Is it really expensive to maintain a BMW?

Amazon Alohaaa
Jun 26 31 Comments

Planing to buy a BMW X2. BMW owner, how much does it cost for you to maintain it per year? Thanks!

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  • Adobe Previously
    More than a Tesla. Why would you buy an ICE car? You are putting over 1 pound of waste CO2 into the air per mile driven. Recycling is dead, it all goes in the same trash now. The only way to reduce your environmental footprint is electric car and solar.
    Jun 26 4
    • Facebook nso701
      Because a model x is 2x the cost of an x2?
      Jun 26
    • Adobe Previously
      Tesla 3 has 5 seats just like a x2. The model y would be more comparable, but it’s not out yet. Model x is more comparable to x7 not an x2. Have you done the math, does the x2 have more storage space than a model 3? Model three has a ton of room. You can also get the Hyundai Kona if you want a small suv. Electric and way less expensive than x2.
      Jun 27
    • Facebook nso701
      Yes it would be more similar to model y, but that doesn’t exist. A sedan is not the same as a crossover suv, there’s a reason Tesla is making model y.
      Jun 27
    • Adobe Previously
      Yes, you work for FB and Amazon and are still luddites. What about the Hyundai Kona? “My goal is to never own a gas car,” Girth said. “I’m a part of a new generation of drivers that will only drive electric. I feel like I should pad this a little bit, but I’m not going to. Fuck oil companies. Seriously, fuck them.” https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/18/18682633/simone-giertz-tesla-model-3-pickup-truck-youtube-diy
      Jun 27
  • Amazon / Eng
    sgJf21

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    Bought my 2011 335i new. It has just over 100k now. Had to replace a radiator and fix a pretty serious oil leak. Each one about $2k to repair. Worth every dollar. When you drive a BMW you measure smiles per mile, not dollars.
    Jun 26 3
    • Nonsense - those two defects are unacceptable. Even more so because you had to pay to get them fixed. No smiles
      Jun 26
    • Amazon y33tcode
      Unrealistic expectations, SAP, if you think most cars will have no issues on their way to 100k.
      Jul 13
    • Not $2k issues, just mfg recommended maintenance
      Jul 14
  • Activision Blizzard 86753on
    Yea they are surprisingly expense once they hit 100k miles.

    Every time the fucking engine light goes off it is a minimum of $1000 of bullshit at even an independent mechanic.
    Jun 26 0
  • eBay wtftc
    Buy Mercedes instead
    Jun 26 4
    • Facebook ExPo20
      Wtf
      Jun 26
    • Amazon / Eng
      sgJf21

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      If you're a grandpa
      Jun 26
    • MB is even more crappy. They live off the reputation built in the 20th century
      Jun 26
    • eBay wtftc
      Yeah AMG is for grandpa on shrooms 🤣🤣
      Jun 26
  • There are many BMW models, some more reliable than others, and each car you get will have its own Achilles Heel. The newest X2s have a turbocharged inline-4 which is a pretty reasonable jack-of-all-trades engine, and it's the second generation of turbo 4's that BMW has been producing. They first started toying with turbo technology in the N54 way back in 2006ish, so they've pretty much ironed out all the kinks and reliability issues that plagued their forced induction motors. The engine in the X2 isn't incredibly high-strung either (especially if you don't opt for the M35i variant), which further suggests that it should hold its own over long-term use and should easily cross the 100k mile threshold.

    The brand itself isn't holistically unreliable, it's just that they tend to push the envelope of engine technology with some of their cars and those models experience reliability issues as any new-tech guinea pig car would.

