iflyadesk wrote: ↑Mon May 10, 2021 9:22 am
I would think the lesson learned with your A/C disaster wouldn't be "don't ever buy a BMW" but rather "don't ever buy a car in its first year of production... particularly if the design is a significant departure from what the brand has done before."
The lesson I learned is that BMW will not stand behind their mistakes, and being a first year production is no excuse whatsoever. Note that BMW had been producing hybrid vehicles with all-electric variable-speed AC systems for years, and it was the AC system that failed, not the carbon fiber body, or the brand new electric battery and inverter, or any of the other items of significant departure from what the brand had done before.
The design mistake resulted in a $23K repair quote. My actual loss was the difference between fair market value with a good AC, and salvage value with no AC, which was an $8K difference. Had BMW been willing to give me fair market value with a good AC as trade value towards a new i3, I would be driving a '19 (then new) i3 today. That would have cost them $8K (not $23K), resulted in another i3 sale, and kept a valued customer. They saved the $8K, lost a sale, and now have a well earned life-long antagonist.
On the other hand, ...
Totally loved my first production year 2002 Lexus GS I drove 9 years and over 100K miles. It was a new platform that year, totally changed from the 2001 GS. Hated the totally changed 2007 GS, so I moved on. The GS needed zero warranty service, but a new radiator overflow bottle (~$200) at 7 years. No other repairs.
Really loved my first production year 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid I drove 7 years and 100K miles. It was the first hybrid put in a Camry, which otherwise was minimally changed that year. A 12V battery was its ONLY repair.
Still loving my first production year 2013 Lexus ES hybrid with 60K miles so far. It was the first Lexus based on the Avalon, in a year that platform was significantly changed. It has needed a new radio (replaced in the first year under warranty, swapped out for me at my office), and a 12V battery.
I am really loving my first production year, 2021 First Edition Mustang Mach-E, a massive departure from all previous Mustangs and other Ford products.