3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
I have $23,000 to spend and i want a BMW. I am looknig at the 3 series but don't know if i want a coupe or sedan. Im 16 and this will be my first car. what do you recommend for $23000 including tax and license and all that shit? Leasing isnt out of the question, as long as the paymebnts are under $440.00 a month. the only think i would want is leather, not leatherette and i really hate all the steering wheels except the newer Sport ones (the 3 spoke with the round airbag) Let me know what you guys think.
I was looking on EBAY and i saw this 2002 325i 5 speed. sucks ass tho cuz it doesnt have power seats a sunroof and is that leather or leatherette? well anyways i dont know how to drive a car with a manual transmission and so someone let me know if its worth it. i hear that its pretty easy to learn, but i dont know. i wouldnt mind getting this bimmer but i nd going to have to drive 100 miles to work everyday and possibly in stop and go traffic ... (fuckin LA) well so if uve driven a bimmer wit an automation and then 1 with a manual lemme know what one is better.
Originally posted by xGhEtToChiLdReNx@Apr 14 2004, 03:59 PM I have $23,000 to spend and i want a BMW. I am looknig at the 3 series but don't know if i want a coupe or sedan. Im 16 and this will be my first car. what do you recommend for $23000 including tax and license and all that shit? Leasing isnt out of the question, as long as the paymebnts are under $440.00 a month. the only think i would want is leather, not leatherette and i really hate all the steering wheels except the newer Sport ones (the 3 spoke with the round airbag) Let me know what you guys think.
You're looking at about a 00 323/328 or a 01 325(maybe) for $23k (CPO costs). You can find them for maybe $20k at non-bmw dealers, I'd get a CPO, and some coverage.
Your payments should be around $450 or so on a $23k car if you get their in-house rate (2.99% I believe when I went in). Leasing might make the payments a bit less.
Not sure of the actual cost difference of sedan vs coupe (can't see it being that considerable) so get whichever you prefer to drive!
If you're not planning to keep the car forever, leather's cool, if you are planning to hold on to it, and don't want to have to maintain the leather, go leatherette. 90% of the folks that get in my car never notice the difference, the other 10% ask, cause they're not quite sure. 5 yr old leather vs 5 yr old leatherette is no contest. Think about 10 yrs down the road. (Especially if you're getting into a 3-4 yr old car).
The steering wheel you'll probably have to swap out after you purchase, unless you grab a car with the sports package, that's probably the 'round' wheel you mentioned. (They're a bit fatter too) If you're looking for a sports package car, you then are looking at 99-00 cars, I highly doubt you'll find a 01 325is for $23k just yet (one without some sorta story behind it).
Man. I live in a very rich area. My HS parking lot has a majority of bimmers. I dont feel jealous. I am rather a bit happy that i get to see such nice cars each day. A few of my friends cars aree36 328is lowered/shocks, 04 330cic Z8 rims, 04 M3 loaded xcept smg navi and 19's, e36 M3 obdII, e36 nonvanos. Sure i should be jealous, but i'm not. I like to see sum nice eye candy. Maybe it even motivates me a little more to do well in school to get these kinda cars.
The problem in my school is that everyoen adn their moms have e46's. That is the sux part It is just too abundant to be appreciated at out school.
I dont get bitchy about people being 16, well off, and havign awesome cars. I realize the parents have done well in life, and that the parents like to see their kids happy and njoying it to the fullest extent they can afford. No problem with me. The only real people i dislike for cars are those like the example i will explain below.
This rich ass kid in our school has a S430. He modded it. put pimp rims everything. puts s600 sign on it. Ok w/e i dont care. next thign i hear, i hear him trashing sum other kids car (and e30) and how his car is a POS and should nvr have been produced. Next day, i hear this s430 kid say damn my car is old, i need a new one. (this car is liek an 02 btw)
Ok that crosses the line. Funny thing is, about a week later sum1 ran into the back of his car while it was parked. No sympathy from me.
LOL ... yea for reals everyones got e46's shit my girls got 1 but she juss got it cuz i said i was gettin 1 and she said 'it would be cute to have matchin cars' but shes spoiled. her dad works at BMW so she get a new car every 10000 miles. fuckin bullshit but im koo wit it. yea well the 23000 is with the insurance maintenance gas and all the other shit already taken out so thats why it cant be more then 440 per month or 23200. yea but aye .. im payin for the car and insurance by my self. i figure if i do my mom cant take it away from me for grades and shit liek that even tho im doing really good up in school. heres a picture of my girls ride
Or get an E36 M3, youd get more bang for your buck then getting a non-m e46. no offence to any of the E46 owners who dont have an M car, Imjust saying that itd be a good car. I mean like, if I had that money Id do the E30 M3, or an E36 M3, and since he has the money, