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Old 07-07-2014, 05:51 PM
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Buy w/ 25k or 40k? 328i?

Looking to purchase a 2011 328i (or maybe 2009). Would like to spend max 20-21k. I am finding some with around 40k miles for around $20,000 or so, which is great.

Ideally I'd like one with around 25k miles but those are around $23,000-$25,000, on the low end.

Is it worth the extra couple grand for one with 15,000 less miles? Having had a BMW before I am keeping repairs, maintenance etc. in mind.

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Old 07-07-2014, 07:17 PM
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A general rule of thumb is to always try to buy the lowest mileage car but with that said, do both of these have any service history/records, etc. Try to go but the history of the car too, one owner, several owners, dealer serviced, etc. The one with 40K could be a highway miles driven by an older person where the one with 25K could have been driven more city stop/go traffic and neglected more?

But to answer your question, I personally would spend a couple of grand more in getting a car with less than 15K miles.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:23 AM
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:00 AM
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It's worth the extra grand. 15k less miles equals an extra year give or take depending on what you use your vehicle for.


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Buy what you like, with the options you want, rather than spend extra for lower miles. The 328i is pretty reliable and it will have 80K miles or more on it before anything really needs attention. Unless you drive massive miles that years off in either case.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:45 PM
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Thanks for replies.

http://www.carmax.com/enus/view-car/...results%20page

Too much? KBB is valued at 22 or so. This thing is loaded for the most part and in perfect condition. Saw it the other day. Low miles.
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I'd go for a lower mile car. N4S
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:13 PM
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A general rule of thumb is to always try to buy the lowest mileage car but with that said, do both of these have any service history/records, etc. Try to go but the history of the car too, one owner, several owners, dealer serviced, etc. The one with 40K could be a highway miles driven by an older person where the one with 25K could have been driven more city stop/go traffic and neglected more?

But to answer your question, I personally would spend a couple of grand more in getting a car with less than 15K miles.
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http://www.carmax.com/enus/view-car/...results%20page

Too much? KBB is valued at 22 or so. This thing is loaded for the most part and in perfect condition. Saw it the other day. Low miles.
If KBB is 22, then you should be able to find one easily enough. In fact, it's possible that this price here may drop with some time. I suppose I would pay the set price if this car screams out to you. I myself overpaid because I finally found one that I really was crazy about. (Got sick of myself, TBH, try finding a low miles 6MT that's pleasing.) The engine bay shot is disappointing to the detailer in me, because of all the splothcy marks I see. Maybe they are easily removed with chemical cleaner, I don't know. Keep at it, you'll eventually find one that you have to have.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:57 PM
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http://www.carmax.com/enus/view-car/...results%20page

Too much? KBB is valued at 22 or so. This thing is loaded for the most part and in perfect condition. Saw it the other day. Low miles.
My experience (after buying 2 BMW's from Carmax) is that while their pricing may sometimes be a bit higher than KBB (seems to depend on the model year, miles, etc.), it's pretty fair and (at least for me) worth not dealing with the hassle of private party or haggling with a dealer.

Also keep in mind that Carmax gives you a 5 day money back guarantee and 30 day warranty. You can take advantage of this by buying the car, immediately taking it to a BMW shop (*not* the dealer - but a good local shop), and getting it inspected top to bottom. Most indie's will charge <$200 for this service and I promise you they will find a list of problems. Next, take this list back to Carmax and tell them to pony up and fix it. They will. Or they'll offer to take the car back. Or you'll offer to return it, and then they'll starting dancing the dance

If would also suggest buying the extended warranty. It will probably run you $1500+ depending on how much coverage you want (for my 535xi, it cost $2500 for 6yr/ up to 100k miles, and I bought the car at 40k mi). It is an awesome warranty and will cover just about anything that isn't maintenance or trim/windows. Plus you can take the car to a BMW dealer and pay $50 per visit regardless of the total repair bill, and get a sweet loaner to boot.

On one of my cars, I didn't buy the extended warranty initially, but they still let me buy it before my 30 day free warranty was up. I don't know if this is their policy or if they just let it slide, though.

Finally - given the warranty you are looking at a Carmax car with 15k more miles for a lot less, it's worth considering, assuming you buy the warranty.

-Ben

P.S. I don't work for Carmax, I promise Mostly I like the selection and extended warranty, and I've been burned a few times with ridiculous repair bills on these money sucking machines we call Bimmers.
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I buy a low K from an elderly owner

But I won't buy a low K from a race runner even just 1000K

so check out who owns the car first
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