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Old 11-04-2005, 06:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have decided to sell my Lincoln Navigator due to the fact that it's no longer practical (especially with gas), and I am looking at buying a 2000+ 323ci. I am starting to have my doubts, as it seems every other post on here is some sort of problem with the car. I have never driven or ridden in any type of BMW before, and I just want to see what I'm getting into before I buy one. Thanks, Jay
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Welcome to bmwkz! A 323Ci will last you longer, comsume less gas, and be more fun to drive than you Navigator. I would take a look at the faster e46s, either a 328 or a 330. The reason most posts here are about problems with the cars is because people come here and post when they have problems. Most members do not start threads to tell us each morning that everything was still working when they woke up. If well maintained, a BMW shall be a very good car to you. Like other vehicles, stuff breaks and need to be fixed from time to time, but I would not say that reliability is a major issue with them.
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JB, you are mistaken with the model number (easy to do). In 2000 the 3 series consisted 325/328. From 2001 on, the designations are 325/330 which corresponds to the engine size, 2.5l, 3.0l etc. DRZ is correct in stating that people generally post when they have a problem and not to say how wonderful their car is, we already know that! I suggest finding maybe a 3 yr old car, Certified Pre-Owned, coming off lease. These cars are generally well cared for and inspected, and the warranty is quite good.
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actually i think hes right about the 323 being in the 2000 line - thats what i drive lol. Anyway yeah JB, just go to the dealer and sign up for a test drive. You wont be disapointed at all.
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Steve, of course you are correct. Don't listen to me, I'm old and I drink! LOL After 10 seconds research I find that in 2000 BMW upgraded the 323/328 later in the year. Still, while it is possible to get a 2000, the CPO warranty only covers for a total of 6 yrs. 100,000 mi. if that is of concern to a potential buyer.
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