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Old 06-16-2005, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello there,

I might buy a 1998 328i with 125,000 miles but the problem is I don't have a lot of money to put into a car, i.e. I can't constantly be making repairs and putting money into this car. I do like the car a lot but it's a question of practicality. Should I just spend my money on a car like a Jetta with only 40,000 miles on it that I know won't have many problems? Or should I go for the 328i? Thanks.

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Hello there,

I might buy a 1998 328i with 125,000 miles but the problem is I don't have a lot of money to put into a car, i.e. I can't constantly be making repairs and putting money into this car. I do like the car a lot but it's a question of practicality. Should I just spend my money on a car like a Jetta with only 40,000 miles on it that I know won't have many problems? Or should I go for the 328i? Thanks.

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What year Jetta are you considering? Are the prices similar?
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If you get that 328i....you WILL be spending some extra change for stuff. Maintenace and Insurance will keep you busy....but at the end of the day when you drive that baby home you WILL say it was all worth it!

However, if you are the safe and quiet type of guy who eats his veggies...get the Jetta...

after all these are just cars.....
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What are the asking prices for both cars?
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Do you plan on modding whichever car you buy after all maintenance has been done?
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Cars are never GOOD investments.... it's just a matter of which you prefer. When someone buys a car, you expect to lose money on it, but the money lost is paying for your time driving it. So choose one you like *cough* bimmer *cough*.
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Hey, sorry my internet was not working for the past two days. The Jetta costs $6,000 and the bimmer costs $8,000. I am not planning on making many aftermarket mods to either of them because I simply do not have the money to spend. I like the bimmer a lot but I'm just worried that it will run into some problems that will cost me too much money where as the Jetta would be more practical. Thanks

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Jettas are pretty nice, but if you are keeping both cars stock I would take the 328, even tho it has 3 times the mileage. Both cars usually have good resale values also. Is the jetta the 1.8t or the vr6 (whatever size v6 it is)?
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I love my 97 328i, but all cars get problems as they get older. If you want straight up reliability... get a camry or civic. Even a jetta being german will cost u in parts and mantainence. I used to have an A4, (VW & Audi are like the same thing practically) It was great, but if it needed a part i was screwded. Personally I'd take the BMW, but obviously i like bimmers a lot Im just a german car sucker. If you have $ issues tho, id get the Jetta. probably much cheaper insurance too.
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