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The E46 vert forum. Talk about dropping your E46 top here.

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Old 03-28-2013, 09:43 PM   #41
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Thanks, Taylor - good stuff. ok - my car is 9 years old, but I'm covered for 4 years from today, so how many 13 year old 325 Verts (even though it only has 36k miles) go that long with needing some sort of repairs outside of regular maint/normal wear & tear?

Come on - who dares to lie? :-)
I have an 01 325, 86k... I wouldn't say I baby it and have had only very basic issues. Keep an eye on the cooling system. They suck. I replaced most basic parts before any issues at 60k my water expansion tank blew at 80k roughly. It took me 20 min to replace and $90. Easy cars to work on if you have the tools.

Otherwise keep the top clean and protected and enjoy!
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:45 PM   #42
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Based on your posts, the warranty was a good investment. However, you are missing part of the joy of BMW ownership by avoiding the DIY mechanic stuff. These cars are among the most "mechanic friendly" on the market. I don't know what you have for hobbies, but maintaining a BMW is very satisfying. That being said, you will absolutely enjoy driving a BMW vert!
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I just don't know what I'd do with 560 hp that doesn't involve getting arrested.

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:17 AM   #43
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+1 on the cooling system. Hope it's covered when it goes (because it will). Had 2 e46 3's and first thing that went on both of 'em. But with that kind of mileage here's hoping you have some time before you get into any of the usual stuff.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:18 AM   #44
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Interesting points- Ill have to check on the warranty to see if cooling is included. My 3 kids are my hobby, but I like the idea of being able to share time with them playing mechanic. Thanks all.

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Old 03-29-2013, 03:53 PM   #45
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Ok - this is the info for those that are curious:

Not covered:
Maint as shown in the manufacturers maint sched
other normal maint - tuneup, carb, batt, filters, lube, fluids, ac refridgerant, engine coolant, hosess/belts (not specifically listed)
wiper blades, brake pads, rotors, suspension align, constant velocity boots, tires, rims
shock absorbers, exhaust, catalytic converter, friction clutch disc, pressure plate, clutch throw out bearing
glass, glass framework, fastening adhesives, sealed beam head lamps/lights lense, trim, molding, vert top material (vert motor is covered)
aftermarket equip

Covered in a nutshell:
engine
tranny
rear wheel drive
steering
front suspension
brakes
seals and gaskets
electrical
ac
antilock brake system, power window motors, and power regulators and acctuators
on board computer, airbag, radio, alarm

Any questions? Good or Bad value?

Let the ripping begin - will no one side with me?? :-)

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Old 03-29-2013, 08:32 PM   #46
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The only thing covered under warranty that is a problem area is the power window regulators. However, they don't seem to be as big of an issue with coupes/convertibles as with sedans. I would skip the warranty and learn to do things to your car. Start with the basics like oil and air filters. Get a quote from the dealer or repair shop before doing anything yourself. Use the cost difference to justify (to your wife, or yourself) buying the tools you need. If your kids show an interest in working on cars (I had three, none did), you are on your way to expanding your hobby.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:34 PM   #47
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Also, get one of these.

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Old 04-01-2013, 02:39 PM   #48
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Thanks Irish!
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:24 PM   #49
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You're welcome. Browse the general forum, there are a lot of people on here that know a lot more about these cars than I do.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:04 PM   #50
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Ok - I read the warranty and I can cancel in 60 days no charge. So I'm gonna pay for a PPI and then have the specialist that will be my mechanic evaluate the warranty and tell me if he thinks I should keep it or not. That's the best suggestion I could make to others similar to me that are considering buying a warranty -

Select a mechanic, get a PPI (Forum Member suggested that to me - thanks!) and then get his opinion on the warranty.

I'll report back next week...
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:26 PM   #51
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That's good news for you!
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:39 AM   #52
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Ok - My guy was pretty good when evaluating the warranty - he said he came down mostly 50/50 as to wheter or not to keep it - but if he had to give an answer he would say get a refund on warranty. There is some value to the warranty, but all the wrong things have to go bad. Given the age of my car combined with the low miles it was a close call.

So now I'm off to try and get a refund - I can just imagine how hard thats gonna be. But, its in black and white - Full refund in first 60 days - but I have to go back to the dealer to get that done.
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It shouldn't be that hard. I imagine dealer only makes a small cut of the actual warranty price.
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