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    BMW most expensive brand to maintain?

    I am not sure I agree with the number listed here.

    https://www.yourmechanic.com/article...y-maddy-martin

    Data in there is recent, perhaps was already discussed.
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    I would think Jaguar would be up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danewilson77 View Post
    I would think Jaguar would be up there.

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    And Land Rover.

    And anything British.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    And Land Rover.

    And anything British.
    And..... Lol

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    I am in complete agreement with how expensive BMW's are to properly maintain. I don't know if I agree with it being so far above the others though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    And Land Rover.

    And anything British.
    (Despite my best efforts to discourage it) my brother had a Land Rover LR3 when it was still a current model. Jesus Christ that thing made all 3 BMWs in our family seem like we were maintaining Hondas.


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    I have only owned Hondas/Acuras or BMWs and there is no comparison for maintenance costs.

    Oil changes are 1/3 the cost, standard 30K mileage maintenance is about 1/2 the cost. Tire replacements are 1/2 the cost. I used to pay $75/tire for Yokohama AVS-Intermediates that were friggin awesome on my Integra, I have paid $200+/tire for Michelin Pilot sports.

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    It will be interesting to find out how they got the data. I just saw the tables so if it's in the article then I missed it. If the people who gave them the BMW costs are people like us then I'm not surprised, because we go above an beyond to replace stuff that "might" break. Basically if the data is all from non-enthusiasts then I guess it's fair but if it's isn't then I don't think it's a fair comparison...


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    Quote Originally Posted by san View Post
    It will be interesting to find out how they got the data. I just saw the tables so if it's in the article then I missed it. If the people who gave them the BMW costs are people like us then I'm not surprised, because we go above an beyond to replace stuff that "might" break. Basically if the data is all from non-enthusiasts then I guess it's fair but if it's isn't then I don't think it's a fair comparison...


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    I'd imagine places don't typically get data from enthusiasts for reasons like this. The super high costs for BMW is probably also attributed to how much money dealerships and shops in general charge for labor alongside the already excessive part pricing. In the text it also said it factored in transmission rebuilds and stuff like that. When you take these things into account, it drives prices through the roof. Your average Joe isn't going to go look for a junkyard transmission and install it himself; he's going to have a shop diagnose and repair/replace the transmission, which can easily triple the price of the job.
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    Remind me in 9 years and 9 months and I'll come back to this thread and say if it's accurate or not. I can tell you from looking at the previous owners maintenance ledger that he didn't spend anywhere near $17k at the dealer from the past 12 years

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