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#4758 of 5378 Checklist before purchasing a 328xi
Jul 25, 2010 (8:00 am)
I am planning to get a 2007 328xi as a Certified Pre-owned vehicle with 31k miles.
As I am new to BMW, can anyone please tell me what all should I check for before purchasing this vehicle?
Also, any thoughts on how much I can pay for this vehicle? The dealer is asking for $25k.
I have been an Acura driver for the past few years, and decided to move to BMW right after I drove my friend's vehicle. I could not wait, and sold my Acura to purchase a BMW. I guess I enjoyed the drive of a BMW too much.
#4759 of 5378 Re: Checklist before purchasing a 328xi [k_y]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 25, 2010 (12:20 pm)
Price seems okay for a fairly low miles CPO car with AWD. I'd say the biggest concern would be if it has run-flat tires on it. You should drive the car for a distance and see if you can tolerate the inherent noise and harshness of these tires--also check them for wear, as they don't usually last very long, and they are $$$ to replace.
#4760 of 5378 Need quick opinion and advice ppl
Jul 26, 2010 (10:06 am)
I wanted my first car to be special and saved for > 2 yrs for a BMW. I have my eyes set on a CPO 2008 BMW 328i with 35000 miles for $24,000. Unfortunately, my dealer has backed off the 0.9% APR, is not giving me the 2 yr maintenance for free as advertised and is asking me for an extra $2000 for a 2 yr maintenance (in addition to the $24,000).
My questions are (1) is it beneficial to get the maintenance cost paid upfront even if the car is not being used much? (2) is the $2000 charge worth it? (3) is my dealer fleeing me now?
#4761 of 5378 Re: Need quick opinion and advice ppl [suardoc]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jul 26, 2010 (3:50 pm)
If I remember correctly.... extended maintenance plan on an E90 has a list price of $2095 and a dealer cost of $1595. (At least, those were the prices in June)..
1) Not being used much? How many miles do you drive per year?
2) Somewhere around $1800 would be the price I would shoot for, if buying the plan.
3) Not sure.... why won't he honor the quoted price? There is always another used BMW coming down the road... Hundreds come off lease every week. Don't worry about this one getting away... Tell him you want the original deal.
#4762 of 5378 Re: Need quick opinion and advice ppl [kyfdx]
Jul 26, 2010 (8:46 pm)
I'd find another dealer. The guy is being jerked around. The .09% interest and the maintenance plans are national promotions subsidized by BMW Financial.
#4763 of 5378 Brake booster leak?
Aug 01, 2010 (4:39 pm)
We have a '09 335i with 10K miles. The brakes work perfectly underway, but if the car sits for more than a day or so the pedal is as hard as a rock when I get in. It goes back to normal as soon as the engine starts. My interpretation is that the booster has lost its vacuum. Is this normal or does the system have a leak?
#4764 of 5378 Re: Brake booster leak? [bhill2]
Aug 02, 2010 (2:35 am)
That's normal behavior for any vacuum boosted brake system.
#4765 of 5378 Re: Brake booster leak? [bhill2]
Aug 02, 2010 (2:53 am)
Had the same problem with my 09 335xi...there is a service bulletin on this but they did it and it didn't help. Much worse in the winter when the car is very cold in the am. Got so bad my wife couldn;t put enough pressure on the brake to get the car started. Finally traded the car- new (2011) 328i convertible (and also got a 2010 X3)...netiher has the problem.
#4766 of 5378 Re: Brake booster leak? [bhill2]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 02, 2010 (8:44 am)
There should be enough vacuum reserve for some extra pumps without the engine running.
Aug 03, 2010 (9:03 am)
took my '09 328i x in for the above.
Oil and filter change
Adjusted wiper blade
Scope inspection? They put a camera in the engine looking for abnormal wear?
I still have 5-6 mm left on the tires before the wear bars.
how much would this service normally run, this was under warranty?