Adam.B

Hi Scotty, I have a 2003 BMW 325ci with 110,000 miles and automatic transmission. Was a 1 owner car when I bought it and well maintained. Considering selling it and buying a used Lexus, potentially a 2000 LS400 with 140,000 miles from a private party or a 2003 ES330 with 240,000 miles. Both are listed around $4000-$5000. (Also considering first generation Lexus RX). This particular LS400 is due for a new timing belt and water pump and may also need motor mounts. I’ve put about $3500 into the BMW in the 18 months I’ve owned it, and am worried about it being expensive as it ages, but I also wouldn’t want to trade one money pit for another.
I’m interested in a Lexus because I think it would be more reliable and cheaper to maintain, but my mechanic thinks I should keep the BMW because that particular model is also reliable, I already know my car’s history well, and Lexus parts are also expensive, according to him. What do you think? I know you prefer the Lexus V8 over the V6, and I want a car that will be reliable and cheap to maintain that has the potential to reach 300,000 or 400,000 miles. Are parts for this BMW really going to be that expensive, and should I expect it to be far more unreliable than a Lexus or just moderately so? Thanks!

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Jebrim
Jebrim

all german cars are money pits and too expensive to fix

lexus es350 use the same exact engine as a v6 camry but better made with stronger metal, more insulation, leather, navi etc..

if ur not into the bells and whistles get a v6 camry, get it inspected by a mech too

Jackofall
Jackofall

Your mechanic is mostly correct, but I would retail your bmw and try for a low miles avalon, camry, etc. There are still some bmw folks who don't read history and want the car no matter what..but I would not buy lexus rx old or v8 lexus with high miles.