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Old 02-02-2013, 11:08 PM
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In the market for 335xi or 335d - what to pay?

Hey all-

I am new to this forum and new to the world of BMW. I thought I should upgrade after driving Hondas and Mazdas for a while.

From what I have read, I think a 2009-2012 BMW 335D would meet my needs. I like the torque and the rear wheel drive experience while still being somewhat "green" since I drive on the highway quite a bit. Not sure if I need all wheel drive, and that seems to reduce reliability anyway. The question is, what the heck do I pay?

Since the car is now out of production, used or off lease is what I've got to work with. I get that the dealer deserves to make some money, but I also want to get a reasonable price.

Consider the specs of a local option:

2011 BMW 335d
miles: 23,000

Sport Pkg
Prem Pkg
Cold Weather Pkg
Sat Radio
M Sport package
Xenon lights

Dealer asking price: $38,999

KBB dealer price: $37,430
Truecar price: $34 - $38,000
Edmunds True Market Value price: $37,197

How do I sort out what my final price is? Any thoughts or guidance would be appreciated.

Second question:

I will get the car inspected by a local mechanic (not the local BMW dealer - if that is important, please let me know). Is there anything that would make me want to walk away? Any problems I should avoid?

Thanks again. Appreciate the community support and hopefully I'll be enjoying a BMW soon. I'll post pics if I pull the trigger on the purchase. :-)

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Old 02-04-2013, 07:14 PM
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Seems like a reasonable price - but I haven't looked at used-car prices. The 335d's resale priced dropped very quickly, as everyone knew that they had been bought for cheap with the 3500-4500 dollar off special price. You might compare it's price with similarly equipped 335i's; but I don't know if you add or subtract $2,000 after that (that was the premium for a new 335d over a 335i.)

Other than many little problems with the SCR system, there appears to be nothing notorious with the diesels. Note that there was a 3-part recall to fix some common EGR/SCR/DPF problems around 6 months ago; be sure it's been done.
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