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Buying a Used 3-Series



  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    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: 11,386
    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.

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  • 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: 10,387
    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.

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  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    Disclaimer...I don't own a bmw...but I believe the headlight washers are like others.

    When your lights are on, and you're spraying your windshield, they'll also come on.

    No spare tires with run-flats--i believe the 3 series started using these in about 06.

    You can drive on your run-flats...even with a big hole in them; there was a commercial with a guy taking a drill to one showing how they work i.e. they don't deflate...kinda neat. You don't have to sit on the side of the road changing a flat in a rain storm (been there...)

    The replacement costs are higher...but you don't have to carry a spare tire around with you all the time...some other CONS as well with comfort, but if you purchased the vehicle it probably didn't bother you.
  • After ignition and putting the car into drive, the 328Xi does not seem to auto lock as I accelerate. Thats such a basic feature and even my wife's civic has that. I am amazed that its not in a bimmer? I hope even this is not linked to the anti theft alarm system, which I dont have. I read the manual and could not find anything abt it. Any thoughts other 328 XI owners? Please advise.

    I have to hit the small all lock button on the dashboard to lock the doors.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    edited September 2010
    The Auto Lock feature is a programmable feature (your dealer can toggle it on and off). Why isn't it by default on? Because some of us (me included) absolutely hate having our doors lock automatically and when we drive cars that do that it drives us nuts. :P
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    edited September 2010
    read your can program it yourself. :shades:
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 10,387
    Please advise.

    At the risk of belaboring the point, I'll simply note that you need to begin your search here.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2016 i3 REX/2009 Cooper Clubman Son's: 2009 328i

  • Edwardsf, thanks for the response. good to know about the carpets as it's my concern though I think I'll just invest in getting it detailed at least once a year.

    As for options, good to hear about the headlights as that was the only option that I think I really wanted. I love the way they look and I would have missed having that option. That said, coming from an 07 Accord, I don't really need it optioned out.

    Long story short, it will be dropped off today and I'm looking forward to it.
  • I'm hoping to get my first BMW 3 series Coupe in a few weeks. I'm looking into 2007-2008 models. I know the 2007 was the first year for the new coupe models, and i've always stayed away from the first year models. Should I do that with this model as well and pay more for the 2008 model?
  • edwardsfedwardsf Posts: 190
    edited September 2010
    I am sure the Halogen lights are fine.

    Enjoy your car - it will feel like a huge change in performance. Also, you will note that it will be much, much quieter than the Honda except for the growl. I like driving Hondas but they are noisy and there is just something about the steering and road feel of a 3 Series.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 66,537
    Even though the '07 was the first year for the coupe in the US, the E90 architecture was in use on the '06 model sedans, so for much of the running gear, it was the second model year (not even counting that Europe usually has them before we do)..

    I wouldn't worry about an '07 coupe for that reason... That was the first year for the twin-turbo models, however... I'd be skittish of a 335i coupe.. The 328i wouldn't bother me, though...


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  • So long story short is I received a 2009 Ford Escape XLT with all the bells and whistles as a college graduation gift last July. I am now the owner of the vehicle. It has only 7500 miles on it. As you can see I don't drive many miles.

    I wanted to know if it would be best to wait to buy a certified pre-owned 3 series or consider purchasing one now before my car depreciates more as the years go by? Or should I hold onto the Escape until it doesnt drive anymore?

    Any thoughts?
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    Keep the Escape.

    Put the 3 series monthly payment into a separate account for 5 years. After this time you can buy a car without paying interest.

    It's much more enjoyable driving a nice car when you're not worried about payments.

    Plus if something comes along, as it always does, you'll have a pile of cash...

    If you get rid of the Escape now you'll get nothing for it (based on MSRP), and all you'll do is end up with a car payment (plus a nicer car :) ). The Escape was a gift, so if you get rid of it right away you'll risk insulting the 'giver'.
  • Is there any websites that would facilitate a trade? There may be boy or girl racers who now have a little soccer player.

    You can get a CPO 3 series for $20k. Offer $5 less than they ask for.
  • thank you for the info, I will most probably go for the 328, unless I find a really good deal for the 335.
  • Anyone have any idea with how much room a dealer has to work? Looking at an 07 328xi CPO with premium and cold weather package, AT and xenon. Dealer asking 28K. Edmunds TMV shows around 28,500 for certified and around 19K-20K for trade in depending on options. Seems like a pretty big jump just to be certified. Wondering what anyone else might have paid or any suggestions of where to start.
  • Does anyone know if a 33,000 miles 2007 328i with premium package and navi for $25K out of the door is a good price. I am about to pull the trigger but just want to get some feedback before. Thank you all.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,386
    Dealer's asking price?

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,811
    Looks like dealer retail pricing more or less. If it were certified it would be a fairly okay deal OTD. Certainly worth bargaining a bit more if you like the car but if you had to pay that, well, no grievous error.

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  • bobc70bobc70 Posts: 10
    I just bought almost the exact car you are buying last saturday, its 2007 328I coupe with 33K and Prem. package no Navigation, and it's from the dealer so it is Certified for $23,500, so you may have a bit of room to negotiate
  • I got an offer $37,000 from a dealer for a 2010 328xi Coupe with 8k miles. It comes with premium pkg, cold weather pkg and comfort access. Is it a good deal? Should I go for it?
    Thank you all.
  • mpnikhilmpnikhil Posts: 5
    edited October 2010
    Hi all,

    I am considering a 328i 2007 model CPO with 37K miles on it. It still is under the 4yr/50000 warranty until October 2011 and I suppose then the CPO warranty takes over. It a base model car without the premium or sports package. (Location San Francisco bay area)
    The seller is asking 19K for it. I wanted to ask all you pros here whether it is a good deal. I like the warranty and can do without the features the sports and premium packages contain.
    Appreciate your help and advise.

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