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Old 02-23-2013, 05:24 PM
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Looking to get an AWD BMW for around 17k. Please advise

Hi new member here!

I am in the market for an AWD BMW, and I am not sure what I should get.

Looking for something around 17k.

For this price it looks like I can get a 2007 328xi with around 70k miles, but I am not sure if that is the best car to get or not. I would love to get a 335xi but I think they are going to be too expensive, and I am not sure I want another turbo'd vehicle due to problems I have had in the past. I am also a bit scared of getting a car with 70k on it already as it seems that's about when most cars need lots of maintenance.

This car will be for entertainment on the weekends and for my 50 mile commute on snowy days.

I guess my tl/dr question is: What AWD BMW would you get for 17k?

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Old 02-23-2013, 07:01 PM
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Turbo's mean trouble
There are a lot of people on these forums that won't own a Turbo
out of warranty.
The power is great but you have to pay to play.
At some point in the cars life the Turbo's and Turbo hardware will need to be
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:22 PM
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Turbo's mean trouble
There are a lot of people on these forums that won't own a Turbo
out of warranty.
The power is great but you have to pay to play.
At some point in the cars life the Turbo's and Turbo hardware will need to be
replaced at least once .
This is not unique to BMW.
My latest car is a turbo and has given me quite a few turbo related problems. That's a large part of why I am getting rid of it. That's why it might be better that I can only afford a 328 any ways.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:37 AM
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Hi new member here!

I am in the market for an AWD BMW, and I am not sure what I should get.

Looking for something around 17k.

For this price it looks like I can get a 2007 328xi with around 70k miles, but I am not sure if that is the best car to get or not. I would love to get a 335xi but I think they are going to be too expensive, and I am not sure I want another turbo'd vehicle due to problems I have had in the past. I am also a bit scared of getting a car with 70k on it already as it seems that's about when most cars need lots of maintenance.

This car will be for entertainment on the weekends and for my 50 mile commute on snowy days.

I guess my tl/dr question is: What AWD BMW would you get for 17k?
AWD 9X for $17k is still a challenge unless high mileage. Maybe sedan? Took me a couple months to find an '08 328i coupe for $17k that had the sport package, but it isn't AWD. In general, the 9X series are just starting to come out of warranty, so there isn't a very large selection yet. As with other posters, the 335s are turbo prone, one of the reasons I didn't go for them, although a great looking car. It seems so far however that the 9x non-turbo series are better in the maintenance cost department over the e46.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:04 PM
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I just looked out on www.bmwusa.com and there were a number of e46 (325xi) for right in your price range and less, mostly high mileage, but a few surprises... There was a 325xi wagon (auto) with about 35k miles on it for about 19k... You might find something similar that meets your $$$ requirements...
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Hi new member here!

I am in the market for an AWD BMW, and I am not sure what I should get.

Looking for something around 17k.

For this price it looks like I can get a 2007 328xi with around 70k miles, but I am not sure if that is the best car to get or not. I would love to get a 335xi but I think they are going to be too expensive, and I am not sure I want another turbo'd vehicle due to problems I have had in the past. I am also a bit scared of getting a car with 70k on it already as it seems that's about when most cars need lots of maintenance.

This car will be for entertainment on the weekends and for my 50 mile commute on snowy days.

I guess my tl/dr question is: What AWD BMW would you get for 17k?
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, if you want a 335xi for $17k without 349459896 miles, I don't see how it's possible. Plus the miles at that point would get you into a repair mode with turbos, etc... If $17k is your budget then I would recommend to go with the 328 and, if you can live without AWD, you can probably bring the miles down.
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AWD 9X for $17k is still a challenge unless high mileage. Maybe sedan? Took me a couple months to find an '08 328i coupe for $17k that had the sport package, but it isn't AWD. In general, the 9X series are just starting to come out of warranty, so there isn't a very large selection yet. As with other posters, the 335s are turbo prone, one of the reasons I didn't go for them, although a great looking car. It seems so far however that the 9x non-turbo series are better in the maintenance cost department over the e46.

Definitely has to be a sedan. Had a coupe once and decided I wasn't a fan of them.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:39 PM
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, if you want a 335xi for $17k without 349459896 miles, I don't see how it's possible. Plus the miles at that point would get you into a repair mode with turbos, etc... If $17k is your budget then I would recommend to go with the 328 and, if you can live without AWD, you can probably bring the miles down.
I don't want a 335, I want a 328. 335's are too expensive and I don't want the problems of a turbo car again. If I had more money to spend on the car and had more money to spend on repairs I might consider one.
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I don't want a 335, I want a 328. 335's are too expensive and I don't want the problems of a turbo car again. If I had more money to spend on the car and had more money to spend on repairs I might consider one.
Ah, never mind then! I thought you were considering a 335. You could probably get a pretty decent 07 with lower miles if you could go without AWD
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Ah, never mind then! I thought you were considering a 335. You could probably get a pretty decent 07 with lower miles if you could go without AWD
Gotta have the AWD. My job requires me to come in to work no matter how snowy it gets and I don't live close at all.
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Gotta have the AWD. My job requires me to come in to work no matter how snowy it gets and I don't live close at all.
Have you considered an X3? Or are you set on a 328? The reason I ask is because the 328 has a low clearance.
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You can get a really good 330xi (2006) for less then that, which will give you space for mods. The miles would be lower too. I just sold my 330xi and boy was it a sweet ride.

