AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Logo
I have a chance to buy a 1997 BMW 4-door with only 10,000 miles on it. Will maintenance be expensive say compared to an American car?

Answers from the Automotive Experts

Kim Walker, Marketing Director at Peak Automotive Yes - maintaining a high end European car compared to an American car is absolutely going to cost more. I would recommend that in order for you to make an educated decision - that you contact a reputable BMW repair shop (try an Independent!) and find out what they typically charge for the Inspection 1 and Inspection 2 for BMW's. Also remember that oil changes for this car should be synthetic oil and not conventional oil. The GOOD side - only 10,000 miles! WOW - for a 97? That's incredible! Be sure that the car has not been sitting for a while because that could create its own set of troubles. Getting a car with this low mileage on it will give you the control to keep the car in tip top shape. BE SURE to get a pre-purchase inspection on the car - even though it only has 10,000 miles - the car is a 97 - 11 years old! Surely it's been sitting at times and you want to make sure that everything is in good shape. Kim Walker Peak Automotive

Contribute to this question:


blog comments powered by Disqus

Related BMW 3 Series FAQs


  • The car will not start. We have charged the battery and think it's got to be the switch. ... Read More
  • I purchased a car in October from Tom Bush BMW in Jacksonville Florida on Atlantic Blvd. ... Read More
  • Ok, here is my horror story and believe me, I was surprised that such a reputable car ... Read More
  • Is minivan really the only answer if I have 3 kids (2 in car seats and 1 in a booster), ... Read More
  • I'm having problems with my 1996 BMW 328. The check engine light keeps going on and off ... Read More
  • What would a used vehicle with 70,000 mile possibly need? I was told to ask if the timing ... Read More
  • I bought a used 2002 BMW 325i and ever since I've had it, it has had nothing but ... Read More
  • My 1992 BMW 325i has been slowly leaking antifreeze for several years. My mechanic has ... Read More
  • I have a 2001 BMW 330i and would like to have the windows tinted. I live in New Orleans ... Read More

Need Car Advice?

Ask The Experts!

Looking for a New or Used Car?

Search for our Certified Female Friendly® Car Buying Marketplace locations

Help Our Charities