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Old 10-22-2012, 10:58 PM
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Hello: My name is Jake. I am new to this forum as I am seeking advice. I'm looking at a 2008 BMW 328i with 51,000 miles, but want to do a little research before I make the purchase. Does anyone have any ownership experience with this particular model? I'll be buying from a private party and the asking price is $22,000. I usually buy my vehicles new with factory warranty in effect. I want to make sure this will be a reliable vehicle. It will include a maintenance warranty through 100K. Can anyone help steer me in the right direction?
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:51 PM
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18 to 20 if the car is bone stock and in GREAT shape. It's not worth 22. I paid 23 for my 07 328i I got last year it had 48000 miles now it has 50 and it wasnt worth anywhere near that. Learned a lot about it after I bought it, turned out it had been in a wreck and was actually worth more around 14-16 so do your research on the car get the vin and carfax it. But if anything, do NOT pay 22 for an 08 unless it's got a couple maybe 3 grand of special under the hood. Oh by the way my 07 is now dead and I may part her out if you know anybody that needs something... I'll be posting about that mess soon. But I say no to 22 on the 08.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:52 PM
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By the way the 08, your factory warranty is probably expired and unless the current owner extended it and is transferring to you it's no good anymore.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:57 PM
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By the way the 08, your factory warranty is probably expired and unless the current owner extended it and is transferring to you it's no good anymore.
Good point. I'd still consider purchasing the car if you can haggle the price down based upon what other people are selling it for in your area. Make sure to get it thoroughly checked out before buying as well, and do a thorough test drive if possible. Demand it.

If you're good with a wrench and screwdriver, you should be fine for almost anything the car needs. Aside from that, finding a reputable Indy dealer that deals in BMW's (and Minis) exclusively is a must for everything you can't do.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:45 PM
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Make sure it has a clean title before you make any decisions.

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:22 PM
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Much Appreciated!

Wow, this forum is great! Thank you everyone for the advice. I had no idea it was that far over priced! My mechanical skills aren't worth a dime either, especially considering the electronics and chips and sensors and so on. I will certainly be sure to have some type of coverage through BMW or at least something the dealer will accept. It seems the reliability isn't much of a concern so I feel good about that. Now I will just ensure that I've researched the value and condition before pulling the trigger on anything. Again, thank you everyone for the help!
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:53 PM
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This is another one I found earlier today...
http://www.justbeemer.com/vehicle-de...429e96b8a0fee/
Mileage is a little higher, price is lower. Everything checks out with carfax. I feel it's priced a little on the high side but I'm planning on talking them down by at least $500.00 in addition to a new set of tires. I see the ad has been running almost a month now, so I'm thinking it shouldn't be too hard to negotiate.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:14 AM
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That's a way better deal then the first one you were talkin about, and it's through a dealer so you won't have to pay for one. Start by offering 18 or 18,5 and work it from there. Looks like a very clean car
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:11 PM
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I got a 42k 08 328xi with sports, premium, cold weather package for $21k with 3 months of the maintenance left, and that's from a dealer, so you can probably talk yours down much lower
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I have a 2008 328i that I bought new almost exactly five years ago. It has 42K miles on it and has been trouble-free. It's a great car, and I look forwrad to keeping it a while longer. I do expect to spend some money to maintain it. There ahve been a few water pump failures and a few Vanos failures. There have been problems with sheared head bolts, mostly I think on earlier cars. But I think the vast majority are reliable, enjoyable cars with no more than the sort of maintenance and repairs you would expect on a five-year-old car.
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This is another one I found earlier today...
http://www.justbeemer.com/vehicle-de...429e96b8a0fee/
Mileage is a little higher, price is lower. Everything checks out with carfax. I feel it's priced a little on the high side but I'm planning on talking them down by at least $500.00 in addition to a new set of tires. I see the ad has been running almost a month now, so I'm thinking it shouldn't be too hard to negotiate.
Jake,
NHTSA's complaint database is one of the few places that you can get an inkling of potential problems for a car: safercar.gov (look up "complaints.") Googling "NHTSA complaints" may get you there and you can plug in your year, make, model.

NHTSA has previously stated that one complaint in their database may represent about 50 complaints in the real world...or complaints to the manufacturer.

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Wait a minute... You're telling me that you guys would rather pay 20k for a car that has 60k+ miles on it vs, paying 22k for a car with 51k miles and a 100,000 mile warranty on it?? Is it the extended warrany through BMW or third party? Either way, I dont see how anyone would consider that to be a better deal.. Especially if you talk them down a bit.. I'm sure the owner paid a good amount for that extednd coverage..
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:45 PM
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08 328i for 22k seems high. I bought 07 328i with 51K miles in excellent condition from a private owner with CP for 16K. Bargain with the owner to come down on price....
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:22 PM
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I have a 2008 328i that I bought new almost exactly five years ago. It has 42K miles on it and has been trouble-free. It's a great car, and I look forwrad to keeping it a while longer. I do expect to spend some money to maintain it. There ahve been a few water pump failures and a few Vanos failures. There have been problems with sheared head bolts, mostly I think on earlier cars. But I think the vast majority are reliable, enjoyable cars with no more than the sort of maintenance and repairs you would expect on a five-year-old car.
I found out the 07's upper windshield seals rot quick no matter how much you take care of it but it's a 16 dollar seal and a good shop can do it for 50 without breaking the windshield, I also ran in to the sheared bolt on the tensioner. 67 for a new tensioner on rockauto and 2 bucks for a new bolt from the dealership. Othe than that I had no issues with the car
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