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#52 of 81 Help with used BMW 325 convert
Mar 12, 2006 (9:21 pm)
Just got into the market for a convertible and found a 2004 BMW 325, prev executive lease car, auto, premium, cold weather, 6 CD changer with ~6400 miles offered at $36000 with 18 months left on 48mo warranty. The dealer tells me the car was a manufacturer buyback in another state becasue of a transmission problem and the transmission was replaced and so the car is not CPO. I've looked around, but am not sure how worried to be about buying a car with a branded title.
#53 of 81 Re: Help with used BMW 325 convert [omrster]
by kyfdx HOST
Mar 13, 2006 (4:50 am)
I would be very worried...
I don't know the options on that particular car, but a brand-new '06 325Ci convertible stickers for around $45K.. I'd say $36K would be the right price, if that car had no issues and was CPO..
With MBB on the title? It might be worth $6K-$10K less than that.
If you were certain that the vehicle didn't have any other issues, and you were going to keep it for 5-6 years, and you were getting a great deal... it might be worth it..
But, you can't be certain, you probably won't keep it that long... and that surely isn't a great deal....
The low mileage may be clouding your judgement on value... You would be better off buying a similar car with 30K miles and a CPO warranty.. The price should be in the same ballpark.
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#54 of 81 Re: Help with used BMW 325 convert [kyfdx]
Mar 21, 2006 (8:08 pm)
Thanks for he input. Too much to be concerned aboutwith the MBB.
Started negotiating on a 04 325ci, auto with 13,700mi, cold weather, HK audio, PDC, premium pkg, sport pkg, rear airbag, xenon headlights with 27months left on original warranty, CPO, $39k.
Jun 09, 2006 (7:52 pm)
You ought to be able to get a certified, 2-year-old manual s60R for 30K.
#56 of 81 Re: I am very much in this market [calan]
Jun 19, 2006 (11:05 am)
but I don't think it will hold up very well to my 25k a year driving habit.
At that kind of mileage, if money is a consideration at all for you, I'd steer clear of European and Korean makes, and most domestics as well.
If style and comfort are important to you, find a good independent mechanic, and buy any >95 LS/GS 400/430 you can afford, and call it a day.
After 98, Nav was an option on them, and probably half of them came with them.
In terms of reliability and keepiing you comfortable at high speeds for a lot of miles, those cars are unmatched. Of course you will lose a lot of value when you sell them - but that's true of any car you mile up unless you buy beaters.
Jul 06, 2006 (11:48 am)
So, do we think the new Toyota Camry Hybrid qualifies for this discussion?
Sep 25, 2006 (9:33 am)
See message #1:
"...What would you buy if you had 30k burning a hole in your pocket? Please assume that your needs are: sporty, yet comfortable on the highway; 4 seats minimum; over 28 mpg, and reasonable reliability.
Our discussions always focus on new cars, but shouldn't our discussions start with price, and thus include used cars, as well?
I think comparos between new cars and equal-priced-but-more-expensive-when-new used cars are valuable..."
This is a good topic, but no posts here for a long time. How come?
#59 of 81 Re: TCH [averigejoe]
Sep 25, 2006 (10:36 am)
well, maybe its all been said already.(?)
In any case, since you've brought it up, I would like to throw the EOS into the arena.
starts at $28k.
probably pretty sporty.
should be comfy.
with the 2.0T that gets over 30mpg in the Jetta, 28mpg is a reasonable expectation.
And you get the added bonus of a droptop hardtop!
Only part of the equation up in the air would be reliability. Alot of folks have become disenchanted with VW over the years.
#60 of 81 Re: TCH [averigejoe]
Sep 25, 2006 (11:45 am)
I also think it is a great topic - so post some ideas, Joe!!
Sep 25, 2006 (11:48 am)
New cars: Sonata or Azera.
You can bank the leftover money.