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E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:33 AM
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Is a 07 335i twin turbo 95k a good buy?

Hello,

Is this a good buy for $15k

2007 335I M package incluing m competition 19 inch wheels m sport suspension and m front bumeper.black on black TWIN TURBO with 95.5k miles on it. just had the
100k maintance service done on it. with a new belt and a new battery along with the belt tensioners like 2 weeks ago. Also has a full ecu tune, custom exhaust system h&r 12mm wheel spacers in the rear aftermarket intake system. He selling cheap because he needs a truck for his new buesniss he is getting in to. He is gonna flip houses.


What do you guys think. Should I or should I not????
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:44 AM
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Looks nice, but I'd do the following:
  • research actual sales prices of similar cars in your area
  • have the car fully checked by a reputable independent BMW specialist
  • use any noted issues to negotiate a lower price
  • confirm that the aftermarket intake is CARB approved
  • even if deemed to be in excellent condition, offer low-end price to start and work up from there. You can always increase your offer, but it's hard to "go lower".
If all works out and you purchase the car, enjoy and become an active member of this board.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:52 AM
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He had the car at 18k on craiglist but since he already has a truck in mind he needs the money asap. We are going to the BMW dealership to do a pre-buyers inspection. We will see how it goes. Do the turbos go out on this type of car, if it does whats the cost on them?
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:31 AM
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New timing belt? Something is wrong here. Its a timing chain not a belt and they don't need replacing at 100K the way a belt would.

My opinion is not to purchase a high mileage 335 that has been modded - it is more likely to have been driven hard. Its a strong platform, but again just an opinion. The timing belt comment is a red flag for me.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:05 AM
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I too would be concerned about a "timing belt", but since the type isn't specified; it might be a serpentine belt. I also agree that a modified 335i is likely to have been driven hard.

The reduced price may have to do with "red flags" that others have noticed.

The pre-purchase inspection is essential in this case. If all checks out and you still want the car; it's worth whatever price is agreed upon by the buyer and seller. The cheaper you can get it, the more $ you'll have for the inevitable repairs that arise on any high-mileage car.
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:28 PM
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I understand the idea that a modded 335i may have been driven hard and that should be a consideration when purchasing. But what are you guys with FBO cars going to do when it comees time to sell? Are you going to take that point to heart and price your car accordingly? Not trying to throw stones here, I am just genuinely curious what the "other side" thinks.

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Old 06-24-2014, 01:25 PM
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I plan on keeping my car for a long time. 80K miles and it is rock solid. Interior looks brand new. Just minor stone chips on the front bumper but otherwise the paint looks awesome. No rattles even though I have the sport suspension. I know that around 100K I will need brakes, rotors, tires, water pump (already changes the thermostat) and shocks struts and finally a walnut blast. But the car is a joy to drive and I plan on keeping it for a long time.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:16 PM
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No

Dont do it

It will soon costs money to keep it going

I stay under 60k
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:56 PM
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I just traded my '08 335i in a few months ago w/just under 50k on the clicker. no probs w/the car in the 3.5 yrs I owned it. My first BMW, an '94 Arctic Grey 325i had the tranny go out at 147k. I bought it used in '07 for 5k w/143,000 on it. I have to agree w/ previous poster about staying under 60k. My old '08 has or will likely sell in the 14 to 15k range. I just did a KBB on an '07 w/95k loaded w/19's and came up w/ 15,180$ so it seems a fair asking price. You get the mods for free basically. But then we all know that we hardly ever get our money back for aftermarket mods. They can sometimes be detrimental in resale as former posters have noted. Best of luck in your choice.
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:26 PM
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No

Dont do it

It will soon costs money to keep it going

I stay under 60k
Why stay under 60K? These cars don't just tank after 60k miles, just might need a new water pump.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:25 PM
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Just to state the obvious, car looks like it was pretty heavily modified, on top of what you mentioned, there was not an M-sport package in 2007 in the US, M-sport didn't come until 2009, so anything m-sport has been added, like the front bumper and the wheels (which may or may not be replica's as they were not available on the car in 2007 - they look like reps, but something to ask about). In 2007 you could get the sport package, easiest way to tell is if it has sport seats with the adjustable thigh support. Suspension is definitely lowered, so the suspension is no longer stock, could just be lower springs or could be coil overs, but find out. Other than that, it looks very nice, but is 100k bmw that has been tuned and BMW's get bit expensive north of 100k under normal circumstances, so just an FYI on that also.

Definitely take it for a drive and get it on the highway at a constant speed to see what you think of the exhaust, 335's tend to drone on some aftermarket exhausts, so test it out before you buy in case you need to figure in a different exhaust.

As others have said, find a good indy maybe people here can point you in the right direction and have pay them for an hour or two to go over the car and detail out everything it needs and what it will cost to fix it, then subtract that from what you plan on offering.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:05 PM
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OP.

I am trading my 335xi in tomorrow with more than 162,000 miles on it. Original turbos.

I would take the car to a BMW dealer and have them PDI the car. Your probably on the cusp of needing about 2-3k spending on it. Oil filter housing, leaky valve cover gasket, oil pan probably is starting to get wet now at this mileage and I am sure that if its auto it needs mechatronic sleeve replaced. The injectors and coil packs and plugs probably need replacing now or very soon. As well as rear diff fluid and tranny fluid and coolant flush.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:18 PM
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95k Miles is a little excessive. When you bring it in for maintenance i hope you have a lot of $$ to put up.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:01 AM
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Ok, so this is my silly self thinking about some of the comments on here...
The car is an '07 with 95Kmiles, that means that in the last 7yrs it avg'd about 13Kmiles, give or take, which is about normal driving distance according to the insurance industry.
Second, it's a German engineered vehicle, why are some people here saying that it's a high mileage car?
Shouldn't we expect our vehicles to reach 200K miles with little fuss; i mean, trading a car in at 60K, i would think that an engine could take way more miles than that for people to be worried about problems. Or are we saying that our cars are disposable and should be discarded after 100K miles???
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:12 AM
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When you bring it in for maintenance i hope you have a lot of $$ to put up.
Actually you take it in for maintenance......


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Old 06-26-2014, 08:54 AM
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Pay the $150 for an independent inspection.

Take the car out for a a 10 mile drive or so put it through all gears. Monitor the temperature gauge. Listen for noises, feel for pulls

No point in checking for body damage as it's been modified a lot so who knows what happened to it.

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Old 06-27-2014, 05:49 AM
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I will never buy another pre-owned car without taking a paint thickness meter to the entire car, this will yield useful information.
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:33 PM
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Where does it say he changed a "timing belt"?

Isn't there a huge accessory belt that turns the alternator, A/C compressor etc?

I may have misread...just asking
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The op has not replied to this thread since the day he posted.

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Old 06-27-2014, 07:40 PM
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I will never buy another pre-owned car without taking a paint thickness meter to the entire car, this will yield useful information.
This!! Also, pay the money for a good mechanic to go over it with a fine tooth comb!

I just looked at, and test drove an e93 convertible that appeared to be in perfect condition, and checked all the right boxes.

Car had been fully detailed, so looked brand new. Clean carfax, mint interior, sport package on 19s, premium package, comfort access, NAV, Monaco Blue on tan interior, manual transmission, drove well, etc.

My mechanic looked at it, and told me to run, not walk away. Car had been hit and repainted in the left front, right rear, and a host of other issues that I didn't see.

All on an '07 with only 74,000kms on it.



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