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Old 03-12-2007, 01:17 PM   #1
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BMW anyone?

Does anyone have any experience with or own a BMW? We are gonna get rid of my wifes 06 WK for a family car and she's wanting a BMW 323i. It will be used so we can get cheaper payments. But I would like some info and opinions on them. I got onto a BMW forum but know one answered me I guess its one of "those" forums. I've already started some research on them and from what I can tell they might have a few problems here and there but nothing mechanical, very often. Most of there problems seem to be because there is no preventive maintenance, I guess they don't know how to grease stuff. But anyway any info or knowledge on them would be helpful.

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We have our second 325i now. An 06. First one was an 01. PM me also if you want to know more.
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all that I know, is that my friends '97 323i is sweet! Expensive to maintain but a very nice car!
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Just keep in mind a 97 323 is not the same is the 99 and up 323i's. One is an E36. The other is an E46 and 99 was the first year of the E46's.
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i´ve a `90 alpina biturbo convertible. it´s based on a 325 bmw.
i never had problems with it.
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I learned that I'm lookin at the E-46, I like the look better.
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The people on the other forum sure are rude.

"also... if you can barely afford to buy a used 323i, i would be weary of the "simple maintanance"... higher milage bmws will have annoyingly expensive "minor problems" and, if you're not able to handle the bills, you are going to be very unhappy."

I didn't say anything about not being able to afford one we could get a new one if we wanted. I just want cheaper payments so we can get some 4 wheelers.
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I wouldn't necessarily call a 323i a family car though. How big is your family?

Also, while rude, they do have a valid point. Older BMW's do have a higher maintenance cost. So if you want to save money on payments, you may find yourself spending the same amount as you would have if you had bought new. Know what I mean? Also have you looked at leasing at all? Since lease payments are based on the future value of the vehicle, if you don't drive 30k miles a year, it might be an easy way to get a new BMW and get cheaper payments so you can get those four wheelers.

I've always liked the 330ci myself.
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If a BMW isn't going to be what you think... I'd highly suggest a Nissan Maxima.
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I've always liked the 330ci myself.
My daughter had a 03. It was sweet. I'd be in third gear and look down and be doing 70. It wasn't even working hard.
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I wouldn't necessarily call a 323i a family car though. How big is your family?

Also, while rude, they do have a valid point. Older BMW's do have a higher maintenance cost. So if you want to save money on payments, you may find yourself spending the same amount as you would have if you had bought new. Know what I mean? Also have you looked at leasing at all? Since lease payments are based on the future value of the vehicle, if you don't drive 30k miles a year, it might be an easy way to get a new BMW and get cheaper payments so you can get those four wheelers.

I've always liked the 330ci myself.

My family is my wife and son. I don't know if fourwheelers will come right away either but I can't see jumping into a brand new right now if we are wanting to cut back in car payments. Leasing would be bad we drive alot. The maintenance can nnot possibly be worse than my TJ. I am spending $400 dollars a month on that damn thing it constantly breaks. I just broke the spider gears again. I started accelerating up a pave hill like normal and I heard 4 pops again and now I gotta fix them again.
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My 01

$800 Power steering pump
$1200 Vanos unit
$200 Window registers x3 (these are notorious for breaking)
Oil changes run about $75 every 15k (full synthetic)
Every other oil change they flush brake system and install new fluid, that puts that service at over $125

This is all the dealership doing it. If you do it yourself it would be cheaper, but unless you know how to reset the computer at service intervals you lose the ability for it to tell you when service is due. It computes it by the way the car is driven... My wife's was almost all highway and it would sometimes go 17k between service intervals.

We got a 3 year, 100k warranty on the 06.

If you buy an 06... DON'T GET THE RUNFLAT TIRES!!! They only last about 20k.
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Old 03-13-2007, 04:25 PM   #14
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I reset the one on my wifes jeep, Why don't you change the oil yourself?
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scam??????the carfax was good

Sorry for the delayed response, but I'm in Dublin (Ireland) right now and I have been very busy.Anyway,thank you for your interest in buying the car. The car is located in US right now and has US papers.Why is the price so low? I am going trough a divorce, and I had to move out of USA. I cannot register the car here, as it is made for USA, according to USA standards. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast.The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car in the States. I will tell you a few words about the car..
My 2004 BMW X5 4.8 IS with automatic transmission it is in imaculate condition with 39,183 miles and have the Vin number: 5UXFA93554LE81159,rust free , no schrach and hasn't been involved in any accident. The motor runs very well.The interior looks great.This car needs nothing,The title is clear ,it is not a salvage one
I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal. I already have tones of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. The car is like new, in perfect conditions,accident free, no scratches, no special marks, no need for additional repairs what so ever. a genuine road runner ready to be yours, but only if you shall understand and you won't make me loose time as it has already happened to me.
The price is 8,000 USD $ THIS IS MY LAST PRICE.I will not negociate the price.I take in consideration only those buyers who are really interesed in buying the car ,to be sure that I don't waist my time with endless discussions.This way,I shall be assured of the serious intentions.So if you are interested please email me back.
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Where is the car? Can you see it and drive it before making any type of committment? 8 grand for a 04 X5 is very fishy. Why didn't his best friend buy it off of him at that price?!!!

