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2002-08 BMW 7 Series: Repair bills will leave you breathless
One of the benefits of buying used is that astronomically priced models become attainable thanks to the ravages of depreciation, especially coveted German iron. Contemplating a top-of-the-line BMW? Consider this assessment by the editors of consumeraffairs.com:...Read the full review
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Back in the 60's and even early 70's , the costs for repairs were not done "by the book". They were done as a service to the customer and was usually a minimum cost as a appreciation for purchasing the vehicle. Today, the business of business is business and automakers have "never" made so much money. Don't try to BS me with wild claims of "Bankrupcy". The term bankrupcy changed "many years ago". If automaker "beancounters" forcasters don't make predictions, automakers can cry "bankrupcy"!!!! In 2007 I read a GM Worldwide Stakeholders booklet and they manufactured and sold over 10 million vehicles wordwide and received over 300 billion dollars. They fell short of forcasted revenue and the "whining started". The answer? Capitalism has changed in the last 40 years. It longer serves people so... let them go and ... start investing in Public Transportation, riding a bicycle and think about working with a political party of your choice, to change how Capitalism works. GM of Canada employee Engine Plant
My mechanic & neighbour says stay away from all German cars & anything from Detroit! He has repaired all makes. The 3 most reliable on the planet are; Toyota, Subaru, Honda. My Wife has a Honda. My Son has a Toyota. I drive a Hyundai. It's good so far. In 3.5 years/54,000 km all I replaced was a light bulb! but the depreciation is about the same as the Detroit 3? A co-worker of mine junked her Toyota Camry after 19.5 years! Good Luck picking a winner...
As for buying a BMW that's brand new, be aware that your most practical protection against it being a lemon, the free national arbitration system CAMVAP, is not participated in by only two makers. One is an Italian supercar whose name I can't spell. The other is -- you guess it -- BMW.
I bought a 2002 second hand Mini from a BMW dealership in Unionville in 2003 and almost the minute it was out of warranty things began to go rapidly downhill - despite low mileage and regular service, the transmission and the clutch mechanism both had to be replaced at vast expense and the dealership's customer service went from stellar to non-existent. There's a reason that customers have claimed that BMW stands for Barely Moving Wreck.
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