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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:29 PM
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I am new to the forum and need some advice. I apologize in advance is this topic has already been discussed. I'm considering purchasing a 2009 128i that was a buy back in 2010 at 7k miles for a gas tank and delivery unit problem. It is listed at $16,900. I am a single woman who needs advice from people who know what their talking about. I currently own a Mini Cooper and want a small upgrade at an affordable price.


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Old 12-29-2013, 09:52 PM
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I am new to the forum and need some advice. I apologize in advance is this topic has already been discussed. I'm considering purchasing a 2009 128i that was a buy back in 2010 at 7k miles for a gas tank and delivery unit problem. It is listed at $16,900. I am a single woman who needs advice from people who know what their talking about. I currently own a Mini Cooper and want a small upgrade at an affordable price.


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Stay away. You can find plenty of 128is for pretty good prices. Anything to do with the fuel tank, delivery unit...actually, anything that would cause a buyback I would stay away from.

In short, look for another car.


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Old 12-29-2013, 10:15 PM
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I remain skeptical however can you give me the reasons for your opinion? Thanks.


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Old 12-29-2013, 10:18 PM
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Simple. You could potentially be inheriting a very expensive problem.

And the cost for fixing the problem will be proportionate to a 35-40K car, not a $16,900 car.

Better to find a clean car with a full service history. (While this isn't always indicative of perfection, it's better than nothing.)

I'm sure someone will chime in saying that BMW has fixed the problem and you shouldn't worry. I'm just saying that personally there is no way in hell I would purchase a buy back.


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Old 12-30-2013, 03:02 PM
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I recently (abt 2 weeks ago) bought a 2011 128i with CPO for 19.2k - hang in there; you will find a better deal soon


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Old 12-30-2013, 03:33 PM
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Thanks. How many miles did the one you purchased?


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Old 12-30-2013, 04:33 PM
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:50 PM
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I would only buy that car if:

1. The price was attractive (which it IS for such low mileage).

2. The dealer will stand behind the repaired parts in writing for a reasonable period of time (3 years?).

3. I was going to keep it for a long time (resale WILL be affected by its status as a buy back).

I bet they'd take 15 even for it.........................

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Old 01-04-2014, 03:13 AM
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A buy back implies that BMW was unable to fix the problem the first time. If the problem could have been fixed, the initial buyer would probably have kept the car. So view it as a signal that the problem may never go away.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:22 AM
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A buy back implies that BMW was unable to fix the problem the first time. If the problem could have been fixed, the initial buyer would probably have kept the car. So view it as a signal that the problem may never go away.
I'm not sure that's true. I think it means BMW was unable to fix the problem to the customer's satisfaction in a timely manner, and bought it back to maintain good relations.

Now that they are offering it for sale, it has almost certainly been properly repaired. Say what you will about BMW's occasional lapses in various areas, but I can't see them saying "Hey, now that a little time has passed, let's unload that car with the bad XYZ on some unsuspecting sucker".

But really, if you're interested, all this can be determined in detail during a candid discussion with the dealer offering the car for sale. You could even demand politely that the service manager be included in the conversation.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:50 AM
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Thank you so much for the feed back. The car is being sold at a non-BMW dealership. I think they have a service advisor but not actual BMW. Car Fax says the following major things: bought back in CA (of course) in 2009 after 10mos of ownership, went to auction, got to BMW in Chicago, sold again in 2010, owned for 2 years then bought by the dealership it's at now. It has had no issues since the buy back. Normal warranty maintenance (I'm familiar with BMW's service warranty since I'm on my 2nd Mini)


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Old 01-05-2014, 07:51 AM
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Also- I do plan on keeping it for at least 5 years. My next question is about purchasing an extended warranty???


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Old 01-05-2014, 07:59 AM
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I think I have to take back everything encouraging that I said. If it isn't being offered by a BMW dealer who will stand behind the buy back issues, I personally would walk away. If you're patient, there is always another car at a great price coming along!
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:28 AM
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I figured that's what you would say. Thanks!


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Old 01-05-2014, 01:38 PM
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The final straw is the non-BMW dealer. As others have said, WALK AWAY.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:32 PM
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non BMW dealers are truly "used car sales" with no support after purchase.

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You can get a nice 2011 328xi for around $18-19k, for get that car and like someone else said stay away from that deal!
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:56 PM
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If a BMW dealer didn't want it, I'd pass. It doesn't meet the CPO criteria with its service history, even with the low miles.

You could ask a BMW dealer to run a full history before you by it. They might give you the entire maintenance history.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:05 PM
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Lemons!! Do not always make lemonade despite the affordable price. Be patient, Keep shopping, find that right car. In this case, the gift horse might have rotten teeth.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:18 AM
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Why is this still being considered? "Non-BMW" dealer; you have no chance of surviving the repair aftermath.


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Old 01-09-2014, 08:04 PM
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For what it's worth I took a chance on a dealer buy back on my 2012 135i from a non BMW Dealer last March. It had 6k miles and after speaking with a friend at my local dealer I found the reasoning behind the buyback and how it was repaired. It has full maintenance and warranty for 4 years / 50k miles from in service date and to me seemed to be a good deal. I have heard (you know how this goes) that California lemon laws are extremely in favor of the consumer and people have been known to return cars for just about any reason and the manufacturer has to suck it up. I heard one story of a guy that bought a fully loaded 7, took European delivery, drove all over Europe for a week or so and had it shipped home. Once he got it home he found some minor flaw and kept at it until they bought it back. The flaw was corrected and it was shipped to another state and resold.

We see a lot of these in Texas (maybe we are gullible) and I'm told (and confirmed) that mine was returned for excess tire noise. New tires and alignment (confirmed via the dealer) and it has a lemon title in Texas and is rock solid so far. The run flats are still noisy.

If you still want to consider it why don't you find a friendly dealer and have them run the VIN and tell you the full story and see what kind of warranty if any is left.
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:31 AM
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An upgrade?

As far as the buyback is concerned.... RUN! FLEE! Don't do it! You are buying trouble or at a minimum (since its a third party purchase, not a BMW dealer) your doing trapeeze without a net.

I am more interested in your implied statement that the purchase of a used 1 series is a step up from a Mini Cooper. My son has a supercharged 2006 Mini Cooper S and it will outdo my 2011 128i anytime. Its more fun to drive and feels a little bit better in the snow than my car. The seats are more comfortable. Both are horribly expensive to fix. So where is the step up? what kind of Mini do you own? Just curious.
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