Hello everybody, I'm in the market for a used bmw under 10k. The main things I'm concerned about are reliability and what to look for. I've been reading and I think my best bet is a 335i, but I'm pretty new to the car world and have never owned a bmw.
It has been said there is nothing more expensive than a cheap BMW.
Many in the E46 forum will tell you no matter what the purchase price is to expect the actual cost to be $10k ($4k purchase needs $6k of work). The older and cheaper the car...suspension, tie rods, CV's, tires, brakes, gaskets, seals, cooling system, etc. If you are not a mechanic or at least willing to learn a bit shop prices are going to drain you.
As the owner of multiple xdrive E46's (all M54) and a 2008 335xi (N54) I have to agree with the above and say get an E9x 328i and I'll add get a manual transmission. Unless you really need it avoid xdrive, added weight and it gets in the way for a lot of work on the front end typically not worth it.
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