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Is this normal? Anyone else have problems?

Here is my story--
My husband took my car to get inspected and to have the oil changed on Monday , Oct.12 and we were told that my BMW needed new rear brake pads which cost us $622.22. He took it to get the brake pads today and when he received the car he was told that now my car had other problems.-power steering pressure hose is leaking $450.00 and crank case valve hoses-$725.00. we bought a BMW because we thought that it was a reliable car !!! My car only has 15,824 miles on it. It is a 2004 BMW 325xi . The warranty expired in March.
I spoke to a BMW rep today and she said that it not unusual to have these problems. Is that true ? This is my first BMW . I have had other cars but never had all these problems with under 16,000 miles on the car.
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Ive had experience like that. I have 1999 E46 and it ran beautifully till now. at 142k it started just leaking everywhere and stuff started break. But for less then 16k miles it is wierd. To me anyway. Last time I had that happen was when I took to a shady mechanic. After he replaced head gasket all hell broke lose, alternator went out break sensors etc. In my case it was prolly the mechanic that did most of the damage. I would personally take the car to a shop where they specialize in BMW not the delears. And see what they say. I found out a bimmer shop privately can get better prices usually and work cheaper and deliver same quality.
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Did you talk to BMW USA?
Yes, I spoke to Betsy Hohmann at BMW
USA . She was the one who told me that it was not unusual foe BMWs to have problems. She was rude and of little help.
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Ive had experience like that. I have 1999 E46 and it ran beautifully till now. at 142k it started just leaking everywhere and stuff started break. But for less then 16k miles it is wierd. To me anyway. Last time I had that happen was when I took to a shady mechanic. After he replaced head gasket all hell broke lose, alternator went out break sensors etc. In my case it was prolly the mechanic that did most of the damage. I would personally take the car to a shop where they specialize in BMW not the delears. And see what they say. I found out a bimmer shop privately can get better prices usually and work cheaper and deliver same quality.
Thanks that's really good advice. I will look for a mechanic who specializes in BMWs .
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Welcome. Check yelp on them just in case lol. I could recomend i guy I know but i doubt youre in the SF area
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Welcome. Check yelp on them just in case lol. I could recomend i guy I know but i doubt youre in the SF area

That would sure be a long drive. I live in Pa close to the Delaware border.
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To your question, this is partially normal. Replacing rear brake pads @15K miles definitely not normal and highly suspicious. You could have DIY'd for $100. Leaky power steering hose is normal, but you can probably fix it yourself for $1 - the most common cause is a failed hose clip, just need to replace the clip. CCVs fail, but not that often, and since I now don't trust your dealer, not sure I would believe this. CCVs are a PITA to DIY.

These are expensive luxury automobiles, they are slightly better than average on reliability, but way above average on maintenance/repair costs. If you are not handy, as suggested, find an independent mechanic you can trust.
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The power steering hose should be 160 and the rear brakes should be 495 including rotors. These are the prices that my indy bmw shop charges. How come you didn't get the extended warranty The most that should be going on with your car is a service 1 at 15,000, unless you drive agressively and ride the brake.
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My pads, rotors and a caliper....yes one...it's a long story, cost a little over $200 and I did it with a friend. But I do know that dealers charge about twice that plus the hours they work on it so taking a car to a dealer is my last option and only if i had money...lots of them. I know that my mechanic charged me a 1000 for clutch kit, and work. and thats original BMW clutch with alll little random parts. Dealers offered me 2500 and said that's with a discount...i shudder to think what it would cost without this so called discount. So since your warranty runs out pretty soon you might as well try your luck at the place that knows bimmers and you most likely save money. But if you know someone who works on cars you can save even more. I also have a leaky power steering pump but then again its 146k miles and it just started having major problems. From what I heard Bimmers have two spectrums reliable as a rock and completely the opposite. with very few cars in the middle. So hopefully after you fix your bmw it'll stay on the good side. Goodluck in your mechanic search.
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Here is my story--
My husband took my car to get inspected and to have the oil changed on Monday , Oct.12 and we were told that my BMW needed new rear brake pads which cost us $622.22. He took it to get the brake pads today and when he received the car he was told that now my car had other problems.-power steering pressure hose is leaking $450.00 and crank case valve hoses-$725.00. we bought a BMW because we thought that it was a reliable car !!! My car only has 15,824 miles on it. It is a 2004 BMW 325xi . The warranty expired in March.
I spoke to a BMW rep today and she said that it not unusual to have these problems. Is that true ? This is my first BMW . I have had other cars but never had all these problems with under 16,000 miles on the car.
I would be sureprised if your car really needed these two things being your car only has 16K miles on it. I would take it to an Indy mechanic for a second opinion. Sounds like BMW is just trying to get money out of you.

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they do like to make money on people.

Took our 330 in for a inspection 2. ontop of that ridiculous bill they charged us $500 more to replace a CAB. When i asked to see it they said they had thorwn it away.

I would take it somewhere else to get another quote.

as for the mileage I believe 15k is a little low to have crankcase hoses...but the car dos havea few years on it, and prolly sat..which could cause hoses to dry up.

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