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scttmrrs 09-11-2012 04:25 PM

2002 BMW 325Ci--Looking at one with high mileage, good deal?
 
Hi, I am looking at a 2002 325Ci. The listed price is at $6800, but I know I could get it down to 6 even. This car is in pristine condition, however, it has 188,000 miles on it. The owner claims that they are mainly commuter highway miles, however, I was just wondering will this turn out to bite me in the a$$? The owner has claimed they have taken it to the mechanic and he said "althought the mileage is high, it's one of the tightest, strongest 325's he's seen." Any thoughts would be appreciated.

G. P. Burdell 09-11-2012 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scttmrrs (Post 7067896)
The owner has claimed they have taken it to the mechanic and he said "althought the mileage is high, it's one of the tightest, strongest 325's he's seen."

Take the car to your own trusted independent BMW specialist for a second opinion.

bmw330ci04 09-11-2012 04:49 PM

If its what you want in terms of interior color, paint, the right combination of the two, than that's something to consider, I'd try to haggle him down to 5800, it's 10 years old, and the slower of the two. As is always said, make sure its in good condition mechanically

Bandem 09-11-2012 06:26 PM

Go to Ericthecarguy's youtube channel and watch his videos on buying a used car. Very helpful IMO.

jvr826 09-11-2012 08:02 PM

So many questions to be asked other than is it the right color combination. Read the WIKI and come back if you do not understand anything.

At that mileage, the cooling system, belts and pulleys should have been done 3 times by now. Have they?

scttmrrs 09-11-2012 09:52 PM

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/3201718043.html

There is the link the the car, it looks pristine. I also bought the carfax which looks flawless as well. serviced every 3-6 mos for the las ten yrs. only 2 owners.

scttmrrs 09-11-2012 09:56 PM

08/15/2007 Mortiz Auto Group
moritzdirect.com Oil and filter changed
10/29/2007 Mortiz Auto Group
moritzdirect.com Drive belts checked
Cooling system checked
Drive belts replaced
01/05/2008 Mortiz Auto Group
moritzdirect.com Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Maintenance inspection completed
03/15/2008 126,342 Mortiz Auto Group
moritzdirect.com Oil and filter changed
Brakes checked
Maintenance inspection completed
09/02/2008 Texas
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Red Oak, TX
Title #22042437975082236 Registration issued or renewed
Loan or lien reported
Passed safety inspection
09/05/2008 139,087 Mortiz Auto Group
moritzdirect.com Recommended maintenance performed
State inspection completed
Maintenance inspection completed
09/05/2008 Texas
Inspection Station
Red Oak, TX Passed emissions inspection
10/07/2008 140,846 Mortiz Auto Group
moritzdirect.com Oil and filter changed
04/14/2009 Moritz Direct
moritzdirect.com Oil and filter changed
Drive belts checked
10/15/2009 Texas
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Red Oak, TX
Title #22042437975082236 Registration issued or renewed
Loan or lien reported
Passed safety inspection
Registration updated when owner moved
the vehicle to a new location
12/05/2009 161,372 Texas
Inspection Station
Red Oak, TX Passed emissions inspection
02/02/2011 Texas
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Red Oak, TX
Title #22042437975082236 Registration issued or renewed
Loan or lien reported
Passed safety inspection


part of the carfax

G. P. Burdell 09-12-2012 05:35 AM

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Originally Posted by scttmrrs (Post 7068550)
I also bought the carfax which looks flawless as well. serviced every 3-6 mos for the las ten yrs. only 2 owners.

There are many records that will not show up on a Carfax. Some law enforcement agencies, for example, do not share accident records. That's why it's vitally important to take the car to an independent BMW specialist (not the owner's mechanic) for a pre-purchase inspection.

Also, many enthusiasts would say that the typical BMW dealer service schedule does not provide an acceptable level of preventative maintenance.


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