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Old 04-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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Buying a 323ci, need opinions

So I've never owned a european car yet so I'm looking to get some opinions if you guys think this car is a good buy.

PRICE: $5000 w/ etest
2000 323ci w/ sport package
Mileage: 291k km

Recent maintenance
New alternator
New rear trailing arm bushings (polyurethane)
New rear shock mounts (Heavy Duty)
New power steering pump
New center hanger and weebo
2 new snow tires (bought in nov)

Race land Coilovers
3" exhaust to magnaflow muffler
Short shifter
K&n drop in filter with modded air box

The bad:
2 years ago he got rear ended and had it repaired at European Autobody. The total was around 7k. He's willing to get an alignment done with a print out of the specs to show that the frame is relatively straight
- ebrake shoes
- upper rad hose, bottle + cap, thermostat
- valve cover gasket
- a/c hose (not an immediate problem)

Thanks ahead of time for your thoughts

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Old 04-18-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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it comes on a set of 17" winters (2 need replacing)
and 18" summers (2 need replacing)
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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Seems like a lot for a 323 with 300K, crash damage, the cheapest coilovers, plus over $1K in repairs/maintenance to do.

Seems like $2-3K would be more fair.

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Old 04-19-2013, 04:06 PM   #4
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ya .. you can probably pick up a 325 for that price with the same amount of km or less. It sometimes depends on where you live .. I had one guy buy my 325xi from Winnipeg .. he flew out here to the GTA and drove it back because it was cheaper by $2-3K then buying one local there.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:36 PM   #5
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Imo, You can do better for 5k.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:04 PM   #6
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I'd spend a bit more and get a clean one. E46s have really come down in price.

Also I don't recommend a high mileage car if this is your first time owning a European car, unless you are handy and can DIY maintenance and repairs. At-least something semi decent. You can find some with less kms for not much more.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:38 PM   #7
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:03 PM   #8
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Considering mileage, work needed, and the fact that it's been crashed, I'd say it's worth $4000. And that's being generous. Keep shoppin' around man
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:53 AM   #9
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:51 AM   #10
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Kinda pricey. I know people are saying it's "just" a 323ci but it's not just that. I think the 323ci is a pretty sweet car, and a lot can be done to it externally to make it look like a higher trim. But it's been whacked, it's nearing 300km, and got knows what else can go wrong with it. Unfortunately, repairs on these vehicles are a pain in the butt.

There are a lot of E46s for 5000ish that are cleaner, some of which are sold here in the sale section. Keep checkin' and you might get lucky (mine might be for sale soon too).
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