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#29359 of 30250 Need Help anyone PLEASE.
Jun 01, 2006 (8:18 am)
Im new to the forums and really need some advise. I am being offered a 1995 BMW 325i for $3,000. it has 126,000 miles. Problem is its a salvage vehicle. which i've been told has to do with the car being in a wreck and the owner bought it back...I think. On top of that the car is in bad shape as far as the exterior goes. NO accident marks but the paint is in bad shape. Bumper sidings need replacement along with some of the basic rubber that keeps the noise out. foglams are also gone..literally. The front drivers seat does not go all the way up after reclining. Driver seatbelt socket is also busted. Brkaes may need to be looked at and the transmission needs to be serviced. I also know that it cannot be traded in because of it being a salvage.
The only thing i can see thats good about the car is the engine "seems" to be okay and the air condition is fine. The heater is not though.
Basically im being told its a great buy. What do you think Steve? im desperate for outside opinion here. Any help would greatly be appreciated.
Thank you very much.
#29360 of 30250 Re: Need Help anyone PLEASE. [mobile1ph]
Jun 01, 2006 (9:06 am)
My instinct tells me that if YOUR feelings about the car are questionable and there are obvious issues that you are not wanting to address, then pass.
If you want your first BMW experience to be a good one, look for a CPO and get a warranty and a newer vehicle. It may 'only' be $3,000, but how much will you have to pump into it just to get it in decent shape (appearance and mechanically)? Those hidden costs could quickly make the $3,000 bargain a money pit.
#29362 of 30250 Re: Need Help anyone PLEASE. [mobile1ph]
Jun 01, 2006 (9:57 am)
im desperate for outside opinion here. Any help would greatly be appreciated.
I'd also advise you to run away. You can find plenty of nice older clear titled BMWs in the $5000-$10000 range. If the heap you are looking at had a stick it might make a decent club racer, but that's about all it would be good for. Even then I wouldn't pay over $1000 for it.
#29363 of 30250 Re: The first step [tenet1]
Jun 04, 2006 (6:47 pm)
I wish it were that easy There's the car nut side of me and the sensible side of me. The car nut side of me says to look at used E36 328is (plural) & CPO E46 330i ZHPs. I don't have a shred of mechanical ability unlike shipo or div2. I know when something is wrong, but have NO clue how to fix it or do any maintenance.
With nyccarguy jr. on his way in September, my condo's mortgage payment (not to mention the insane assesment that very well could be a car payment), 2 mechanically sound ('00 Mazda Protege ES Auto 72,000 miles & '01 Honda Prelude Type SH stick 68,000 miles) paid off vehicles my sensible side tells me to hold off on car buying for a few years or until something MAJOR goes wrong with one of our current rides. We'd like to buy a house in about 3-4 years.
Ideally I wish BMW would offer the 3 series touring (E90) with RWD or AT LEAST with a proper Sport Suspension. We'd really like to do ED. I'd also like to get my hands on an E90 335i sedan We all can drem can't we?
#29364 of 30250 Re: The first step [nyccarguy]
Jun 07, 2006 (12:47 pm)
I hear ya. Saving for that house is definately more important. Both of our cars are paid off as well and we bought a bigger house recently so buying another car was out of the question. However, these days i am getting very tempted to look at an e60. That car is growing on me and the e46 is getting tight with 2 little ones back there. Plus then I will get the e46 to drive to work everyday while wifey get the 5er
#29365 of 30250 Input for '05 325 Wagon Buyer?
Jun 09, 2006 (7:48 am)
Am new to this forum. Am shopping for an '05 325 wagon (not 4WD) and would like to hear any feedback on prices, what to get for options, problems to look out for, etc. Dealer near me (SF Bay Area) has 3 '05's with Premium and Sport Pkgs and 10- 15K miles on them and Certified for 35K (seems high?). Thinking I should get a Certified Used one since I now have '97 Lexus and '01 Acura and am used to no repair $'s.
#29366 of 30250 E30 review??
Jun 13, 2006 (1:22 pm)
Does anyone know of any e30 (325is) reviews that are online? One which compared an E30 with the E46 would be ideal.
I'm entertaining the idea of getting one to use as a daily driver (though the 325is is hard to find; or when they get listed, they sell pretty quickly if they are in decent condition).
#29367 of 30250 CD changer problem
Jun 14, 2006 (3:49 am)
The trunk-mounted CD changer in my '01 330i stopped working a couple of weeks ago. When I switch the audio mode from FM to CD, the head unit display reads 'NO MAGAZINE', & I can't eject the CD holder. After charging me $55 to look at the problem, my dealer recommended that I spend another $285 to send the changer out for repairs. Can I keep the music going & save money by buying a new changer elsewhere? Can anyone recommend a source?
I'm also starting to think about alternatives. For example, if I could jack my iPod directly into my car's sound system, I'd happily do without a CD changer altogether. Does anyone have experience with an iPod interface?
As always, your views are welcome.
#29368 of 30250 fuel filter change
Jun 14, 2006 (10:11 am)
Anyone done a fuel filter change on an E46? I plan on doing mine this weekend and would like to hear any tips. Did you have to pinch off the hoses, etc? I look forward to doing my own work when I believe it's within my abilities, but the thought of writhing around the driveway, covered in gasoline, cursing the day I was born is not appealing to me.