Originally Posted by SE3P_to_E90
Thanks for the heads up on this, research. Looks like you've done your HW as well
My BMW mechanic said these cars are pretty bulletproof. the only area where he sees problems -- are with the transfer cases. Typically, he said the TC's fail because the owner tows boats/trailers -- which this car really isn't meant to do. Other than that, minimal electrical problems -- it seems the electrical components are the same as it's e46 counter parts.
Overall, no issues thus far :knock on wood:
The only thing I need to get used to is gas mileage. I've been getting 24mpg on my e90 n52 (combined city/hwy), and i'm getting 17mpg on my e83. But, this isn't a big deal
as i know i'm not driving a leaf lol.
Can't help with alarm but that gas milage is nothing crazy if you drive in town (heavy car, engine needs to spin 4 wheels not 2, etc). If I go for X3 i'd only get it in diesel here though. sorry for jacking the thread, lol.