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Old 06-06-2005, 01:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am about to buy my first used car ever, and the lucky car is a 328i 5-speed sedan (96-98).

Being my first used car and my first car that I'm buying myself, I have some general questions. The owner's i'm talking to all own sub-100k cars and all claim "excellent condition, excellent this, excellent that" and of course I am going to have it checked out by a mechanic first before I buy it - but what are some other questions I should ask?

Specific e36 or general "used car" questions. Has X been replaced ever? Has X ever caused problems? Are you the first owner? What kind of driving? etc. I want as comprehensive a list as possible because I will need to make quite a journey to visit these cars and don't want to waste my time because I need a car in the next 4 weeks.

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First of all get yourself access to carfax for 1 month and check every car's vin number over there. Make sure that car wasnt in rentals.

The questions I would ask:
1. If the car had any accidents?
2. Repainted parts ?
3. What fuel been used on it?
4. Was it sealed in the garage or someone drove the car all he time?
5. Smog check?
6. Was any inspection done in a dealler?
7. Who drove the car ? (it is important)
8. Waht kind of service has been done to it in a passed year?

Filter some question you think is important. If ill come up with something else Ill update it.

Good luck with shopping.
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