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Old 10-14-2012, 11:47 AM
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2006 E90 323i buying advice needed

I was offered a 2006 323i which only has 40k on it. Dealer says grab it now or it will be gone - for AUD36k. There are three issues that bug me:

(1) the books show that the car has only been serviced three times in six years. Purchased in 2006, first service at 15k in 2008, second service at 25k in 2010, and third and last service at 37k in 2012. This suggests that the car was lightly used or left unused for prolonged periods. As a general rule, would the consistently longer than usual service/oil change in those six years have potentialy damaged the engine and transmission? (A preliminary test drive does not seem to suggest so.)

(2) whenever I take a quick stab at the accelerator (not floored) there seems to be a half-second lag before the surge comes in. Is this a trait peculiar to the 323i?

(3) looking at the boot straight on from behind, the gap between the boot and the body is greater on the left side than it is on the right, say by 2mm. The bolts, nuts, paintwork and seals do not suggest any tampering but is not conclusive.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:49 PM
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Ok, run.

Proper service records is a minimum.

About that lag, yes that's typical and why such companies as burgertuning make PBX.

I don't know about Australia, but here 2007 were significantly improved.
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:05 PM
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Dealer will always say stupid stuff to make you buy it now. If you're already feeling uneasy about it, skip.
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:26 PM
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I was offered a 2006 323i which only has 40k on it. Dealer says grab it now or it will be gone - for AUD36k. There are three issues that bug me:

(1) the books show that the car has only been serviced three times in six years. Purchased in 2006, first service at 15k in 2008, second service at 25k in 2010, and third and last service at 37k in 2012. This suggests that the car was lightly used or left unused for prolonged periods. As a general rule, would the consistently longer than usual service/oil change in those six years have potentialy damaged the engine and transmission? (A preliminary test drive does not seem to suggest so.)
No, the long service intervals are not much concern given how little the vehicle was used.

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(2) whenever I take a quick stab at the accelerator (not floored) there seems to be a half-second lag before the surge comes in. Is this a trait peculiar to the 323i?
Typical of the model car. If you move the shift lever to sport mode the lag should be reduced.

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(3) looking at the boot straight on from behind, the gap between the boot and the body is greater on the left side than it is on the right, say by 2mm. The bolts, nuts, paintwork and seals do not suggest any tampering but is not conclusive.
Might be cause for concern. Additional investigation would be wise. However it seems you've done so already so if you're satisfied then that's all that matters.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:54 PM
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thanks for all the replies mate.

the 323i that i'm getting has staggered runflats.
Front: 17x8 ET34 225/45 R17 Rear: 17x8.5 ET37 255/40 R17

i'm gonna get the dealer to swap to non runflats for me with a square config. do I get all 4 tyres at 225 or 255 - considering that the wheels are 17x8 and 17x8.5 ? or somewhere in between like 235 ?
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:36 PM
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235 or 245 will be fine
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:47 PM
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domo arigato thnk-u-do
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