In Reply to: Pondering E34 purchase vs. Passat. Help with ???s posted by skya on September 24, 2001 at 11:26:16:
Depends on the year and condition of the car. Beamers have personality, something the Japanese cars lack. Personality isn't always a good thing. I spend about $1K per year on my 89 525i, but its starting to get old. If you want low maintenance and few headaches, get another Honda. If you want a car with personality that can give you a real rise when they run right, get a BMW. Its like owning a boat.
I'm looking at the E34 and really like the styling and luxury from the car, but I don't think I'm ready to pay for expensive repair costs.
Right now I have a Prelude and haven't had to spend any money on repairs (except for oil changes and timing belt-preventative though). I really like that reliability factor but I really want to put myself into a 4 dr BMW, eventually.
I love the price range of the E34s and I was currently looking at the 540i. Now, I've never driven this car so I'm not sure what the weight of the car feels like, and how the steering feels, but I was looking for some words of encouragement and warning from experienced owners. Epinions has 1 good and 1 discouraging report on the E34.
I'm also looking at a Passat V6 4 Motion and I know that although they initially cost more, the repairs won't cost nearly as much.
PS-I don't plan on doing the repairs myself, maybe just the oil and fluid changes if they're relatively easy.
What do you all think? Thanks for your opinions. I'm in the 15K to 20K price range.