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Aug 18, 2006 (8:54 pm)
Was just reading a review of a 2001 m3 and saw this quote comparing the old one (e36)and 330ci. Thought i should post it...from edmunds.com reviews.
"When the last BMW M3 was sold in North America (from 1995 to 1999), it was an emasculated version of the car available across the Atlantic. While Europeans were ripping about in 321-horsepower M3s, we made do with choked 240-horse variants. Sure, they were great-handling cars armed with that razor sharpness endemic to all BMWs. But with the release of the more powerful 2001 330Ci making nearly as much power as the old M3, an upgrade was clearly needed."
If you would like to read the rest of the article the url is: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FirstDrives/articleId=46799
#50 of 762 Do I buy a 3-series or don't I?
Jul 27, 2006 (5:39 pm)
I am really in need of assistance. I always had a desire to buy a luxury car...I said to myself that when I reached a certain level financially and professionally, I would get one. I feel like I have reached that point now, so I am ready to "pull the trigger". I have gotten a lot of negative feedback about the car, such as the car is known to have a lot of electrical problems, expect major problems around the 50-60K mark, and maintenance costs are out the roof. Please, please, please...someone help and tell me should I really be concerned about those things.
#51 of 762 Re: Do I buy a 3-series or don't I? [vgnc1972]
Jul 27, 2006 (5:45 pm)
I just bought a 325xi in December and LOVE it. I haven't had any problems to speak of. The warranty is great and all maintenance is included at no charge for 5 years/50K miles which is a great feature as well. My mom has an '05 that she has had almost 2 years (also a 325xi) and she has had no problems whatsoever. It's only been to the dealership once and that was for the scheduled oil change. Obviously I don't know about problems at the 50k-60k interval, but I can tell you that I absolutely love my car. I look forward to driving it everyday. Good luck with your decision.
P.S. BMWs retain their value for years so you can always keep trading it in for a new one around the 50-60k mark for a minimal (relatively speaking) cost.
#52 of 762 Re: Do I buy a 3-series or don't I? [vgnc1972]
Jul 27, 2006 (7:14 pm)
such as the car is known to have a lot of electrical problems
expect major problems around the 50-60K mark
maintenance costs are out the roof
Hope this helps.
#53 of 762 Re: Do I buy a 3-series or don't I? [vgnc1972]
Jul 27, 2006 (7:57 pm)
i got my car a little over two months ago. its a 325xi. i feel the ride is pretty smooth, car is powerful enough for me, and i just like the way it drives (and looks of course). as somebody else said, i look forward to driving it. i have about 3500 miles on it and havent had any problems so far (knock on wood). the only thing i am concerned about is the run flats, which i'm sure you have read about. the only thing i can do is keep checking my tire pressure. if you get the car now, you will prob get continental tires, not the crappy bridgestone, so you won't have to worry about that either. what else are you looking at? i looked at the TL. i'm glad i didnt get that, i see way too many on the road, plus it just doesnt have the same feel. good luck with everything.
#54 of 762 1987 325i should I buy it?
Jul 28, 2006 (7:53 pm)
A trusted friend is selling this car with only 23,000 miles on it in excellent condition-like new with all bells and whistles. He is asking $4,000. Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds suggest a much lower price. What kind of problems might I anticipate with the car, what do you think of the price? Thanks for any help.
#55 of 762 Re: 1987 325i should I buy it? [judyc135]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jul 29, 2006 (9:55 am)
How does a 20-year-old car only have 23K miles?
That said, if the condition matches the mileage (immaculate?), and it is a 2-door... and really a 325i, not a 325...
Then, somewhere around $3000-$3500 would be fair...
Is it a manual-transmission?
#56 of 762 Re: 1987 325i should I buy it? [judyc135]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 01, 2006 (7:31 am)
If it really has only 23,000 miles (hard to believe, but who knows?) you need to be very careful of a car like that....hoses, belts, tires, oil seals, etc. could be very old and no longer functional.
A complete mechanical and safety inspection of any ultra low mileage car is in order.
If the car passes the test with no problems and needs no repairs, it's certainly worth the price.
#57 of 762 Re: Do I buy a 3-series or don't I? [vgnc1972]
Aug 09, 2006 (9:02 am)
I bought a 525 Dec 2006 and love the car (I realize it is not 3 series, just giving my 2 cents). It does have an enormous amount of "electronic gadgets" which would probably keep me from wanting one past the factory warranty. That said, I can see myself driving one for a long time.