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Old 02-13-2017, 11:18 AM
Ol' Red Duc Ol' Red Duc is offline
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Location: Germany
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Mein Auto: 2011 328i Sport Wagon
Looking f/Guidance Pre-Buy

Good evening, forum folks. I'm new to the forum and am here specifically to ask for some input before I pull the trigger on a purchase. The item in question is a 2011 328i Sport Wagon w/ 81k on the clock, notably with a manual transmission and what I believe to be more-or-less stripper options. This will get very lightly modded but it will primarily be family transport until we are back in the states, where it will be mine after we pick something up for the wife.

I'm looking for input as to what I should be looking for when I go over the car with a fine-tooth comb, as well as whether or not the 17k price point is ridiculous or not, bearing in mind that it is a US Spec car being sold in Germany. I've done some digging and that is about a grand over the TrueCar value, with no other manuals being available close to this price point at all after a 20-min search of AutoTrader and the like. I feel like its fine, but I don't actually have any expertise in the matter.

Are there key maintenance items I need to look at, near or past the 80k mark? I know that my '02 330i shat its cooling system all over the road at 100k or so, and I've never actually had a car that doesn't already have 100k miles when I buy it. I am pretty handy and can do the vast majority of work myself, with access to several extremely well equipped self-help bays and experience with Subarus, old Fords, and of course the aforementioned E46.

Thanks for any guidance provided!

I plugged it into a few VIN decoders and came up with the following, if anyone is interested. Dealer images are at the bottom:

Type code: UT93
Model: 328I ML (USA)
E-F-R series: E91 LCI (LifeCycleImpulse)
Series: 3
Type: TOUR
Steering: LL
Doors: 5
Engine: N52K
Displacement: 3.00
Power: 172 (234 hp)
Drive: HECK
Transmission: MECH
Upholstery code: LCD3 - LEDER DAKOTA/D3
Prod.date: 2010-06-26

S2KU BMW LA wheel V-spoke 285
S2VB Tyre pressure control (TPC)
S4AB Fine wood trim burr walnut
S6FL USB/audio interface
S8SC Telematics access request,country-spec.
S8SP Control unit COP
S9AA Outer skin protection
S240 Steering wheel, leather
S249 Multifunction f steering wheel
S402 Panorama glass roof
S423 Floor mats, velours
S428 Warning triangle and first aid kit
S494 Seat heating driver/passenger
S520 Fog lights
S521 Rain sensor
S534 Automatic air conditioning
S544 Cruise control with brake function
S563 Light package
S570 Reinforced power supply
S645 BMW US Radio
S663 Radio BMW Professional
S693 Preparation BMW satellite radio
S697 Area-Code 1 for DVD
S823 Hot-climate version
S845 Acoustic fasten seat belt reminder
S850 Additional Export tank filling
S853 Language version, English
S863 Dealer List Europe
S876 Radio frequency 315 MHz
S880 Operating instructions, English
S992 Control of number-plate attachment

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Old 02-13-2017, 12:22 PM
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Tom K. Tom K. is offline
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Location: Maryland
Join Date: May 2008
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Mein Auto: '07 328iT.'13 Boxster
My '07 MT E91 was purchased as a CPO in 2010 with 30k miles and currently has 81k. Issues have included:

38,000 miles - Bad IBS. Dealer replaced alternator and then IBS under OEM warranty.
55,000 - Battery cable recall (not sure if this affects LCI models)
60,000 - DSC Module replaced
60,000 - Sunroof gasket replaced (no leak, but wind noise issue)
72,000 - #6 Plug & Coil replaced.
72,000 - Valve Cover Gasket replaced
77,000 - Serpentine Belt & Tensioner replaced.

The car has always been comfortable (no sport package) and routinely hauls loads of up to 1,000 lbs. with ease. If BMW imported the F31 with MT and RWD, I'd buy it in a minute, but will probably hold on to my "unicorn" for at least another few years.

As far as the price is concerned, my fully optioned car lists for only about $9,000 in the Kelly Blue Book. But since the MT wagon is so rare, I don't think I'd sell it for under $15k.

Good luck with your wagon.

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Old 02-13-2017, 01:37 PM
Ol' Red Duc Ol' Red Duc is offline
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Mein Auto: 2011 328i Sport Wagon
Thanks for the input! I'll be sure to talk with the dealer about the maintenance history, if there is one. I understand BMW tracks maintenance by their VIN if it was done at a dealer, so maybe the local dealer may have some input. Will try to schedule a PPI if I decide to move forward with this.
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