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Old 03-08-2005, 10:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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92 to 98 is the generation I am looking at to get a 3 series convertible with a manual. How much should I be willing to spend to get a model in good condition and how is it long-term? What's the most highest tolerable mileage on those engines? Thanks guys!
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92 to 98 is the generation I am looking at to get a 3 series convertible with a manual. How much should I be willing to spend to get a model in good condition and how is it long-term? What's the most highest tolerable mileage on those engines? Thanks guys!
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go to kbb.com for the prices. As for the mileage, after 100,000 or so, the radiator and... something else that I can't remember right now... usually need to be replaced. I know this sounds biased... but from personal experience... these (e36's at least) cars seem to run forever! Congrats in advance.
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Old 03-08-2005, 11:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Word to the mummy...thanks. I have checked out kbb so I'm thinking about 7-10k would be fair for a good condition model.
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Word to the mummy...thanks. I have checked out kbb so I'm thinking about 7-10k would be fair for a good condition model.
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7-10k ? sure for a 150k miles and in average shape...


I just brought a mint 1996 328is with 34k miles for 15k
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figure, convertables are more expensive, and sticks are cheaper...

for a nice converable with low mileage... your some where aroun 8-10grand... thats 1 in really good shape!
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figure, convertables are more expensive, and sticks are cheaper...

for a nice converable with low mileage... your some where aroun 8-10grand... thats 1 in really good shape!
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MAYBE if you go through a private owner. I REALLY doubt you could find a 95-newer bmw convertible with low miles and in great shape for 8-10k.

I know someone who buys cars from Auctions and turns around and sells them to dealerships.

He offered to sell me a 1997 325i converitble white on white 87k miles for $13,500 which is pretty close to what he paid for it, after inspection/maintenace and whatnot. So if you go through a dealership they tack on another $2,000-$4,000 dollars or more on to that. I'm sorry I meant *stealership* not dealership.

Just out of curiousity what you think is low miles for a 95-97? Are we talking 100k miles?

Look at http://www.autotrader.com/dealers/ida/inve...312&car_id=null

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www.goodfellasmotorco.com


This is where I bought my car, they have several bmw's for sale, including a nice m3
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I definitely appreciate the feedback guys...the more responses I have the more I know what to be aware of and what to look for.
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If you decide you still want one and are realistically willing to spend more $$, let me know...I am looking to sell mine soon...
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i got my 1995 325is about 5 months ago and gave $6,900 for it and its in near perfect condition really. the person that owned mine previously had kept records of every maintanence and what not ever don't to it since he bought it! EVERYTHING IS HERE! this was practically a steal. i found my car on cars.com. it was about 4 hours away but worth it for the price to drive and get it before anyone else. it was only online for about 24 hrs before it was sold, i drove down looked at it and 30 min later was driving it home. thats my deal. but kbb said from like 7-10. This guy had to get rid of it to get a family car.
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these engines can last over 300k if theyre taken care of
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