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BMW Z4, Coupe, Convertible
Jan 25, 2011 (6:06 pm)
Found a 2005 with 33,000 miles on it. I understand there was a facelift in 06? Not sure what the how significant that upgrade was. But the dealer has come down to 15,500 on the car. I'm feeling more room, that he'll move to 14, 900. It's a stick. Wasn't sure if I wanted a stick in this model till I drove it. I actually like it. I drove a new mazda mx 5 and it was a PITA with the six speed.
This one is sand color and a similar colored top. Not exactly the color I wanted. Has new run flats, brakes and a battery. It's got a power top and runs well. Any input on this at this price? Looks like I'm at about the private party price for it. I'd say it's between good and excellent condition. Should I go for it or is the 06 so much better to wait on? There is no warranty with this one. i kinda wanted to find an 06 CPO in the 16 or 17 range.
2 owners on this one. Seems like a lot of owner for such low miles and needing a battery, brakes and tires so soon? I've read about the tires being short lived, but....
#506 of 511 Re: Used [snowallergy]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 25, 2011 (6:13 pm)
1) 6 years old.. not too surprised about the battery...brakes vary on BMWs, but anywhere between 30K-60K is not too surprising.. Tires, as well.. Higher performance tires.. 30K is about it...
2) Two owners in six years... A lot of BMWs are leased.. and, a lot of people buy a convertible that haven't had one before... and it just isn't for them.. that wouldn't put me off.
3) It's hard to find a CPO '06 model, because most of them would already be 5 years old...with only a year left on warranty... A dealer won't market an '06 as CPO, but you might find a private party that bought their's as CPO.
4) Without an option list, it's hard to be sure on the price, but that's pretty low miles for an '05... Price seems decent from a dealer (BMW dealer?).
Jan 25, 2011 (6:36 pm)
Thanks for the response. I just checked edmunds TMV on the vehicle. I didn't know the 2.5 was so much less than the 3.0 in this year.
Private Party Sale $13,817
Dealer Retail $14,949
Just buying one as a toy. So given what I see here, I'm down to the private party price considering the color. I looked at the colors in that year for that car and there is no sand color. I guess it's possible the site just missed all the colors on that model? It looks like original paint. And the car fax is clean. Nice stereos in these cars.
The only added option I see is the power top that gives the proverbial thud when it hits the windshield. I understand that at least a TSB on this car. Really doesn't bother me as long as it doesn't damage anything.
This 2006 on ebay looks to be a CPO. Either that or they're trying to give the impression it is..?
#508 of 511 Re: Used [snowallergy]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 25, 2011 (7:42 pm)
Sure looks like CPO... the tipoff is the expiration date.... June, 2012.. If they were sellling some sort of third party warranty, it wouldn't expire in 17 months...
17 months of warranty goes by pretty fast... It adds some value, but not sure how much.... Of course, it gives you 17 months to decide if you have a problematic car that you might want to get rid of...
If the car is a toy.... then, I vote with going cheaper on the front end... rather than paying up for bigger engine, more warranty, etc, etc.
Jan 25, 2011 (7:46 pm)
Not sure what it's called.. . maybe bronze or Kalahari beige, or something like that..
Aug 10, 2011 (3:16 pm)
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