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Old 07-10-2014, 12:46 PM
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Good Buy? Need some advice.

Hello everyone, new to the site! So I've been looking to buy my first car and I've always wanted and older BMW. There is a 1980 320i 5- speed for sale for 3k it has 166k miles. Looks to be in really good condition in the photos but I myself am not well educated on how long they stay alive for and things like that any advice? Thanks
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:24 PM
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run a magnet down the side of the car and around the taillights if it doesn't stick something has been bondod. see if you can talk them down. 3k is a lot for one
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:07 PM
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run a magnet down the side of the car and around the taillights if it doesn't stick something has been bondod. see if you can talk them down. 3k is a lot for one
Yeah I was thinking of asking for a lower price. Any idea how long 320is usually stay strong for? is 166k miles a lot? and do you know how much maintenance and upkeep is for a car like this?
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:13 PM
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Yeah I was thinking of asking for a lower price. Any idea how long 320is usually stay strong for? is 166k miles a lot? and do you know how much maintenance and upkeep is for a car like this?
depends on where you shop. from rock auto I can do a full tune up for around $70 then buy the oil from walmart and it's $90 total and thats for NGK wires and Plugs. 166k is good mileage average mileage in America atleast is about 25k/year
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:04 PM
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depends on where you shop. from rock auto I can do a full tune up for around $70 then buy the oil from walmart and it's $90 total and thats for NGK wires and Plugs. 166k is good mileage average mileage in America atleast is about 25k/year
If i got him down to about 2.5k or around there would you say this would be a good buy for my first car. Not looking to buy a money pit for the future!
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:31 PM
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If i got him down to about 2.5k or around there would you say this would be a good buy for my first car. Not looking to buy a money pit for the future!
yeah just remember if you go to a parts store for the tuneup it can be pricey. I priced it out today and it was $80 just for a sparkplug wires. rock auto I can get everything for $90 I forgot to add fuel and air filter. So with Walmarts Super-tech oil it costs around $110 for everything

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