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2009 - 2011 BMW 3-Series

In 2014 i purchased a used 2009 BMW 328i with 41,000 mile on it. I now have approximately 86,000 miles on the car and was just quoted almost $6,000 in upcoming repairs and maintenance to the car (the bulk of it being a cracked lower front bumper and the tomahawk panel). in my research, I've come to learn that some of these problems are pretty common for this age of the car. I don't know whether to just suck it up and pay for the repairs or unload the car as a I don't know whether this will continue to be something I have to keep feeding. Note, this is my 2nd BMW and after my last one I swore I would never own another one because I put $10,000+ in repairs in two years on a 1998 540i with a Dinan Package. That was 3 cars ago and I thought I would give BMW another chance thinking maybe the last one was just a fluke.

48,281 miles - Oil Filter Housing Leaking. Installed new o-ring gasket.
59,302 miles - Maintenance - Performed oil change/replaced intake silencer
68,244 miles - Valve Cover Gasket leaking oil - Replaced all valve cover gaskets. SULEV emissions warranty.
68,244 miles - Replaced drive belt tensioner
85,656 miles - Upper coolant hose and bypass hose replaced

Upcoming Repairs:
Replace Oil Pan Gasket - $1,055
Replace Valve Cover gasket - $1,097
Front Bumper - $2,285 plus cost to paint
Tomahawk Panel - $241.00

With what i've paid in maintenance costs and repairs and with what I'm quoted for future repairs/maintenance, I'm at over !0,000 in just over 3 years. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Response from LectroFuel

7:02 pm February 13, 2018

These repairs are laughably expensive. My advice is to go to an independent shop, not a dealer. You should know that you will pay for many more repairs after your "upcoming repairs." BMWs are usually money pits. Independent shops are almost always cheaper and are not sleazy like the dealers.

With that said, you should dump it if your next car will not be notoriously unreliable or expensive to fix. There is no reason to dump this BMW if you will be buying another unreliable car like an FCA, Mercedes, VW, BMW, etc.


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Response from Member861

10:43 pm February 14, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question. I appreciate your feedback.


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Response from LectroFuel

7:22 pm February 15, 2018

No problem. Good luck with your car search! I suggest driving a 2017 Mazda6 because that will be the closest car to a sports sedan while still staying reliable and cheap to maintain. Since the 2018 is getting a refresh, the 2017 will have some aggressive deals and now is the perfect time to buy a 2017. The 2018 Mazda6 will be a better car with a turbocharged engine and a slightly nicer interior, but the deals on the 2017 are tempting. The 2018 Mazda6 won't be available for another month or two.


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