Even with winter tires I don't recommend this as your "snowy" car. The vehicle has low clearance and CO can get some heavy snow (though right now it's all in Texas). But yes, if you do want this type of car, then look at 2006 330xi.
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Hi new member here!

I am in the market for an AWD BMW, and I am not sure what I should get.

Looking for something around 17k.

For this price it looks like I can get a 2007 328xi with around 70k miles, but I am not sure if that is the best car to get or not. I would love to get a 335xi but I think they are going to be too expensive, and I am not sure I want another turbo'd vehicle due to problems I have had in the past. I am also a bit scared of getting a car with 70k on it already as it seems that's about when most cars need lots of maintenance.

This car will be for entertainment on the weekends and for my 50 mile commute on snowy days.

I guess my tl/dr question is: What AWD BMW would you get for 17k?
Is $17K a hard limit for you? For $17K you're looking at vehicles with high mileage. However I do see a couple selling for $20K-$21K with 40K miles on them. If it were me and I could afford the extra money then I would be considering one of these as the extra money buys considerably lower miles (though they're outside of warranty based on time).

Mike Shaw in Colorado Springs has a 2007 328xi with 40,339 with an asking price of $20,388. If you can afford a little bit more you could probably negotiate that price down a little bit.

Edit: If you need a good indy in the Denver metro area let me know.

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Don't forget the power of negotiation I'd negotiate that price to about 16k
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Is $17K a hard limit for you? For $17K you're looking at vehicles with high mileage. However I do see a couple selling for $20K-$21K with 40K miles on them. If it were me and I could afford the extra money then I would be considering one of these as the extra money buys considerably lower miles (though they're outside of warranty based on time).

Mike Shaw in Colorado Springs has a 2007 328xi with 40,339 with an asking price of $20,388. If you can afford a little bit more you could probably negotiate that price down a little bit.

Edit: If you need a good indy in the Denver metro area let me know.
17k is not really a hard limit. I guess the limit is more like $250 a month. Going to have 6-8k to put down on the car too depending on circumstances.

Car also has to be a manual. I will not get an auto. I drove one the other day and could not stand it.
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Car also has to be a manual. I will not get an auto. I drove one the other day and could not stand it.
Save the manuals!

I bought a 2006 325i with 79,000 miles for less than 8 grand.

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Go for a 06 325 XI. the 06 models are a decent amount cheaper than 07+.

finding a 6mt is also going to add to the fun of finding one you like in your budget. a RWD car with 16 inch rims on snow tires is pretty dam good in the snow tho. I have a base model 08 328 and it came with 16's, i use them in the winter and im in Chicago......things get interesting here in the winter. Ive never had an issue on the 16's with snow tires. keep a full tank of gas for some more weight towards the rear of the car.
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Go for a 06 325 XI. the 06 models are a decent amount cheaper than 07+.

finding a 6mt is also going to add to the fun of finding one you like in your budget. a RWD car with 16 inch rims on snow tires is pretty dam good in the snow tho. I have a base model 08 328 and it came with 16's, i use them in the winter and im in Chicago......things get interesting here in the winter. Ive never had an issue on the 16's with snow tires. keep a full tank of gas for some more weight towards the rear of the car.
Also, the 325i, 328i and 330i come with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) that keep the car going straight and not spinning the tires when the roads get icy. And of course all of these cars have ABS to keep you from skidding and maintaining steering control.

Unless you live in a place that sees frequent heavy snow that doesn't get plowed, I wouldn't get AWD. And AWD, besides adding cost, makes the car understeer (relative to a RWD car) and adds weight and complexity.
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Oh, I see you live in Denver so AWD may be just the thing if you spend a lot of time heading up into the mountains to go skiing, or whatever. If you live down in the city and don't venture up into the mountains very often I'd stick with RWD.
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Or if roads blatantly suck where you are, but you still get occasional snow, an XI isn't a bad choice, as you'll not only get AWD, but you'll be able to get the sports package seats/steering wheel without the harsh suspension.
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Oh, I see you live in Denver so AWD may be just the thing if you spend a lot of time heading up into the mountains to go skiing, or whatever. If you live down in the city and don't venture up into the mountains very often I'd stick with RWD.
Like I stated before it has to be AWD for work reasons and for the general weather we get here. Will not have another RWD car. I did that once and won't do it again.
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How are you set for ground clearance? The X3 has some more than an e90 x-drive.
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Don't forget the power of negotiation I'd negotiate that price to about 16k
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Negotiating works wonders. I was able to knock a grand off the asking price of my '07 328i just by griping about the mileage (79,321). All I had to do was wave a check at the dealer, tell him I'd buy it that same DAY if he would haggle with me, and he was sold on what I wanted to pay. Money talks, never underestimate the power of negotiation.

OP - good luck with your search & purchase!
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How are you set for ground clearance? The X3 has some more than an e90 x-drive.
Ground clearance is not an issue. Have not had any problems in my current AWD car even with snow over the front bumper. Also the X3's get too horrible of gas mileage for me to even consider. Also my girlfriend would kill me as she hates SUV's

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