When purchasing a luxury vehicle, it’s of the utmost importance as consumers to be careful. You never want to pick anything that’s going to be a burden on you down the road, especially if you’re paying such a large amount for it.

However, even being careful, sometimes problems can still come about. Are you looking to buy a new car? Are you looking into luxury foreign vehicles like BMWs? If so, you should definitely get familiar with some of the most common BMW repair issues and problems that BMW owners can find themselves facing down the road.

Price

When you get ready to buy a car, you need to consider the cost first. Many people just look at the sticker price, but you must take into consideration that owning this vehicle will mean you’re going to pay much more than whatever may be in the sticker in regular maintenance and repair. Here are some extra costs to consider:

  • Taxes
  • Licensing fees
  • Insurance
  • Gas
  • Registration fees
  • Maintenance
  • Repairs
  • and of course, the interest on your financed vehicle.

Be sure to take these fees into consideration before you buy, that way you can be comfortable with how much you’ll ultimately be spending on your new or used BMW.

Keep in mind that BMW’s normally start around $39,000, more than some people make in a year. When you evaluate your budget, you should start at the sticker price of the vehicle you’ve selected and account for all the extra fees that will be a part of paying for the actual vehicle. When you take the time to calculate these prices, you can save yourself a lot of headache in the future and save thousands in the long run by selecting z a model you can comfortably afford.

Reliability

People purchase BMWs because they’re reliable. There are plenty of people out there who claim this is untrue, but take a look at all of the people who refuse to purchase anything else once they’ve experienced BMW ownership.

As with everything, there are some models that are way more reliable than others. When you first start shopping for a car, make sure your research includes comparisons and reviews. You can find anything you need to know online through forums, dealerships, consumers, and the manufacturers.

The Problems with BMW’s and Their Repairs

Finally, before you purchase, you need to calculate how much you should expect to pay for maintenance and repairs, meaning that you should be familiar with the most common problems with BMW’s that their owners must deal with. Here are the top 5:

  1. Door Locks
    It’s pretty common that after a year or so, some BMW’s have issues with doors not unlocking remotely, which is an issue for keyless entry. IF you’re having problems with your locks and your vehicle is a keyless entry vehicle, it’s important to either call the dealership or a BMW repair specialist.
  2. Engine Management
    Every so often with age some BMW’s need to have their ignition modules, clutches, and fuel injectors replaced. These are expensive fixes that require a machine shop, so be sure to calculate the cost of labor as well as parts.
  3. Electronic Problems
    There are always a few problems related to the electronic systems, like the ones that regulate blinkers and windshield wipers, not just the ones that turn on the cab lights or the entertainment system.
    4. Window Regulators
    A common issue with the E46 model. Sometimes the regulator chips break and need to be replaced which can cause slow moving windows or windows that can’t move from whatever position they’re in when the chip goes bad.
    5. Cracked Alloy
    This problem typically occurs with 19” run flats and can slowly but surely cause a tire puncture, which is a pain to replace or patch.

Picking the Right Repair Shop:

We can’t stress this enough, you absolutely MUST choose a repair shop that specializes in BMW problems. The important thing to keep in mind is that this car is going to be a huge purchase, so you should really take your time and care for your car so it lasts longer. Use it, don’t abuse it. Neglect is a surefire way to ruin an awesome car and lose a ton of money on your investment.

So if you find yourself facing one of the common problems with BMWs, or if you just need some minor repairs or upgrades, it’s absolutely vital to have a reliable, experienced repair shop to get help from. At Bluewater Performance, we treat every BMW that comes onto our property as if it were our own luxury vehicle. No matter what problems you’re experiencing, we are here for you and your car. Give us a call today at (720) 613-2268 for some extra information about your car’s potential problems and how we can help you.