Thinking of Buying a BMW?

A few days ago I came across an interesting article on vehicle maintenance written by the company YourMechanic, instead of you going to a garage when your car needs repairs, this company comes to you. They provide this service in over 700 cities throughout the United-States and service all major car brands.

Basically the article looks at which car brands cost the most to maintain and which ones cost the least. They also delve into what are the most common issues that each brand tends to have.

Unsurprisingly, they find that German luxury brands cost the most, for example, over 10 years of ownership a BMW will cost you $17,800 in maintenance. On the other end of the spectrum, a Toyota would only cost $5,500 over the same amount of time. What two other brands follow closely as being the cheapest to maintain? Scion and Lexus! I wonder who makes those…

”So what, specifically, makes some brands more expensive than others? Some brands have a higher incidence of routine maintenance. But some cars tend to break down in the same way time and again.”

Unfortunately, we aren’t given much information on the statistics that are giving other than the fact that they are based on the repairs that they’ve performed throughout the years. It would be good to know the total amount of repairs these statistics are based on, but unfortunately, they don’t give this information out. Because of this there are a ton of variables that come into play and we aren’t told whether or not they’re being considered. For example, mileage or how they account for repairs that we be done at any regular shop. Also, the company has only been in business since 2012 so a lot of it is based on estimates.

I’m not saying that this report is wrong, but I feel it’s only painting part of the picture.

I will let you read the full article for yourself, but I would love to have people chime in on what they think about these lists, if you’ve owned one of these brands, bought it new and kept it for 10 years, how much do you think it cost you?

 

 

Montreal International Auto Show

 

I decided to go to the Auto Show this year. It had been a few years since my last visit and I wanted to see what was new. Even though most manufacturers are present at the Montreal Auto Show, it isn’t a very important event within the international car community. Very rarely do we get new reveals and manufacturers don’t necessarily display their full lineups. You need to travel to Detroit or Geneva for the big shows.

Like most enthusiasts, I love gawking at the supercars: machines that are about pushing the boundaries of what people think is possible. We were particularly blessed in that department this year with cars such as: the Ferrari LaFerrari, a million-dollar hybrid hyper car that can hit 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds; the Pagani Huayra, a car with an interior design that belongs in a museum; the Ferrari 488 GTB, Ferrari’s newest mid-engine beauty; the Lamborghini Aventador SV (the SV stands for superveloce, enough said), and finally the Porsche GT3 RS, a lightweight track-bred version of the regular 911. Sorry, I got a little carried away there… back to reality.

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Lamborghini Aventador SV

There are really only two reasons to go to a car show. The first reason is if you’re like me and just being around cars gets your blood pumping and your face smiling. You get to sit in different new cars, play with their buttons, and check out all their features.

The second is of course for someone who is actually in the market for a new car and is looking to narrow down the field. There is really is no better place to analyze and dissect the specifications and features of different cars, go back and forth, sit in every seat, see which one is the most comfortable and, hopefully, by the time you leave, have it down to two or three models to then go test drive.

So, if you find yourself in the first or second group, go for it! If you aren’t, then, unfortunately, I feel this event has turned into a cash grab for everyone involved and just isn’t worth it.

Here are a few interesting things that stood out:

  • It is impossible to look proper while getting in or out of a BMW i8. Pants not optional for women.
  • Fact: the Nissan Juke has less trunk space than a Ford Fiesta, almost five cubic feet less.
  • On a more personal note, I can’t stand the people who walk around with a camera in hand taking quick snaps of almost every car without really appreciating what’s in front of them.

Appreciate the art people!