Originally posted by 4yoazz:
Well that's not exactly true. I still see a lot of old Honda accords (the first ones ever made probably) still floating around with over 200,000 miles on them as some kids first car. Yeah the BMW still sales for $4,000 but $3800 of that is just for the name recognition, not vehicle reliability. Then you'll match or exceed what you paid for it in repairs the first year.
Originally posted by Rookie84:
My uncle has 88 integra with 160k miles on it. It still runs great. My mom once had accord for about 6 yrs. with 100k miles on it, and it had no probs. My friend's dad's 7series is about 3 yrs. old, and it has transmission problem, so he's gonna sell it and will never buy bimmer again. One of my friends has 3-4 yrs. old 328 conv. and its engine makes weird sound when it's stopped at the stoplights. And if you look at the used cars guide, guess what? Hondas, Toyotas, Acuras, Lexuses, Nissans have higher reliability points than BMW. I'm not saying that BMW it not reliable, but it is not as reliable as Japanese import cars.
Originally posted by lyndon_h:
My 88 prelude si has 187k miles and runs smoothly. I've had to replace a radiator fan $130 and of course brake pads. It is a very reliable car. I don't have a lot of cash (just graduated Saturday, so that is about to change) so I dont really don't maintain my car like i should.
I would suggest you check the classifieds of a major newspaper of major city. You will see plenty of Hondas with over 225k.
As a side note--
My mother had a 87 BMW 733i. It blew its transmission in '94.
Of course I wouldn't make generalizations based on the comparisons of 2 cars, but it is common knowledge that BMWs aren't the most reliable cars out there. Whats worse is that college students with civics (that have lil $ for upkeep and maintanance) can keep their cars longer than BMW afficiandos that baby their cars.
Don't get me wrong, I love the 3 and 5series, as well as the M cars. I would love to have the M3, but I'm looking at the is300 due to its exclusivity, expected reliability, and edginess.
Originally posted by ckolsen:
It's funny, people always say their Hondas have no problems at 100k miles, then you ask them, did you replace the exhaust? They say "oh yeah, at 80k." But they don't consider that a problem. My family's two Hondas both had exhausts replaced before 100k. But people complain about a $10 electrical part if it's a BMW. A couple of caveats for BMW buyers, don't buy '92 3 or 5 series, don't buy any 7 series. And don't lump in Subaru, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, or Suzuki in w/ Honda & Toyota, they all have bad reliability, look at JD Power Reliability posted here recently, BMW beat them all. Just cause it's "Japanese" doesn't mean it's reliable.
Originally posted by Rookie84:
Hey, I never mentioned Isuzu, Mitsubishi, and Suzuki, man. Thier cars are not that great. BMW really SHOULD have better reliabilities because their are MORE EXPANSIVE. If they want to sell expansive cars, then it should have less problems in both electrics and engines than hondas. But I don't see as many BMW lasts until 200k miles as Hondas or Toyotas, man. Admit it. It's true. Also I never talked about 92 3 series. my friend's was 96. Also 7 series really should be as realiable as other models because it's more expansive. And if bimmers are more reliable than Hondas or Toyotas, than why their values drops fater than them? Resale value says it all, my man.