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Buying a Used 3-Series



  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,662
    When I do an autotrader & carmax search i find nothing that is close to 33k.

    Seems like a fabulous price...but if there's still wriggle room then more money in your pocket.

    If you're going to keep the vehicle for a long period of time I can see some 'potential' benefits...A co-worker of mine keeps his cars for 10 years, but never buys extended warranties (a Ford to 250k+ miles)...Now in a G37 coupe.

    I had a Q45 a couple years ago which i purchased used. The previous owner had all documentation. The previous 18 months or so he spent over $7k for repairs. I had another $400ish...for one year before it passed away (murdered by a tree)...

    If you keep it for 10 years it would be a shame to get to year 8 and have to replace anything major; but the 3 series seems to have a pretty good reliability record.

    I suppose with an extended warranty you're guaranteed to have costs (the initial anyway) whereas if you 'chance' it you may or may not spend more than your initial outlay.
  • sjl2010sjl2010 Posts: 1
    I am thinking of purchasing a used 2006 BMW 330xi and I'm hesitant. I've never owned a BMW before and I understand the cost of repairs can be high. I was wondering if anyone knows of any common problems with this particular model and if there's anything I should be aware of prior to purchasing this vehicle. The miles are a little bit high, so that's a concern for me as well.

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    How many miles are on the car? What is the asking price? Are you buying from a dealer or private owner? Is the car stick or automatic?

    High miles on an E90 330xi wouldn't bother me as long as the vehicle has documented records of it's service history. Have a pre purchase inspection done by a BMW dealer or independent mechanic who specializes in BMWs.

    If everything checks out ok, then join BMWCCA to receive a fantastic magazine and get discounts on parts.

    If it doesn't check out, don'tbe afraid to walk away. There are plenty of '06 330xis out there.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • bmw_gssbmw_gss Posts: 19
    Did you say the 33K was good for OTD? Coz I could not get it any lower, so its 33K for a 2010 (328xi 6k miles - premium, value, heated seats, heated steering wheel)....comes out 36 OTD price. Still think its a good deal?

    It has about 3 years 3 months on the warranty left, so I think I will not for the extended warranty just yet.

    Also, if I decide to get extended warranty what is recommended - there seem to be so many packages? Also are these packages dealer driven or BMW driven?
  • I'm considering purchasing a CPO 2007 328xi (about 30K miles) with premium package (heated front seats, bluetooth, BMW Assist) and wonder what a fair price is.

    How much room do dealers have with this type of car? There seems to be a lot of them listed in the inventory I've found on line. . .

    How much does location factor into this? I'm between NYC and Philly.

  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,662

    When I plug those options into Edmunds TMV I get
    MSRP: 39,365
    Invoice: 36,255
    TMV: 35,388

    Plus it shows a $2k Manufacturer to Dealer rebate...which I believe is included in the TMV of $35,3K.

    This was for a manual...add $1,300 to all figures for auto.

    So if all others "could" get the same vehicle for 35.3k then you're getting a 'deal' of $2,300...for 6k miles (may be a hard 6k...or not) could look at it like MSRP 39,365 - 33,000 = $6,365 saving...some people do pay sticker.

    It's a small saving...approx 6.4% off of the TMV price, but the TMV is already below invoice.
  • Hey guys,

    I am currently shopping for a CPO 335i and this is what I found.

    Asking price = $32900
    After 1st round nego. = $31800
    2008 335i Coupe
    Mileage: 24,188
    Premium Package
    Sport Package
    Cold Weather Package
    Navigation System
    Comfort Access Keyless Entry System
    iPod/USB Adapter

    The only thing that I am not sure with this car is that its carfax shows 3 owners. It was originally a dealers demo car and then it was leased out. The lease was then transfer to another guy. Should I be concerned with this?

    What's the fair price for this car?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,141
    stick or auto?

    assuming an auto trans and northeast location, that's a pretty good price for CPO. ~$4k over wholesale.

