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Old 10-18-2012, 05:00 AM
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High milage 07 328xi sulev.

Hi all, im a new be both to the forum and to BMWs. My impression about BMWs is that they have excellent performance, are expensive to buy and expensive to maintain. Being a motorbike rider, that also goes for BMW bikes.
By a twist of faith a business friend of mine informed me of an 07 328xi with a good price to resell and make a profit, so i decide to go ahead with intention of driving it for 3-4 months, if i dont jell with it i can always sell it. In any case i would probably sell it and get a low mileage as replacement.
BMW 328Xi coupe SULEV
ODO= 234,000 miles.
price= $14,300.

My questions are, what is the lifespan of this engines? is the coupe suitable for a 6.9 footer? at 234,000 the motor must have pretty reach the end of its lifetime, is it correct? possibly some forum members have 300K on theirs. The vehicle is in great exterior physical condition.
CARFAX indicates that the transfer case motor had been replaced at a point.
VIN - wbawv53537pf95072.

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:22 AM
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You wont turn a profit on that car. At 14k its over book value.

Book Value is more like 9k

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:45 AM
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You wont turn a profit on that car. At 14k its over book value.

Book Value is more like 9k
I live in Nigeria so book values may not apply. In any case you need to add shipping and customs cost as well as agent charges on top of 9K to arrive at final value.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:49 AM
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I thought all them fees need not apply after the cars actually in Nigeria.

My 335xi is pretty robust. And the 328 is much less technical endowed so I am sure its more than capable of being a good taxi cab.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:09 AM
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While my car is at 136K Miles (06 330xi), since I've gotten it, I've done a lot of preventative maintenance on it, and it definitely helps that the previous owner did everything else to it before it needed it. I attribute the care the car received to the reason it runs so smooth to this day. At that mileage (200K) I'd recommend being very wary...regardless of how well cleaned it was and all that, you can bet your ass that things will need changing, left and right at that mileage, on any car really. Just something to think about, but you said you won't keep it for very long anyway, so it shouldn't be an issue.

$14k for a 200K+ mileage car is a little unreal. I wouldn't be that optimistic.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:11 AM
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Thank you for your perspective Bihotto, it further confirms my line of thinking. I will release it real fast and look for a lower mileage one say 40K. Which of the bemers have the most leg room for the driver? I assume that all needed maintenance will show on the dash computer B4 hand.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:26 AM
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Thank you for your perspective Bihotto, it further confirms my line of thinking. I will release it real fast and look for a lower mileage one say 40K. Which of the bemers have the most leg room for the driver? I assume that all needed maintenance will show on the dash computer B4 hand.
You'd think so, but I'd be a little less trusting of people. The maintenance items in the computer can all be reset whenever the hell one wants, so that isn't a solid indication to go by. I'd look at the big things that need changing if you plan on keeping the car for a bit longer, say 1-2+ years (this goes for any car really, not just this 200K mileage one): Rotors, Brake Pads, Brake Fluid flush, Tires, check how solid rims are (if original ones), check overall suspension (go to an Indy and have him hoist the sucker up and look at everything alongside the suspension), hoses, etc. Thermostat/Waterpump may need changing as well if it hasn't already been done in the mid 100's for mileage. Don't forget about oil and other fluids!

I bought my car at 114K for $11K, if that's any indication for value, and I'd like to think I got a solid deal, since a lot of goodies were included like mats, stuff in the trunk for storage, etc.

For legroom, the 3 series sedan does offer a solid amount of leg room, especially for your size if you throw the seats all the way back. I believe the coupe is about the same'ish, plus or minus an inch or two. For someone of my size, the coupe and sedan felt nearly the same honestly, so if you fit in the coupe, the sedan might give you a bit more breathing room if you move the seats all the way back. If you want even more leg room, an E60 5 series should do the trick, and I bet you could find a great price for an 07 or 08 528i or 535i if you look hard enough.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:08 PM
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This is the vehicle service record i got from carfax. I think the original owner follows a good service regime.

2007 BMW 328XI SULEV
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Estimated Miles

Service History
Service Schedule

Service Shops
Repair Costs
Date Mileage Source Comments
12/30/2011 185,752 BMW Gallery Norwell
Norwell, MA
781-982-4556
bmwgallerynorwell.com
Maintenance inspection completed
Recommended maintenance performed
11/03/2011 179,048 BMW Gallery
Norwood, MA
781-762-2691
gallerygroup.com
One tire mounted and balanced
Maintenance inspection completed
06/07/2011 163,406 New Country BMW Mini
Hartford, CT
860-522-6134
newcountry.com
Front brake pads and rotors replaced
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Cabin air filter replaced
Light bulb(s) replaced
Transfer case motor replaced
07/27/2010 New Country BMW Mini
Hartford, CT
860-522-6134
newcountry.com
Oil and filter changed
Air filter replaced
Rear brake pads replaced
04/01/2010 New Country BMW Mini
Hartford, CT
860-522-6134
newcountry.com
Vehicle serviced
02/09/2010 New Country BMW Mini
Hartford, CT
860-522-6134
newcountry.com
Oil and filter changed
Recommended maintenance performed
12/10/2009 New Country BMW Mini
Hartford, CT
860-522-6134
newcountry.com
Recommended maintenance performed
08/13/2009 New Country BMW Mini
Hartford, CT
860-522-6134
newcountry.com
Oil and filter changed
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Recommended maintenance performed
12/15/2008 New Country BMW Mini
Hartford, CT
860-522-6134
newcountry.com
Light bulb(s) replaced
Oil and filter changed
Recommended maintenance performed
Brake fluid flushed/changed
04/29/2008 New Country BMW Mini
Hartford, CT
860-522-6134
newcountry.com
Recommended maintenance performed
Oil and filter changed
12/07/2007 New Country BMW Mini
Hartford, CT
860-522-6134
newcountry.com
Front wiper blades/refills replaced
Recommended maintenance performed
Oil and filter changed
05/18/2007 New Country BMW Mini
Hartford, CT
860-522-6134
newcountry.com
Battery/charging system checked
Pre-delivery inspection completed
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:23 PM
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My present cage is an 07 Acura MDX sport. Its my family hauler. So im thinking of a second car thats smaller sportier and more fuel efficient yet still fun to drive. The E60 5s, looks to be a family sedan. Something closer to my Honda ST1300 bike
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:46 AM
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Received my metallic dark blue 328xi. Wow, what a ride. Use to think my Acura was top of the line tech wise at least. But this car is on a different pedestal, everything works fine and is well thought out. i menu indicates everything in order, except for the triangle hazard that indicates required service -8000km.
I tried to find out what actually required to be serviced but couldn't, from the i-menu. Probably some emission control issue that is of no consequence in my neck of woods.
When i got rid of this car i may go for 330d or such, i believe they are more durable, coz my main problem is we dont have BMW dealers in my environment. Have to glean info on the net and work closely with a local mechanic for repairs.
I also need to know how to reset the service reminders(doesn't seem to find it in the owner
manual.
Also learnt that this cars reject new batteries or even replacement light bulbs(this could be a big pain)
This is what i get anytime i went for a drive.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:40 PM
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Been away for 2 weeks, after driving my new to me beemer. I instruct a driver to take it to the station for an oil/filter change. After carrying out the job, he informed me that the computer oil indicator reset automatically to December 2013.
I was planning to reset it by pressing and holding the dash button e.t.c to manually reset it, as posted on the forum. I must have missed something
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