Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Is a used BMW X 6 a smart purchase ?

asked by on

Thinking of purchasing a used BMW X6 2013 or 2014 with less than 50K miles. Would you consider than smart or no ?

A: Any vehicle purchase can be a crap shoot. V...

Any vehicle purchase can be a crap shoot. Vehicles that have a reputation for being unreliable or expensive to maintain can sometimes be as reliable as sunshine while a vehicle with a reputation for reliability can be your worst nightmare. However, with a "BMW" emblem on the grille, it's not a stretch to say that when and if things go wrong, odds are that repairs will be expensive based on the parts costs alone. My recommendations: - If the purchase is from a BMW dealer, ask for it's service history. If they are not the original selling dealer, they may not have access to any services or repairs that the previous owner may have paid for, but through BMW, they should have access to all warranty repairs or services no matter where the vehicle was originally sold.

  • If the purchase is from a BMW dealer, look into having the vehicle "certified" as a CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) vehicle so you will have a BMW extended warranty basically.

  • If the vehicle is ineligible for the CPO program due to mileage or previous accident, look into an extended warranty through a reputable company.

  • I personally am not a fan of the "extended service intervals" - one year or more between oil changes, or, "the vehicle tells you when a service is due" etc. To me, there is no such thing as a "lifetime" fluid. They recommend synthetic oil which is fine. I always use synthetic oil in all of my vehicles but I still follow my own schedule: Engine oil - every 6 months or 5,000 miles. Engine coolant and brake fluid - every 2 years regardless of mileage. Transmission service - every 4 years or 50,000 miles. These recommendations are not simply because I work in the repair industry and it brings in money lol. I do maintain my vehicles that way and recommend others do if it's a vehicle you want to keep reliably for a good long time.

This is an article with some good information for you. Check the vehicle's history and if anything raises doubt in your mind, move on to another vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...