    I wouldn't be concerned about the number of owners, personally.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • automatic trans.
    I live in NY.
  • wilkich84wilkich84 Posts: 34
    edited August 2010
    I'm close to pulling the trigger on an 07 328i wagon. The only option is Xenon. I plan to get a portable GPS with bluetooth. Is there some installed option that folks believe that I will regret never getting? I personally can't think of one but someone may have an idea.

    As for the car, an independent mechanic has checked it out and it has a some very minor issues which can be worked out all under warranty. My only concern at this point relates to the tan interior. We have an SUV which is generally the kid (ages 5 and 7) and dog (25lb) car. I'm turning in off lease an accord with the tan interior and the kids have trashed the cloth seats. As for the 3, I'm hoping that- with the leather seats, floor mats and relative advanced age of the kids (they understand the fear of god now)- the interior will hold up. Anyone want to talk me out of the tan?
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,662
    Is there some installed option that folks believe that I will regret never getting?

    Depends where you live...I won't buy another car without cooled seats (mid TX)...tired of a sweaty back.
  • dan3434dan3434 Posts: 9
    I bought my first tan interior vehicle 4 months ago...a 2007 BMW 335i. I too was worried...I have a 5-year old son. I have had no issues with the leather. I put down beige rubber mats instead of the carpet that came with the car and it's worked out fine. After 4 months, the interior still looks immaculate.
  • Thanks Ivan. In Northern California so not a worry. And Dan, thanks for the report. Good to know.
  • bmw_gssbmw_gss Posts: 19
    Hi all,

    I finally got my dream car - 2010 328Xi. Its a loaner with 6K miles and 3.5 yrs on warranty - black on black with premium package, value package, heated seats, heated steering. Got it out the door for 36K, pretty much the best deal I could get after shopping at 4 dealers for similar cars.

    I noticed that the remote key does not come with the usual 'chirp/beep' sound when I lock or unlock the car. I find it odd that such a thing is not on a BMW!! Is there some setting I should turn on/off or is that something the dealer needs to program - how much does that cost?

    Before I forget, greatly appreciate all the advise and help from folks on this wonderful forum, that helped get my car!! Thank you all!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,393
    first of all, Congratulations on your 3 series! You're going to love it for years and years to come.

    The 328i remote just locks and unlocks the doors while flashing the parking lights. It doesn't beep because there is NO ALARM. The 335i comes standard with an alarm.

    Don't worry though, you won't need it.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    Unless they changed things after 2007, the 335 does not come with an alarm. It is wired for an alarm, but does not come with one.

    I miss the chirps - used it a lot with prior cars when I could not remember where I parked, so I'm thinking of getting one installed for that.
  • I just bought a bronze '07 328 wagon with beige interior. First, on interior, mine has 45k miles and the leather still looks very good. This leather is pretty tough - unlike the soft, supple stuff I had in my A4. But the carpets are pretty dirty - of course, you can cover them up with mats. I too have put down rubber mats. But I live in SoCal, so the black interior, while showing less dirt, is just too hot.

    I assume you have premium package, which has the power seats; for me, this is option is indispensable. BMW manual seats seem very limited in adjustments and don't have any lumbar. I have a buncha other options but not Nav. The best two are Xenon/adaptive headlights and the Logic 7 premium stereo. I don't know if you can add the xenon lights but certainly you should be able to upgrade the stereo. The rest of the options are nice but kinda just bling: keyless, seat warmers, back up beeper, In fact, the back up beeper is annoying.

    BTW, great car - a blast to drive and plenty of room for bikes in the back.
  • Did you get the alarm installed at the dealer - how much did it cost?
  • I am first time bmw owner and still trying to figure out/get familiar with all the options on it. How do I turn on the retractable headlight washer on my 328 Xi?
    What exactly is a run flat tire and I am surprised the car does not come with a spare tire?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271
    No offense intended, but have you tried looking for the answers in your Owners Manual? If you don't have a manual they can be downloaded from the BMW NA website.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

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