Re: Any BMW folks on here?
I actually traded in a '07 328i on my FJ in December. I bought it with 64k and it had somewhere around 150k when I traded it in. I still loved it, the car was so much fun to drive and it handled and drove smoother than a lot of much newer and lower mile cars. (FJ included, but were comparing apples to oranges.)
I wouldn't be scared at all to buy another one, the only things that broke were:
1.) Water pump and thermostat, $400. Not sure which went but I just replaced both at that time
2.) Fuel Line Air Pump. About $160 for the part, 15 minute replacement
3.) A/C/Heater blower regulator, $90
They really aren't as scary to work on as people think. I'm no expert mechanic, but I was able to do all those jobs plus the regular maintenance like oil changes, headlight bulbs, brakes, spark plugs and shocks myself.
All that being said, I was a little scared that I was biding my time with something major coming. All those things are easy to work on, but an engine or tranny problem and I would be in over my head fast. That's why I decided to trade it in. I would love to have another one and still have my FJ (which I love for so many other reasons!). Also, throw a set of winter treads on there and the thing was REALLY impressive in the snow.
Hope this helps, just my $.02