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Always dealer service, a former BMW owner of a 3,5 and 7 Series - I like the Lexus approach to Customer satisfaction. Needed a rebuilt tranny but covered under PT Warranty. Otherwise, solid as a rock and now with 141K miles and plenty of seasons left.. Plan to sell on the cheap and buy a used Acura/Lexus/Infiniti. No more German junk as BMW's are too costly to maintain and overrated for engineering excellence.