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Old 09-15-2005, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WHat do you say...93 325i for $4k....

with 200 k miles but suppossedly the motor was changed at 120,000. Guy took it to the bmw dealer and he has service records for everything.changed the clutch, manual tranny, and brakes and whatnot. a clean good driving example. i will go see it and drive it and will let you know whats up. for now what do you think... does it smell good.
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Ehhh, not too bad, but try to get him down to $33-3500. Even that is slightly above Kelly Blue Book for a private sale. A few things off the top of my head . . . shocks & struts are good? Check tires for unusual wear, and if they're brand new, ask why they were replaced (maybe to hide something??). Get a OBD reading to see if any fault codes are stored in there. Let us know how it works out!
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whats an obd and how do I read a fault code?is that a computer I can get?if it is where can i get it? what are fault codes and what do they explain? Bit weird he changed the tires. just some interior touch ups is what he is saying is wrong. well see thanks for advice dudesky
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to give you some insight, I purchased mine for $4000 last year at 124K in very good condition. Make sure you listen to the front of the engine valve cover for any ticks or excessive noise, bounce the car on all 4 corners and if the car bounces more than 3 times the shocks are worn and need replacment. Umm, check under the oil cap for a milky residue (means Headgasket is shot). Have the guy rev the car and watch the exhaust to make sure it isnt spewing colored smoke. Make sure when you turn the car on the check engine light illuminates and then goes out (so you know the light is working and he didnt pull the bulb to hide a fault)..After checking the car over very carefully definitely offer at the most $3500. 200K miles is alot on a 93 body considering the sub frame failure that will eventually happen. Finally never take anyones word for shit, if they cant provide papers for the clutch, brakes, whatever else then assume that it may not have been done. A car with that much miles will need frequent maintaince..
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whats an obd and how do I read a fault code?is that a computer I can get?if it is where can i get it? what are fault codes and what do they explain? Bit weird he changed the tires. just some interior touch ups is what he is saying is wrong. well see thanks for advice dudesky
OBD stands for On Board Diagnostic, all newer cars now have them. There are different OBD systems, some require a scan tool (like OBD II). But luckily for you, that '93 is an OBD I, which means you can read the codes from the instrument cluster. Here's how:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...nostics%20.htm
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too much...the engine may have 80k on it...provide the swapped a brand new engine in. but the car has 200 k wear and tear...
go 3000 or 3500 most
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