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Old 07-25-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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old bmw/merc used buying help/advice

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hi all! its my dream to own an old school bmw/merc i only have a few hangups.

1)i wish there is a way I could know how much km/miles a certain year/model would go before it needed some serious $$ repairs
2)i am not highly mechanically inclined so i wish somebody could recommend me a mechanic or service or maybe even enthusiast who would do a full inspection and let me know how much i would be paying over the next 5 years in parts/some labor (i would do most labor myself a.k.a. the easy stuff)
3)does anybody have any suggestions for how i should go about choosing which car would eventually be the best(read:cheapest) on insurance/gas/maintenance and repairs.

basically how do i own and daily drive an old bmw/merc on the cheap? I don't care about power and speed if it matters, only reliability/cost.

Thanks for any advice/suggestions/links to resources in advance.
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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1) There's no magic numbers like that
2) Check out the sponsors page
3) Almost anything other than an old bmw or mercedes.
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:43 PM   #3
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1) There's no magic numbers like that
2) Check out the sponsors page
3) Almost anything other than an old bmw or mercedes.
lol thanks, i understand that i have to spend some $$ compared with a honda/toyota but im saying in the bmw/merc world as that is my dream
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:44 PM   #4
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what's your budget? (for the car, and yearly on maintenance)
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:47 PM   #5
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what's your budget? (for the car, and yearly on maintenance)
thats the thing man as low as possible, i like all bmw models just not the newer ones.

Im thinking anything maybe even get a rustbucket bmw, and go to a guy i know for fixing the rust/repainting it and going to bimmersport for an engine rebuild/swap if they do that kind of thing

as long as the bottom line comes down to the best bang for buck
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What's as low as possible? 15K? 10K? 5K? 2K?

You can buy a car that will still handle reasonably well and drive ok for 1-2K (e30, aka 80's 3 series) you can buy a e36 (92-98 3 series) for 3-6K, etc

BMW's are surprisingly different from one model to the other, you should really go drive them
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