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cost of ownership BMW 335i vs Infiniti G37 maintenance, repairs?

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 10:35 AM

how do they differ in cost of ownership once you drive them off the lot? BMW 335i steptronic vs. Infiniti G37 auto, both RWD. curious if Infiniti is much cheaper to maintain compared to the Bimmer. For example, how much does a typical oil change and a 30,000 mile service cost on either at the dealer?


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Posted 26 March 2010 - 10:38 AM

I thought BMW had 4 years free maintenance.

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 10:43 AM

Who cares, I'd go with the 335i. After hearing you get 100whp from a friggin piggy back ECU, how can you resist that?!

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 10:43 AM

According to Edmunds.com's true cost to own over 5 years:

BMW 335i (6M)
True Cost to Own® * $68,138 view details
Total Cash Price $50,958 view details
Average Cost per Mile* $0.91

That factors in for free 4 year maintainence.

G37 Journey Package (7A)
True Cost to Own® * $54,929 view details
Total Cash Price $38,467 view details
Average Cost per Mile* $0.73
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Posted 26 March 2010 - 01:17 PM

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 06:47 PM

G37 = 3 Series without the hassle... but G37 = 85% the car the 335 is.

pick your poison... I'd go the conservative route.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 12:17 AM

335 with juicebox...oh yes!
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 06:13 AM

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According to Edmunds.com's true cost to own over 5 years:

BMW 335i (6M)
True Cost to Own® * $68,138 view details
Total Cash Price $50,958 view details
Average Cost per Mile* $0.91

That factors in for free 4 year maintainence.

G37 Journey Package (7A)
True Cost to Own® * $54,929 view details
Total Cash Price $38,467 view details
Average Cost per Mile* $0.73

That seems highly unlikely given 4 years of maintenance and warranty on the 335...

As far as the cost of service afteryour four years of free maintenance on the 335... It was almost identical for me. (I've owed a G35 and a E46 3-Series).

Buying new? How long do you intend to keep the car?

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 12:15 PM

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That seems highly unlikely given 4 years of maintenance and warranty on the 335...

As far as the cost of service afteryour four years of free maintenance on the 335... It was almost identical for me. (I've owed a G35 and a E46 3-Series).

Buying new? How long do you intend to keep the car?

The numbers Edmunds produced are probably correct, as Edmunds true cost includes many things in addition to maintenance.

Actually here is what it includes:

"The Edmunds Inc. True Cost to OwnSM (TCO) pricing system calculates the additional costs you may not have included when considering your next vehicle purchase. These extra costs include: depreciation, interest on your loan, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel costs, maintenance, and repairs."

The biggest numbers on that list are probably depreciation and fuel costs.

So for depreciation most people used KBB numbers. The G37 and 335 get similar percentage losses over 5 years, but since the 335i starts at 10k more, the absolute number comes out about 6K in favor of the G37. This is where the bulk of the ownership cost number comes from.

http://www.kbb.com/new-cars/infiniti/g37/2...value?id=246756

http://www.kbb.com/n...09/resale-value

The next biggest chunk (way distant second) comes from fuel costs. They are just going by EPA numbers here. The G37 gets 19/27 to the BMW's 17/26.

Other things like insurance, financing, maintenance are probably minor players that don't really change the final result. I'm guessing financing will be in favor of Infinti, maintenance in favor of BMW, and insurance is anyone's guess.
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Posted 27 March 2010 - 11:59 PM

buy a slightly used cpo bmw and buy a extended maintenance package and you are covered for 6 years 100k miles. all you buy is tires and gas for the most part
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 12:37 AM

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all you buy is tires and gas for the most part

And brakes. I have to put brakes on our CPO 325i tomorrow. They were surprisingly cheap though - $250 for discs and pads on all four corners.

Overall I'm a big fan of the BMW CPO. 0.9% for 60 months right now.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 01:16 AM

During my first year of M3 ownership, total maint. cost has been around $140 for an unscheduled oil change (I'm halving BMW's recommendations). BMW changed my front pads for free during that time, which is the only other work that's been done on it.

The only major costs have been gas and insurance!
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 02:24 AM

chipping a N54 powerplant isn't as easy as it looks... you also have to buy a 600$~ scanner to delete the hidden codes so the dealership can continue to service your car for the 4 year 50k period without hassling you.

I think over all from the performance factor covered in and the 4 year Maintenance (not including clutch and tires) the 335i is a better buy... I've driven the G37 in both sedan and coupe form... It was brought onto the market to compete with someone that has been setting the benchmark for the past 18-19 years (not going to include the E30 series which was a whole another ball park)... If the Warranty wasn't included, it would be a different story.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 01:01 PM

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And brakes. I have to put brakes on our CPO 325i tomorrow. They were surprisingly cheap though - $250 for discs and pads on all four corners.

Overall I'm a big fan of the BMW CPO. 0.9% for 60 months right now.

hmm thats odd. My brakes are covered under the maintenance plan. I have a 330i though. I had rotors and pads changed because they were squeaking.

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