different servicing environment. american technicians put a higher value on their labor and skills, and it gets more extreme with less common cars\brands.
Not sure you can blame servicing. For the last 10 years most BMW's have done 20k or 2 years between servicing. Far less than they would if they were in the US.different servicing environment. american technicians put a higher value on their labor and skills, and it gets more extreme with less common cars\brands.
by servicing i mean any kind of post-warranty repairs. big labor rates (inflated hours) + big parts markup = $$$. this is where the bad reputation of these cars come from.Not sure you can blame servicing. For the last 10 years most BMW's have done 20k or 2 years between servicing. Far less than they would if they were in the US.
Exactly; it’s the people who buy BMWs to wear. They cut corners on servicing or neglect it entirely- then they whine and moan when their fashion accessory breaks down. And it’s not just BMWs; I remember a guy at my old indie shop asking if the tech would just replace the pads and rotors on one wheel of his 944 to save a few dollars.I think it largely comes from second and (worse yet) third + hand owners who are unwilling or are ignorant as to how to properly take care of the cars, and they also expect to drive them well into high mileage with the ownership costs of a Ford Focus. That's bound to lead to unpleasant results, and of course those must be blamed on the vehicle and then trumpeted all over the internet. Everyone here is a "victim" ya know.
In the US many of these cars are bought down the line by people who can barely afford to get into the car but they want the "status". My neighbor drives an older Cadillac Escalade and rents a large house in a neighborhood dominated by owners on their third house (read financially well established). I've seen that Caddy towed for being a few hours late on a payment at least two times now, maybe three. Same kind of owner, different make. I honestly feel bad for them, they just don't know any better.
US cars are sold with more standard options which creates more potential failure points.
There's a reinforcement kit for that as well.I would be more worried about the rear subframe to chassis mounting points than the engine. These crack around the bolt holes and if left can cause significant floor pan damage.
get it into a specialist who knows them for a PPI as these cracks can be easily missed if you don’t know where to look. I’ve seen one car you could only see cracks with the subframe removed.
Same specialist should be able to advise on rod bearing issues.
Yes, however I have seen the welds then crack after they have been fitted. BMW was putting new rear floor pans into them under warranty then adding a structural foam into the chassis legs! Just something for anyone wanting one of these cars to be aware of before purchaseThere's a reinforcement kit for that as well.