Almost anything for the BMW is going to cost more, even if you go to an independent mechanic. I was caught up in the "ooh - it's a BMW" mindset. Yes, they are fantastic performing cars, but for everyday driving, my Accord is better. You see the commercials where the BMW is winding through the curving hilly country roads. That was fine for me when I got my first BMW in Kentucky. Now I live in Broward County, FL. The roads are straight and flat - no need for the Ultimate Driving Machine.
Agreed. In Florida, there is no need for a car like a BMW. We winter in FL every year, and it is better on the way down to drive the BMW, but it is OK to drive the Accord down too. You give up some comfort and ride, and of course some responsiveness on that ride.
But, going up and down the Tamiami or Jog Road, or any other road down there, the BMW is no better than the Accord, and gas is half a buck more a gallon. If we moved down there, BMWs would be history, and we might even do something like a Volt or a Bolt, and just look for ride and efficiency and the necessary size.
But up here in the beautiful Hudson Valley of NY, give me the BMW on two lane blacktop every day. The open question is whether it is worth paying double to buy, and measurably more to own and operate. When this BMW is done, I will have to revisit that question.