I have found the cost of repairs for my BMWs has been about the same as my Honda’s and Acura’s at the dealership.LadyIJ wrote: ↑Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:28 pmCost of repairs on Japanese and American cars are less expensive and our mechanic can handle.ssquared87 wrote: ↑Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:04 pmWhy only Japanese? Reliability of some german brands are higher than the brands you mentioned. Check Consumer Reports latest reliability rankings. Acura has fallen quite a bit probably due to the CVT transmissions and convoluted infotainment systems.
Audi and BMW are above average while Infiniti is average and at the same level as Buick. Acura is way below average
https://www.consumerreports.org/car-rel ... -stack-up/
Doing the repairs myself is easier on the BMWs because the engine is mounted longitudinally and easier to work on. They also have a simpler design (I.e. no balance shafts because inline 6 cylinders engines have primary and secondary forces that cancel each other out meaning they are the smoothest engines you can get other than a v12). even though they’re more mechanically advanced.
The difference on the BMW is that they need more frequent maintenance. If you don’t keep on top of the maintenance you’ll have issues. And parts need to be replaced sooner because imperfections are more noticeable. Parts are mostly the same price.
My dad is currently driving my 2010 TSX. He paid $279 at Acura to have th rear brake pads replaced . For the same service at BMW, it was $239. Instead of having BMW do it, I bought their brake kit from the dealer for $125 and installed it myself in my driveway in 45 minutes. I could have probably done it in 25 min but I was drinking a beer and relaxing.
Acura charges $59.95 for an oil change and it needs an oil change 1x per year or 5k miles whichever comes first. BMW charges $79.95 for an oil change and it needs to happen roughly every 10k miles. BMW also includes maintenance for the first 4 years, so basically the first 4-5 oil changes don't come out of pocket.
On the Hondas and Toyota’s, suspension parts can go 150k miles before you notice they need replacing. BMW and Audi have better handling so you start noticing degradation of ride quality and handling at about 100k miles. It’s not that the parts wear faster, it’s just that the wear is more noticeable because everything is tuned more finely tuned.
Mechanic is another story. Having a good one you trust is important.