1995 318ti Automatic 100k Miles - Good Buy? - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-25-2005, 11:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Car:
Posts: 1
Photos:
ZepKi77y is an unknown quantity at this point
Hi - I'm looking for help because I'm thinking of buying a used BMW. I figured people in this forum could probably help! And sorry if this is in the wrong forum (if it is, where should I be posting? Thanks!) Hopefully you guys can help, because I'm car clueless and need some answers!

-What is the typical resale experience with BMWs? Is it easy to find a buyer, or do you find it's more difficult to resell them than expected? If I bought the car listed (1995 318ti automatic with 100k miles, good condition) and wanted to resell in 6months to a year (if I move abroad), do you think I can expect to get a fair price, or do you think it will be a tough time finding a seller and getting a fair price?

-Is this model of BMW one you would recommend? I'm young and this is my first used car, but I figured that BMWs are reliable, durable, quality automobiles, and if I did end up reselling it in 6mo. to a year, it would not be that difficult and I would end up getting back much of the money I just spent on it. If I'm going to get a used car, why not get a quality car that seems like a quality investment? (Or maybe that's just my heart begging my wallet to open up...) I have read that BMWs enjoy one of the best resell markets out there.

-What do you think are any drawbacks to this car? Enough for me to pass on it and go for another reliable brand - like Honda or Nissan - (especially for my first used car), and then come back to BMWs when I can afford a more recent model?

-The car comes with Alloy wheels, a moon roof, a cd changer, tinted windows and a/c. The KBB on it says if kept in good to excellent condition, it should sell to a private party for $4k - $4,500, but she wants $6,500. Am I getting ripped off? She explained that she had done kbb and they told her it was worth $6,535 (don't know where our information differs). What is a fair price for this car?

Sorry to pour out so many questions, but it's my first used car experience, and while I'd love to have a reliable BMW, I need to be smart about this. Thanks so much for any help, I really appreciate it!!
ZepKi77y is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-25-2005, 12:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
You Can Has A Custom Title!!
 
thekid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Jackson MS
Car: 2010 (Prefer not to say here).
Posts: 3,445
Photos:
thekid has a reputation beyond reputethekid has a reputation beyond reputethekid has a reputation beyond reputethekid has a reputation beyond reputethekid has a reputation beyond reputethekid has a reputation beyond reputethekid has a reputation beyond reputethekid has a reputation beyond reputethekid has a reputation beyond reputethekid has a reputation beyond reputethekid has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via ICQ to thekid Send a message via AIM to thekid


For that car the price is a little bit high. I would not pay more than 5k for that car (if she had maintiance records). If you could get her down to that area then it would by an ok buy. If at all possible with the 318ti or 318i models get a manual transmission. If a manual is out of the question for you, either you do not want one or can not learn to drive one, then I would try and save a bit more for a 325i auto. Simply put it is more fun to drive and gives you a bit of an edge on acceleration that is very helpful.

Basically there are no real drawbacks on the car. The weakest part of the car is the cooling system. So see if she has kept up records with the car. If she has see if her waterpump has been replaced or changed to one with a metal propeller. Other problems typically associated with these cars is unsteady ilde, a few get A/C problem (either blower motor or final stage unit), strut/shock mounts can become a weak point with aftermarket suspensions coupled with hard driving. These are the most common problems, however, with 100k you shouldn't have to worry about any of these as long as she has taken care of the car.

Good luck.
thekid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2005, 04:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
3rd Gear Member
 
tomctx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Georgia
Car:
Posts: 693
Photos:
tomctx is an unknown quantity at this point
-The car comes with Alloy wheels, a moon roof, a cd changer, tinted windows and a/c. The KBB on it says if kept in good to excellent condition, it should sell to a private party for $4k - $4,500, but she wants $6,500. Am I getting ripped off? She explained that she had done kbb and they told her it was worth $6,535 (don't know where our information differs). What is a fair price for this car?


Edmunds (www.edmunds.com) runs about the same. $3800 trade-in, $4500 private sale, $5800 dealer. Probably the diff is she is using the dealer price. If it is an absolute, cherry car, with no problems, and all the maintenance records from day one, I still don't think it's worth that much, my .25 (inflation). As "thekid" said, if you are going with the four banger, find a 5 speed. If you need or want an auto, find a 325.

PS: I bought my 325, 1995, for $6500, though with a little more mileage.
__________________
1995 325I, window tint, K&N, debaffled airbox, BMW #104 wheels, Nighthawk low beams, smoked side markers, smoked corners, smoked taillights, M3 stlye heated mirrors, various interior bits, Bosal cat-back.
tomctx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2005, 04:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
1st Gear Member
 
mrkbik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Car:
Posts: 238
Photos:
mrkbik is an unknown quantity at this point
BMW and reliable shouldn't be in the same sentence together.

But seriously, BMW's need so much TLC and are maintinence monsters, and one that old will most likely need some money put into it right off. I love BMW's, but if all I really wanted was a good, reliable car, I'd go Japanese.
__________________
<img src='http://www.bcarmory.com/Moonclips/6-shot-FMC.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />
I love scotch. Scotch scotch scotch.
mrkbik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2005, 06:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
jshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Car: 1994 325is
Posts: 1,071
Photos:
jshearer is an unknown quantity at this point
I think that demand for the car can let he ask a higher price. I think that she may be a little high but I rarely see a BMW selling for bluebook value.
__________________
<a href="http://imageshack.us"><img src="http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/3466/quicksignature20te.jpg" border="0" width="600" alt="Image Hosted by ImageShack.us" /></a>
jshearer is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Carfax Please: Wbadd632xwbw44671 cpuken 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 3 12-03-2004 08:04 PM
1995 and 1996 318ti Bjorgen 3-Series (E36) 6 09-18-2003 03:09 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:00 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.