New to me wheels. I’ve been driving the RX8 for 4 years now and have loved every mile that I’ve put on that car. But the new job requires me to travel a lot more than I bargained for. In fact I’m making the rounds between Cincinnati , Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Louisville and Lexington regularly so I needed something more comfortable and more suited for highway travel.
I’d been saving my pennies for a while and had been looking at quite a few options. Then this presented itself:
She’s in incredible shape, nearly like new with 57k miles. Smooth, quiet, and super comfy.
This is the first BMW (Bring More Wallet) I’ve owned. We’ll see how this goes.
Basically a stock 3 series with Premium package. Nav / Leather / Heated Seats / Premium Sound / Bluetooth (all the iDrive goodness). It just needs to be driven and I plan to do just that.
So far, the only thing I have changed was updating the Navigation maps to 2017 maps from the 2011 maps it probably came with. That took about an hour.
I plan to leave it bone stock as I did with the RX8 and simply take care of her with maintenance as required.
Exactly 7 days after purchase and 320 miles later, it appears that the twin-power turbo has imploded. Right now I’m driving a loaner from Joe Morgan Honda where the vehicle was purchased. They appear to be standing behind it with the 3 month, 3000 mile warranty and have shipped the car to their sister BMW dealer in Dayton.
The news is back. She needs an entirely new engine. Something about suspected ingested turbo parts. So the options presented to me are as follows:
Option A: Voss BMW (sister dealership) has sourced a 2011 N55 engine with roughly 10k fewer miles. This engine would come with a 12 month PARTS ONLY warranty (no labor). I have enquired about them including an extended warranty so that remains to be seen.
Option B: They will ‘un-sell’ me the car. Refund my money and I walk away. This obviously seems like the no brainer choice. Or is it? If there’s a warranty is that a better deal?
Well, after much consternation and discussion with multiple people who’s opinions I respect, I have ultimately opted for Option B. So…
Thus ends my brief BMW ownership experience.