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Old 02-17-2013, 10:28 PM
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Opinion on purchasing a "fluttering noise" buyback convertible

Hi was wondering if all of you guys could help me out.. I


Living in Toronto. Considering purchasing a 2011 335 convertible... 10k miles on it.. anyways, did a car proof and found out it is a buy back lemon from California... it is still under factory warranty and the dealer (not bmw) told me it was from the fluttering noise.. and said they had fixed it with the foam, etc. I haven't been in to test drive the car yet but will this week.. the title has a stigma, so I understand from a resale why not to buy it but I usually keep cars long anyways, if not keep them forever. . . so do you think it the fluttering noise is not apparent that I should go through with purchasing it? LET ME KNOW!! after reading almost every page on this topic... a lot of you are pretty knowledgable on this subject. PS the reason AM considering it is because of the color combo, and options.. white on red with bamboo, m package, premium, cold weather, navi, etc

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:45 AM
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Hi was wondering if all of you guys could help me out.. I


Living in Toronto. Considering purchasing a 2011 335 convertible... 10k miles on it.. anyways, did a car proof and found out it is a buy back lemon from California... it is still under factory warranty and the dealer (not bmw) told me it was from the fluttering noise.. and said they had fixed it with the foam, etc. I haven't been in to test drive the car yet but will this week.. the title has a stigma, so I understand from a resale why not to buy it but I usually keep cars long anyways, if not keep them forever. . . so do you think it the fluttering noise is not apparent that I should go through with purchasing it? LET ME KNOW!! after reading almost every page on this topic... a lot of you are pretty knowledgable on this subject. PS the reason AM considering it is because of the color combo, and options.. white on red with bamboo, m package, premium, cold weather, navi, etc

Let me know what you guys think!

I think: You're asking people who can't possibly know what the cause of that car's issue is, in order to make a buying decision.

Now is an excellent time to re-evaluate that approach and consider whether this is good, or PPI of that car by a qualified mech is better.

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:24 AM
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How much less than other similar cars is it? I would look for a price of about 10-15% below market. Also a US spec car in Canada has less value in addition to the lemon buy back. I don't think the Canadian dealers will give you the free maintenance on a US car, check it out. It was purchased cheap at auction and the dealer is expecting to make $$ selling it here. Our car was mostly fixed with the foam in the roof but a move from run flat tires eliminated the flutter. The flutter is a low frequency rumble that occurs at highway speeds. good luck.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:24 AM
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when I purchased my 335 i convertible I noticed a bit of a flutter and after driving the car about 10 miles is goes away, I attributed my noise to the run flat tires having a flat spot from sitting in cold weather, after the tires warm up the noise goes away

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Living in Toronto. Considering purchasing a 2011 335 convertible... 10k miles on it.. anyways, did a car proof and found out it is a buy back lemon from California... it is still under factory warranty and the dealer (not bmw) told me it was from the fluttering noise.

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