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|3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.|
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Originally Posted by Torque
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| Originally posted by zeaq@Oct 3 2004, 08:45 AM |
I bought my 1997-328i -at the auction for roughly US$15 000...It's is worth it??
-Milage- 5600miles(the day i bought it).
- New interiors....
-No chips at all.,no stratches.like new paint
-In the garage since 1997 never moved since then..
more pic here..
| Originally posted by Shak@Oct 3 2004, 09:41 PM |
I'm going to get the car inspected, which I hope should dispell any worries. Is Inspection I enough to identify any problems? About the sports package, I think it's legitimate as it has the wider wheels and power passenger seats, both of which I would think would be harder to do than lowering the suspension. In any case, the dealer inspection will be able to tell I assume.
Better to take it to a dealer for inspection or to an import shop?
| Originally posted by Delmarco@Oct 3 2004, 09:44 AM |
Yeah that price is a little high for the milage. Unless the car is in exceptionally good condition. Sometimes people put in aftermarket stuff and call it "sport package". Dark window tints and chrome rims and aftermarket trunk speakers should not increase the value of a car! Even though alot of private sellers and dealers seem to think so.
"If there's rice dont buy"
This was my rule when I was shopping for my BMR. I realized there was alot of sellers who for some reason bought e36 sedans and spent thousands adding aftermarket junk to it in order to create sport packages or M3-like cars. Then for some reason they sell them and try to sell them at higher than average cost.
The signs are:
1) Unsually high milage (like in your case)
2) Cars advertised w/ having some sort of nondescript "Sports Package" (like in your case)
3) Cars sold above average value with not much mention of interior condition/ engine condtion, and the other important stuff (like in your case)
I could be wrong! but DO NOT buy the first car you see. Even if you think its a good deal. A year ago I almost paid $8900 for a 1993 boston green (yucky ) BMW 318i with more than average cosmetic flaws (missing hubcaps, old ass tires, BMW logos chipped off, no radio, broken glove box, dirty carpeting) with 130,000 miles on it. The only thing that stopped me was I needed about $1000 more to get it and my Mom did not want to give me the dough and the dealer did not want to go lower. Anyway last june I got a 1995 calypso red (sweet ) 318i in mint condition (just needed new tires, armrest, basic BMW servicing, and fuel/air sensor) for a little over $5000 and the milage was 130,000.
Check Ebay or Autorader for good examples of what people are selling e36s and you'll get and idea of what you'll be paying for something decent.
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