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Old Yesterday, 06:24 AM
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Hi Bimmerfest,

New member here, this is my first post. My first car is starting to come to the end of it's life, having too many problems too consistently and it's not worth dumping more money into it. I'm a 3/5 in engineering school, and wanted to get a 4 door that would last me through the rest of college without needing any major repairs, just really regular maintenance.

I do not know much about BMWs, but I have always wanted one since I was little. I'm not sure if the rumors about them being terribly unreliable are true or not, so I figured I would post here to get some information.

I'm looking at , which is at the further end of my budget for a new car. From the mileage on it and the carfax report attached to it, does this seem to be a reasonable car for what I need? What are some critical things to look for when inspecting a used BMW like this in person?

Thanks everyone._a__a2_
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Welcome! Fellow newbie here so my advice is moreso towards how I researched and made my decision.

I got my first BMW a couple weeks ago. Here's what I did:
1. Use the search feature on the forum and google. I researched everything from warranty, to expected issues at certain miles for the specific model I wanted.
2. Use the edmunds website to get an estimate of what the car will cost over the next 5 years (it includes average maintainence and repairs). I looked at a few different makes/models to compare so I made an informed decision about exactly what it could cost.
3. Test drive different makes/models. I did most of my research online but when I drove different cars some of the research went out the window lol.

I had my last car for 13 years, it was the same car my parents gave me for college. I plan to keep my car for a long time. So I decided to buy the best, and will take care of it.

Good luck with school and car shopping.
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Old Yesterday, 10:31 AM
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Welcome! Fellow newbie here so my advice is moreso towards how I researched and made my decision.

I got my first BMW a couple weeks ago. Here's what I did:
1. Use the search feature on the forum and google. I researched everything from warranty, to expected issues at certain miles for the specific model I wanted.
2. Use the edmunds website to get an estimate of what the car will cost over the next 5 years (it includes average maintainence and repairs). I looked at a few different makes/models to compare so I made an informed decision about exactly what it could cost.
3. Test drive different makes/models. I did most of my research online but when I drove different cars some of the research went out the window lol.

I had my last car for 13 years, it was the same car my parents gave me for college. I plan to keep my car for a long time. So I decided to buy the best, and will take care of it.

Good luck with school and car shopping.
Hi!

I read up a little bit, couldn't get the Edmunds true cost of ownership cause its an 07. However, my research doesn't turn up any frequent major problems. I think im going to go inspect and test drive this car tomorrow and hope for the best.
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Hi!

I read up a little bit, couldn't get the Edmunds true cost of ownership cause its an 07. However, my research doesn't turn up any frequent major problems. I think im going to go inspect and test drive this car tomorrow and hope for the best.
edit: oh nvm, test drive - maybe do an independent shop inspection.
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New member here, this is my first post. My first car is starting to come to the end of it's life, having too many problems too consistently and it's not worth dumping more money into it. I'm a 3/5 in engineering school, and wanted to get a 4 door that would last me through the rest of college without needing any major repairs, just really regular maintenance.

I do not know much about BMWs
, but I have always wanted one since I was little. I'm not sure if the rumors about them being terribly unreliable are true or not, so I figured I would post here to get some information.



BMW Reliability vs. Honda:





Yo! You know what to buy.
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