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Old 03-01-2021, 10:51 AM   #11
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Josh, after reading the top quote and the bottom quote is the middle quote really an option ?
Another good question. I think it is. I don't think she'd be using it much, and the paper cuts would all still be mine (ie: when something went wrong, I'd get the call and the expectation to fix it).

This might come down to more of a happy wife / happy life switch than a the car is a time bomb switch.

Seems like early n52s had an issue with tickling lifters that got fixed later on. Is ticking just annoying, or does it cause longer term issues?
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Old 03-01-2021, 11:16 AM   #12
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I just don't know that I'd put a 14-year-old BMW into the category of "more reliable" anything. You could get a 5 year old Escape or CX-5 for that price
I chatted with her about this, and she's open to the idea of a CX-5. Let the shopping commence.
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Old 03-01-2021, 11:21 AM   #13
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Old 03-01-2021, 01:36 PM   #15
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I think I posted the details on ours in the thread Dan linked. Suffice it to say we're not actively trying to sell it, but if you're really interested or think you might be, let's talk.
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This seems like a decent source on the n52:
https://bmwtuning.co/bmw-n52-engine-problems/

But, yep. I think you'd get a lot more reliability for your money (and lower upkeep costs) with some Mazda thing.
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:34 PM   #17
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If she likes small german wagons, another option might be used Golf Sportwagen (or alltrak) from when VW was offering 6/72 warranties on them. Did a quick look and it might be possible to even get a 2019 for around 15k. You'd still have plenty of warranty left then. I think the 1.8T AWD versions are roughly as quick as a 2007 328 wagon.
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:49 PM   #18
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I wonder if Matt's had bigger issues, then, because I think his was a 328 and it was unbearably slow with a stick.
I had a 2011 RWD E91 M-sport with a stick and it was ~90% of a ZHP in nearly all performance respects.
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I think I posted the details on ours in the thread Dan linked. Suffice it to say we're not actively trying to sell it, but if you're really interested or think you might be, let's talk.
I checked that thread, but didn't see any info. If you aren't ready to sell, it's not a big deal. An initial search found about 8 decent examples between 2013 and 2016 with 50k to 80k miles from $8k to $13k.

The nice thing with a car like that vs a BMW wagon is there are lots to chose from
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Lat night, this went full circle to being back to wanting a little 3er wagon. More searching found these two in Mass. Miles are a little higher, but I'm pretty comfortable with later gen e90s from a reliability standpoint.

https://www.777auto.com/vdp/16522261...0?mode=inquiry

https://www.interautomass.com/invent...%20series/708/
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