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      01-17-2020, 09:11 AM   #7
TheRetroGuy
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Drives: 2020 330i xDrive mSport
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One reason I like ordering cars that aren't already in inventory -- during test drives, cars get pushed hard (and the salesmen encourage it). I think hard driving in the first month or so isn't the best plan for longevity for the vehicle, but then I buy instead of lease and tend to keep vehicles 5-7 years. Folks who lease probably don't care as much about this.

When I hear people say BMW reliability isn't what it could be, I think it has far less to do with the actual quality of the vehicles than it does the typical driving habits of BMW owners versus other brands. Buyers who are interested in a performance brand are going to push their vehicles more than average. I'd be willing to bet a granny-driven BMW will outlast a granny-driven Ford any day.

Good video on break-in.

Last edited by TheRetroGuy; 01-19-2020 at 08:00 AM.. Reason: Added video link