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coldasnyte
04-13-2008, 05:09 PM
I'm looking to buy my first BMW, I'd like to stay around 10K. Any suggestions?

Synaps3
04-13-2008, 05:20 PM
Closing on my first month with an '01 325xi, bought for 14k after post-buy repairs. 92k Miles.

If youre trying to stay under or at 10k you should look at 1998 and earlier for well cared for cars.

e30e
04-14-2008, 11:47 AM
Look for something in the 7-8k range with records and save the 2k for maintenance. For those prices your looking at e36's and e34's. Nothing sucks worse than buy a car for 10k and having no money to fix the first thing that breaks.

XLR8
04-14-2008, 07:52 PM
Although it might be out of your price range, I now have a 540i as my first BMW. It's the best car I've ever owned. Nice good compromise between sportiness (I have the sport package) and comfort and legroom.

A well cared for E39 might be a good bet too. But I agree with the above poster, at least save $1k for maintenance. There are always little things that need to be worked on, even if your used car was well maintained.

coldasnyte
04-14-2008, 11:00 PM
I have been looking at a few E36 models. I was first interested in the 318ti due to cosmetic similarities with my old VW Corrado, but I'd like to have something with some more shuffle.

RFtesla
04-14-2008, 11:22 PM
Shoot for a 1997/1998 328 or 323.

tim330i
04-15-2008, 08:32 AM
Shoot for a 1997/1998 328 or 323.
Agreed.

Otherwise save up another few grand and go for a 99-00 323/328 in the E46 body style.

Tim

e30e
04-15-2008, 01:46 PM
Avoid the 323i, that car sucks. 170hp wtf, it has the 318i exhaust system and tiny brakes. Get a 325i or 328i

BBMW528i
04-15-2008, 02:28 PM
Although I am sure you can find a lot of 3-series in that range, I have always felt that the 3-series were too small and you don't truly get the BMW experience in them (except the newer models). With that said I would look for a 5-series that has been taken care of, don't be afraid of high mileage, these cars last forever (literally +250k). You can definitely find a nice 5-series in the e39 model for 10k.

woozhp
04-15-2008, 09:11 PM
328 manual.

1985mb
04-16-2008, 01:49 PM
I have been looking at a few E36 models. I was first interested in the 318ti due to cosmetic similarities with my old VW Corrado, but I'd like to have something with some more shuffle.

I don't know what similarities you see with a Corrado, but the 318ti hatch was a low point in BMW design, Bangle and all

Flex
04-16-2008, 08:42 PM
My vote E30.

Sylvan515
04-16-2008, 09:45 PM
I got my '94 325is for 5k...if your budget is 10k that would give you alot of money to spruce it up a little bit...or a lot a bit haha

Karen1122
04-22-2008, 02:37 PM
Just sent you a PM on a 2000 528 in the KOP area

Big_Carp
04-22-2008, 02:46 PM
e36 m3.

Andrew*Debbie
04-22-2008, 03:30 PM
I'm looking to buy my first BMW, I'd like to stay around 10K. Any suggestions?


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Coconutpete
04-22-2008, 03:31 PM
Ha! This is funny. I just put my first BMW up for sale. Mine is a 1999 328i and I definitely recommend it. The 3 series was perfect size for me, plenty of room for your stuff and the occassional extra couple of passengers. I am going to be a BMW owner for life. My next will either be a Z4Coupe of an E46M3.