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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier

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  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Word? What word? ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • eebanaeebana Posts: 2
    My wife and I are buying our first BMW. It will be for her. She is interested in a 3 series.

    I am trying to convenience her to go the pre-owned route. I don't really see the need for spending 40k on a car- I know it is a BMW. No need to clown me.
    My goal is to keep it sub 30k.

    Is that reasonable(pre owned)?

    Should we go for a 2005 or even wait for the 2006?

    If we do go pre-owned. what is the latest year, model, and miles you would reco?

    Please advise.

    Thanks....
  • eebanaeebana Posts: 2
    My wife and I are buying our first BMW. It will be for her. She is interested in a 3 series.

    I am trying to convenience her to go the pre-owned route. I don't really see the need for spending 40k on a car- I know it is a BMW. No need to clown me.
    My goal is to keep it sub 30k.

    Is that reasonable(pre owned)?

    Should we go for a 2005 or even wait for the 2006?

    If we do go pre-owned. what is the latest year, model, and miles you would reco?

    Please advise.

    Thanks....
  • kyfdx%40Edmundskyfdx%40Edmunds Posts: 25,851
    '05 3-series sedans have big incentives on them right now.. You can buy a new '05 325i for $4500-$5000 off of MSRP or a new '05 330i for $7000 off MSRP..

    That might not get it to sub-$30K, but definitely in the $31K-$35K range for a brand new car with full warranty and free maintenance included... Four years of worry free driving...

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  • tenet1tenet1 Posts: 354
    If you want to stay under 30k then why even think about the 2006. I agree with kyfdx...the 2005's have great deals on them and since you were ok with pre-owned, now you can have a new one. My friend is looking into one and while we were looking, the dealer offered to make me a "sick deal" on a 330i SP (6-8k off sticker). This is without haggling. Almost bought the darn thing

    Now the deals on the 325s are not as good but will easily get you down to 30-31k. Find a dealer who has many 325s in inventory and look for lightly optioned ones, then start negotiating. This should bring you into you price range. Nothing like that new car feel.
  • coby03coby03 Posts: 55
    kyfdx,

    Couldn't recall the final verdict, are you coming to the Cleveland event this Friday for the "unveiling" of the new 3 sedan? I've finally gone through all my "wheelings and dealings" and am picking up the 330Ci ZHP tomorrow. Now that I'm officially going to be a member of the BMW fraternity, I've decided to attend. Based on my work schedule I can only be at the Noon Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame unveiling ceremony and then later I'll be down at the reception at the Sheraton at 6:00PM with the wife. I live about 30 miles east of Cleveland so it will be too convenient to pass on the opportunity. You've been such a big help to all on this board, I'd be happy to buy you a drink and show you some Buckeye hospitality. Let me know. Thanks.

    Ken
  • jamesspotjamesspot Posts: 57
    Wife's age, attitude, willingness to drive stick?
    You should be able to get a good, used 325i for $20k- still under warranty would be a good thing. Lots of them were leased for 3 years.
    A 325i with auto and moonroof is a soft-riding, comfortable small sedan with luxury features and is the ultimate young wife mobile until you need to car pool or have older kids.
    A 325i with stick and sports package is for someone who wants a "practical" sports car with four doors.
    A 330i adds grunt to the motor and a few features at an increased price.
    OBTW - my mid 40's wife "tolerates" my 330i ZHP: too low, too stiff, too small, too fast, too hard braking for her taste. Loves her Toyota minivan: hauls our family and all of our stuff in comfort, equal mileage to the BMW, softer ride and way more room. It's dentist chair or stretching out on the living room couch. She chooses the spring down couch. Our 13 year old son says "In 3 years Dad, you can get a new BMW and I can drive THIS one!" Ha!
  • kyfdx%40Edmundskyfdx%40Edmunds Posts: 25,851
    No, I called and canceled last night..

    I was scheduled for the "3 drive" at 0900, and just couldn't justify the 9 hour round trip to drive in a parade, even though I'm off work that day..

    Thanks for the offer, though!! Your events sound like more fun than the parade. I've heard the reception is pretty nice.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • albellalbell Posts: 185
    I am closing in on my 1 year, smile-filled anniversary of my (leased) 04 325 convertible. As I have only 6000 miles on it, the car is not calling for maintenance, and I cannot seem to find whether the BMW schedule requires it at 1 year regardless of miles or just when the car tells you. Advice?

    Thanks.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    The mainentance thing is weird. I've called BMW many times about my car and maintenance even though it still has not requested it. Each time they tell me to call when the car asks for it. Odd, to say the least. I've had the same oil for like 16 months!
  • kyfdx%40Edmundskyfdx%40Edmunds Posts: 25,851
    Every BMW service department that I have talked to, will do a complimentary oil change on the anniversary date, whether you have reached the service interval or not.. Generally, they do not reset the service interval when they do this, so that your car will still call for the recommended service at the proper time..

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    There's the rub, my aniversary date is still 1.5 months away! I got my first oil change 7 months after getting the car - like 12 or 13k miles. 16 months later I'm at 25k miles and the obc still says 1100 miles until service. I'll get it done in May even though I'll probably still be 700-800 miles from service.
  • kyfdx%40Edmundskyfdx%40Edmunds Posts: 25,851
    I think you can get it on any one year anniversary of your last service... The intention is not to go over 12 months without an oil change..

    So, if your last service was November of '03, then you could get an oil change in November of '04, even if your interval wasn't up, without re-setting your interval..

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Huh, unfortunately the dealer said otherwise. Shrug.
  • kyfdx%40Edmundskyfdx%40Edmunds Posts: 25,851
    Yeah... too bad you don't have any other dealers to pick from :surprise:

    I know, I know... it is leased.. who cares?

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  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    You said it, not me. :P

    And actually, I don't have other dealers that are local. The next closest is a pit called BMW of San Diego and the place is a little slice of hell run by a bunch of doddering fools.

    After that we're talking at least a 25 mile drive.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "After that we're talking at least a 25 mile drive."

    Hehe, around here a dealership within 25 miles is considered a local dealer. ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    "Hehe, around here a dealership within 25 miles is considered a local dealer."
    Same here! It's no big deal really-it builds character (not to mention solid DIY skills).
  • webby1webby1 Posts: 209
    My dealer advised me the same.
    Regards,
    Webby
  • xkssxkss Posts: 722
    Get a 2005 3 series. They are offering great incentives on them. Plus, it looks far better than the new 3 series with its flat dashboard.
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