next vehicle.
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not really, they are both German and have similar parts.. it's like Acura is to Honda as BMW is to VW..
No, Acura to Honda is not equal to BMW to VW. Honda and Acura have the same parent companies, while BMW and VW have different parent companies. A correct correlation would be Acura is to Honda what Audi is to VW.
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Hey J, this is a little off topic, but not really. I am looking into this as my next vehicle.
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Awesome car. Gotta get some pics up here if/when you get it.
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