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Old 10-26-2003, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hiya guys,

First off, I'm new to the boards. Glad to be here.

Basically I've been looking at buying a 1992 325i that has 66k miles and is manual. My question for yall is whether or not BMW's are reliable. At a quick glance, most of the topics here are about problems and I know maintenance on BMW's can cost alot which is prohibitive for a college student.

So, what is your opinion. Should I go for the BMW?????? (I can get it for $7k)

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Old 10-26-2003, 06:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey! first... to the forums.
Second, yes, they are very reliable. If you need to get it worked on, don't take it to a bm dealer, get it done yourself, or take it to someone you know to work on it. Or just any other mechanical shops, bmw dealers charge way to much.
I'd say 7k is abit much, though, probably where you are it's rare to find a bmw for sale. Or, whatever the reason. Take it to a bm dealer to check on it, before you buy it, just to see if it has any problems. Remember, always think before you buy.
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Old 10-26-2003, 06:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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GET THE CAR!!!! YOU WON'T BE SORRY!! As for your questions about reliability some of them ar e true. But the thing is that they are all only $30 little parts. The important things (engine, tranny, etc...) will last will over 200,000 miles. So you have to decide whether you want a reliable car in the long run or one which you have to only keep fixing some small things. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-26-2003, 11:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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hey Tia, welcome to the forums. a car is a car its only as reliable as it is treated. bmws have one of the strongest engines out there the bodies are solid and most to all working or moving parts are above the normal reliable standard, its well worth the buy, of course when you browse a forum like this , your gonna see pretty much nothing but problems, but that is what this forum is really here for, its filled with guys who want more knowledge, save a buck or two on repairs, or are way to picky and think there is something wrong with there car when there probably isnt anything.
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Well thanks guys for the encouragement. I might just take the plunge.

Oh and, btw, my name isn't "TIA"... That's the abbreviation for "Thanks In Advance".

Actual name is Mike. Sorry for the confusion!

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