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Old 05-07-2014, 04:28 PM
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Talking new buyer questions

I know how much people hate these basic questions but it's almost impossible to search for all these questions.

I'm an audi tt owner now and I was looking to explore a bmw. My 2 options right now are 3series and audi a5.


I'm looking at 2010-2012 bmws and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction for common issues/upcoming services (timing belts, etc.). One of the cars I'm looking at on friday is a 2010 328i xdrive with 53k. Is there something in particular I should be checking for? What would be the "market price" for a car like that in the northeast? I've checked kbb and a few others but I wanted to hear from you guys.

thanks for your help!
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:48 PM
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I know how much people hate these basic questions but it's almost impossible to search for all these questions.

I'm an audi tt owner now and I was looking to explore a bmw. My 2 options right now are 3series and audi a5.


I'm looking at 2010-2012 bmws and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction for common issues/upcoming services (timing belts, etc.). One of the cars I'm looking at on friday is a 2010 328i xdrive with 53k. Is there something in particular I should be checking for? What would be the "market price" for a car like that in the northeast? I've checked kbb and a few others but I wanted to hear from you guys.

thanks for your help!
You should use the search here first, you'll find this topic is covered weekly.
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:53 PM
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Agreed. When I get a car that's new to me (or think about doing so) I go to forums like this and look around for posts that relate. Do some research and you won't have to ask this question.
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got it. thanks.
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I know how much people hate these basic questions but it's almost impossible to search for all these questions.

I'm an audi tt owner now and I was looking to explore a bmw. My 2 options right now are 3series and audi a5.


I'm looking at 2010-2012 bmws and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction for common issues/upcoming services (timing belts, etc.). One of the cars I'm looking at on friday is a 2010 328i xdrive with 53k. Is there something in particular I should be checking for? What would be the "market price" for a car like that in the northeast? I've checked kbb and a few others but I wanted to hear from you guys.

thanks for your help!
Years ago I asked the same question about the E39, a wise member of the forum suggested I visit independent shops and ask the techs what they were troubles they were finding in their area.
I'd talk with techs, dealership service guys (if they allow it), check with the local club and other forums.
So much depends on the number of options on the car, the maintenance record, etc. that a pre-purchase inspection a must.
For what it's worth we have a 2006 325xi with 118,000 miles. Besides the usual maintenance items (oil, filter, coolant & brake flush, front/rear diff. lube change, a/t filter & flush, tires, brakes & rotors), we've changed water pump & thermostat on a preventive basis. The car has been trouble-knock on large piece of wood-free.
Good luck
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Many warn that the 2010 and maybe some early 11s have a cheaper stereo system, 2009 was better and fixed for later 2011 and 2012.
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I know how much people hate these basic questions but it's almost impossible to search for all these questions.

I'm an audi tt owner now and I was looking to explore a bmw. My 2 options right now are 3series and audi a5.


I'm looking at 2010-2012 bmws and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction for common issues/upcoming services (timing belts, etc.). One of the cars I'm looking at on friday is a 2010 328i xdrive with 53k. Is there something in particular I should be checking for? What would be the "market price" for a car like that in the northeast? I've checked kbb and a few others but I wanted to hear from you guys.

thanks for your help!

HERE

Many more issues can happen - with a little time on the forums, common issues are evident. Yep, you'll find SEARCH quite useful, after you learn a few things....experience, german384, you need experience with cars. And let's not ignore GOOGLE, a widely used search engine that can access all forums quickly. Yes. Try GOOGLE as you stroll through posts looking at various BMW issues.

In short order, you'll find, common problems are remarkably easy to find! Feel free to add to the list.



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