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Buying a Used 3-Series



  • bobc70bobc70 Posts: 10
    I just bought the same car except it's coupe, for $24K,it has 33k miles and with Premium package so I thing 19K is a good deal....
    good luck
  • chewy2chewy2 Posts: 19
    Your deal sounds very good to me. Questions - is the base model equipped with cruise control? How about lumbar seat support?

  • edwardsfedwardsf Posts: 187
    The base model does not have lumbar. It certainly should have cruise. Lumbar and electric adjustment are pretty important if your back is not in great shape. The manual simply does not have very much flexibilty and I could not get comfortable.

    But if you have a great back, that is just an enormous amount of German sport sedan for $19k. I recently bought a fully loaded (except Nav) 328 wagon for $23k. That ends up being pretty similar. But my car had much less warranty than the one discussed. The only option I really, really wanted was the xenon. The keyless, backup, heated seats, garage clicker, ipod, and fancy stereo are all not necessary.
  • I dont think I am going to go ahead with the deal. He is telling me that the car is registered in Arkansas and I will have to payoff his loan because the lien is held by BMW financial services. Sounds shady to me, or too much hassle to say the least. In any case my bank will not approve my loan for buying an out of state car.
    I am considering a couple others from dealers. One has 19k miles on it and the dealer is asking for 21K $$. But this one is not a CPO. The other one is a CPO and has 42K miles for 21K $$. Both are under factory warranty until mid next year. Any suggestions on which one to go for? Thanks.
  • zayirzayir Posts: 4
    You see, thats always the issue in buying cars with lien on them. It looks/is complicated. One of the reasons we had to resort to CPO car instead of private owned is this.

    About the new cars that you are considering.. why doesn't the dealer offer CPO on 19K mile one ?. Does it have a bad history ?.
  • Both autocheck and carfax look clean. Nothing bad except that they were leased. The dealership is not a BMW authorized one, it is a nissan dealership primarily. I dont think they can certify the vehicle.
    I am wary of going to independent dealers who seem to offer good deals, with reports being clean. I am afraid they might be hiding something, like accidents or damage which was not reported to autocheck/carfax. Do you think it is worth spending a couple thousand $$ more for a CPO from an authorized BMW dealer?
  • The two cars I mentioned are from two different dealers. Sorry for the confusion.
  • carfax and autocheck are not always accurate. I've found many a car that comes up clean that I personally know had numerous fender-benders. I think they'd spot a TOTAL pretty reliably, though---but other mishaps? You can't count on 'em 100%.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,128
    See if they'll let you take it to an authorized BMW dealer for a Pre PurchaseInspection. Maybe you could get the VIN and run it by your BMWs service department.

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,128
    When you get a sec, can you look up the GALVES value of
    an '09 328i? Black/Black - 6 speed stick - cold weather pkg - sport pkg - Xenon - NAV - 6153 miles. Asking $33,999. I'm thinking Galves is somewhere around $26,500 & they'd let it fly for $$28,5 - $29K?

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

  • Hi all,

    What would be a good price for a 2007 328i with sport and premium packages? It has 25K miles on it and the factory warranty ends in April 11. The dealer is asking for $$ 22800 .

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,916
    edited October 2010
    Good thinking. $26,500 is near the top of Galves, so that should be about what they have in it if it needs nothing. I'm guessing it is a sedan, right?
    If CPO, I don't think they'd go that low, but you never know.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,128
    It needs NOTHING due to the fact it has just over 6K on the clock. It is a sedan, sorry, forgot to mention that. Wish I was in the market right now. I'd hop over there quickly. Thanks for your help.

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,916
    oh, ya never know. Driven hard enough (and maybe a trip to the track) can toast a set of tires pretty quick. Not to mention dings, dents, scratches, and maybe even a fender bender all have no conception of miles. ;)

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • I sold a pristine car to a friend and they pretty much trashed it in 6000 miles. It can be done, but it takes talent. :cry:
  • Just got a 2007 CPO 328i with Premium, Xenon, & Satellite Radio for 23.5K. The car only has 17K miles on it so I thought it was a good deal. What do you guys think?
  • bobc70bobc70 Posts: 10
    was is a coupe or sedan, if its a coupe you got a great deal, for sedan its ok. I bought the exact same thing in coupe but it has 30K miles on it with the same package and year for the exact same price.
  • edwardsfedwardsf Posts: 187
    Given the prices those two got in posts just above mine, $22,800 might be a little high. But none of the three posts (yours and the two above) mention CPO. That adds a couple of thousand, so if your is CPO, that is a decent deal. If no CPO, sounds like you could get them down to $21. Again, my Wagon ($1000 more?) with 46k, CPO plus 3 months, all options but Nav, was $23,000. That was in SoCal, so Norcal should be similar.

    What I like to do on pricing is just get a low number that I am comfortable with and stick with it. If they let you walk out, you can always go back a couple days later and agree to their lowest offer. I got this system from my Dad - a former Dodge salesman in the 40s - who had a funny but cool system. He would walk in, drive it, and pull out a signed check for a specific amount. The salesman would give the usual hubris about "I would go broke," "I won't make any profit." etc. Then, my Dad would say, "Okay but I have no more checks. Should I rip this up?" He would then hold it tantalizingly just out of the sales guy's reach. The salesman usually lunged for it.
  • Mine is a Sedan. I am in East Texas and looking at the deals around could not find a better deal around so I just took it.
  • trivialstrivials Posts: 2
    edited October 2010
    what do you guys think/feel about getting a dealer fleet car. The '08 328i I am seeing has 30k miles on it - but is CPO and has been at the dealer all the time. Does having a CPO negate the fact that it might have been driven carelessly for 30k miles. What would be a fair price for the car ? 328i, premium package, CPO, auto transmission, NAV
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