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Old 08-06-2009, 11:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey all,

tomorrow i am heading to take a look at, and test drive an automatic 1996 328i with 199,000 miles on it. from all the pictures, the car is in beautiful shape, and all the miles are from a CT to MA highway commute.

my question is, is it worth it for an even $2000? also, if it IS worth it, what should i look for tomorrow when checking it out? the high mileage scares me, although from its condition i am led to believe it was well cared for BUT, will that matter with almost 200K on it?

thanks for any help.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you able to get reliable service records? Has the transmission fluid been replaced, like 2 or 3 times?
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well worth it, but don't expect it to be perfect. Budget at least another grand at the very least (if you are capable of wrenching yourself).
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Go to kbb.com and look up the value. Secondly, look at the service records. If they don't have records, that is a negotiating point. Run a carfax. And lastly, take it to a certified mechanic, pay the money and have him check EVERYTHING. Good luck and keep us posted.
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