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Used BMW running costs

I am thinking of buying a 10-plus-year-old BMW 5 Series, but I’m worried about 
annual servicing and maintenance costs. What should I be expecting pay for 
this?

The idea of buying an older BMW can be attractive, but it needs to be done with caution. A 10-year-old or older car will typically have done lots of kilometres - expect 200,000 km or more on average - and that means it's in the twilight of its useful and reliable life. You should anticipate more regular repairs as a result. If you use a BMW dealer you’ll pay heaps for servicing and parts, but if you use an independent BMW specialist mechanic you shouldn’t pay any more than you would for any other brand of car.

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