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    Hi All! I've recently picked up a 2003 E46 318i. I've living in Japan and there are no forum sites (in English), so I hope you don't mind me joining here. It's my first BMW and I'm looking forward to learning more about it!

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    Ah, hai wakarimas, welcome : At least you're driving on the right side of road there
     
     

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    Haha! Being American, I was a bit more confused (than usual) driving right, but after four years here, I've got my head on straight!!

    Thanks for the welcome.
     
     

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    Hi, enjoy the car, looks nice! What are the prices like over there?
     
     

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    Thanks btccfan! Imports are quite expensive over here, I think 98% of all cars on the road are domestic!! My car was going for ¥980000 (£850,000?) and I was able to get out the door for just a bit more (Japan is famous for hidden car fees; licensing, "inspections", taxes, etc.).

    It has a three month warranty... as far as getting a mechanic to give the car a look over, do you guys recommend the BMW dealership or would an indy mechanic be better? It has 83,000km and want to get started on preventative maintenance.
     
     

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    Hi ajmiyazaki,Welcome to Bimmerforums.co.uk..............
     
     

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    hello and welcome !
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmiyazaki View Post
    Thanks btccfan! Imports are quite expensive over here, I think 98% of all cars on the road are domestic!! My car was going for ¥980000 (£850,000?) and I was able to get out the door for just a bit more (Japan is famous for hidden car fees; licensing, "inspections", taxes, etc.).

    It has a three month warranty... as far as getting a mechanic to give the car a look over, do you guys recommend the BMW dealership or would an indy mechanic be better? It has 83,000km and want to get started on preventative maintenance.
    980,000 yen with todays exchange rate works out around £7,444.50 at 83,000km (51,576 miles) your car is just getting done being primed for service. These things are built for miles so distance isn't quite the same worry as it is with most other brands etc.

    Generally you can't go wrong putting it to BMW, although they charge a premium price for the privilege, but are the best choice if you want the vital servicing stamps for future papertrail etc. For most stuff a quality indy will do just as well, and probably for less notes. I prefer to use indys personally and save BMW for anything weird
     
     

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    Welcome wish the weather was like that here!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukehurt View Post
    Welcome wish the weather was like that here!
    agreed looks great, welcome to the forum mate is grey grey grey here
     
     

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