Should i buy a used bmw - or will i waiste money on maintance?

i would like to by a used bmw - maybe 1997 or osmething - around 145,000 miles - will this just cause me to waist lots of money on expensive bmw repairs - --- shoul i juts go with a cheap Jap. car?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If you are a person of taste and want to stand out buy a BMW. If you just want to get from point a to point b then buy Japanese. The BMW is worth any money you have to put out in repairs.

    Source(s): A BMW Z3 owner.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Parts are hard to come by, and are expensive. I am not even sure BWM makes parts beyond 10yrs, so the parts may all be aftermarket. While they are very capable and well made cars, they also tend to have been driven hard and not properly maintained. The 7-series in particular have proven to be troublesome. And overall any BMW is prone to have electrical issues at this age. You could get the same model year Lexus and not have the same worries on repairs as they are darn near bulletproof (especially the LS400).

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well it depends if the car got the regular matainance done on it and had it checked from time to time. As far as I know Bmw are pretty good. If you have to do a lot of mantainance screw it. save yourself a bunch a money and buy a jap car. They got more bang for the buck !

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  • 1 decade ago

    you will no doubt get varying answers on this, but heres my take. german cars are very high quality. they are capable of several hundred thousand miles if properly maintained. parts are expensive. labor is expensive. would i buy one from an auction or used lot? probably not. does your best friends grandmother have a 3 series with 130k on it and all dealer maintenance receipts? jump on it. otherwise, get a honda.

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  • 1 decade ago

    the place you buy it from HAS to show you the history on the car if you ask, don't they?

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