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Old 12-03-2008, 04:27 PM
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Did I get a good deal?

1998 328 IS...pretty mint condition. Completely stock. 130,000 km. $11,000 (Canadian) bottom line (bought from a dealer). Comes with inspection, they are fixing the airbag light too.

Fair?

Update: Guy wouldn't take less than $10750, so I walked. Argh. By far the best thing I've found in 3 months looking, there just aren't that many bimmers to choose from up here.

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Old 12-03-2008, 04:58 PM
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do you have more info and maybe some pics
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:04 PM
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Here's the craigslist ad.

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/ctd/942577975.html

Umm I'm a newb....so I'm not being sarcastic or anything, but what else do u guys need to know?
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:10 PM
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Welcome to the 'Fest. Car looks good!

11,000 CAD is roughly 8,800 USD right now, so with that mileage and condition I'd say you were on the borderline of good and high. From a dealer, then yeah that's decent.

Nothing to write home about, but you didn't get taken, either.

*Car markets do vary from location to location, so this is just what I'd expect to pay in my area.
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Ok...this is getting ridiculous. Someone come buy a few of these things.


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Old 12-03-2008, 05:46 PM
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Look good, seems like a decent deal, although it does seem a little high, but thats a dealer for ya.
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:19 PM
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Appreciate the feedback guys. I've been checking craigslist for the past 2 months and this was the best deal I could find for an E36 in that condition/mileage around here.

Thanks.
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:40 PM
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Yea looks good. Actually just today I coincidently saw an ad in cali for a 98 28is for only 5500 with 102k miles with contour rims, and 5-speed. Looked like a good deal but it wasnt from a dealer which is actually better. I am even tempted to buy it, I might convince my dad to get it since he might return his e90 and we need another car. Wierd thing it happened same day. Here's the link: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/943791370.html
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:22 PM
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I'm going to try to bargain it down a bit more....my reasoning being that with the recession and all that, prices should be dropping. I'll see what I can do.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:30 PM
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I'm going to try to bargain it down a bit more....my reasoning being that with the recession and all that, prices should be dropping. I'll see what I can do.
Yea try it, and if you know the guys good enough try to get a couple month warranty like I did. I got a 6 month warranty on my car ( even though nothing happened '=(. ) But its worth a try and at least give you a couple of months with no worries.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:33 PM
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Nice buy! WELCOME TO THE FEST! yeah id say you were border good and high...
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:04 PM
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shoot the dealer a low offer and work from there, let them work the price up on you, rather then you trying to talk them down. tell them what you want to spend and I am sure they will work with you, I mean come on "commission" they want the sale, and times like this they want it bad.
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:06 AM
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cough coulda bought a m3 cough or e46 3 series cough
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Old 12-04-2008, 01:09 PM
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cough coulda bought a m3 cough or e46 3 series cough
How much should I offer then?
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Old 12-04-2008, 01:48 PM
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cough coulda bought a m3 cough or e46 3 series cough
That's Canadian.........Convert to US that's ~$8800. That won't get you an M3 or an E46 323, unless the E46 is in BAD shape.

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How much should I offer then?
Again, it depends on your local market. Personally, in the Bay Area I wouldn't buy it for over $7500, and that would only be with all records. But, in some areas the cars are worth more. We've got TONS of E36s running around the Bay so they don't sell for much here. If that's the lowest price that you've got, offer him a little below it, say $9500 CAD, when he counters back with XX, chances are it will be just ever so slightly below what he's asking now. Drop the price by about $100 from there and tell him it needs to include taxes and fees, boom. You're all set.
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Old 12-04-2008, 02:22 PM
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hmm e36 phantom, i can find plenty of pretty good condition m3s for 7 and up in my area, and ive seen plenty of e46 3 series for 7.5 and up. now they might not be in very good condition(but most are that i seen) but im pretty sure id rather spend 8000 on a e46/e36 m3 that needs a little TLC than a e36 328i that costs the same


what do you know a 2000 e46 328i going for $8.2k with only 113k miles

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/ctd/945175156.html

or a e46 323i pretty good condition for $7.8k

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/945088060.html

e46 325i 74k miles! 8500$

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/945003790.html

guess its just where i live?
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Old 12-04-2008, 02:25 PM
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The interiors in those e46s are sooooo much nicer than the e36 interiors!
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:35 PM
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Mileage on those, except for the last one, are a lot higher than his.
Same with all the M3s I looked up, they're up in the 140k+ range. The E36 he's looking at is only 80k. Everyone has different priorities. I agree with you, I'd take a higher mileage, newer, nicer condition one than a slightly older lower mileage car (that's what I've done on all my purchases to get good deals), but some people prefer lower mileage.
I don't know what he wants, but I was looking in line with what he posted up.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:18 PM
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Cough *Stop spreading the germs* Cough.....Cough....Jesus.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:08 PM
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I assure you guys that I can't get an e46 for the same kind of price you guys are getting in the States. I don't really want to pay more for insurance anyway. And yeah milage is very important to me.

Thanks for the opinions though!
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:33 PM
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hey i feel. you. hey e36s are better anyways. but definetly offer lower. id say 6000-6800$ is the most i would pay for that. if not jus twait for adifferent one.
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Yea, stick with what you got and bargain, but don't be afraid to give them your offer, even if its like 2-3k below because then thay'll know what price your looking at and would consider a fair reduction. And if everything goes wrong with the bargain, then at least you'll get a pretty clean car for a moderate price. Its worth a try and like Nline6 basically said, they're practically begging you to buy the car.
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[QUOTE=e36mike;3744759]hmm e36 phantom, i can find plenty of pretty good condition m3s for 7 and up in my area, and ive seen plenty of e46 3 series for 7.5 and up. now they might not be in very good condition(but most are that i seen) but im pretty sure id rather spend 8000 on a e46/e36 m3 that needs a little TLC than a e36 328i that costs the same

Where do u live in the bay area?
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if u already studied the market in ur area you know way better than I. so i am gonna say that u already know the answer to ur question. Go N Get it.
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.......~$8800. That won't get you an M3.....
O rly Chad?

Methinks it depends who you know.
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Methinks it depends who you know.
Ya Rly Philip. If you want a high mileage one, sure, but for your regular private party M3 with reasonable mileage, I'd say most will be in the high 8's or above.
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