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BMW 3 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#11682 of 12225 Re: Ordered a 2013 [vinnyny]
Jul 09, 2012 (6:35 am)
BMWCCA rebate = $500 on the 3 series, must be a BMWCCA member for 1 year before purchase of car. Good on ED.
Team USA Voucher - event held at most BMW dealers where participants get $1000 off any BMW purchased before Oct 31, 2012 (some until 2013).
USAA Discount - varies but on leases/finances BMW is $1000 off. Some say you can combine with other discounts. I'll find out in October. Must be a USAA member.
Apps Discount - must be a current BMW FS customer, download the app, get a discount on a new BMW (I think $500 on a 3).
Normally ED's a great deal but with so many discounts floating around I cannot touch ED as cheaply as just picking the car up from a dealer.
#11683 of 12225 Re: Ordered a 2013 [blueguydotcom]
Jul 09, 2012 (10:55 am)
Congrats on baby#2!
#11684 of 12225 2006 BMW 330i Deal or No Deal?!?!?
Jul 10, 2012 (8:27 am)
Any thoughts on the 2006 BMW 330i?
Cold Weather Package
Seems to be a good deal given what I have seen on KBB and Autotrader, Edmunds, etc.
However, should I wait for a few months and get the 335i from 2007 for a similar price once it has had time to depreciate. I just think that paying $13.250 for this car seems like an aggressive price and I should jump on it....
Thanks again for your thoughts and advice!
#11686 of 12225 Re: 2006 BMW 330i w/ Navigation [valueseeker627]
Jul 10, 2012 (6:39 pm)
The 330 you are looking at has all the right options, so if you are happy with the car and the price, go for it. No one else can tell you what to you, there will ALWAYS be buyer remorse for the first few weeks.. Regarding the price of a 335i, BMWs hold their value, so don't think you will find a 2007 335i for $13K or even 16K unless it has 150K miles.. Now if you really want a better 330i, find one with the M Sport Package....
#11687 of 12225 Re: 2006 BMW 330i w/ Navigation [flightnurse]
Jul 11, 2012 (6:15 am)
OP....gotta go with Flight Nurse's advice. Those are really good cars. I had one ('06). Yeah...the 335i will be a bit quicker (I think '07 was the first year they came out), but the 330i was by no means a slouch.
I can't see any '07 335i going for $16K (unless, as was pointed out, it has super high mileage). Maybe one with a rebuilt/salvage title.
BMW is pretty liberal in buying back cars for some pretty flimsy reasons (IMHO). They usually give those cars a through going over, fix whatever was wrong (if anything was really wrong) and put them out for sale, again. If you can find one of those, which would have a title that stipulates it as a factory buyback, you might be able to score a 335i for the money you're talking about.
#11688 of 12225 Re: 2006 BMW 330i w/ Navigation [graphicguy]
Jul 11, 2012 (8:17 am)
Graphic when it comes to the BMW buyback, I'm not too sure I understand why BMW could not fix the problem the first or second time, but only after BMW bought the car back that the problem is now fixed.... I have seen some excellent prices on E-bay for the buyback cars...
#11689 of 12225 Re: 2006 BMW 330i w/ Navigation [flightnurse]
Jul 11, 2012 (10:44 pm)
I had a 2007 335i that BMW bought back from me because they spent a year trying to get the engine to run correctly. I'm returning to BMW but I'd avoid a buyback at all costs. Three BMWs and on two of them I had engine issues BMW could never resolve.
#11690 of 12225 Re: 2006 BMW 330i w/ Navigation [blueguydotcom]
Jul 12, 2012 (12:24 am)
How do you guys suggest I review the vehicle? I plan on just taking it to the BMW dealer and having them complete a used car inspection. I've also heard that people can get rid of the check engine lights with OBD (on-board diagnostic) devices which can tell the car to stop showing the check engine light.
Shoudl the dealer be able to hook the car up to the machine and see what repairs need to be done despite any tampering by a 3rd party? I am purchasing a used BMW against the advice of my friends so I want to make sure I cover my bases and don't end up regretting it for lack of diligence and inspection!
#11691 of 12225 Re: 2006 BMW 330i w/ Navigation [flightnurse]
Jul 12, 2012 (5:05 am)
Flightnurse...I've noticed the amount of factory buybacks on ebay, too. If you don't mind the inevitable trade penalty when you turn around to sell it again, I think they would be a helluva deal.
BMW does seem to be pretty liberal with their buyback and trade assist policy. Frankly, the one BIG thing I've noticed in service between my BMW dealer, and my GF's Audi is the service. BMW trumps Audi by a large margin. Case in point, when I first got my BMW, I had scraped the lower edge of the front spoiler pulling out of my dealer's lot. My fault....I was trying to beat some oncoming traffic and going too fast. Dealer made note of that. Next time I came in, they took the little plastic valance off under the car, rubbed out the "scar" from the scrape and repainted it.
I didn't ask them to do that. They certainly weren't obligated in any way to do that. They just did it.
Another point, I have light tan interior. Where I get in and out of the car, my dark leather belt is rubbing some of the leather dye onto the seat where the bolster is. Again, this is a wear item. At first, the dealer tried to clean it with leather cleaner. Didn't help. They recovered the entire driver's seat (with what the expensive Dakota leather they use on the seats). I didn't even have to ask.
value....yes, take the 3 to a BMW mechanic. By the end of the run for the 330i came around (which your '06 is), they were pretty bulletproof. But, I'd pay particular attention to the oil changes (BMW is notorious for allowing for high miles between oil changes). Those should be accessible by any BMW mechanic worth their salt (if they were logged via the car's VIN#). Also, you want to check for paint work. Again, any decent mechanic should be able to spot paint work easily. Then, it's just the normal stuff....tire condition, belt condition, check for leaks, hoses, alignment, brakes, trans and trans fluid, lights, steering wheel angle and "play" (as in, there shouldn't be any play in the steering), etc.
Make note of the tires on the car. These came with the first generation of runflats. They were pretty dismal in my estimation. They road like bricks, and didn't offer much in the way of longevity. My guess is, they've been replaced...hopefully with non run-flats of the correct size and type.
A good mechanic should already know all of this.
Check the CARFAX. While not the end all to beat all, Carfax should note any glaring incidences with the car's history and background.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
Generally speaking, if a BMW has been cared for as specified, they really aren't any more or less troublesome than any other car. Major repairs (if and when needed) do tend to cost much more than their American car counterparts. But, you'll find that if the '06 330i gets a clean bill of health, it will be as reliable as any car on the road today. If not? All bets are off!