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Old 09-05-2011, 10:03 PM   #1
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Input needed : 02 BMW 325 (180k) vs 02 BMW 325 (250k)

Looking for some input from the general max bimmer population, car will mainly be used as my 2nd car (mainly to work/home that's it)

Car 1 - 02 BMW 325i - 190k - Manual
Clean, No rust, service records, prem/sport pkg
Inspected the car on hoist and it's solid

Price: 7300

Car 2 - 02 BMW 325i - 250k - Manual
Clean, Small surface rust on 1 quarter, most service records, sport pkg
Inspected the car on hoist and it's solid as well

Price: 4500

Big thing here is price, I like the 4500 price tag but cautious due to the KM.

What would YOU choose

*made a mistake in the title it's 190k

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Old 09-05-2011, 10:07 PM   #2
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not sure what to say... i would probably go with car #1.
With the service records you can pretty well much know the work that has been done and the work that will NEED to be done in the future.
Plus, if its a commuter car... you'll want as many KMs as possible to play with.

Car #2 is hella cheap, but if you need to dump $2k or $3k into the car... you might as well get Car #1.

I am no expert... but i do know a lil about common sense!

***forgot to add, if you plan to sell the car, the lower KMs will come in handy.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:17 PM   #3
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do both cars come with certified and emission?

is it from a used car dealer or private?

if you can, you can put a deposit of sort, and make a deal with the owner and get it checked out by ur OWN mechanic to see if theres any fishy business going on with the car.

OH and one more thing, get Ued Vehicle INformation Package from service ontario...and you can kinda see where the cars been and how many owns its been through.

its not always the case but most cases, if the car has the least owners, its the cleanest one.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:25 PM   #4
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Both are uncertified, Private sales. I inspected them both myself and they are both solid cars that are both in good shape. The disadvantage of the 2nd car is the KM and very small amount of surface rust, On the upside to that is the price . I am not looking at reselling, I will drive the car till the frame rots out lol. Both vehicles are 2 owner cars, I don't usually give that any thought though. Debating if the 3000$ saved equals an extra 60 000km lol
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:30 PM   #5
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usually E36s and E46s..when they hit 200k+ , usually the cooling system need changing, like waterpump, rad , fan clutch. . . happen to me on both E36 and E46 ive had before.

lol tough choice. 3 grand difference, you can even take the 2nd one and change all that and still have money left. lol. and do other tune up to make it run for longer.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:33 PM   #6
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Hmm if the car number 2 had no rust, I would go with that one. The rust is not a good news. That is about 9 year old car. When I see rust, usually the owner did not look after it. Keep in mind, we are not taling about two deacdes old BMW, BUT less then one almost. I think you will have to dig in a paperwork to determine what was done and what was not. Otherwise, we are just flipping a coin...

If the car # 1 was looked after and serviced, go with that one.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:34 PM   #7
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^Exactly why I'm having a hard time deciding lol, I could re do the cooling system and drop a new(used) engine at the same time for the extra 3000.

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Old 09-05-2011, 10:37 PM   #8
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does the engine run good?
my buddy has a M50 engine in his E36 325is... 450k and still kickin' lolll

basically the same engine..imo.
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Both run exceptional, no ticks or knocks at all. Ya the M series engines are all pretty solid.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:57 AM   #10
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Stay AWAY from rust!!! Even a small spot will only get bigger, even with the best fix, it will never be the same...
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:08 PM   #11
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Buy the cheaper one. $2800 can go a long way in repairs. Not to mention, who's to say that the first one won't develop rust in the next 10k kms? Do either of them have receipts from Krown or other rust control places?
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:34 PM   #12
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I'd check on whether or not either car was in an accident or major repairs done to it. Number 1 wouldbe my choice but only if its solid, hasn't been in any accidents and that there is no rust on it. You'll never get rid of the rust once it starts. Number 2 is my choice if its solid, no accidents and the rust, well, Maaco can deal with that a couple times LOL
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Buy the cheaper one. $2800 can go a long way in repairs. Not to mention, who's to say that the first one won't develop rust in the next 10k kms? Do either of them have receipts from Krown or other rust control places?
95% of the times rust develops over painted/fixed/aftermarket areas! If the car is 100% original and well taken care of (no dents/chips/scratches) I guarantee you won't see rust in 10k!

If you fix that rusty 1/4, rust is back within 2 years.
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^ not if u do it properly.....

and surface rust dont even spread that fast.

and OP said hes gunna be using it for DD... so i think hes more looking for cheaper and longer lasting E46
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Stay AWAY from rust!!! Even a small spot will only get bigger, even with the best fix, it will never be the same...
if you actually CUT out and replace the entire rust area with new metal, it'll never come back
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