In Reply to: Not to worry, many in your same boat here...(long) posted by Bill B. on August 29, 2001 at 10:07:48:
I've often wondered the same myself. When the wife and I got married, she had recently been given (!?!) her parents old E28 '86 528e, which they had owned since it had 9k miles on it. They had traded up to Ginger, an E34 '95 525ia, in 1996, which they bought with 13k on the clock. The wife drove the E28 until March of '99, when the in-laws decided they wanted an E39. We bought the E34 from them for trade-in at 52k miles. I perform oil changes and such, and have done O2 sensor, brakes, radiator, etc. myself. I let a good local indy do the Inspection I and II. The car ran with dino juice until 77k, then I switched to Mobil 1 with no apparent ill effects.
Since we got the car, we've spent just a shade over $3100 on the car, including oil changes, inspections, repair parts, and indy labor; my labor is free (haha). So it's really broken down to about 10 cents per mile maintenance cost, doing 80% of my own work. Maybe figure 15 to 20 cents per mile if the dealer services it for you, depending on how hard you are on a car. My wife drives this car 95% of the time, so she's pretty easy on it.
10/26/99 30K SERVICE (change: oil (10W30), diff fluid, trans fluid, oil filter, fuel filter, p/s fluid and filter, spark plugs, air filter, a/c filter, guibo, rear trans seals) 61,452 $861.35
3/3/00 installed new water pump, drive belts, thermostat, o-ring, gasket 65,000 $210.96
3/6/00 installed new thermostat housing 65,000 $48.76
4/25/00 installed new driver's low beam $97.00
5/8/00 OIL SERVICE:: oil change (7 qts 10W30 castrol), check steering and suspension, diff and trans levels, drive axles, discs, tire pressures, brakes, parking brake, exhaust, brake fluid and antifreeze, power steering fluid, v-belts, hoses, lights, wipers, washers, stamp service book, reset service lights) NEEDS FRONT PADS AND ROTORS SOON (O/F # 11-42-1-730-389) 67,987 $60.03
5/13/00 installed new front rotors, pads, wear sensor 68,181 $175.75
5/20/00 installed new washer pump $33.95
10/4/00 OIL SERVICE: oil change (7 qts 10W30 Castrol), check steering and suspension, diff and trans levels, drive axles, discs, tire pressures, brakes, parking brake, exhaust, brake fluid and antifreeze, power steering fluid, v-belts, hoses, lights, wipers, washers, stamp service book, reset service lights) NEEDS REAR PADS SOON (O/F # 11-42-1-730-389); gear selector lever repair, remove and repair tire, replace rt frt. side marker bulb 72,883 $155.89
10/24/00 installed new rear pads, wear sensor 73,498 $62.95
10/24/00 installed new cam cover gasket 73,498 $18.95
12/22/00 installed new hood lift supports $23.30
1/29/01 installed new BMW oxygen sensor, P/N 11-78-1-468-620 76,830 $90.25
4/4/01 15K SERVICE (NO OIL SERVICE) (check: steering and suspension, dif and trans fluid levels, drive axles, discs & tire press, brakes/parking brake, exhaust system, brake fluid & antifreeze, p/s fluid, belts, & hoses, battery, lights, wipers & washers, spare, fuel mixture. Change air filters, brake fluid, transmission mounts 79,357 $504.10
4/28/01 installed new radiator (17-11-1-469-177) , hoses (11-53-1-720-678, 11-53-1-722-852, 13-54-1-738-622, 13-54-1-730-684, 11-53-1-738-054, 64-21-1-384-763, 64-21-1-384-746, 64-21-1-391-766, 64-21-1-384-712), antifreeze (82-14-1-467-704). distilled water, bled cooling system 80,193 $427.43
5/2/01 installed new air flow meter intake boot due to cracks in old one (13-54-1-726-634) 80,313 $22.76
8/17/01 replaced A/C idler pulley (11-28-1-748-131) 84,956 $20.00
Sorry for the long post, everyone, but he asked for info!
'95 525ia, anal retentive mechanic