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Old 02-28-2013, 09:31 AM
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I have an 328i coupe and I am thinking of selling it. The car has 75k miles on it so far. I commute about 120 miles a day! Yeah, that's a lot. I hear that BMW lose their valie after 80k. I want to sell it before 80k. The car is always well maintianed, but I want to know if it is worth keeping the car. Please keep in mind I am financing this car. I had it for a year and was thinking to do a trade in.

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Old 02-28-2013, 09:46 AM
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I recently sold my car to Carmax and the guy told me that typically, for BMWs, they auction them off if they have more than 70k miles. Other cars it's 100k miles. I find that interesting. It's not that BMWs are poorly engineered, it's just that when they do break it's freaking expensive.

Given that, if you think your car is going to give you problems sell it. Otherwise keep it. 328 is a solid line
You definitely can't lease with 28,800 miles/year.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:48 AM
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Awesome thanks for your reply. I keep hearing that after 80k or so they just start giving out. Luckily I havent had a major problem, yet. (Knock on wood)
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Awesome thanks for your reply. I keep hearing that after 80k or so they just start giving out. Luckily I havent had a major problem, yet. (Knock on wood)
06' with 144K miles, no issues at all other than regular maintenance (fluids/bushings/pads etc.) *knock hard as sh*t on wood*.
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So you are really driving a nice used car and putting a lot of miles on it.

What would the alternative be? Driving a new car and putting a lot of miles on it?

I keep a spreadsheet on our cars and just a couple of data points:

a 2002 330i that we have had for 10 years now has 120,000 miles and has cost (purch price - sales price plus repairs .... not maint) us $.24 per mile or $269 per month.

a retired 740il cost $.28 per mile or $639 per month through 82,000 miles.

most expensive was a 2011 F10 that I didn't drive very much and cost $.63 per mile or $500 per month over 19.000 miles

So if you are racking up miles I'd say the best economic decision is to keep your current ride assuming you are enjoying it!
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Awesome thanks for your reply. I keep hearing that after 80k or so they just start giving out. Luckily I havent had a major problem, yet. (Knock on wood)
You keep hearing bad information.
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I have an 328i coupe and I am thinking of selling it. The car has 75k miles on it so far. I commute about 120 miles a day! Yeah, that's a lot. I hear that BMW lose their valie after 80k. I want to sell it before 80k. The car is always well maintianed, but I want to know if it is worth keeping the car. Please keep in mind I am financing this car. I had it for a year and was thinking....

Compare value loss @ 80k mi to the hit on a new car in the first 60 sec of driving after you buy. Wow!

Long commute? Use a reliable used car, preferably diesel. Yeah, diesel - figure 500k mi before engine rebuild. Just sayin.
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Compare value loss @ 80k mi to the hit on a new car in the first 60 sec of driving after you buy. Wow!

Long commute? Use a reliable used car, preferably diesel. Yeah, diesel - figure 500k mi before engine rebuild. Just sayin.
No good diesels within 200'ish Miles of where I live (by good, I basically mean I want a 335d). Want one very bad! My commute is 60 miles a day, plus occasional work related trips. Very annoying to fill up so often.
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Awesome thanks for your reply. I keep hearing that after 80k or so they just start giving out. Luckily I havent had a major problem, yet. (Knock on wood)
If you maintain it well you should be alright. I feel that's what it's all about and the people who say, "I only had problems" at 80k probably said, "15,000 miles for an oil change? SUPER!"

When you knock on wood, I hope you don't knock too hard on that wood veneer that's probably installed in your car
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I keep hearing that after 80k or so they just start giving out.
If that's what you keep hearing, then what I'm about to tell you is really going to throw you for a loop. Ready?

