Looking for sage advice re. car for college kid
Having been a BMW owner for years, although not at present, I know some of the pitfalls in BMW ownership, ie cost of maintenance. That said, I'm looking for a car for my son that is 1) safe, 2) reliable, 3) can navigate snow, 4) can transport stuff, i.e. snowboards/bikes, etc., and 5) is below $10k.
I have seen a lot of 2002 vintage X5's in the $7k to $8k range w/ 130k miles. Is this a good candidate, or should I look elsewhere. Are there major issues with this vintage and that mileage?
All ideas graciously welcome!
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