Used car filter: after a decade without owning a car, I'd like to get back into the game. I'd prefer to spend $5k or less. I understand this means older cars/higher miles. I find myself drawn to early 2000s VW Golfs/GTIs, late-90s BMW 300 series, '90s Saabs, early '00s Volvos. Are any of these types going to be substantially more reliable or cheaper to maintain than others? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine
on Jul 12, 2014 -
Do I really need to buy the BMW brand coolant like the manual tells me, or is there an equivalent coolant that will work just fine? [more inside]
posted by zara
on Sep 29, 2013 -
Which carmakers these days (that sell in the US) have really good build quality? I'm thinking high quality interior materials, excellent fit and finish, as well as well thought out interior components like control layouts, displays, and compartments? Maybe carmakers (or models) that are known for little surprising details? I'm now starting to look for a smaller sedan or maybe hatchback/wagon under $40K. Some of the models I'm looking at so far are the Volvo S60/V60, Subaru Legacy/Impreza, Toyota Prius, Audi A4, maybe BMW X1.
posted by jroybal
on Sep 26, 2013 -
I'm in the market for a pre-owned sedan with a budget of about 20k and the 2 options that I have come down to are a 2008 Mercedes C300 and a 2007 BMW 335i.
Being a total newbie about cars, I have very little idea which one should I go for. They are both certified pre-owned hence I am hoping there should not be a major problem with either one's condition.
Please advise as to which one would you prefer and what are some things I should watch out for while buying them?
posted by libbrichus
on Feb 20, 2013 -
"mandatory" options on a new, built-to-order BMW...is this a permissible business practice? I am in Vancouver, BC. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan
on Apr 2, 2012 -
You own or have owned a BMW Z3. Tell me about your experience.
posted by MoonOrb
on Feb 25, 2012 -
How do I break into a career of test driving vehicles for the performance divisions of luxury automakers (BMW's M division, Mercedes' AMG division, Porsche, etc)? [more inside]
posted by 6spd
on Jan 25, 2012 -
Interested in BMW 3-series station wagon. Torn between new ($46,000) vs used ($26,000, 2006, 90,000 km). Which is better value in the long term? I intend to drive it for 10+ years, if not into the ground. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan
on Jan 10, 2012 -
Deer hunting with my BMW was expensive! Insurance question from a former insurance agent who has forgotten the rules... [more inside]
posted by kiwi-epitome
on Apr 26, 2011 -
I want to buy a fun, impractical, and unusual sports/muscle/fun car for under $5000(USD). This will be my second car, and not my daily driver. Can you offer some suggestions? (It must be available as a stick shift.) [more inside]
posted by Netzapper
on Aug 22, 2010 -
A friend just moved to the Spring Valley area of Las Vegas and he needs a good mechanic for his 745i. A non dealer BMW mechanic is preferred as I've learned from personal experience that while BMW dealer shops are always more expensive they aren't always as knowledgeable. Cheers in advance for your help!
posted by chosemerveilleux
on Jun 3, 2010 -
While changing the lightbulb in the front turn signal on my car (a 2003 BMW 330i), I managed to lose the screw that connects the turn signal assembly to the car. What kind of screw can I get to replace it? [more inside]
posted by Zonker
on Jul 4, 2009 -
How can I find the dealer's auction cost for a 2005 BMW 330ci convertible? [more inside]
posted by buzzv
on Sep 2, 2008 -
How do I lift an M10 engine (1976 BMW 2002)? Bonus points for suggestions on attaching it to a strand. [more inside]
posted by yetanother
on Aug 25, 2008 -
I have a 2003 BMW 325i. There is a sticker on my windshield warning me that aftermarket electronics (and cell phones) may interfere with the car's electronic system. For real?
The dealer says they cannot install the factory iPod interface (it's only for 2004 and later). My fiance has a 2006 BMW X3 with the factory-installed iPod interface and I am insanely jealous. DO WANT. [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Apr 28, 2008 -
I want to trade in my SUV for a station wagon. I think I've narrowed it down to the BMW 328i and the Audi A4. Can those of you who've driven those cars (or anything from from a similar line; any bmw 3 series, any Audi A4 or TT) share your experiences with me? [more inside]
posted by Peecabu
on Oct 1, 2007 -
Are there any schools that have something like a week-long auto repair course? Preferably BMW-focused, and preferably in the DC Metro area, but even without those two, would still be useful. [more inside]
posted by mboszko
on Sep 24, 2007 -
Anyone know a good BMW mechanic in the Fort Lee, NJ (Near the George Washington Bridge) area? I have a 1988 325ix and need someone trustworthy and competent to take care of it. Service at the BMW dealer is outrageously expensive.
I've tried various BMW message boards and come up empty. Something in a 30 minute radius would be nice, but I'll take what you got!
posted by SampleSize
on Jul 26, 2007 -
Are Harley-Davidsons for poseurs and mid-life crisis yuppies only, or can low key folks like me ride on without fear of getting that stigma assigned to them too? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis
on Apr 23, 2007 -
Can anyone hook me up with a schematic for a DIY sequential shift light set up? [more inside]
posted by ZoomX2
on Feb 15, 2007 -
If I were a dealer how much would I expect to pay for a 2003 BMW 330I with performance package in Northern California with say 30-40k miles on it i.e What are they going for at the dealer auctions? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap
on Feb 8, 2007 -
I was just replacing the driver-side headlight in my 2001 BMW 325i, fumbled, and dropped the burnt out bulb into the engine area. Right now, it's resting at the bottom, out of reach, but not visibly near anything else. I can't easily get to it to remove it. Will it work itself out and I don't need to worry about it, or do I need to find a way to get it out before I drive again so it doesn't do damage?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow
on Oct 11, 2006 -
A while ago, BMW started playing with UV / blacklight bulbs in its cars. What happened? [possibly UK-centric question] [more inside]
posted by twine42
on Apr 1, 2005 -
does any one have any experience with the 323i/it series? if so, recommended? warnings? experience? thanks in advance. other used cars in the class users would recommend?
posted by specialk420
on Feb 17, 2005 -
Ugh..after holding my breath to see the iPod integration with BMWs
, only to find out that it's a "cable securely integrated into your BMW’s glovebox", and by "securely integrated" they mean 12" of loose cable so my iPod can fly freely around the glovebox. Why can't someone make a car stereo that lets you slide in your iPod (or other device) as if it were an 8 track tape?
Is there some reason that car stereo's seem to lag so far behind other consumer devices in quality and features?
posted by freshgroundpepper
on Jun 21, 2004 -