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Old 06-09-2004, 05:48 AM   #1
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Is It Worth It?

Hi,

I want to purchase this 1999 328i that I have seen; it has 74,500km, heated sports seats, 5sp man, sunroof, 17" rims with new tires, cd changer. -see pic

THE PROBLEM
These problems showed up on the pre-purchase inspection by CAA:

1. Exhaust leak at front hanger (the pipe showed little to no rust) (needed for safety)
2. Front struts are weak and leaking
3. Front breaks pulsate (moderate)
3. Recommended 4 wheel alighment
4. Power Stering Belt is cracked (fix needed for safety)
5. Shampoo and recheck for oil leaks

Today the seller said the a/c would not blow cold air even though he got it reciently recharged and the compressor seems to be working (>rpm when engaged)

THE QUESTION
is this car worth $22000 safeted with the a/c fixed????????
the price seems good even with the above concerns,
what do you guys think??
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:16 PM   #2
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:30 PM   #3
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maybe check trader.ca and see what else is available
and factor in all repair costs and that is what the car will REALLY cost u
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Old 06-22-2004, 11:16 AM   #4
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I think it's still a good deal.

If you're planning on modifying the car later on, this is the perfect time to:
- lower the car with a new set of springs and shocks/struts
- install new rotors/pads
- install a better sounding exhaust
- power pulleys since they require new belt anyway

You can probably do all that for $5K (or much less if you shop around properly for used parts), bringing your car to $27K (or less) nicely modded already. Some of us have to replace perfectly good parts to get our cars modded up. At least you won't be wasting any.

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Old 06-25-2004, 09:45 AM   #5
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328i

I bought my 99 328i sport for $24000 wholesale with 69k (being in the carbiz) and had to do some stuff to it also for safety. It's still a good deal as they are retailing for $24-25,000 range with more kms... try to use the faults as a leverage tool (especially the AC as this can be expen$ive to repair on a BMW)
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Old 07-09-2004, 06:42 PM   #6
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Hi and thanks for the replies to my first posting on this site!,

I ended up getting the car below: 1999 323i spt pkg, 5spd, koni shocks, H&R springs, RD frt bmper, new brake pads & rotors, pioneer premier sterero + amp, clifford alrm, dinan software, and
61,500 km = for $22,200. Has no leaks or sign of corrosion underneath. Have had a few problems with the alrm (not all features working), and stereo alternator noise. The chk engine light came on 2 days after I got it, but no change in how it runs - which is great!!

I think that it was a better deal than the 328i even though the engine is smaller. What does anyone think?
Does anyone know of a good place to get the engine light seen to who will give me a good deal? (I live in hamilton and work in north york).

Cheers!

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Old 07-09-2004, 07:10 PM   #7
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congrats man

now get some clears!
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Old 07-09-2004, 07:12 PM   #8
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Old 07-09-2004, 07:13 PM   #9
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thanks!

Should I get them from a bmw dealer?
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Old 07-09-2004, 08:31 PM   #10
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Re: thanks!

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Should I get them from a bmw dealer?
It's probably close to $500 if you get them from the dealer. Check your PM.
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Old 07-09-2004, 08:55 PM   #11
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Looks great jj0n. Alpine white looks great modded
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