I ask bec the maintenance on my wife's V8 hasn't been cheap. Wonder if strapping a MT and a smaller body makes any difference. Plus 06 vs 04.They are cool cars but many of the v8s can be extremely costly to maintain and have issues. I know bc my friend loves them but didnt buy one bc he said the issues can be in 3-5k range.I dont remember the specifics but im sure a google search will help. As always do some thorough research
I wanted one so badly in Nogaro, Avant and Stick form until I read that article!Man, great job selling the V70R!
I will just leave this here:
Take it is a minor grain of salt, but I think there is a lot of truth in there.
I personally love the S4 Avant, but I am not sure I would ever buy one. If they made the Avant in the S4 with the TT-V6, that may be a different story.
No luck finding a good 535 wagon?
Is a 2004 VR any more reliable than a 2006 S4 with 5,000 less miles on it (it has 71K)? And will a shop be able to tell me prior to buying if the timing chain is about to go?I don;t think the issue is "normal" maintenance costs, it's the idea that if you drive the car for a while at high mileages, you have a significant probability of having a $5-10k timing chain repair. Who knows how really prevalent it is, but I am not sure it is a risk I would take. Maybe you could find one that had the service performed in the recent past?
It's seems kind of like the regular failure of the BMW e90 water pumps, but many times costlier.
The non-turbo BMW inline 6 has been around for many years and is a great engine. You may be a bit disappointed in the torque, but it is a lively engine as you get the RPMs up. I had a 2008 128i manual and loved the car (nominally the same engine); I wish it had the 330 engine in it though to make it a little more torquey. Definitely drive one to see how you like it, but both my BMWs (128i, 335i) I preferred the driving dynamics to the R. Maybe try to avoid "active steering" if you can; my 335 has it and its fine but hurts the feel a bit and is not necessary.Now considering a 2009 328i xDrive MT with about 62K miles on it? It's the 3L I6. Good engine? Reliable? This car search is exhausting.
The guys over at Audizine hate this article and claim the assumptions are outrageous. Expensive to maintain, yes, but not at the rate they talk about. Anyway it gives me some perspective. I read horror stories about the VR too and in 35K miles over 4 years, I've have exactly ZERO unforeseen maintenance issues.LOL from the Jalopnik article
Great article Doug. I test drove a few of these and ultimately went with and S60R instead because of the timing chain issue among other things. It has it's own set of problems, but not $8k problems!
Very true. When you're considering a car that makes an S60R look dependable, you know you need to run away fast!!