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Old 02-21-2014, 05:55 PM
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About To Buy A 2006 325i - Need Information

Hello,

I wanted to ask some questions about the costs and maintenance of owning a 325i, and if anyone has previously owned, or currently owns a 2006 325i I would appreciate your input even more.

This will be my first BMW car, although I have grown up with my father owning 8+ BMW's while I grew up and currently has one.

I wanted to know if there would be any major costs or warning you guys would warn me about before going through with buying the car.

The car itself is in near perfect condition, 150,000 miles, automatic transmission, has a clean record and clean Carfax, and drives amazing.

Any information, warnings, or advice on maintaining the car would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Colin
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:46 PM
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I wanted to know if there would be any major costs or warning you guys would warn me about before going through with buying the car.

The car itself is in near perfect condition, 150,000 miles, automatic transmission, has a clean record and clean Carfax, and drives amazing.

Uh huh....you really, REALLY need to read THIS several times.
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:22 PM
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Hello,

I wanted to ask some questions about the costs and maintenance of owning a 325i, and if anyone has previously owned, or currently owns a 2006 325i I would appreciate your input even more.

This will be my first BMW car, although I have grown up with my father owning 8+ BMW's while I grew up and currently has one.

I wanted to know if there would be any major costs or warning you guys would warn me about before going through with buying the car.

The car itself is in near perfect condition, 150,000 miles, automatic transmission, has a clean record and clean Carfax, and drives amazing.

Any information, warnings, or advice on maintaining the car would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Colin
Congratulations Colin!

I purchased a 2006 325i a year ago and I LOVE it. It has cost me less than $100 in maintenance and repairs (not including body repairs due to it being damaged before I bought it) in that year.

Admittedly I have only driven it around 5,000 miles, since my wife and I have five cars between the two of us.

Mine has about half the miles yours does and it is a 6-speed manual.

Besides a 50 cent fuel pump fuse the only thing that has gone awry in the last year is the LCD display for the radio. I fades out, and is hard to read after about 30 minutes or so, when the inside of the car gets warm.

I have changed the oil and engine coolant and that's about it. But as I said mine has about half the miles yours does and I have only driven it those 5,000 miles.

Good luck and enjoy your Bimmer!
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:02 AM
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06 325i 150,000 Miles

Hmmm... I go and buy a Subaru
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:33 AM
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Hello,

I wanted to ask some questions about the costs and maintenance of owning a 325i, and if anyone has previously owned, or currently owns a 2006 325i I would appreciate your input even more.

This will be my first BMW car, although I have grown up with my father owning 8+ BMW's while I grew up and currently has one.

I wanted to know if there would be any major costs or warning you guys would warn me about before going through with buying the car.

The car itself is in near perfect condition, 150,000 miles, automatic transmission, has a clean record and clean Carfax, and drives amazing.

Any information, warnings, or advice on maintaining the car would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Colin
if you can work on the car yourself and do the minor repairs,
oil changes, gasket replacemnts, brakes, transmission fluid changes, etc
then it might be an ok car

if you cannot, best is to find one with a lot less miles

or get some deeper pockets
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:05 AM
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That is an insane amount of miles for this kind of car. I wouldn't do it, unless they were giving me the car.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:57 AM
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Not sure why that's an insane amount of mileage for a car of this type. Cars today last longer than ever. Why would these be any different? That being said, it's still a lot of miles (though they might be more highway on this one) and a 2006 is starting to get up there a little in age so, personally, I wouldn't buy a car like that unless I was paying cash and could part with a few grand in repairs right away if something went wrong, as anything can on an older vehicle. The bills get big pretty fast with these cars.

A few things that you didn't mention are:
  • How many owners?
  • Are maintenance records available, and if so, what do they show?
  • Who's selling the car? (current owner, dealer of some sort, broker?)
  • How's it priced, especially compared with cars that are a little newer with lower mileage?

Don't even consider buying it without a thorough pre-purchase inspection by someone who knows these cars. My car has half the miles of the one you're looking at and it seems like every year or two there's a $1000+ expenditure on something. A couple years ago it was the water pump failing. Last year it was oil leaks from the valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket, AND head gasket. Fortunately the head gasket leak seems to have been solved by replacing one snapped aluminum bolt or I might have decided to just part ways with the car.

If you're buying it hoping for a trouble-free car, especially if costly repairs could put you in a tough spot, an 8-year-old BMW 150K mile probably isn't a good choice. However, if you like the car and are comfortable gambling on possibly having some costly repairs in exchange for the lower purchase price, it may work out fine for you. Just realize you're risking more than you would be if it were a car from someone like Toyota or Honda with a great reputation for reliability and repair costs that are a little more reasonable, or at least a newer BMW with lower mileage and maybe some warranty left.
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150,000miles on E9x... stay away
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Hello,

I wanted to ask some questions about the costs and maintenance of owning a 325i, and if anyone has previously owned, or currently owns a 2006 325i I would appreciate your input even more.

This will be my first BMW car, although I have grown up with my father owning 8+ BMW's while I grew up and currently has one.

I wanted to know if there would be any major costs or warning you guys would warn me about before going through with buying the car.

The car itself is in near perfect condition, 150,000 miles, automatic transmission, has a clean record and clean Carfax, and drives amazing.

Any information, warnings, or advice on maintaining the car would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Colin
You might want to check in here: http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners

for past recalls and owner complaints.
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