I plan on purchasing a manual tranny 1995 325i with 140k miles. First off... is $7500 a good deal for this? I've looked around for a while and this seems to be good.
Next question is how much on average does maintance cost on one of these cars... And if something happens to go wrong with the car would it break the bank?
I won't drive the car hard, I'm sure I'll be babying it the whole time i have it.
$7500 seems to be a reasonable price for a '95...course, prices vary depending on what part of the country you're from. Variables will be, what kind of shape it's in, and what imenent mainenance will you need to perform...don't worry about minor things like oil change, but check on condition of
If the seller lets you take it to your mechanic to be checked out, that's the ideal situation.
I lucked out when I purchased a 94 325i a few months ago for $7700...it had new everything and only 53,000 mi on it. What I've seen here in Northern Cali is 94 325i going for about 7500-8000 w/100-140,000 mi. on them and 95's going for 7800-8500.
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Originally posted by mole@Mar 8 2004, 05:19 PM Thanks for the reasurance! But about how much do you think i'd pay monthly for maintance?
with proper maintainance, you wont have to worry about "monthly" maintainace.
and to quote figures is impossible because who knows what could go wrong. or what you might need. im not sure of what the inspection 1 and 2 cost in the US but im sure someone will have a general idea for you.
just cause it's BMW, doesn't mean your costs are going to be any higher than a domestic car, such as a FORD or CHEVY..
actually, as I know all of these guys here would agree with me, All of our BMW's have required minimum maintenance compared to other vehicles.. And I'll tell you as a previous owner of several Eagle Talons, and a current owner of a Mitsu Vr4, that the BMW is as cheap as the talons, and less expensive compared to my Vr4 for maintenance. and with the amount of miles you are talking about, that is pebbles and stones for what a BMW can handle.....so cheers mate, get the car, become a BMW-forums elite member, and have a beer on me....
your worrying too much about something you most likely will have few incounters with...
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Hey mole, nice lookin ride (from the pics looks like it was well takin care of). As far as the fron lip thingy, you would be best served by going with an after market front bumper (like DTM, Hamann, M Technic, ACS, etc.) and adding the front lip to that. As far as I know, there isn't a lip extention for the factory e36 bumper (unless you own an M3 lol) Do that, paint the side skirts, and you will have one mean looking bavarian auto!!!
Also, if you get it, (if it hasn't been done already which at 140K I would hope so) replace the water pump (with the one that has the metal impeller) they are notorious for crapping out and can cause all kinds of hell if they do while you are barrelling down the road when it does. Other than that, just regular periodic maintenance will keep ya goin.
I'd say go for the m3 bumpers, front and back, and paint the side skirts to finish off the m3 look its got going right now. DDEs will look good as well. Then go for a cai and chip (if it doesn't have it), and it looks like it already has exhaust. Great looking ride!!
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