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Choose your religion and choose your payments (archive)

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Posted by Kevin on October 11, 2001 at 18:00:22:

In Reply to: 750s - What do these really cost to maintain*@!!! posted by Jonquil '93 750 on October 10, 2001 at 21:31:10:

You are inviting dissertations that have the fervor of religious sermons here... this subject has come up a number of times over the years on this board and there are those who will claim to be able to show you receipts that total into the 10's of thousands for a single year's maintenance and others (like me) who insist that on average annual maintenance performed primarily by oneself costs less than $1000. Personally I think that what you spend on maintenance at any point in time is largely dependent on two factors... what was spent/done in the previous 12 months and what your personal tolerance for perfection is.

Keeping on top of maintainable items like consumables including fluids and filters goes a long way to avoiding costly "one time" repairs and servicing things like o2 sensors before they create diabolical symptoms that cause many trips to the mechanic are good ideas. Regular attention to these things can dramatically lower your long term cost of ownership. Fail to pay attention to these things and there is no question that your e32/m70 will eventually take you to the cleaners. Secondly, keeping these vehicles "perfect" is costly. Every little part is expensive and every big part is outragiously expensive. For example, there have been discussions about transmissions that work flawlessly if you replace fluid every 6K miles or so... you could replace the transmission or have a major repair done for $3 - $5K or just service the tranny with $15 worth of fluid regularly. Which type of person you are - one that will accept that there is some flaw with a work around or one who insists that everything must be perfect - will obviously affect the amount you spend on maintenance.

But... as anyone who has owned one of these beauties will tell you, the experience is worth it. Anyway, that's my 2 cents.


Bought a 93 750 with 60k miles. Clean body, all records, needed the 60k service. Drove it for a year and now... xenon light, gas line, coolant line - 3 hour labor charge alone...., new bushings..... So, now it is current. The bushings, by the way, improve the drive to sweetness. But, Im wondering what, realistically, to budget for the car's maintenance and whether I car(e) to so budget. I do have two years remaining on a good warranty for the biggies like the electronic throttle, engine, tranny etc. But, really, how expensive are these beauties to drive... for one who depends on a garage to provide all the service?
Further... thanks for the responses to the Xenon headlight concern. Dealer, based on my patronage Im sure, gave me big discount 25% off on the deal. Decided to keep light rather than convert to halogen. Gonna try to maintain the car unless it proves too expensive and irascible a mistress.

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