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How BMW Has Stood The Test Of Time

Why they really are “The ultimate driving machine”

BMW is a brand as rich in history as it is reputation, and the name is synonymous with luxury. While it’s gone through advances, changes, and innovations throughout the years, what hasn’t changed is the superior quality that it provides.

Why is BMW So Popular?

As one BMW owner put it, “Drive one. You’ll figure it out in a hurry why they’re so popular. Nothing else drives like a BMW.” It shows in sales, as those of BMW brand models rose 4.2% in 2017 to 2.09 million passenger cars and SUVs, with almost 1,400 cars sold in Chicago in 2017 alone — the X5 being the number one seller in the Chicagoland area.

And the customization options are endless, from M Performance wheels and brakes to aerodynamic parts and interior trim. BMW prides itself on offering customers a custom-made model, something they feel gives them the edge over the competition.

Who Typically Owns a BMW?

According to DataMasters, BMW is an equal opportunity luxury vehicle when it comes to the sexes with owners being equally male and female. BMW owners are the youngest in the luxury car market, with the average consumer being in their mid-forties.

Around 30% have a four-year degree, their own home, and a household income of around $175,000 from self-employment in the construction sector or other trades. This only accounts for new vehicles, but regardless of whether the car is new or used, BMW owners are known to take pride in their ride.

Top BMW Repair Problems

Of course nothing is perfect, and drivers have reported the following problems the most often:

  • The steering wheel constantly vibrates when braking
  • Oil leaks
  • Sputtering when accelerating at higher speeds, usually caused by a high-pressure pump malfunction
  • AC not coming on and wipers malfunctioning
  • Damage to wheels and tires from the poor Chicago roads.

All of these problems and more can be fixed by the BMW service mechanics at Milito’s Auto Repair in Chicago.

Benefits of Getting Consistent Mechanical Check-Ups

According to Patrick Womack of Laurel BMW of Westmont IL, “Maintenance can be tracked electronically in new BMWs, with cutting edge technology in the car notifying the center that a car requires service.” The car actually email the customer to make a service appointment.

The benefits of keeping up with routine maintenance can be summarized in three ways:

Improved Reliability

If you don’t take good care of your vehicle, it won’t be there for you in the future.

While this means oil changes and tire rotations, it also entails having routine check-ups performed by expert BMW service center at Milito’s Auto Repair in Chicago.

Higher Resale Value

If you’re looking to sell your car at some point in the future, you’ll want to keep up with routine service and maintenance.

This will help to ensure that it continues to run in optimal condition. Selling it will not only be easier down the road, but much more profitable!

Better Fuel Economy

First, make sure your tire pressure is set to the right levels. This prevents your car from expending unnecessary energy and fuel while moving.

If your air filter is clogged or your fuel lines are leaking, your vehicle’s fuel economy can be negatively affected by up to 20%.

What to Look for When Buying a Used BMW

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A used BMW is an increasingly attractive option, with new models selling for ever-increasing prices.

If you are in the market for a pre-owned BMW, here are five things that you should do:

  1. Do your Research: Not only Consumer Reports and auto reviews, but taking a specialized mechanic to thoroughly examine the car.
  2. Take a Long Test Drive: You’re judging your comfort level with the car. Do the power windows all work? Do the safety locks power successfully? You have to be comfortable with your ride before you put down the cash.
  3. Get a Used Car Inspection: A mechanic that specializes in BMW inspections can identify potential problems and pitfalls with the used BMW that you are considering. When you take it for a test drive, come through Milito’s for a comprehensive used car inspection.
  4. Go Certified Pre-Owned: The certification provides a long-term warranty which is only offered after a rigorous test fully resolving any visual or technical flaws. The warranty program provides a protection plan of 100,000 miles or six years of coverage, along with 24/7 roadside assistance.
  5. Ensure Proper Paper Work: Go over the previous car purchase invoice, loan history (if applicable), tax receipt, Registration Certificate, etc. before getting the insurance transferred to your name.

Future Innovations for BMW

According to the company, “everything about the BMW brands is designed to transform customers’ dreams into reality, today and in the future.”

And in the future, you can expect to see a better range with batteries, as well as hybrid technology where you have both gas and electric motors.

They’re also working on autonomous driving, electro-mobility, creative concept models, and devices that connect the vehicle with its surroundings and other traffic.

The BMW 2 Series Coupé Wi-Fi hotspot allows up to ten devices to surf the net and goes from 0-60 mph in as little as 4.2 seconds.

The BMW i8 Roadster is a plug-in hybrid vehicle that represents the future of electric mobility, offering the driver four modes — Comfort, Sport, Ecopro, and eDrive.

The 2019 BMW X5 has a dashboard that features a pair of 12.3-inch screens, a multimedia system with an iDrive controller on the console, personal settings stored in the cloud, and a 20-gigabyte hard drive.

BMW Dealers in the Chicago Area

The History of BMW

BMW can trace its roots back to March 7, 1916, when Bayerische Motoren Werke was formed as BFW (Bayerische Flugzeugwerke), a company that primarily made airplane engines.

BMW relocated their production facility to the Oberwiesenfeld airfield near Munich in 1922, and the production facility would eventually become the headquarters for the entire BMW group. Today the Munich headquarters manufacture more than 200,000 cars every year and employ more than 9,000 employees.

In 1923, BMW expanded from manufacturing airplane engines to motorcycles. Their first motorcycle was called the R32, and the engine was so efficient that it’s still used today in modern day BMW motorcycles.

The First Cars

But what about automobiles? BMW became a manufacturer in 1928 by purchasing Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach, the third largest automobile manufacturer located in Germany at the time. The first car was built in 1929, and after surviving the war, the company began to thrive.

In 1951, BMW produced the 501 — its first automobile since the outbreak of the war. It was known for its large interior and the fact that it could comfortably sit six people. By 1954, the BMW 502 V8 super made its debut, which allowed the company to enhance its reputation worldwide. When BMW introduced a muscle 507 car in 1956, it became the company’s largest money earner at that time.

Over the next 90+ years, the company would go on to redefine an entire segment of the automotive market. It would dominate racetracks, set records for speed and altitude, and build its very own Lamborghini.

Coming to America

BMW finally moved some production to the United States in 1994, building a plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This allowed them to not only expand their global operations, but also manufacture vehicles much closer to their largest consumer. It was in 1994 that BMW also acquired the British-based Rover Group, and in 1998 BMW purchased the Rolls-Royce group.

Not a bad looking résumé for an auto manufacturer who started by building airplane engines.

Fast Facts

The blue and the white in the logo are the national colors of the German state of Bavaria, not propellers in a blue sky as many people think.

In 1937, the world record for fastest motorcycle went to BMW for going 173.7mph.

BMW made its first electric car in 1972, an all-electric version of its popular 1602. With less than 50 hp, it used 12 batteries and could drive for up to 19 miles at a time.

Revenue for the company topped $114 billion in 2017.

BMW’s headquarter design is similar to that of a four-cylinder engine.

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Go Beyond Standard Service at Milito’s

Maintenance

From oil changes to wiper blades, Milito’s can keep your BMW driving smoothly down the Chicago streets, any time of the year (even in pothole season).

Stop by for regular maintenance, no appointment needed!

Repairs

Whether you need standard repairs from regular wear, or have a more complex problem with your BMW, rely on Milito’s!

Our BMW Service Specialists will care for your vehicle like its their own. We can diagnose and repair any issue quickly!

Full-Service Care

Milito’s takes care of Chicago’s BMWs, inside and out!

Our full-service car wash pampers your car, and our full-service gas station and convenience store takes care of you!

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