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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 07-04-2008, 07:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at a 1985 325e for my daughter's first car. The car is in near showroom condition with only got 122K on it. The only challenges with the car seems to be the brake light on the dash is on and the rear tires are shot. The guy is asking $5K for it. NADA says it is worth $3,600 avg retail, and $4,725 for perfect condition. Given the brake light issue and the tires need to be replaced, what would you offer for this car?

Also, any ideas on what the brake light on the dash might indicate and estimate of what it might cost? (I know I'm reaching here, but I need to make an offer in the morning if I want this car.)

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Old 07-04-2008, 07:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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$5,000 is rediculous.
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If $5K is ridiculous... what would you offer?

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Consider that a full brake job is a lot, I think mine was around $500 if I remember right. Is there any rust?
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None... we don't have to worry about that so much in the dry western states..
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i wouldn't know how NADA estimates prices, but the KELLEY BLUE BOOK suggests around $2,300 for a private party value. (Personally, i use that as my guide give or take a thousand depending on what you might see in a car as defect or a "plus" for the extra accessories)

Brakes: witeshark sez around $400. and i agree...

Tires: ideally, if you are buying a new car, you'd rather place your estimates based on 4 wheels instead of just two.
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+1^ the brake light is probably just the pad indicater sensor, which means you need pads.
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I think $5,000 is way over board, Not more then $2,000 @ most. With all good tyres maybe $2,500. Just think once you say I do, then its yours till death do you both part.
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i paid $1200 for this cherry 87 325es

the interior is pretty clean though...ive seen them go as high as $3000 but i wouldn't budge that high
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$5,000 Is Too Much. Im Looking For One, And All The Prices I See Are Around $2,000.
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The brake light could be a couple of different things...i have the same car year make everything is the same..I ran into the problem where the little red light stays on by your gauges..It could be the brakes need changed or there could be a bad sensor....on these cars there are sensors on the front and back driver side brakes....I am having problems with mine right now too....I don't have a clue to how much it cost though....hope i helped you a little.....

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