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Old 07-30-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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Selling 200km+ BMW

I see Kijiji and Autotrader have a lot of cars with 200-250km that have been for sale forever. For me, some cars are priced right and some cars have service records/maintenance done...

What would take for the owner to sell 3-7k for a ~10 year old car with 250km on it?
Even with available service records?

What's is your opinion?

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Old 07-30-2013, 02:45 PM   #2
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i bought my M with 200K km on it. other than regular maintenance, i have about 1000$ in it now.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:48 PM   #3
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But would you be looking to buy a 250-300k bmw....if you're on the market for one.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:53 PM   #4
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personally, yes. even if i had to replace a motor, particularly if its not an M motor, that's only gonna cost a grand or so. i drive my cars hard, so lots of little stuff can/will break even if the car is brand new.

it comes down to how willing you are to do maintenance, how handy you are, if you've got a good mech, etc.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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Wow if you bought it with 200K how much mileage do you have now! Combined my truck and my M only have half what you started at! On topic, yes I would consider higher mileage BMW's after a good inspection...
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:35 PM   #6
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NOTHING wrong with high Km if maintained right! I got my first BMW when I was 17 years old, with 320K and a stack of $20+K of work done at the dealer! Best deal ever. Other than a water pump and one ball joint, the car lasted me for years, until it rusted and I scrapped it at 450K.

I drive a lot so most of my DD's end up high Km anyways, 70+K year, so I got 450K on one truck, 280K on the other, 260K on the 330ci before it got parted, now 230K on the E39...All of them are very reliable, never let me down.
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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I got my BMW with 260-270,000km drive it hard. Maintain it. Synthetic oil never gone over 8k an oil change. It's at 490,000km still going. Km are just a number
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:15 PM   #8
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Wow if you bought it with 200K how much mileage do you have now! Combined my truck and my M only have half what you started at! On topic, yes I would consider higher mileage BMW's after a good inspection...
i try to drive it every day for most of the year, despite my best efforts in the last two years i've only put about 30k on it
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:02 PM   #9
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Well still...if it's running well at 230k that's a good sign for anybody who wants to keep BMW's for a long time
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:58 PM   #10
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i try to drive it every day for most of the year, despite my best efforts in the last two years i've only put about 30k on it
You need to step it up bro: three months, 11,000km... and it's not daily driven nor used for commuting.

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Old 07-31-2013, 07:00 PM   #11
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Well still...if it's running well at 230k that's a good sign for anybody who wants to keep BMW's for a long time
I sold my E46 with 280,000km. I drove the snot out of it, tracked it, redlined it numerously every single day. Zero drivetrain failures

A member here has over 400k on his E36 and it pulls hard all the way to 6500. There's also a S54 powered Z3 with over 300,000km.

So long as you take care of these cars and keep up with maintenance, these things just keep going and going.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:56 PM   #12
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But what are the chances someone would buy 280k BMW? it would be probably on the market for months before some one would even consider it buying. No?
The price would probably near junk value.

As a buyer would you even look at 280k BMW?

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Old 07-31-2013, 07:59 PM   #13
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Yeah, at that mileage the prospective buyers are virtually nonexistent. I got extremely lucky, and it probably helped my car looked rather immaculate and came with several quality mods that weren't too extreme to turn off most people. In my case, the mileage was strictly just a number, the car drove like a dream.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:23 PM   #14
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I sold my E46 with 280,000km. I drove the snot out of it, tracked it, redlined it numerously every single day. Zero drivetrain failures

A member here has over 400k on his E36 and it pulls hard all the way to 6500. There's also a S54 powered Z3 with over 300,000km.

So long as you take care of these cars and keep up with maintenance, these things just keep going and going.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:24 PM   #15
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I think the buying market for these cars is someone who is looking for a used Camry, Accord, Mazda 6 etc with similar kilometres (200+) and on a $5K budget. They could prob buy an E46 for the same money, and if it had been well maintained (with records) they would probably get a better car.

I just sold my TSX and picked up an E46 for $3K with 220 on it... profited $3K on the swap without really sacrificing much other than no sunroof and back seats not folding down. I did lower my insurance though lol.

I doubt I'd ever sell my car for any less than $3K and considering I put some style 68 rims on it and will continue to be diligent about maintenance, I think it's reasonable to ask for up to $5K if the interest is there.

Anyhow that's my $0.02....
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