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Old 10-13-2013, 04:44 PM
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Which 335i would you choose? Why?

Well, my son is old enough to drive so he is getting moms car which means that mom is getting a new car. She wants a 335i and our budget is $20000. She has two that she is interested in, both are 2007 coupe models.
The first is a one owner, white with saddle/black interior, sport, premium, cold weather, no nav, with 22,000 miles or 10 months left on BMW gold warranty. It has 78,000 miles and I can get it for $16,500. All recalls have been completed and all maintenance records are available.
The second car is a two owner, blue with cream interior, sport, premium, cold weather, with nav. It is under an extended all inclusive warranty until 125,000 miles or august 2015. Meticulously maintained, all recall work performed as well. It has 67,000 and asking price is $20,000.
Im a cheap bastard and like to get the best deal possible, so I'm leaning toward the white one (and it's the one that my wife likes). On the other hand, I like that the blue one has two years left on a complete bumper to bumper, electrical included warranty.
Which would you choose and why?
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:34 PM
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When you say cream are you meaning the oyster (very white) or the beige (yellow-tan)?

If both cars are mechanically sound, and equally maintained; esthetically, I'd probably lean toward the white over saddle brown as the saddle brown leather will be easier to maintain than the cream. Plus, it's a bit less common than the beige and with the white is a very classy combination.

I've had my E93 with the saddle brown interior for 4 years (also in the Texas heat) and while I am pretty religious about wiping it down and conditioning it, the leather still looks as good as the day we brought it home brand new.

Bottom line, get what you like. Either way, you can't go wrong.
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:49 PM
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Who's the second ones warranty through?
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:08 PM
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When you say cream are you meaning the oyster (very white) or the beige (yellow-tan)?

If both cars are mechanically sound, and equally maintained; esthetically, I'd probably lean toward the white over saddle brown as the saddle brown leather will be easier to maintain than the cream. Plus, it's a bit less common than the beige and with the white is a very classy combination.

I've had my E93 with the saddle brown interior for 4 years (also in the Texas heat) and while I am pretty religious about wiping it down and conditioning it, the leather still looks as good as the day we brought it home brand new.

Bottom line, get what you like. Either way, you can't go wrong.
It's the Oyster.

I guess my question is more along the lines of do you think it is worth the extra $3500 for the two year peace of mind as apposed to one year. They are both pretty identical when it comes to options and packages with the exception of the navigation in the blue.

My wife really likes the white over saddle/black, and I really like the price. BUT, I like the 2 year warranty on the other as well, and I think I've got him down as far as he is willing to go. I might be able to push $19,500, but that is a big maybe.

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Who's the second ones warranty through?
I can't remember the exact name, it starts with a "p" I believe, purchased through his credit union, but it's very comprehensive. I went and looked at the blue one today and he showed me all paperwork. The warranty covers everything but standard wear and tear items. It even covers all electrical components.

I'm driving to look at the white one tomorrow, but I am sincerely torn between the two.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:46 PM
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I am not much of a fan of third-party warranties. They often cover less than you think.

Therefore, if the White car has some remaining BMW extended warranty, that may be better than the third-party warranty on the blue car.

Blue is a pretty color, but white is more practical for Texas. My car is white, with the saddle-brown leather, and I really like that color combination.

So, it is obvious which of those two cars I would choose, assuming no major issues or damage history on either vehicle. Be sure to have a thorough pre-purchase inspection (PPI) performed by a good BMW shop.

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Old 10-13-2013, 07:10 PM
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Which 335i would you choose? Why?

Blue one all the way! BMW extended warranty is what you need for a N54 335i!


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Old 10-13-2013, 07:19 PM
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It's an extended warranty through Route 66, which gets pretty good reviews.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:43 PM
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BMW gold warranty.
The BMW "gold" warranty doesn't include the stereo (or the navigation system -- but the car you're looking at doesn't have one) -- I have the BMW "platinum" warranty which does. I mention this because I have had sound system problems with my car almost since it was new. I'm on the list to have the amplifier for mine replaced -- the part is backed ordered so it may take a few weeks for it to come in. I've heard it's not a cheap repair without the warranty.

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Im a cheap bastard and like to get the best deal possible
As above....
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:33 AM
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Seems like most are leaning towards the white, as is my wife and I. But dammit, I can't get past the extended warranty on the other one. I do all the work on the two that we have now, but the engine bay in the 335 looks so crammed and packed. And what if the turbos decide to give up the ghost at 101,000 miles? BAH.......decisions.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:26 AM
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My wife really likes the white over saddle/black, and I really like the price. BUT, I like the 2 year warranty on the other as well, and I think I've got him down as far as he is willing to go. I might be able to push $19,500, but that is a big maybe.
Here is your answer. Nothing else need be said. As for the warranty $3,500 can pay for a lot of maintenance / repair barring any major issue. Or you might be able to buy a warranty with the savings.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:31 AM
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I'm in with the rest of the group on this one, and ultimately it is what is going to make your wife happy. Happy wife means a happy life.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:29 PM
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Well we went with the white one. We pick it up Friday. Clickable thumbnails.



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Old 10-14-2013, 04:01 PM
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:21 PM
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Thank you. Can't complain for $16500 and a year of warranty left on it. I'm sure my wife will enjoy it. Hell, hopefully she'll let me drive it once in a while.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:02 PM
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Thank you. Can't complain for $16500 and a year of warranty left on it. I'm sure my wife will enjoy it. Hell, hopefully she'll let me drive it once in a while.
Wow we pay more than double that in Aus
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Well we went with the white one. We pick it up Friday. Clickable thumbnails.



Suhweeet!!! And no holes in the front bumper!! Bonus!

Enjoy the new ride.
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...as the saddle brown leather will be easier to maintain than the cream. Plus, it's a bit less common than the beige and with the white is a very classy combination.
I love the saddle brown on BMWs
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