My '07 328i sedan just broke 80,975 miles this morning. She hasn't kicked the bucket on me yet, still going strong, and I've incurred no major repairs since purchased. Just a little TLC and preventative maintenance, and during my commutes to and from work, I breathe easy knowing that we still have a long time together before I consider trading in/selling. Granted, my commutes are nowhere near as lengthy as yours... so either way, reliability is key. I understand your concern, but if your 328i has been reliable to you up until this point, why spend the money to fix something that isn't broke right now, if you know what I mean? I'd say, do what works out best for you... that's one hell of a commute you have though.
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If that's what you keep hearing, then what I'm about to tell you is really going to throw you for a loop. Ready?

My '07 328i sedan just broke 80,975 miles this morning. She hasn't kicked the bucket on me yet, still going strong, and I've incurred no major repairs since purchased. Just a little TLC and preventative maintenance, and during my commutes to and from work, I breathe easy knowing that we still have a long time together before I consider trading in/selling. Granted, my commutes are nowhere near as lengthy as yours... so either way, reliability is key. I understand your concern, but if your 328i has been reliable to you up until this point, why spend the money to fix something that isn't broke right now, if you know what I mean? I'd say, do what works out best for you... that's one hell of a commute you have though.
I'm thinking more money would be saved by actually moving closer to work...
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I have an 328i coupe and I am thinking of selling it. The car has 75k miles on it so far. I commute about 120 miles a day! Yeah, that's a lot. I hear that BMW lose their valie after 80k. I want to sell it before 80k. The car is always well maintianed, but I want to know if it is worth keeping the car. Please keep in mind I am financing this car. I had it for a year and was thinking to do a trade in.

Please let me know what you think!

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If your commute is highway miles then it's less of a concern than if you were driving stop and go.
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I'm thinking more money would be saved by actually moving closer to work...
Or this.
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That's at least a 150K mile car. My wife just sold her 1994 325i with 160K miles on it for $3550.

Take care of it, do the required maintenance and repairs, and drive it till the wheels fall off.

If you're still financing the car, it's insane to sell it. Keep it until it's paid off and at least three years after that to get your money's worth out of it. There is no virtue to making perpetual car payments.
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No good diesels within 200'ish Miles of where I live (by good, I basically mean I want a 335d). Want one very bad! My commute is 60 miles a day, plus occasional work related trips. Very annoying to fill up so often.

Yeah, but you are putting the "best" kind of miles on your car, highway miles. With normal routine maintenance there really is no reason your car should not be able to go 200K. The normally aspirated inline 6 (N52) is one of the most technically advanced engines BMW has to offer. (see the great read at the link) I would not start trying to dump the car because you are approaching that magical "80K" number.

And if you get another car, you are only going to lose even more money by how fast it will depreciate putting on that many miles. With the money your wasting in depreciation you could be saving by driving your current vehicle and keep up with maintenance and a good Indy mechanic to sort out any issues/repairs.

I'm just saying, 80K is way too early to feel like you have to get rid of the car. http://www.mwerks.com/artman/publish...icle_960.shtml
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Yeah, but you are putting the "best" kind of miles on your car, highway miles. With normal routine maintenance there really is no reason your car should not be able to go 200K. The normally aspirated inline 6 (N52) is one of the most technically advanced engines BMW has to offer. (see the great read at the link) I would not start trying to dump the car because you are approaching that magical "80K" number.

And if you get another car, you are only going to lose even more money by how fast it will depreciate putting on that many miles. With the money your wasting in depreciation you could be saving by driving your current vehicle and keep up with maintenance and a good Indy mechanic to sort out any issues/repairs.

I'm just saying, 80K is way too early to feel like you have to get rid of the car. http://www.mwerks.com/artman/publish...icle_960.shtml
I think you quoted the wrong person man, I was just saying how I'd like a diesel but none really in my area. OP's car has 80K miles, but mine has 144K, I'm still planning on driving mine until the wheels fall off!
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I think you quoted the wrong person man, I was just saying how I'd like a diesel but none really in my area. OP's car has 80K miles, but mine has 144K, I'm still planning on driving mine until the wheels fall off!

Yeah, sorry it was intended for 328Avenger
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Best response yet! thanks for your advice. I will keep that in mind.
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