In Reply to: You didn't exactly make a good sale for BMW! posted by Paisley '95 525i on October 15, 2001 at 12:15:41:
I gave them. I've never heard a Camry owner complain about having to replace radiators/water pumps/thermostats every 60k, or having seatbacks contort, or transmission program errors, or...the list could go on.
But then again, I've never heard a Camry owner talk about gaining half a second through the esses at Road Atlanta either. It's all in what you want from a car.
A buddy just bought a '96 M3. He went from a '99 Honda Civic Si (Integra in sheep's clothing) to a '96 M3. Maintenance-free to maintenance-intense. Was it the right decision? Jury's still out, as he is still learning about the car, and the car is learning about him. But I warned him upfront, that it would be a love-hate relationship with his M car.
I'm not going to blow smoke about BMW reliability. It's not your father's Oldsmobile...it requires love and care, but the returns on investment are tremendous. So what if I'm losing a bit of coolant every so often...I'm enjoying every mile, every corner, every rise in the road, because I'm driving The Ultimate Driving Machine.