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Old 07-14-2004, 02:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, just bought a 2001 325i with 44K miles. It is still under factory warranty for the next 6 months. After this expires, I'm considering getting an extended warranty online, which I found for about $2,500 - for 4 years or 100,000 miles. This is a bumper-to bumper warranty, but it still wont cover brakes, battery, oil service etc. My question is, in your experiences is it worth it, or should I just put aside $2,500 to use for repairs in the next 4 years and hope not too much goes wrong? The way I see it, maybe nothing will go wrong and I can use that money toward things that aren't coverd like new brakes. And if something does go wrong, how likely is it to add up to more than $2,500?

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I've spent 1,000 on repairs on my BMW and I've owned it less than a year. However, it IS quite a bit older than yours. Honestly, I'd get the warranty. I plan on buying a 330ci within the next month and I will definitely get the extended warranty when I buy it! BMW's are QUITE costly to maintain and repair.
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I would ABSOLUTELY get the warranty. I bought a used '02 325ci w/ 44k miles & mechanically the car is great, but even little repairs can be very expensive. The power lock died & the repair was $400. I paid $2000 for a bumper to bumper 48k mile extended warranty & do not regret it. My warranty is also cancellable and transferrable to a new owner...
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Get the warranty. Most of the stuff it doesn't cover is stuff you can, or can learn to do yourself. $2500 up front and not having to worry about repairs is much better than having your pants around your ankles at the dealer, and having to pay even more.
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$2500 number seems high compared to what I paid at a BMW Dealer for the BMW extended. Mine was a 2002 325 Ci w/ 19,500 mi. and the original warranty still had a year on it. I negotiated the price to $1200 for the full 6 year 100K.
Did I just get them on a good day?

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Old 07-19-2004, 01:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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damn, that sounds like an amazing deal! 1,200 I think is impossible to get here in Los Angeles. But maybe I just need to negotiate harder...I don't know.


Can people list some examples of how much things cost them to repair? I'm curious if in most cases it adds up to 2,500 over 4 years.
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My 2001 E46 has 10K and 7 mths of warranty on it but I am currently shopping for an extended warranty........1sourcewarranty.com has a complete bumper to bumper........for about 1689$ for a 3 yr 75K. I hva yet to talk to the BMW dealer for a deal......so lets see BUT YEAH ABSOLUTELY BUY THE WARRANTY!

Repair: Example......A/C busted (happens a lot in climate controlled cars)....1800$ with labor and parts
Engine problems..........anywhere between 1500$-2000$

So is 2500$ too much ...probably but look at it like insurance.....we may never need it but we still do take it.........
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