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Old 07-05-2015, 12:51 AM
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Purchase 2011 335ix or 2013 328i

Hey I'm new to this forum seeking advise for purchasing a bmw. I've narrowed my search to a 2011 335ix and 2013 328i. The 335ix isn't certified at ~25k while the 328i is certified 6 year or 100k miles at ~27k. I like the speed of the 335ix but prefer the newer body style of the 328i. I've been trying to weigh the cost of going with the uncertified 335ix as opposed 328i with the 6 year. I'm under a budget and worried about the maintenance cost accumulation for the 335ix without certification. Could anyone provide advice or their experience in terms of maintenance costs on either car? Partially the 335i

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Old 07-05-2015, 02:06 AM
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The annual maintenance costs after the '13 exits the paid scheduled service plan would be roughly equivalent between both cars. So what you're really asking about is repairs. The CPO safety net is good protection for your wallet because ANY repair on a BMW can be expensive. The 3's have had some of the best reliability records of most of the BMWs but they can break! IMHO the best protection you can get is by vetting any preowned car with a thorough comprehensive pre-purchase inspection including a detailed record of any and all service records. If a dealer or private seller is unwilling to allow the first or provide the second - WALK AWAY! Or, be prepared to join the collection of angry frustrated and disappointed BMW owners!
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Old 07-05-2015, 04:13 AM
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Thanks, I think both have a car fax so I'll be able to look up service records. Both are dealer vehicles
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:44 AM
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Get the newer one, 2 years newer, warranty, and body style you like. The 328 is plenty fast and you have a safety net for big repairs.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:29 AM
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Why isn't the 2011 335 certified? At a non-BMW dealer? Post the links to the two cars.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:58 AM
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The 2011 isn't certified. Here's the links

http://www.bmwoffairfax.com/certifie...938b5e6b2d.htm

http://www.bmwoffairfax.com/used/BMW...d050815ac6.htm
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Old 07-05-2015, 12:10 PM
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There's no reason they can't certify the 2011. Personally, I'd probably rather have the 2011 335 CPO'd for the same price as the 2013 328.
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Old 07-05-2015, 04:36 PM
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The 335 is xDrive the 328 is RWD; based on your driving needs is AWD a benefit or not? That said, the 328 spent most of its life in the Long Island NY area - the 335xDrive looks like a local car though it shuffled through an Audi dealership before it went to auction to be picked up by your local BMW dealer. That's no big deal but you might want to inquire about the accident 3 years back - could have been minor and sorted out OK.

As to them being "dealer" vehicles; if you have a close personal relationship with the dealer and they will shoot straight with you - GREAT! But there are enough horror stories about poor dealer service that IF you are unsure then insist on a pre-purchase inspection by a qualified third party. You can get any number of recommendations in your local area by asking in the dealer sub-forum or even checking with the BMWCCA local chapter.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:03 AM
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I asked the dealer if they could certify the 335 but was told they couldn't. Would pay the extra money for the certification
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:22 AM
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Cars that have been in accidents can not be certified. Also, didn't the 2011 335's suffer from the fuel pump problem that was fixed by 2013. I would go with the newer 328i with CPO warranty if you think you can live without Xdrive. Otherwise keep looking for a good, clean 335xI. Don't be in a hurry. There are plenty of them out there for sale.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:31 AM
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After looking at the listings, personally I would not choose either car. It is up to personal taste, but I would prefer a 2012 or newer 3-series minimally equipped with Sport line, Navigation and Xdrive for the Washington, DC area. Also, the listing I saw showed the 335 with ~47K miles. It is almost out of warranty, so I would stay away.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:14 PM
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I actually found two 335i x with less miles and certified. One has about 30k miles the other 34k. Both are about listed ~28k. I think I'm going to check those out as well.
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:10 PM
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That sounds like a good idea. I think you will enjoy the 335i over the 328i. Keep in mind that the 2012 and newer cars come with the 8-speed automatic and can be equipped with sport transmission. I have had that on both on my last two 3-series and enjoyed it.

I faced a similar dilemma when I bought my 2012 335i in early 2012. new body style and still plenty of 2011 models left over to choose from. I am glad I got the 2012 over the 2011. Car is slightly larger and just more modern, not that there was anything wrong with the 2011 models.

One general rule of thumb is to buy the newest, lowest mileage one you can afford. There are many purists on the board that say the 3-series and BMW in general have lost their magic over recent years. Ignore them and get what feels right for you. I think you will enjoy it.
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Old 07-07-2015, 05:06 PM
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Cars that have been in accidents can not be certified.
This is not correct unfortunately. I found out the hard way, I just traded my 2011 335 xdrive for a 2013 CPO 328 sport CPO with x drive and I am very happy with the new whip. However my old 335 did have an accident that popped up on the carfax a year after I bought it from the dealer from the previous owner. It was not a mistake either I called the state and got the accident report. The dealer that I traded my old 335 into has it listed again as a CPO on the lot right now. The carfax shows that it was in an accident.
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:09 PM
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In your case the accident report showed up a year AFTER the vehicle had been certified. Part of the certification process is an inspection of the CARFAX and AUTOCHECK reports. I suspect the certifying dealer did not know at the time that the vehicle had been in an accident. I suppose there is some leeway in the process to allow cars with minor body work performed to BMW standards to be certified. In general, however, I don't think this is the norm for BMW.
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:03 AM
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Another option, if you go with newer 328 is to chip it with Stage 1 tune from BMS or similar. This will bring the power closer to 335 and you could always unplug the module before visiting the dealer.
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