Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
I recently sold my 525i, which was in most cases cheaper to buy parts for than a Toyota Camry! Surprised the hell out of me. There are multiple sources for OEM BMW parts that are considerably cheaper than dealer prices. For some reason, not the case with Toyota parts! Surprising that BMW parts can be had for less than comparable Toyota ones. My daughter's Camry had the molded rubber boot between the throttle body and Mass Air Flow sensor split, best price we could find for the part was $90! The VERY similar part on the 525i was $23!
I also have a 2001 740iL, which my wife and I really love, but it is a bit of an expense to get many parts for it. It has had more problems than the 525 did, and the 525 had 180,000 miles on it.
I do all my own work, so just parts costs is what I look at. A few expenses I have had on the 740: (discount prices)
Water Pump: $130
Thermostat: $80 (This is not your normal little brass thermostat, but a big aluminum housing with the thermostat imbedded in it, and an electrical plug on it. The thermostat is electrically heated by the ECM as needed to control emissions and make for smooth warm-ups.
Bilstein Shocks: $600
The BIG surprise: The alternator quit, discount price for a Bosch factory rebuilt one was $300! It is a sealed 100 amp Water Cooled unit.
I have had the car for 4 years now, about 60,000 miles, so do not consider the costs bad overall for the fun and joy of driving it. Just a little surprising when the individual parts costs hit the wallet, usually at the worst possible time.
I have had a few other little issues, but mostly costs for those items were pretty competitive to competing brands of cars.
If I did not do all my own work though, I am sure the dealer costs would have been rather difficult to swallow.
If I was in the market for another high end used car, I would seriously consider that Pheaton! Especially if there is service manual type of information available on it. Just something else to learn how to work on.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.