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Old 05-17-2012, 08:46 AM
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What do you mean by brakes? Replacing? Or adjusting?
New Pads, Rotors, fluid, and labor.

All I was trying to do on this post is make sure that the op understands the total cost of entry. We have no information about him but I'm assuming first car means high school/college age, relatively low paying job, etc. If he has 16K in the bank and that's it he should not be considering this car. Or worse case, if he has 5K in the bank but the dealer is offering him low monthly payments for the next 5 years on this car than he should definitely not be buying this car.

I hope this helps.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:53 PM
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New Pads, Rotors, fluid, and labor.

All I was trying to do on this post is make sure that the op understands the total cost of entry. We have no information about him but I'm assuming first car means high school/college age, relatively low paying job, etc. If he has 16K in the bank and that's it he should not be considering this car. Or worse case, if he has 5K in the bank but the dealer is offering him low monthly payments for the next 5 years on this car than he should definitely not be buying this car.

I hope this helps.
Oh alright

Well without going into too much detail, that's not the case for me. xD
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:54 PM
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Okay so here's the deal: BMW replaced the car originally because the brake light kept coming on. BMW then replaced the brake pads to resolve the issue.

Is that a deal breaker for buying a used car? It doesn't seem so to me
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:33 PM
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Check the service history. Did a dealer try replacing the brakes to solve this issue? Did the issue reoccur afterwards?
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:05 PM
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I was looking at a CPO'ed BMW for sale: http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory...Gc1hgJtr2ns7zg

There's been past damage, but of course it's repaired, and now it's CPO'ed. What are you guys' views on buying a car like this?
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:58 PM
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I was looking at a CPO'ed BMW for sale: http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory...Gc1hgJtr2ns7zg

There's been past damage, but of course it's repaired, and now it's CPO'ed. What are you guys' views on buying a car like this?
Only if you are getting a good deal. That accident diminishes the value somewhat.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:03 PM
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Just looked at the ad. For a bit under 24K, I would personally pass with that accident and the miles over 50K.
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:56 AM
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I was looking at a CPO'ed BMW for sale: http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory...Gc1hgJtr2ns7zg

There's been past damage, but of course it's repaired, and now it's CPO'ed. What are you guys' views on buying a car like this?
You would need to get that car up on a rack and check for frame damage. Even with that, airbags were deployed. You would need to ensure the dash was properly repaired.

Why are you looking at cars with negative history? This car is being dumped after 11 months of ownership by owner #3. That should tell you something. I'm surprised this car was certified with an accident and airbag deployment on it's record.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:04 PM
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It was a CPO :3
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:21 PM
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Just be aware the BMW's are not inexpensive cars. Oil Changes are just one piece of the puzzle.

Need new tires 1000 - 1500 unless you replace the run flats. But then you need a spare that sits in your trunk - 350. Oh and you'll go through those tires every 15 - 30 K. Need an alignment - 130 at a good independent, 200 at a dealer.

Brakes - 1000 unless you can do them yourself.

Coolant, transmission, diff oil changes - 50 - 100 a pop.

I love my 2008 328i and have no thoughts of selling it but the cost with depreciation and real maintenance has been about 75 cents a mile and that has been with no major problems. Do the math for 10000 miles per year. They are great cars but just because you can afford the initial cost does not mean you can afford the car.

I'm not trying to scare you but you need to be aware.

i own a 328i 2007 sedan and i can tell you right now the guy above me is paying WAY too much for his maintenance !'

I hve an indy off here in Queens and this is what i've paid recently;

rear brakes and rotors (oem) $200
front brakes and rotors (oem) $340
oil change $70
oil filter $ 30
alignment $70



These are the prices that ive been paying. Dont be worried about maintenance costs if thats holding you back from buying a car ! Im only 21 years old and its not bad at all !!
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:39 AM
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Only if you are getting a good deal. That accident diminishes the value somewhat.
I was also looking at a CPO 335 with an accident in its carfax. How do you know what is a good deal for cars with accident in their history?
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:36 AM
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What about this: http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory...LJbvqQGMqGP7d2

Here's the actual car: http://moritzbmw.com/vehicle/Certifi...n/B14010A.html

It has the 6 speed steptronic transmission as well as power seats as add ons.

One owner, 45k miles. $24k

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Old 05-21-2012, 04:32 PM
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Any ideas?

Edit: just kidding it was sold :c

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Old 05-21-2012, 07:06 PM
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CPO also doesn't cover a bunch of the electronics (nav, stereo, etc...).
I'm on the third radio head for my car, and I bought the "Gold" extended warranty that covers the stereo, even though I don't have navi. Dealing with this stuff out of warranty won't be cheap.

I used to recommend Eurocars to friends when they asked. Now, I just recommend two marques -- Toyota and Honda. I found that loses me fewer friends.

OP -- for a first car, buy a used Toyota Corolla. It's not sexy, but the Corolla is the biggest selling nameplate in the History Of Man -- with nearly 40 million copies sold worldwide so far. It's an amazingly sane vehicle. Maintenance is foolproof the repairs are rare. You might be miserable as the BMWs fly past you to get to the next traffic light first, but you won't go bankrupt.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:41 PM
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Okay, so I do realize this is a BMW forum, but I've been looking around at other cars (BMW's still look the nicest to me) but I have caught my eye on the 2006 Nissan 350Z (enthusiast trim).

Does anyone know how these cars perform?
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:22 AM
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The 350Z is fairly heavy but, not a bad car. That seems like a pretty old model for your price range.

Honestly, for the @$24K you are looking to spend I would consider the Impreza WRX and VW GTi both new. Warranty, peace of mind and still fun cars to drive.

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Old 05-22-2012, 09:52 AM
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Vw is no peace of mind.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:11 AM
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Vw is no peace of mind.
When it's new and has a warranty it is.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:26 PM
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Oh, I can spend 24k, but I definitely do not have to! The 350Z I was looking at was around 16k I think. I like CPO'ed cars cause it feels like I'm getting more for my money :P
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:49 PM
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Oh, I can spend 24k, but I definitely do not have to! The 350Z I was looking at was around 16k I think. I like CPO'ed cars cause it feels like I'm getting more for my money :P
CPO doesn't mean accident free or more reliable. Just take the price of a regular car, add cost of extended warranty and you have CPO. There are lot of success and fail stories here of CPO, just make sure to do an inspection before you buy anything.

350z isn't a bad car, its a sports car so might be more expensive to insure.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:01 PM
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I know it doesn't mean accident free or more reliable, but the warranty is peace of mind! Somewhat at least!

I am also looking at used non-CPO'ed BMW's and other cars. I don't really want to buy a new car, but the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra seem nice. The Impreza I've glanced at but haven't done too much research over, and to be honest I haven't looked at VW at all :P
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:16 PM
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I was set on a Focus ST, but I figured it would be 32k new. While waiting, I came across my BMW and bought that, then they announced the focus pricing much lower than I anticipated. Oh well, I love this bmw engine.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:44 AM
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Wish I read this before just purchasing my 2007 328i
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:29 AM
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i almost bought my car from a carmax place for 21k and right before i went in to sign papers i found one for 17.9k!! clean title, one owner. i scored! i bought it with 42.6k miles and its a little over 43k now. anywho, when should i take my car in for maintenance or oil changes? the previous owner said the oil was changed a few months ago so when should my next trip to the shop be?
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:02 AM
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If you are buying a performance car

If you are buying a performance car .
You better price Insurance First.
If you this is your first car I would start out with something
more modest and affordable.
You are likely to go through a learning curve with maintaining and
dinging it.
If you worried about the difference in price between regular and premium
gas this is probably not the car for you .
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