All right, so I found one more BMW for sale. It is a 2001 325i with 81k (mostly highway). The previous owner had all scheduled maintenance done at dealer and has all records with car. It is in good shape and drives well, no visible leaks or accident damage, and everything appears to function properly. It is the premium package and the guy bought it brand new; he is selling to buy a brand new five series. The only thing I would have to replace is the hood ornament, which for some reason is fading and missing some of the blue (replacement kits on ebay for < $20). Anyway, the guy is asking $14,900, which seems a little low, and I could probably get him down to $14,000 flat. The only other disappointment is that the car has an automatic and not a manual (sigh).
What does everyone think of this? I'm a little apprehensive about buying from a private party, especially when he said I couldn't have my mechanic check it out (although he did say i could take it to the dealer). My biggest fear is buying a BMW with the mileage this car has, and then things start to go wrong.
Can anyone place some feedback on this issue? Also, what type of charges do BMW dealers charge. Just for example, oil changes, replace plugs, cv repair, brake changes, etc... Any help would be appreciated...
2000 BMW 328i Spt. & Prem. Package