Did you know that your car uses IRON as the cylinder wall? It will actually have to be MACHINED if the engine's rebuilt, because friction causes erosion leading to a ridge forming at the top of the cylinder. My BMWs use Alusil, which is a silicon composite with the thermal and friction characteristics of GLASS! You can take apart my engine at 200000 miles and there will be no measurable wear in the cylinder wall, or to the rings. Want to hazard a guess of which engine will still be running in 200000 miles? My 5.4 or your 6.1? Hmmm.... Shouldn't be too hard.
If a 300 could compete with a BMW in any area outside of price, I think I'd submit my little cousin's finger paintings to go to the Louvre.
Seriously, I didn't appreciate BMW at first, I thought they were overpriced and the owners were snobbish bozos who didn't know jack sh!t. Once I got my first 740, I figured I would never own anything else. Now, another 740iL, and a 540i Sport later, and with my current 750iL, I know for sure. I'd rather have a 1979 635CSi than your SRT8. The only car from this counrty that competes with BMW even remotely closely is Cadillac, and I don't mean the CTS. Its interior quality sucks almost as bad as your car. If you don't think the 300's interior sucks, sit in the back seat of one for 5 minutes. Note that there's actually a difference in quality between the front and rear. That's crap. Total crap.
Automobile(s): '04V, '05V, '06SRT8, '10V sedan, '13ZL1 vert, '12 V coupe
Re: thinking of buying a bmw...
BMW are nice cars, just not $20,000 more nice. As for longevity, I seem to recall some M3's motors grenading as well so BMW is by no means infalable. As you can see below the American public agrees with me.
BMW, which last year introduced a new Three Series sedan, its "bread-and-butter" product, saw that model garner a 27 percent increase in sales, pushing its market share in the entry-level luxury-car segment to almost 15 percent, second only to the still-hugely-popular Chrysler 300.
Yeah, but that's what you get for trying to make an everyday motor that turns 9000 RPM. If people actually use it, sometimes it blows up. S2000 has the same problem. I've never seen a mechanical failure on one like my V12 though, or on a 4.4 V8 (except on the V8 where the idiot drove for a month with a low oil level message, then decided to drive the car 15 miles home after the "Low Oil Pressure Stop Now!" message appeared, and then posted asking if there was a way to revive his engine on Bimmerboards.)
Now I don't really like the M3's engine, but the problem HAS been fixed. It had to do with the way the crank was supported leading to crank walk and contact with the rod caps to other parts of the engine if I remember correctly. I don't like having to rev it that high to get power.