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Posted by Kevin on October 12, 2001 at 12:00:39:

In Reply to: Re: Choose your religion and choose your payments posted by Jonquil '93 750 on October 11, 2001 at 23:12:58:

Your best bet is to keep your warranty current as long as you can and find a mechanic who shares your philosophy on maintenance and who you can trust. Dealers are referred to as 'stealers' on this board for good reason... and finding a knowledgeable independent can be tough. I live in northern CA and could recommend a good local independent in the San Jose area, but I don't know where you are hailing from... bottom line though, keep to a regular schedule for maintenance and don't stretch the maintenance on the consumables.


Thanks for your followup - quite eloquent.
In response, I, unfortunatley, am not of the aptitude to do any of the work myself. I am inclined, however, to drive a car for a hundred thousand if possible and, though I knew it would be expensive, thought that steady care and maintenance would suffice. After the 60k tune up, fine, a transmission program control panel error diagnostic - no find but still labor charge-, new bushings - great investment, replace fuel line, replace electrical line to rear defroster, change fluids etc, .... the car comes off the rack and the coolant hose splits. Well, only a 20 dollar part but three hour labor quote. Negotiated to have five hoses down there replace for the same labor charge with parts additional. Am in a loaner car. Brand new 325i with 200 miles on it. Nice but I would drive the 50 any day. So, I am trying to put the money into intelligent maintenance but just wonder what it is really going to cost. Oh, I forgot to mention the right low beam went out and I managed to negotiate the repair down from 1500 to 1200.

Fortunately, I hope, I have a warranty for two more years for the big stuff... seems like it is all going to be big stuff uncovered... for tranny, engine, throttles etc.

Anyway, I digress. Again, thanks for you input.


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