FenixStorm1: I had a rear wheel drive manual 2009 Mercedes C230 - I used all season tires through a Canadian winter, never had one problem through snow or ice.
FlashHarry: bangmaid: I don't have it any more but I used to have a bmw and the only problem I ever had was when the brake pads went, the roters had to be replaced too. It was about a grand to replace each time, and they had to be replaced 3 or 4 times in 100,000 miles./other than that, great car//5 speed 325 ci, 2004///traded it in for a 2011 ford fusion////dont know what I was thinkingi had a 2001 5-speed 325i (same type - the E46). amazing car. traded it in on a 2011 6-speed 328i. also amazing. driving a 3-series pretty much ruined every other car for me. and as for reliability, apart from replacing my water pump at 140,000 and a few other small odds and ends, my old 325 was bulletproof. i'm 25,000 miles into my new one, and it hasn't had a single issue yet./you must've been driving like a maniac to have to replace your brakes 3 or 4 times in 100k miles!
FlashHarry: bangmaid: ///traded it in for a 2011 ford fusion////dont know what I was thinkingtrade the fusion in on another late-model manual bimmer!
impaler: Yeah, BMW electrical engineers seem to be complete idiots.Their mechanical engineers are damn talented though.My guess is the mechanical engineers let their kids design the electronics for their science fair projects.
bangmaid: I was living in LA for most of its life.... so, gas brake honk, gas brake honk...Id love to, but live in NYC. Sold the fusion and dont need a car right now...
wildcardjack: Why do BMW's get such good mileage?They do half their miles on tow trucks to the repair shop.
stuhayes2010: Is water in the trunk of your vehicle that never goes off road (not even the SUVs) a common problem?
realmolo: There is a reason that Japanese cars are so dominant.
mainstreet62: impaler: Yeah, BMW electrical engineers seem to be complete idiots.Mercedes electrical engineers are no better. I can't say anything about Audi, I've never owned one.
realmolo: The common wisdom among mechanics is that the Germans don't understand electronics/electrical systems AT ALL, but are mechanical geniuses.Here are the rankings:Japanese cars - good mechanics, great electronics/electricalGerman cars - great mechanics, bad electronics/electricalUS cars - okay mechanics, okay electronics/electricalBritish cars - bad mechanics, bad electronics/electrical...uh...There is a reason that Japanese cars are so dominant.
syberpud: VW used to (still does?) wire everything in serial - so when one component has a problem,
m0ther_farker: I think the reason German cars have so many electrical issues is that there are just so many damn electrical circuits in the cars to start with, so there are more failure points. I also agree that Germans suck at EE, but the MEs seem to be outstanding.I replaced the driver's outer door handle on my 1993 325is (a huge pain in the ass by the way) and it had no less than three microswitches on it, each with their own little pigtails and electrical plugs. Two were to tell the computer when the door was locked/unlocked and the other was to tell when you lifted up on the handle so the window would pop down 1/4" to clear the seals. When you close the door another switch (which probably also turns the interior lights on/off) then tells it to send the window back up.I redid the headliner because it was sagging and found that even the sun visors had electrical wires and contacts running to them. This was so that when you slid the cover of the mirror over to expose the mirror it would turn the small light on right above the mirror.
Cinaed: My favorite experience with a BMW has, to date, been seeing dozens of them abandoned on roads during a snow storm while my little POS Echo puttered on by.
bangmaid: I don't have it any more but I used to have a bmw and the only problem I ever had was when the brake pads went, the roters had to be replaced too. It was about a grand to replace each time, and they had to be replaced 3 or 4 times in 100,000 miles./other than that, great car//5 speed 325 ci, 2004///traded it in for a 2011 ford fusion////dont know what I was thinking
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