Need some serious advice from any of the BMW owners on here (Jetta's too =))
I'm looking at a car purchase and maintence budget of about $7500 for the next 3 years. i'm looking into getting a used BMW, but I really need to get some oppinions weighed in from current BMW owners on maintence costs. If i were to pick up a 1996'ish 3 or 5 series sedan with lets say 100,000-120,000 miles on it, in good condition, what kinda maintence you think i should probably expect on it?
I know there are alot of other variables in the equation and things that 'unexpectedly' go wrong, just tryin to ballpark the best trade off between money spent on car vs money kept back for maintence.
background info about the whole deal: i'm a poor college student with minimal income. student lowns put me more than enough in debt and I have no intention of making payments on a car either.
that said, I am in possession of a 2000 Jeep cherokee with 69500 miles on it thats about to run out of warranty. i absolutly LOVE my jeep to death, but have no income to repair it when it goes out of waranty... and jeeps are notorious for having problems over 70k...... so i decided at least while i was in college i would seel the jeep, get my 7-8k for it, and use that to buy something a little less that would leave me $$$ left for maintence.... and being the type of person that really loves his automobile, BMW seemed like a good choice for reliable low-maintence operation... but HOW reliable is the question.
sooo yeah, thats my plight... I know theres more than a few BMW owners out here on the forums -- what do you guys think?
[EDIT] fixed milage typo - i did indeed mean 120,000