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Can someone tell me what's the best price I can get for X3 xdrive2.8i in GTA?
What discount with factory incentive should I expect?
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2014 is now available. If you are looking for leftover 2013, then there should be BMW Canada delivery credit allowance ?? and you should ask for 8.5% off the MSRP.

Do watch out now for those huge bogus fees, esp. from the Quinn Group (BMW Toronto, Parkview). Ride Green fee = Nitrogen air, they now want $400.
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Glad I found this thread. I've got a doozy.

E9x owners: how often are you doing repairs on your car? I bought an N54 335 CPO a few years ago and have brought it in at least once a year (sometimes up to 3-4 times). Got the car with about 40k kms, and currently only has around 75k. 100% stock.

Both turbos have been replaced, a few oil/fluid leaks, wheel bearing, spark plugs, front tires are feathering, glovebox lock (solenoid) broken, various trim "issues"... those are the major ones I think. The spark plugs and tire issues we can consider as "wear and tear" even though they were replaced much earlier than most normal cars (I realize this is a premium performance car and not a corolla).

I don't drive the car hard at all, and I do all the maintenance at the dealer or with reputable specialists (e.g. RMP, Bavarian). I love the car and how it handles, and have been lucky with the warranty repairs (even though they're a hassle), but warranty won't last forever. I estimate that I'd probably have to spend $500-800 per year on fixes annually (at this rate) at non-dealer shops, on top of normal maintenance (brakes, oil changes, etc).

Is this what it's like to own a premium German car or did I get stuck with a lemon?

Edit: I'll mention that the car has never left me on the side of the road, and most of the major repairs were for leaks, parts about to wear out, etc.
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well, it's hit & miss. For sure the N54 has all kinds of problems, hpfp & wastegate, the main ones. If you have extended warranty in place, then you should be okay but like you said, once it expires, you will be looking at some big repair $. My suggestion is to plan ahead and consider trading/selling the car by then and look for a replacement vehicle.
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Ticket wrote: I estimate that I'd probably have to spend $500-800 per year on fixes annually (at this rate) at non-dealer shops, on top of normal maintenance (brakes, oil changes, etc).

Is this what it's like to own a premium German car or did I get stuck with a lemon?
I'd say $500-$800 per year on repairs is quite reasonable.
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Ticket wrote: Glad I found this thread. I've got a doozy.

E9x owners: how often are you doing repairs on your car? I bought an N54 335 CPO a few years ago and have brought it in at least once a year (sometimes up to 3-4 times). Got the car with about 40k kms, and currently only has around 75k. 100% stock.

Both turbos have been replaced, a few oil/fluid leaks, wheel bearing, spark plugs, front tires are feathering, glovebox lock (solenoid) broken, various trim "issues"... those are the major ones I think. The spark plugs and tire issues we can consider as "wear and tear" even though they were replaced much earlier than most normal cars (I realize this is a premium performance car and not a corolla).

I don't drive the car hard at all, and I do all the maintenance at the dealer or with reputable specialists (e.g. RMP, Bavarian). I love the car and how it handles, and have been lucky with the warranty repairs (even though they're a hassle), but warranty won't last forever. I estimate that I'd probably have to spend $500-800 per year on fixes annually (at this rate) at non-dealer shops, on top of normal maintenance (brakes, oil changes, etc).

Is this what it's like to own a premium German car or did I get stuck with a lemon?

Edit: I'll mention that the car has never left me on the side of the road, and most of the major repairs were for leaks, parts about to wear out, etc.
My E90 has been bulletproof. One rear main seal leak in 60K km!
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Ray Oliver wrote: I'd say $500-$800 per year on repairs is quite reasonable.
That is quite reasonable, although my E46 has been pretty good, diligent DIY maintenance has me lower than that.
Once you hit milestones, you gotta replace lots of stuff, but then its good for next few years.

TICKET,
335i's N54 is widely known for its issues. Failing turbos, fuel injectors, fuel pumps.
The new N55's are much better, guess BM fixed the issue and replaced the model just to avoid any confusion.
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Spent $200 on inspection fee and deductible and got control arm bushing replaced as part of my CPO warranty fix. Oil leak in front (gaskets and seals) not covered by CPO.

On another topic, I had my turbos replaced in 2011 due to the waste gate rattling issue. Nowadays the rattle is still there during start up (which I think is normal), but when I rev to 1500RPM I hear the rattle, maybe 5 quick rattles. Is this a cause for concern?
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Budds cannot do anything unless authorized by BMW Canada for warranty reimbursement.

In the end, it's going to take litigation to resolve.
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any RFDer work for BMW dealer?
Can you pm your contact, deciding to get a new X3
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Jason Kwan, Endras BMW & Mini. Blogger here.

New Car Client Advisor
Telephone: (905) 619-5522 ext.5550
jasonk@endrasbmw.com

If no luck getting a deal there, my sales guy is Sean Chaudhry @ TCBMW and he is also a blogger in this forum. He is in used car but sell brand new ones as well.

http://www.tcbmw.ca/dealership/staff.htm

Bottom line is just watch out those hidden fees as each BMW dealer charges differently.

maniacshopper wrote: any RFDer work for BMW dealer?
Can you pm your contact, deciding to get a new X3
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booblehead wrote: Jason Kwan, Endras BMW & Mini. Blogger here.

New Car Client Advisor
Telephone: (905) 619-5522 ext.5550
jasonk@endrasbmw.com

If no luck getting a deal there, my sales guy is Sean Chaudhry @ TCBMW and he is also a blogger in this forum. He is in used car but sell brand new ones as well.

http://www.tcbmw.ca/dealership/staff.htm

Bottom line is just watch out those hidden fees as each BMW dealer charges differently.
thx.
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Is the 320i x drive available or is it only 2014 model?
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Will the new 2 series be priced at a premium over the new Audi A3 sedan which has a reported base price of $33k?

I know it is too soon but will that come in diesel?

Anyone know what problems are usually encountered on the 1's and 3's post warranty?
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I shared this with some work friends and friends on facebook, but I want to share it with the rfd community. I won't post a direct link in order to prove its not photoshop, but everyone should google streetview maranello bmw and see whats parked out front lol.
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jasonkwan86 wrote: I shared this with some work friends and friends on facebook, but I want to share it with the rfd community. I won't post a direct link in order to prove its not photoshop, but everyone should google streetview maranello bmw and see whats parked out front lol.
I thought streetview images were 1-2 weeks late?
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Oh Jason, why did you hi-jack your dealer's truck and defect over to Maranello ? Now, you got me really curious as to what concept Mini you took from Endras.

Good to see you back on the blog !

jasonkwan86 wrote: I shared this with some work friends and friends on facebook, but I want to share it with the rfd community. I won't post a direct link in order to prove its not photoshop, but everyone should google streetview maranello bmw and see whats parked out front lol.

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