I didn't change my own oil because for most of the time we owned the car it was under warranty and service contract. After that I just wanted to keep the maintenance records complete at the dealership until we traded it or sold it.
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Sorry for the delayed response, but I'm in Dublin (Ireland) right now and I have been very busy.Anyway,thank you for your interest in buying the car. The car is located in US right now and has US papers.Why is the price so low? I am going trough a divorce, and I had to move out of USA. I cannot register the car here, as it is made for USA, according to USA standards. So all that I want to do now is to sell the car at this price, because I need to sell it fast.The title is clean and you will have absolutely no problems to register the car in the States. I will tell you a few words about the car..
My 2004 BMW X5 4.8 IS with automatic transmission it is in imaculate condition with 39,183 miles and have the Vin number: 5UXFA93554LE81159,rust free , no schrach and hasn't been involved in any accident. The motor runs very well.The interior looks great.This car needs nothing,The title is clear ,it is not a salvage one
I want this transaction to go smoothly enough as I am caught in the middle of some very important events and have little time at my disposal. I already have tones of emails so I hope you understand that I need to sort them out. The car is like new, in perfect conditions,accident free, no scratches, no special marks, no need for additional repairs what so ever. a genuine road runner ready to be yours, but only if you shall understand and you won't make me loose time as it has already happened to me.
The price is 8,000 USD $ THIS IS MY LAST PRICE.I will not negociate the price.I take in consideration only those buyers who are really interesed in buying the car ,to be sure that I don't waist my time with endless discussions.This way,I shall be assured of the serious intentions.So if you are interested please email me back.

It's a scam. Check this link, very similar.

http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/dir...w/.ee9e56f/978
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My family is my wife and son. I don't know if fourwheelers will come right away either but I can't see jumping into a brand new right now if we are wanting to cut back in car payments. Leasing would be bad we drive alot. The maintenance can nnot possibly be worse than my TJ. I am spending $400 dollars a month on that damn thing it constantly breaks. I just broke the spider gears again. I started accelerating up a pave hill like normal and I heard 4 pops again and now I gotta fix them again.
wow, that is a lot of fixing for a TJ. I've only ever had to fix a sway bar link in 8 years of ownership. Although my syncro's have gotten burned out of my tranny from 1st to 2nd, but that's cuz I drive like an Azz.
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Oil changes interval lights and service interval lights can be reset yourself quickly. You can also get the diagnostic tool which will help you read the codes (for some reason BMW codes are not totally OBDII compliant - more detail I think), and it will reset the service interval.

Resetting the service indicator - From the Bentley manual:

To reset the indicator:
- The car should be off
- Hold down the left instrument button (the trip odometer reset)
- While holding the key, turn the ignition to position 1 (radio)
- You will see a test menu
- Keep holding the button
- After maybe 10 seconds, the word "reset" will appear
- Let go of the button and press again
- The indicator is reset!


Oil changes are SO easy, you can do it w/o even getting under the car by using one of those fluid extractors (and it gets out more than just the gravity draining). Buy the right amount of either BMW oil or Mobil 1 (can't remember the viscosity rating right now), and pick up the filter from BMW for about 7.00. Takes all of about 15 minutes to do it.

Brake flush/fill is another DIY job too and you can add better brake fluid. Just be sure to use BMW coolant cuz if you don't, you WILL have radiator/cooling issues.
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Well fortunately my wife seen a Trans Am Ram Air so we got one of those instead. I don't know why but she wanted that and said she'd keep her Jeep for the family auto. Fine with me I'll be the one driving it anyway and its sooooo much faster than my old Mustang and any other Stang I've been in.
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(it's cute, I like the snubby nose)

I guess it's the low profile thing on the tires. They are runflats. You don't get a choice with BMW. No spare, no jack, no tools. Heck, there isn't even a place ANYWHERE in or on the vehicle for a spare. I just replaced the crappy Bridgestone runflats after 20k. They are about $200 ea. Got some Continentals that are about $150 and there is no comparison to the ride on the old tires. Much better. Those Bridgestones cupped and roared on the road so much it was driving me crazy. My jeep with MT's was a quieter ride than those.
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there's no spare? how's that a good idea?

you should get a roof rack and stick one up there
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Well, you can run about 100 miles with a "flat" tire. We have 24 hour road service anyway. It's the coming thing as I understand it. By next year all new cars will have tire pressure monitoring systems. When the light comes on that your pressure is low you stop in and have them checked. I also opted to run nitrogen in the tires.
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hundred miles on a flat? even when its flat with a screw driver in it?

I don't think I could go around without a spare. Seems like tempting fate. And we all know what a hag she is.
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Yep, remove the screw driver so it doesn't beat up the fenders and drive. More info here...

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6029_7-6212283-1.html

you should get a roof rack and stick one up there

That would really make the BMW look classy. Maybe a continental kit???
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Run Flats are pretty cool, but I would feel uneasy not having a spare at all. Even a donut spare would ease my mind.

Old fashioned I guess.
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Yep, remove the screw driver so it doesn't beat up the fenders and drive. More info here...

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6029_7-6212283-1.html

you should get a roof rack and stick one up there

That would really make the BMW look classy. Maybe a continental kit???
I think it would be smokin' cool. You should look into it. Make sure to go with big squirrel squishing tires, too..... and flames on the side.


I like having a spare too. When I got this set of tires I had trouble convincing them I wanted five and not four. Guess people don't usually get five.

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