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Originally Posted by 441tech
I agree with everything here. HOWEVER--Ocean asked why you would buy a new Ponitiac for $22k, when I can get a 5 year old BMW E46 loaded with 80k on the clock for $18k? I totally agree.
I think if people actually knew the differences in quality, they would in fact buy a BMW. As an aircraft and auto tech, I know the differneces between most of what is on the road today, and we all know domestics are the laggers in quality.
I agree with Kulbiker as well, though. I understand most people can't afford BMW's new, or even used. And, as most of us also know, repairs can be considerably expensive IF YOU HAVE TO RELY ON A SHOP TO FIX IT. So, another point is, even if people bought a used Bimmer, could they afford to maintain it?
I practically stole my car, but it had a blown motor 'cause some idiot never changed the oil. In addition to a replacing the engine, (which the new one only had 69k miles on it) I also completely rebuilt the front and rear suspension, replaced all 4 tires, did some paint/body work, and replaced some worn interior components, (i.e. leather shift knob, cup holder, console, etc.) Now, if someone had to pay a shop to do this, it would cost a small fortune. Currently, mine is worth $6k more than I have into it, and NO CAR PAYMENT. It looks like it came off the line yesterday.
My point? You can own a BMW on a WalMart Greeter's salary--IF you have the knowledge and the resources. Most people do not, and the effect is that BMW, Mercedes, etc. are reserved for people with a little extra income "kick." Not necessarily for the initial investment, but the maintenance costs. They can be somewhat overwhelming on these cars.
Thoughts? Opinions? Am I way off here?
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