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Old 08-05-2004, 02:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, you might've seen one of my older posts talking about looking into buying a BMW, well here's another one that I found that, to me, looks pretty nice. But then again, I don't know much about BMW's so I thought I'd come here and ask you guys.

I found it on Autotrader about three days ago and I'm very interested in it, if everything checks out ok then maybe I'll get it (provided that my Maxima sells).

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1993 BMW 325I, 6 cyl, snrf, all pwr, lthr seats, tint, new car alarm, new tires, sound system, CD player, very good cond, 100K mi, $6,998.00

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I think it sounds pretty nice but like I said, I know very little about BMW's. Is it common to pour a hefty sum of money into a car like this BMW just for scheduled maintenance? If that's the case then I probably shouldn't get it cause I don't' have a job. Thanks for you're help.
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Remember that an old BMW almost always = high maintenence. So if you only have $7k to spend and you drop $6.5k on the car, you're screwed. I think the only way to buy an old bmw is if you can perform some of the maintenence yourself. Or at least, you need enough knowledge to know when a mech is screwing you. I wouldn't consider taking a 93 to the dealer.
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Old 08-05-2004, 03:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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its a good deal providing its legit certified and has a clean record
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Definately get this over the 318i or 320i if it is similar price.
It is the faster and more robust car of the 3 (engine wise)
You'll love the 6cyl sound too!
However, I still love my 318is more..... I like the coupe feel
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as with any BMW, its not a bad deal, so long as you know what you are getting...It sure looks like a great car and from what little i see in the picture, it looks kept up with. However...100k miles is about the place where someone may have skipped over some of the BMW Inspection work (refer to FAQ section or do a search) and could have left it for the new owner...see if the owner has repair/maintanence records that you can look over and get the VIN number and run a carfax on it...these will also tell you a good amount about the car's history...definitely do the test drive thing and if something doesn't feel right, chances are, it isn't right...and if you can get a mechanic, someone good that you may know, then have them do a quick inspection of the major components of the car (engine, tranny, hoses, suspension, exhaust)...that would be worth the smaller fee...goodluck with whatever you choose!
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