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Old 07-20-2014, 10:55 PM
LordBalmont LordBalmont is offline
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Looking to try a used BMW in SoCal before buying new one.

Hey guys,

I will be moving to LA to do a Masters program in August, and am looking to spend between $5000-7000 to try out a BMW for a few years before I get a job and actually get a new one.

I have been looking at craigslist LA and found a few propositions, though was wondering if anyone knew any other good resources to look for and any suggestions as to the car I should get.

I don't have much experience with the LA area though I do have a reasonable understanding about cars mechanically, so I can spot issues if they are obvious. Found this one, and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts - http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...577705410.html

TL;DR - Looking to get a Bimmer for around 5-7 grand for 2 or 3 years before actually getting a new one._a__a2_
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Old 07-25-2014, 10:25 AM
Wgosma Wgosma is offline
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....that part about acquiring a Bimmer before you land a job- unless you have a couple of bags of money laying around I'd suggest you get the job 1st, then the German road rocket.....they will always be a available.


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Old 07-25-2014, 10:27 AM
LordBalmont LordBalmont is offline
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Guess I'll abide by that piece of advice, and wait it out.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:11 PM
Wgosma Wgosma is offline
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Any prospective employer will hire you, good decision!


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Old 07-25-2014, 12:17 PM
John Davis John Davis is offline
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If you buy a used BMW, be prepared to put $1000-$2000 into it to get it back into good operating condition, unless you want to take your chances so far as reliability goes; some do. If you're interested in the E46 (which is probably what you'll get at the price you have in mind), consult the Wiki on the E46; it's E46 subforum.

Auto Trader is a good website for finding used cars anywhere. You'll find dozens and dozens and dozens of used BMWs for sale in southern California, many of them in your price range.
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