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Old 09-20-2004, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone. I am new here. My name is Josh. The reason I signed up on this board is to ask your guys opinion on something. I don't know where this post belongs, so i hope this is the right area. I am looking at a 1994 BMW 325i sedan, for 3750, and am wondering if it is worth it.

Mileage: 200,000
Exterior Color: Dark Green
Interior Color: Tan
Body Style: Sedan
Doors: Four Door
Engine: 6 Cylinder Gasoline
Trans.: Automatic
VIN: WBACB4320RFL17960

And also, I don't know if this is allowed, but if some kind person has a carfax account for the month, and wouldn't mind running that vin, I would really appreciate it.

Ohh, and, seeing how I don't know anything about these cars, or the company except the fact that they made airplane engines, would anyone mind giving me a history lesson or two?

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Old 09-20-2004, 10:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i dunno about the price for the amount of mileage, it really depends. i own a 1994 325is and it has high kilometeres, however my engine is in great shape still, good compression and running order... at that many miles you should really get it a good once over to make sure all is well.
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Well see. I don't know what to do. How long will this car last me? Will it be worth the 3750? I am 17 right now, I drive a 1995 taurus. I would keep the car just incase this one broke down? I really dont know what to do. Are these cars high maintenance? I currently hold a job at taco bell, making roughly 240 every 2 weeks. I am a senior in HS. I am wondering if I can afford it if anything goes wrong. I mean I know how the price for german automobiles can be. I had a 1988 Merkur XR4Ti, I loved that car, I loved the way it was built. But it was always expensive to work on. If anyone has any advice, please feel more than welcome to respond. Any comments for that fact. -Josh
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if u hold a job at a taco bell and make 120 a week... then u will definately NOT be able to afford it by yourself... that car is gunna need a NICE TUNEUP.. prolly brakes and all other kinds of stuff.... which will run you around 2 grand!! if u think u can get some help from friends or family, then go for it.. but if u can only depend on yourself.. then don't bother!

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just put it this way.. the car takes 7 qts of oil... and a ab normal oil filter... if u don't change your own oil.. then a oil change will cost u like 75 bucks...

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You will be shooting yourself in the foot. Save your money for a while and try to find a lower mileage 325 later on.
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I may be-able to talk him down to 2000, would that still be worth it? He said it is in great condition, and stuff, i mean, i know that is a lot of miles, i would have a mechanic look at it. My dad would help me with the repair costs, if it would be worth it. I don't know i guess, i don't see a lot come through at that price, and thought maybe it might be a good deal? Well on that note, are these reliable cars, anyways? I mean, if i can find one, that I can afford, would it last me for a few years? I want something other than my taurus so badly. Also, if i was to want to find an abundance of pictures, of every possibly area of the car, where would i need to start looking? -Josh *thanks for the replies*
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Well, the guy will basically go down to 3000, I guess. He said it needs some "Cosmetic" work, that he guestimates about 1200. I am guessing he means in paint etc, cause he said at the most it would cost that. He said it had been taken care of. It was his christmas gift when he was a senior in high school, and there was one previous owner. I am waiting for him to send me pics of what needs to be fixed. I wished i could find something cheaper, with less milage on it. There don't seem to be that many of these cars around here. Ahh well, I guess... I really like these cars. They look soo nice... *daydreams* -Josh
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just leave it dude. 200k miles is kinda high... it's really high... i know it looks too good to be true, and it might be, don't let emotion make this decision. that's your hard earned money!!! i know how it is
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if you can get a mechanic to look at it and tell you what needs to be fixed, and you've got an extra.... say two thousand over the cost of the car currently that you could spend tommorow. Then sure do it. Unless of course there seems like there will be more work needed in the near fututre. I bought my car, 95 318i with 144,000 in january. So far I have spent almost 3 grand on it. Not all of it required maintiance, but I had to replace the stereo (car didn't come with one) and I didn't use all stock parts ect ect. You might spend more you migh spend less. Just be really careful going into this. You don't want to end up over your head in a car. Also I would never buy a car with mileage like that with out maintiance records. If it has been mainitained well and you continue to do so, then the car may last you another 50-100k miles. I would not count on more. It may last longer, but I would not bet on it.
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i just bought a high milage bimmer,,if you think you do wanna get it, or any other realy..be absolutely sure the engine runs well, that it rolls smooth and straight on mainstreets/highway, the owner took well care of the car,,all the electronics are up to par..take a look under the car at the bushings/joints/arms for any cracks/breaks/tears in any metal or rubber parts..make sure the brakes and exhaust arent damaged..and just keep in mind that the maintnance is not gonna be cheap
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Mannnnnn all ya'll suck. If Bmw cars are that much of a headach then you won't have one. Let the young man enjoy himself. If you buy the car and it doesn't work out then this will be a well learned lesson. Plus you still got a second car. I paid 4k more for my car with 190k miles on it. It now has 250k with no problems. Dude go for what you feel because at the end of the day we all had to make the choice to buy the car or not.
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I appreciate everyone's reply to this. I have been looking for a car for so long now. I mean, I know I don't NEED a new car, it is just a want. I have my 1995 Taurus. My grandmother gave this to me when we moved her to North Dakota. She was in a wheel chair when she bought it, and wasn't able to drive it. She only bought it to be driven around in it. The car has on it now, 43,000 miles. No thats not a typo. It also had the AX4N transmission, so of course that cratered, and cost us a nice 2000 dollars. So I have a 95 Taurus with 35000 miles, and a new tranny. Hrmm.. What cause do I have to get rid of it? Well, I know this is stupid, but I hate how the rear end of the car looks. I also think the car is kind of grandma ish, but Hell, for a granny car to lay rubber, thats pretty cool. I know this car inside and out, I've put so much blood and sweet in it messing with stuff, improving stuff, re-doing stuff, etc. Besides the looks I love this car. But the car also scares me to death. For a while, when I first moved to Texas, last December, the car would kind of die.. off and on, while I was driving. We still can't figure out what the problem is. It doesn't to it a lot, just every once and a while. Also, another thing that scared me was, when my grandmother was going down hill, the car did everything she did, with in a week of her doing it. Like when she got stick, and short winded, the HVAC fan wouldn't work, then after about a week, it all of a sudden worked. When she lost her sight dramatically, the headlights I just put in died. When she started getting sick and had high temperatures, the hose coming from the heater core burst, and I was about a mile and a half away from home, and had a nice trail all over that town. When she had to be put in a nursing home for mobility issues, the transmission broke (Clutch pistons cracked, and seals needed to be replaced). The morning she died, the car would not start. Starter relay wouldn't click or anything. The car turned on, the accessories worked, but it would not engage the starter motor. About 4 hours after she passed, it started working. I was so scared to drive the car, after all that happened, because she wanted to be cremated, and I was scared the car would burst into flames or something. But yea, this car and I have had a history I guess. Thats why part of me wants to get a new car and get rid of this one, and the other part of me wants to keep it, and so on. But if I could find an e36 in my affordable range, that didn't have 200k, I think I would buy it! .. Any who I lost my self, so I don't know what else to say. LOL .. but again Thanks! Ohh, Also, I was searching, and I really haven't found anything saying how long these cars last, how often the need to be fixed, and so on. I am mechanically inclined, I think, or I at least can follow directions, but anything electronic, I pretty much can figure it out. anywho.. -Josh
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