    Basic service (oil, filters, spark plugs) isn't too exorbitant, especially if you go the independent mechanic route rather than opening your wallet to the stealership's service department. The X2 should be a fairly sturdy example of the benefits of iterative German engineering.
    Jun 27 0
  • Autodesk qeyepy
    This is a hard question to answer. It really depends on the model, the year, some luck, and your expectation. Every owner's experience can be different. In the US, statistically speaking BMW isn't a reliable brand. It is not at the bottom but definitely not on top. The OEM BMW parts are expensive compared to others (aftermarket or fake can be found easily and cheaply). But, the OEM parts last longer.
    BMW engines (most German ones) are designed to be high-rev. They are supposed to run at high RPM (4000~5000 RPM) for a long time at Autobahn. In the US, unless you go racing, you run it at 70~80 mph and the engine revs at 2000~3000 RPM at highway. For city driving, you will be doing half of that. The light-load conditions actually can be harmful to the engine.
    One proof of this point is the notorious clicking sound from the engine after 5~6 years. To fix it, you simply rev the engine to 5000 RPM for a few minutes. The clicking sound will be gone.
    If I were you, I would follow the manufacture suggested maintenance schedule. They claim it is condition based. But, they still have an maintenance schedule (check online). Enjoy the car! Run it hot sometimes. If it becomes a burden to keep, dump it.
    Jun 30 0
  • Toyota Connected / Eng Mom@google
    Don’t buy it new, you’ll take a bath. If you must have new, lease. I’ve owned several BMW’s used and they were $1-1.5/mile to operate. Sports car money for sedans that are sporty-ish.
    Jun 27 2
    • Taylor Farms pipp
      How did you calculate $1 per mile? 😀
      Huge nonsense.
      Don’t try to pitch Toyota
      Jun 27
    • Toyota Connected / Other Mom@google
      Total cost of car, maintenance, divided by mileage. I buy cars cash so no interest. I don’t include fuel. I keep a spreadsheet of literally everything.

      Toyota’s are very cheap to maintain and reliable af, but they are so boring and their tech is just sad.
      Jun 27
  • Facebook huawd
    Good choice. Maintenence for me hasn't been a lot. Close to zero for the first few years (except oil change and stuff), and then a few hundred dollars. Depends on usage though. I'm a light user.
    Jun 26 2
    • Amazon Alohaaa
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      A few hundred dollars per year? Or total? Thanks! Test drives X2, and it’s awesome
      Jun 26
    • Facebook huawd
      Per year. You can always buy full maintenance plan for $850 per year or something like that but frankly it's a waste.

      I don't know the exact amounts, but it's not enough to change the choice of a car and X2 is just a pleasure to own.
      Jun 26
  • New hello19
    I have friends who regret buying a BMW. Especially if you’re in the Bay Area. Their service is poor and give you the runaround. Every small thing costs extra and were somehow not reliable. They’ve hence moved on to buying a Tesla/Merc/Audi. Even the ones with Lexus seems happier. Sorry if this is not the answer you were looking for.
    Jun 27 1
    • Zillow Group / Eng yWWu04
      Can confirm. Bmw hires double digit IQ dropouts for their mechanics
      Jun 27
  • Drive.ai zyz
    Want to buy my 2011 328i? :) Honestly BMWs are great but you need to be willing to pay for the maintenance. It's not crazy high but definitely expect 1k/year after 50k miles and 2k/year after 80 miles.
    Jun 27 0
  • New randran
    I usually lease these expensive-when-out-of-warranty cars. BMW should also have free regular maintenance, so you pay nothing unless you break something.
    Jun 27 0
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    Get an Audi.
    Jun 27 0
  • Taylor Farms pipp
    A engine valve gasket replacement is about $2200. Do the math.
    Regular maintenance is just a bit more expensive than on conventional cars, but if something tricky breaks then you are looking at a few K
    Jun 26 0
  • Seagate toti420
    If you really wanted a BMW, you would’ve bought it by now. Asking on Blind about this means you’re bored and want attention. You want us to believe you can’t find out the maintenance cost by searching online, so you have to resort to Blind?
    Jun 26 0
  • Facebook ExPo20
    It really depends on how old it is and what exactly you are repairing. In general any small repair I can do by myself. For any major parts it does get expensive because imported parts. But if you’re planning to buy new, would’nt worry about that for a while. I have only had bimmers and they are the best.
    Jun 26 0