Well, the time has come to finally get another vehicle. I am a Preowned BMW fanatic simply because of the 'Value' aspect. I am currently considering a 745LI 2003 or 2004, but recently saw a VW Phaeton on the LOT where I purchased my bike and a few cars. I must say that the VW Phaeton is a whale of a car for the money right now. 25-30k for a Preowned one. But, I also checked with an Automotive Guru who is on National TV(Motorweek) just to get an idea of what the cost of ownership would be and just one wear item(Water Pump) is 900.00 and the cost of replacement (the correct way) would be around 2k every 80k miles. Therefore, it is basically a 750IL in terms of repair/replacement. Anyone have a 745 that could comment on ownership costs so far? I usually use a good independent dealership for service but have been told (forewarned) that it is even sometimes difficult to get parts for the VW and a lot of dealerships dont have the expertise to even work on it. Man, what a beast though.