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Old 12-15-2006, 05:27 PM   #1
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Advice need on Puchasing a 328i

Hey guys i found a

2000 328i Sedan with 228km

Auto,Premium pkg w/memory,leather seats,ASC/TSC,3 month new Michelin tires,HarmonKardon System, Xenon light

Dealer wants $10k

What should i look for ? is it worth the coin ?

i know the basics check carfax, check for repaint etc...

but anything particular i should look for ?


any advice and comments appreciated *santa*
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:53 PM   #2
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- Have the Car checked out my RPM Motors or Bimmersport before you buy it.
- Offer Less (too high of mileage)
- Have the front end checked out on that car (Controls Arms/Ball Joint, Steering Rack)
- Have the rear subframe checked out for cracks etc.
- Check the Front Hood Lip for rust (on in inside when hood is open)

- See if you can find some service history on the car.
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Old 12-15-2006, 06:05 PM   #3
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do u really want to purchase a 2000 BMW das got like 228kms?
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:11 PM   #4
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well an 2000 accord or camry 4cyl, with plain options go for 10k and those last easy 300,000km + , as i've had 3 civics and 2 accords

Here is a 328, inline 6 ,xenons, leather,sunroof

i've seen old skool bmw with 350,000km -400,000km

Controls Arms/Ball Joint,tie rods - were replaced according to the dealer selling it , also has recent new tires

car fax comes up clean , only found 7 record(s) for this 2000 BMW 328I

10/19/1999 Ontario
Ministry of Transportation Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
Vehicle color noted as Blue

03/29/2001 44,897 Inspection Co.
Ontario Vehicle Inspected
Odometer reported as 72,256 kilometers

09/30/2001 Ontario
Ministry of Transportation
Central Ontario Registration issued or renewed

12/03/2003 Ontario
Ministry of Transportation
Central Ontario Registration issued or renewed
Registered as
personal vehicle

10/01/2005 Ontario
Ministry of Transportation
Central Ontario Registration issued or renewed
Registered as
personal vehicle

11/23/2006 141,672 Auto Auction Sold at auction in
Canada
Listed as a
dealer vehicle
Odometer reported as 228,000 kilometers

11/30/2006 Auto Auction Sold at auction in
Canada
Listed as a
dealer vehicle

any other 2000 328i is going for 16k + , but half the milage of this one

here is a pic

http://images.trader.ca/autotrader/1....jpg.fpx?large

what is the location and contact number for

RPM Motors or Bimmersport
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:25 PM   #5
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Dunno, seems like too many klicks for my taste, but if you're on a budget, thats a different story... Why not consider something newer like a civic?
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:25 PM   #6
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Dunno, seems like too many klicks for my taste, but if you're on a budget, thats a different story... Why not consider something newer like a civic?
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:29 PM   #7
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well i have a 2003 Toyota Corolla Type S

its an awesome little car but i'm bored of the econo grocery getter

but yeah budget is the key here
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:28 PM   #8
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i wouldnt buy a car that was in an auction at any point, there usually sketchy cars.
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Old 12-17-2006, 01:33 PM   #9
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i wouldnt buy a car that was in an auction at any point, there usually sketchy cars.
The majority of leased cars / trade ins go through an auction.
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:33 PM   #10
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What should i look for ? is it worth the coin ?

i know the basics check carfax, check for repaint etc...

but anything particular i should look for ?


any advice and comments appreciated *santa*
I think the dealer might go for $9K and that's a good deal even for a high mileage car. It would be nice if it's a 5-speed though but if you're ok with auto then cool.

You should look out for rear subframe damage. Go to e46fanatics.com and search. You'll find a lot of info and pics of torn subframe.

You should also take a look under the trunk handle, it's prone to rusting.

Hope that helps...
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Old 12-16-2006, 02:59 AM   #11
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go for an e36 man....its still bmw and personally i think they are as good as an e-46
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:30 PM   #12
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With this specific car, I would ask the following:

- Receipts of the control arm replacement. It should be the newer updated version. I don't think the original control arms would have lasted this long anyway. They are not that cheap to replace.

-You should definitely have the car checked out before buying it. Have it done either at a BMW dealer or at RPM Motors. If the this dealer refuses, walk away. There is no reason that they should refuse if a BMW dealer is doing a 59 or 100 point inspection on the car. When doing the inspection, have the Vanos unit checked properly as well. They tend to go.

-As I already mentioned, check the rear subframe as well. That is why it is important to have the car checked out properly.

-Some caution. With new tires, itís hard to determine if the suspension is good. If you end up paying list price, I would insist that they do a 4 wheel alignment from a good shop for the price. Tell them you want the print out after the alignment. Alignment/Camber are not part of the safety. Iím only speaking from experience. I had some costly repairs afterwards to fix the problem!!!!

- Starting with an offer $8000.00 would be good. I would stop at $9000 or $9100.00. That should leave you enough room for repairs that would come up. If they are selling the car for $10000.00, they probably bought the car for $6000.00-$7000.00 at an auction.
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Old 12-17-2006, 04:33 PM   #13
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they probably bought the car for $6000.00-$7000.00 at an auction.
as seeing couple cars on the forum here , 93 318 -$4k, 92 325 $6k

I think it be hard to buy that car at an dealer auction for $6k-$7k

but i could be wrong


how many km can a 328i last ?

i mean my old 95 winter beater civic had 330km and was still running

this is a bmw so i should expect durability and reliability ?

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Old 12-18-2006, 01:59 PM   #14
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this is a bmw so i should expect durability and reliability ?
You don't want to do that! BMW != reliability.
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Old 12-17-2006, 02:52 AM   #15
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well i went to see the car , seems in good shape besides the front lights are a little fuzzy i guess from hwy driving , interior good shape

i smelt coolant on the right side of the car , guy said its some resovoir/tank

how do u test/check the vanos ?

car has exactly 229,XXX km

he said best he can do is $11k tax in and cert/etested

where is bimmersport located ?

Wholesale on the car in the black book is $9.5k with this high km

what do u guys think $11k tax is good ?
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