1987 BMW 3 Series 325e 2.5 liter, 6 cylinder from North America
It's the ultimate driving machine.
Replaced the AM/FM/casette at about 178000 miles.
Replaced the gaskets around the back lights and the trunk gasket to solve a leak at about 177,000 miles. (did it myself)
Inspection 2 at 167,765 miles.: $1691 (with labor)
Front shocks & mounts
Oil pan gasket
Rear rotors, sensors
Plugs, filters, belts.
4 tires @ 112,453 miles.: Michelin MX4 $538.
Front end @ 147,114 miles.: $797
Front rotors, pads, sensor, lower control arms, bushings.
Oil level switch @ about 140,000 miles.: $129.
Replaced front and rear windshield moldings @ 136,200 miles.: $205.
Replaced second water pump @ 136,000 miles.
Etc., etc., etc.
I've got a complete maintenance file on this car, all the way back to the original brochures.
It's expensive to fix, but it doesn't break very often.
I drive it hard; love to heel & toe it through a curvy road.
All the maintenance has been routine wear & tear - no accidents; no fender benders.
It's been all over California and still looks like it just rolled out of the showroom (save for a few minor blemishes). I change my own oil & wash and wax it by hand.
It's still a lot of fun and revs right up to redline. It's predictable and nimble. Shifting into 5th at 80 justifies the advertising.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th January, 2003