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Old 03-05-2013, 12:56 PM
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I currently have $10,000. What are my options.

I am interested in a 2006-2007 3 series, automatic. I currently have $10,000 saved. Trying to consider my options. What would you guys recommend?
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I was hoping to pay outright and save for maintenance costs. I am trying to avoid car payments right now.
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Agreed. You are looking to pay about $16,000-$20,000 depending on what you ask for.

Unlike CT I want to give you a third option:
Take money to bank (hold on, read before judging)
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Send me the check, for $10,000
See and you thought I was going to tell you to save the money
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You're not really going to find much, save for some very high mileage 3's with shoddy histories. Not really worth the headache IMO.

For less than $10K, I will suggest looking at the E46. This was the previous generation 3 series and is a real "gem" of a car and more in your price range. The E46 did have its share of issues, but it is a very reliable car and most problems are very well documented with solutions on websites like this one. You can likely pick up an 03-05 330i and still save enough of that 10K in the bank for any repairs or maintenance that might need to be done.

Or ... you can just buy a honda/toyota

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Just to note. I recently sold my 2006 330xi to Carmax for more then what the OP wants to spend. By recently I mean two weeks ago. The guy at carmax showed me a vehicle, just like mine (only difference was color, it had 45k miles and mine had 76k miles). Their price was $20,000
Given that, $10,000 may get you a 2002/03.
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I just paid 14250 for an 07 335i 91,000 on it... 10k is not enough!!
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for the most part you are looking at e46's (1999-2005 sedans, 2000-2006 coupes) at that price. even being the two generations old, only 9+ year old cars are fitting your max price.
i found a handful of E90s...
http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-s...ortBy=yearDESC
but the lack of pictures makes me wonder.
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Buy some stocks, invest in your retirement. IF you somehow find one for $10,000, your monthly repair bill will be much more expensive than leasing a brand new car. Also, I see you asked the same question in the E46 forum when you had $8,000? Get an E46 if you can do your own repairs.

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1. any BMW you'd pay $10k for would like have fairly large repair/maintenance costs.
2. If that is your only savings in the world by no means should you sink it into any BMW let alone a used one.
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I am interested in a 2006-2007 3 series, automatic. I currently have $10,000 saved. Trying to consider my options. What would you guys recommend?

Unless you finance, save your cash. Good BMW in the range very unlikely, $10k In fact, any car for that ammt is questionable.

Figure $20k and remember that you're buying used!
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with $10k and u want to avoid car payments, i suggest u choose anything but a BMW
unless u choose to go for the E46 pre-facelift/E36 with low mileage (they can still be found), u'r looking for some serious maintenance.
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I recently purchased a 2006 E90 325i 6-spd manual with 78k miles for $7,800.

Uh, of course a tree branch had fallen on it! It has a dented in roof, broken out sunroof glass, a ripple dent on the hood and a ding on the fender. It also has a salvage title since it was declared totaled by the insurance company.

So I doubt you are going to find a 2006 2007 model for $10,000 that doesn't have serious issues.

My car runs great and I have no doubt I can get it back on the road for less than two grand (with me doing most of the work).

So unless you are willing to take on such a challenge I'm afraid I have to agree with the other posters that ten grand isn't going to get you a 2006-2007 3 series.

I was actually looking at 2003-2005 E46 3's when I happened upon my damaged 2006. They are great cars as well if less powerful and a bit smaller.
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This just in!

http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/3628603940.html

It does have 118k but it sounds like it might be close to your price range.
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You're not really going to find much, save for some very high mileage 3's with shoddy histories. Not really worth the headache IMO.

For less than $10K, I will suggest looking at the E46. This was the previous generation 3 series and is a real "gem" of a car and more in your price range. The E46 did have its share of issues, but it is a very reliable car and most problems are very well documented with solutions on websites like this one. You can likely pick up an 03-05 330i and still save enough of that 10K in the bank for any repairs or maintenance that might need to be done.

Or ... you can just buy a honda/toyota

Just my .02 cents.
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I've found a 2004 325ci with 78,000km asking about $17k here in Australia

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It seems the money is tight, and wouldn't make much sense to pay for a car that might need expensive repair if you have other high rate debts.

You should give Suze Orman a call.
http://www.suzeorman.com/
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