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Old 05-09-2004, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im a 16 year old looking into a 1995 BMW 318i on autotrader for $5995 with 147k miles. Do you think that this is a good price, and do you think this is a good first car? Im just looking for something that is different from all the civics and integras out there, and i want a safe car that will last forever.
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Always going to see the car you want to buy, and also deal for a lower price! I am not familiar with prices in your living area for that kind of cars
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Im a 16 year old looking into a 1995 BMW 318i on autotrader for $5995 with 147k miles. Do you think that this is a good price, and do you think this is a good first car? Im just looking for something that is different from all the civics and integras out there, and i want a safe car that will last forever.
the price I think is slightly high. I've got a 1995 318i, make sure it's a 5 spd or else it's just down right slow. With the 5spd it at least feels much quicker and will let you have some fun with her.
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I have a 318i and I love it. Its gonna be a great first car...it should last just as long as any civic or integra(had one of these before my BMW). Just make sure you keep up with the maintanence or else repair costs won't be worth it. You should be able to negotiate a little lower of the price with the dealer/owner cause it is up there in mileage. I agree with BlueDevil on the 5spd idea...Mine is manual and although amazing to drive, its still a lot slower than my old integra actually was. If you don't know how to drive stick, don't worry about it cause BMWs are probably the best and easiest to learn on-the tranny is durable yet the smoothest I have ever driven, so it is newcomer and user friendly. Goodluck with your potential investment...you'll love it
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bimmers can last over 200k miles without serious trouble if you only keep up with maintenance requirements - which is not altogether difficult to comply.

make sure though you do your homework on the car history like carfax or experian and its fair value per blue book and edmunds.

also, if by any chance you can check on the maintenance record that usually comes with the manual, that would be most helpful.

the price is not very bad though, i would say, haggle for 5,500 being the highest. if you can make it lower - better!!!
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oh, let us know if you got it and post some pics!

and drive safely - always!
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i think that price is fair.
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'95 318i is my first car. its a great car. its pretty quick, but it is not the fastest car in the world.

i dont think bmw is the easiest car to learn stick on as said above. it isnt really "that" much harder than other cars though. a few people that drive different cars with stick have stalled it....ha.... it will just take a weekend to learn though...

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WAIT

For my first car i got a 1993 bmw 325i with 120,000 miles... (valued at 8,000)

i have paid over 5,000 just to keep it running nicely... and soon i will need a new tranny... SO SAVE YOURSELF PLEASE!

my car has new problems every week... and they all cost hundreds+

do yourself a favor and get a newer bmw..................! also dont get a 318 AHHH they are so slowww!
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agreed, IMO 89 325i or iS is better then E36 318.
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i just got a stick bmw, before that i had briefly driven 2 other stick shift cars. on the first 2 cars i had no idea how to do it, and i kept stalling, probably drove them for a combined.. 45 mins

but right when i got this car to test drive it, it was so much unbelievably easier, and actually fun, not frustrating

any opportunity you get, you should buy a bmw, and if you buy this one, and see another ad a month later, buy that bmw, so then you have 2 bmws, then if you see another for sale, buy that one too

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sounds like a great first car. welcome to BMW-forums. com
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Hey man, 318 is a good car. Relatively fast and still economical.

But if i was you i'd go for a six cylinder. It just gives you that extra push.

And about the price, it's not too bad if you got leather interiors, some nice alloys, A/C and not so important all electric mirrors. Otherwise if it doesn't have any of these get it down to somewhere between 4000 and 4500.

Anyway best of luck and enjoy some BMW power. They are some amazing machines.
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Hey man, 318 is a good car. Relatively fast and still economical.

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