hmm thats interesting cuz my experiences are quite different. On my 2013 335 with M package, brake pads and rotors was like you said very reasonable at dealers (I asked for quote in 2017) as they have package prices which makes it only 10-20% more than aftermarket and indies. When I finally changed the front this summer, the quote was 50% more and I was told they are "adjusting to new prices". Ended up doing aftermarket and indies for like half of what a dealer would charge. With indies rate at $100 vs $160 at dealers, there WILL be significant savings. The real question is find a shop you can trust and know what they are doing. Never own Audis but was told their parts are most expensive, similar to VWs.ScaryJerry wrote: ↑Jan 14th, 2019 9:05 pmI've had a couple of S and RS Audis, a BMW M, and a Mercedes AMG. I never found the aftermarket parts or independent shops to be significantly cheaper than the dealer. I never had anything major done (just stuff like brakes, BMW's "Inspection" services, etc) so maybe that's why.
As I said earlier, I fully realize that this is an irrational purchase and that a used Corolla would be more than sufficient especially considering that during the week I just use the car for a 3 minute drive to the subway and then 8 minutes to the gym in the evening. However, I've always enjoyed overpowered and overpriced German sport sedans specifically because of how over the top and irrational they are. I also love all the excess technology that they put into these things.
I just wondered if maybe there was a way do save a a few dollars a month and still have a nice car that I enjoy driving when I have the opportunity.
I noticed all the rides you quoted are the manufacturer's "specialty" vehicles, so prob why not as many aftermarket parts are readily available. Those are like the German "luxury" if you can afford it, you dont need cheap parts category