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Old 02-07-2016, 01:18 PM
 
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My wife and I in the last stages of planning our move to Kauai which will be in the next 6 to 12 months. She'd like to take her 2013 BMW X3. In all our trips to Kauai I don't remember seeing too many BMWs and I'm worried about the cost for repair and maintenance. Getting the car fixed here in the SF Bay Area is costly enough and I can only imagine this being quite a bit worse there.

Does anyone on Kauai know of a foreign car repair shop with a good reputation? I thought I'd check in here before we sell it to buy a more practical car on island.

thx
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Old 02-07-2016, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Kailua
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I'd check with BMW to make sure your warranty doesn't get voided by a Kauai repair person.

If you need a major part, let's say a transmission, shipping will be very expensive and time consuming.
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:57 PM
 
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That's a good point, her warranty lasts another 18 months or so. I've been talking to her and we'll probably sell it and get a jeep cherokee or a honda.
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Old 02-07-2016, 06:15 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area /on the banks of Waikaea Canal
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Same as Mini...no local servicing. You order parts from Mini dealership on Maui or O'ahu and the rest is up to you.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:45 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I wouldn't bring a car like that to Kauai. My friend has a Lexus and spends a fortune if it needs repair. The climate is also very hard on cars so you will need more repairs, and sooner than on the mainland.
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Old 02-07-2016, 11:41 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies and that's what I suspected. We'll probably get something there after the move.
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:48 PM
 
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So after comparing prices online it looks like Lihue dealers advertised pricing is MSRP + 10% and here I can get MSRP - 10%. I think I can get a better deal here even after taxes. Question is, would you get a Jeep Grand Cherokee, in regards to dealer and hopefully lower maint.

If not a jeep, which new or nearly new car would you get? Budget is $35k to $45k or so.

Thank you all again for your replies.

Randy
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Kailua
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Jeep screams tourist generally in Hawaii.
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:10 PM
 
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Get a used Toyota Tacoma 4x4. It's nice to have a truck bed you can throw stuff in. If you are planning on being outdoors a lot you will get dirty and the red mud stains. We have a 2002 Ford F150 and love it. It's a perfect Kauai vehicle. We can throw stuff in the back and don't worry about it. Remember, you will be driving on beaches and in dirt and mud a lot. You won't want to throw everything inside your car. Maybe it's just us but we get dirty in Kauai! I love having a truck bed to throw everything in so we can try to keep the inside clean. All weather mats are a must too!
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Old 02-11-2016, 12:05 AM
 
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I like toyota and that is on my list eventually. My first new truck was a toyota and it was bomb proof but I've got a wrangler TJ that I've got too much invested in to sell now, plus I can work on it myself.

My wife prefers an SUV and she likes the Cherokee or a Lexus. I protested the lexus since it was noted as expensive for repairs above.

I've seen a lot of locals in Honda, Toyota and domestic brands, but of those she only likes the Jeep Cherokee so far.

Thx again for your replies.
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