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Old 08-20-2014, 10:08 AM
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Buying a BMW 328i

How's it going guys, I'm looking to buy my first BMW soon (yay!). My budget is about $20,000 (over/under a few thousand bucks) and I'm interested in getting a 2006-2010 BMW 328i coupe. Is it better to get one with mileage in 35,000-45,000 range or spending a bit more to get a CPO BMW in the 55,000-60,000 mileage range? Thanks a lot!
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:24 AM
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:08 AM
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How's it going guys, I'm looking to buy my first BMW soon (yay!). My budget is about $20,000 (over/under a few thousand bucks) and I'm interested in getting a 2006-2010 BMW 328i coupe. Is it better to get one with mileage in 35,000-45,000 range or spending a bit more to get a CPO BMW in the 55,000-60,000 mileage range? Thanks a lot!
I would go with the lowest mileage car you can find in your price range.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:56 AM
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I just bought my 328i from a BMW dealer in CA for $20,250, had only 27k on it. Mine is not a coupe, though. I think you could probably find one with lower miles, at least that's what I'd recommend. Peace of mind.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:19 PM
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I would go with the lowest mileage car you can find in your price range.
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Plus, CPO for at least some peace of mind.

But buy whatever you feel comfortable with, obviously.

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Old 08-20-2014, 03:36 PM
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About 60K, your water pump (and thermostat) are likely to be needing replacement (yes, some cars go farther, but you are fighting statistics!) You might need a new valve cover oil gasket about then, too. The BMW is otherwise pretty reliable and trouble free, needing only the expected renewals of brake pads & rotors, belts, things that simply wear with miles or age. Then about 95K+ you start to hit the repair intensive years.

So the actual value of the CPO is dependent upon how many miles YOU drive + the miles already on the car! BMW doesn't make the CPO coverage end at 100k because they are financially stupid.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:15 PM
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Just took delivery of a 2011 328i CPO with 31k miles.

I was also looking at a 2010 328i from a Mercedes dealer w/ 55k miles.

I went with the CPO. It was 5k more, but I feel I got a lot for that 5k.

1. 11 months original warranty still left.
2. 2 year CPO
3. BMW did their inspection.

I too looked at CPO cars with 50k on them. I just couldn't justify the cost for the milage. It wasn't much cheaper than the car I ended up with, but I worked the dealer pretty hard.


Other issues that are real for this car and one that can cost you a lot is the evaporator.

The car I just bought was done prior to me buying it. Its definitely an issue on this car and you better be ready for the expense.

The other issue I can remember from my research is the alternator. Apparently the bearings go bad and makes a really loud whine. I like having the peace of mind for the next 11 months of getting everything taking car of.


I'm not sure how much anyones opinion is on the internet is without complete disclosure of where one is at in their lives. A college student working 2 jobs and putting themselves through school may look at the car purchase differently than a 50y/o that is about to retire or anyone in-between.

I'm pretty finically conservative and if you are worried about costs, I would recommend going CPO. Try to find an in service date in 2012. Probably few but there are some out there.

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I went a different direction. It may turn out to be a disaster, but the jury is still out.
I found a 08 with 78K on it for $13K.
It looks and runs like new. It has all service records etc. I'm a sales rep, so I'm going to rack up miles fast. I've had it a few months and put on 4,000 miles. So far so good. No extended warranty. With only $13K invested, I can put some $$ into it when needed. If I would have bought one with lower miles and paid extra $$, I'd still have a lot of miles on it in no time, and have run out the extended warranty.
I know it's a roll of the dice, but $13K, for a car this nice.. Hopefully it doesn't bite me later. Ha


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Old 08-21-2014, 08:22 AM
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Great move!

I looked for the same car for 3 weeks before giving up and getting the 2011. Even had a deal on a 2007 that was really nice but my spidey senses went off and walked away. Good Luck and enjoy.

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I went a different direction. It may turn out to be a disaster, but the jury is still out.
I found a 08 with 78K on it for $13K.
It looks and runs like new. It has all service records etc. I'm a sales rep, so I'm going to rack up miles fast. I've had it a few months and put on 4,000 miles. So far so good. No extended warranty. With only $13K invested, I can put some $$ into it when needed. If I would have bought one with lower miles and paid extra $$, I'd still have a lot of miles on it in no time, and have run out the extended warranty.
I know it's a roll of the dice, but $13K, for a car this nice.. Hopefully it doesn't bite me later. Ha


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Exactly - it's hard to put a single blanket answer over "what car should I buy..." as there are so many different factors involved such as but not limited to cost, mileage, how many miles will one drive, can you perform some of your own maintenance, do you mind paying someone else to work on it, do you have cash reserve for repairs, is it a CPO, is there service records of the car, etc. etc.


With this example yours at 78K may have had almost all it's life on the highway where as another car with 1/2 that mileage may "seem like a better deal/car" but that car could have a lot of hard driving, city driving, short trips, driven by an inexperienced drive, etc. Unfortunately you will almost NEVER know the history of that car when you buy used.
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About 60K, your water pump (and thermostat) are likely to be needing replacement (yes, some cars go farther, but you are fighting statistics!) .
I have an 07 328i w/ 149600 miles (bought it w/ 7900), no problems with water pump or thermostat.
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:38 PM
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I have an 07 328i w/ 149600 miles (bought it w/ 7900), no problems with water pump or thermostat.

Perfect!! I have to admit though. It's a challenge to drive these cars "conservatively" for a longer, more "trouble free"life.


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Old 08-23-2014, 05:47 PM
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It's a challenge to drive these cars "conservatively" for a longer, more "trouble free"life.

I'm not sure that driving conservatively has much of an effect on BMW longevity. The cars are designed to be driven flat out on the Autobahn.

The engine, transmission, clutch and suspension of my car has been near-Toyota/Honda-reliable. It's everything that's bolted to (or wired into) the mechanical parts that's been the problem.
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