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Old 04-05-2010, 12:21 AM
 
Location: DFW
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I am looking for someone who has taken their BMW to a non-dealer that they would strongly recommend.

Looking for someone in Dallas/Fort Worth area...

Thanks in advance
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Old 04-05-2010, 01:57 PM
 
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This place is very good. Alex Preen is the owner or head mechanic, not sure, but always shot straight with me when I took him my GWagon. He knows everything, and is willing to find less expensive ways to solve problems, or he can do it better than the dealership.

Auto Hans Incorporated, Addison, TX : Reviews and maps - Yahoo! Local
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Old 04-05-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Lakewood Heights
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I would second that ! Been taking my car there for about 2 years now, and Alex has been very upfront and fair. He does come off as a bit dry, but they do great work, and specialize in German cars.
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:25 PM
 
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Louden Motorcars is another you might consider Louden Motorcar Services
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:13 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Thanks a lot guys.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:25 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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My BMW is still under warranty so I've been taking it to the dealer. My husband has taken his 2 Porsches to German Auto Center in Plano on Ave K and they have done great work every time on both of them.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:28 AM
 
Location: southern california
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you are wise to look for such. getting a BMW is easy, maintaining it is the bigger challenge.
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:19 AM
 
Location: DFW
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According to Edmunds.com estimated cost of maintenance and repairs of 2007 BMW 328i totals to almost $14,000 during a 5-year ownership and at the same time for 2006 Lexus IS250 it's about $8,000 (almost twice less).

My question is to BMW owners. Is BMW numbers looks real according to experience of yours. I mean annual $2000-3000 expenses for regular /non-regular maintenance and unplanned repairs. Is it what you're paying on a regular basis year after year to keep the car running?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:10 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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According to Edmunds.com estimated cost of maintenance and repairs of 2007 BMW 328i totals to almost $14,000 during a 5-year ownership and at the same time for 2006 Lexus IS250 it's about $8,000 (almost twice less).

My question is to BMW owners. Is BMW numbers looks real according to experience of yours. I mean annual $2000-3000 expenses for regular /non-regular maintenance and unplanned repairs. Is it what you're paying on a regular basis year after year to keep the car running?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
No, that is not accurate. For starters the BMW warranty covers just about EVERYTHING on the car for the first 4 years including oil changes. I probably have not spent even close to $500 on my 2006 BMW 325i because of the full warranty, excluding tires. Even when you add in what I have spent on tires it does not even come close to the $8000 for the Lexus owners.

Now the tires that mine came with I had issue with. The BMW has run flats and mine came with the Perilli's. They are WORTHLESS and do not last. The first set we got BMW to cover the expense of replacing after I did some research to find out I was not alone in my experience w/ the Perilli's. We have gone w/ the Conti's now and have had MUCH better luck and they ride much better.

Any owner of a BMW that is spending in excess of $100 in regular & non-regular maintenance is not taking it to the dealer and taking advantage of their warranty. Yes, I meant to say $100. There is no reason to spend much more than a dime on maintenance that is fully covered by the dealer/manufacturer other than gas.

BTW, my 4 year warranty ran out a few months ago and I bought the extended warranty. Had a blowout and it paid to have the car towed to the nearest BMW dealership 100% and $100 towards the cost of the new tire. I bought the extended warranty because we plan on keeping the car as my teenage daughter will be starting to drive in 6 months and it will be hers (and the ONLY car she will get from us so it better last her till she is out of college). Then I can go get me a new car I'm in love with the BMW M6 Convertibles. I would buy another BMW in a heartbeat.
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: DFW
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momof2dfw thank you!
How much does it cost you to buy extended warranty and for how long does it extend?
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