Well, its coming up to the time for a new car again. Generally I buy a car new and hold on to it for about 10 years.
I like BMWs, but I note with the E90 there is no dipstick, and I've heard no drain plug either. Dealer changes will be covered the first four years, but its the period after that which I am concerned. I hate spending more than I have to, so I usually do my own oil changes and simple maintenance items. I don't want to be stuck with a car that is beholden to the dealer for oil changes forever.
So, does anybody know if DIY oil changes are possible on an E90?
I'm also considering a 2005 Ford Mustang GT. Its got plenty of style and power, and should be reasonably cheap and easy to work on. Unfortunately, its not as nimble as a BMW, and doesn't have a sunroof. Still, turn the key, hear the rumble and a lot of smiles are on tap. Parts are cheap, no exotic gizmos. The body style of the E90 sedan is more practical to my needs however. It would give me the driving enjoyment I seek with room for people in the back and stuff in the trunk.
Deep in my heart I want a BMW, I just don't want to regret it when the repair bills start rolling in. I know a 2005 Mustang won't be problem free either.....but odds are much better I could fix it myself, or get an independant shop to do repairs at a price much less than if I had a BMW. Oh the dillemma...
Can anybody help me get this figured out?