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Old 11-18-2013, 03:51 PM
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BMW xDrive reliability/desirability?

My friend wants a nice sedan, but refuses to buy a car that isn't front-wheel or all-wheel drive. For her price range and other preferences, I think the search has narrowed down to a 2010-11 BMW 328ix.

Any comments on the reliability and/or desirability of this car will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-18-2013, 03:59 PM
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My friend wants a nice sedan, but refuses to buy a car that isn't front-wheel or all-wheel drive. For her price range and other preferences, I think the search has narrowed down to a 2010-11 BMW 328ix.

Any comments on the reliability and/or desirability of this car will be greatly appreciated.
But that wouldn't be very Peach Partsy.

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My friend wants a nice sedan, but refuses to buy a car that isn't front-wheel or all-wheel drive. For her price range and other preferences, I think the search has narrowed down to a 2010-11 BMW 328ix.

Any comments on the reliability and/or desirability of this car will be greatly appreciated.
Is there a reason for that odd (IMO) preference?
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:02 AM
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Is there a reason for that odd (IMO) preference?
Doesn't seem odd to me for a non-enthusiast. My brother has an X-drive BMW and its been fine, compliant in snow and reliable. The N52 engine is pretty well proven at this point too, so its not a bad choice. Desirability-wise well, that depends on who you're talking to. They're generic german sedans YMMV.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:47 AM
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Is there a reason for that odd (IMO) preference?
Ability to drive in snow and ice. It's a poor choice, IMHO.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:22 AM
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Don’t have direct experience but a friend owns a 5 series BMW awd wagon and uses it for skiing trips pretty frequently. My only suggestion would be to get an extended warranty, not because of known problems but because it’s a smart thing to do with any used car.
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:02 PM
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Don’t have direct experience but a friend owns a 5 series BMW awd wagon and uses it for skiing trips pretty frequently. My only suggestion would be to get an extended warranty, not because of known problems but because it’s a smart thing to do with any used car.
The local BMW dealer has a few certified pre-owned 2011 328xi's that come with a 6-year/100,000 mile warranty (with the 6-year clock running from the date the car was delivered new, I think). They are priced around $28,000, about $18,000 to $20,000 less than a comparable 2014 329ix. That makes some sense, I think.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:34 PM
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The last time I bought a used MB car from a dealer, it had what was called a Starmark warranty. MBUSA offered a mostly bumper to bumper warranty for Starmark cars and that was good for up to 1 year or until there were 100K miles on the odometer from the time I bought the car. The one i bought was 6 years old at the time i bought it. MB offered additional years of warranty coverage, but would not go over the 100K mile cap. I bought the car with about 70K miles on the odo and paid for 2 additional years of warranty. It was an excellent value because the dealership went out of their way to fix *anything* at issue. The things they didn’t cover were brakes, tires, some fluids, and some bulbs.

There are some good 3rd party warranties available as well. Tyler or someone else that deals with this may know something about current offerings.

I dunno anything about what BMW offers but predict it is about the same as what MB offers.
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I've had my BMW for 4 months and it's been in the shop 3 times...! But two of those were due to previous sloppy work and not the car itself (covered) third time was just me hedging my bets that it was more sloppy work (and I lost, the battery just died and I was on the hook). I'm torn on getting an extended warranty since I will be modding it almost immediately once it's out. Most folks I know who have these have been totally trouble free. It's an absolute blast to drive and I love it, so long as I will be able to keep affording it.
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Also, anecdotal but those who I've talked to who own e60 5-series of the era have been a nightmare with various electrical and mechanical issues, but the e90s seem fine for the most part. Easily got me out of buying an M5 or M6 recently in lieu of a 1 series. FWIW.

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