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Old 05-25-2013, 05:27 PM
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Trading 06 330xi for 06 330i with 100k+ miles


I was going to resurrect my old thread ( but thought it may be more appropriate to start a new one.

I've always been a huge fan of the 330 but have been longing to drive a manual ever since I bought it. I've pondered the idea of trading it in for another 330 in manual if the right one came along and I found one I like... the only problem is it has 104k miles on the odometer. I just hit 70k on mine. The car has had two previous owners which isn't bad and has a pretty clean carfax. Here's a link to the car sale. What do you guys think? Is 100k pushing it? If it is decent what should I be looking at for trade in value for my current 330 in 'fair' condition?

Thanks for all your advice in advanced.

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Old 05-25-2013, 08:40 PM
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Only you know what is right for yourself. Don't let the mileage scare you. It's almost a meaningless number. What's more important important is how it has been cared for. The pictures show a very clean car. That suggests good care. See if service records are available. You want to know about the obvious oil and filter changes, spark plugs, brake pads and rotors, but look for evidence of the more subtle things like; manual tranny fluid changes , diff fluid changes, valve cover gasket leak, oil filter housing leak, original water pump and thermostat?.

FWIW, I bought my '06 330i 4.5 yrs ago with 107K miles. I'm at 145K miles now with no major issues. I replaced the water pump and thermostat proactively to avoid a stranding and replaced the valve cover and oil filter housing gaskets recently as they were leaking. Car runs well and looks good.

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Old 05-26-2013, 04:56 AM
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At that age/mileage its always a craopshoot. Get a really good PPI from a BMW Indi & have some "just in case money" available. My 2004 330Ci ZHP 6MT was in excellent condition (Carmax & BMW dealer estimate) at 125K. I had never done the cooling fixes but had done plugs, VC Gasket, O2 sensors, all filters, pads & rotors at 115K miles.

Who ever got the car got a nice package but the cooling work & clutch would have to be done at some point. None of this stuff is a big deal for a DIY, except for maybe the clutch if you have no experience, so that would help to keep the risk down.

Finally take someone with you that has no vested interest in the car to whisper in your ear & listen to them. You can't let the "gotta have it" bug get control of your wallet.

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Old 05-26-2013, 02:08 PM
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thanks for this. I'm definitely going to ask for service records and it helps that I'm familiar with the 330 so I know what subtle areas to check that might go overlooked. Also doesn't hurt to try and take one of my mechanic buddies with me. I found another one with 80k miles but from the pictures it doesn't look as well maintained... I'll try to check both of them out.
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