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Old 06-27-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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So would you buy a 3 series like this?

http://www.dpautogroup.com/used/BMW/...a5665e1d91.htm

I was looking for a commuter car to keep the purchase price down, but how high is too high? Should you not tough a 3 series over 250k, for example?

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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It all depends on how well the car is kept, I personally wouldn't do it to avoid any problems down the road.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:08 AM   #3
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I see several with 250k+++ weekly and if maintained well and serviced properly the issue isn't so much mechanical but cosmetic.

There is imo nothing wrong with buying a high mileage car that has history of good service and fluid changes. As well as bushings, lines (brake) suspension components etc.

A high mile car may have been mechanically maintained very well but those other areas if neglected could start to pop up due to wear so be careful and only buy one after a good go over at a bmw specialist shop.

You can save several thousand on the right car or spend it if you choose wrong.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:35 AM   #4
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I bought mine 3 years ago with 260,000km on it. It's always on the highway, now it's getting tired but it has 490,000km and passed e test. Depends on how you treat it
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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Like everyone else has said, it all depends on the maintenance history. The contemporary oil change intervals would make me approach a used newish car with as much faith as approaching a panel van with Free Ice Cream painted on the side. If the oil was changed every 24k like the factory suggests, run. Most of these cars are leased, which means bare minimum maintenance to avoid lease return fees. They also often incentivize the sale by offering free "scheduled" oil changes for 3 or 4 years.

I would look for proof that the oil was changed at least every 8k, preferably at a dealer.

Being that it's a used car dealer, odds are it was an off lease auction car or fleet car of some kind, and the fact that it's still not sold, should make you think about what was it that turned other people away (just mileage, or something else?). With a car that's cared for, mileage is meaningless. There are airport limo cabs with over a million miles on them - on Town Cars, one of the more lamented cars in terms of reliability. But these guys are supposedly religious with their preventive maintenance. Unfortunately, the odds of finding a car like that on a used car lot are slim.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:59 PM   #6
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Its a no go for me. You can spend extra $4000 to a lower mileage ones. Also looks like this one needs replacements like brakes, headlights, a/c and etc.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:11 PM   #7
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Looks clean, hard to make a judgment without seeing it. More to question with a 4wd bimmer with said amount of kms.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:00 PM   #8
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Bought my E90 with 260,000km. Turns out it was maintained pretty well and has been relitively problem free at 281,000 now.

The only thing you really need to watch out for is the waterpump/thermostat.

My car is still on its original rad, struts and shocks, lots of bits. These cars seem to be made very well.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:16 PM   #9
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What doogee said ^

I would look for noise in the drive shaft as well (something else that goes on these e90s) and the mirrors should fold properly when hitting the button inside the car.
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