| Originally posted by customx4306@Jul 7 2004, 12:03 AM |
well here it goes.. im fairly new to bimmers and right now i acually dont have my own car yet. i have about $7000 saved up for one. My friend has a 96 328i and i love it. i was planning on geting a e36 325i and planning on spending about 6ooo-7ooo$. i was basically wondering are they pretty much the same car in perfomance? im planning to mod it alittle bit CAi, exahust, pretty much all the basics.my friends 328 automatic is stock. Im wondering with my 325 in 5 spd will i be able to take him, even tho mine would have prob about 150k miles on it and his having only 57k. Keep in mind my dad isnt let me spending more then about 7ooo on the car but so i cant get a lower milelage one. Ne comments or help would be helpful
I've been reading(lurking is more like it
) these boards for awhile now and want to say that is a great place, and I hope that I have an opportunity to give a little back..... but this isn't how I would imagine my first post here....
Your a young guy, and I think the last you need is to got out and spend your wad on a bimmer with 150k+ miles. The 325/328's are great cars... with the help of this forum, I just recently purchased a 96 328IS. Let me tell you, This was an enthusiests car, only serviced at BMW, alway serviced by the same mechanic, and meticuliously mantained.... even so, buying a used car also requires a little extra work (ie: $$$$) This car doesn't even have a ding on it, and by the time I was done going over and fixing all the 'little things' I had already thrown an extra $1500 under the hood.
If you run out and grab yourself a 150K Bimmer, that you plan on beating on on the back roads with your friends... Im telling you know that within 6 months you will either had pumped at least $2000 back into it just keeping it running, or you will be selling it for $5,000.
Trully, Bimmers are great cars.... but for $8K your money will be better much better spent grabbing yourself a newer, less mileage (ie: better shape), fun mobile, and hanging tight for a few years until you can trully afford a beautiful Bimmer. I feel your pain, I wanted a Bimmer when I was your age.... but Im trully happy that I saved my cash a few extra years, and bought the right one, instead of the one that fit my budget.
Just my 2 cents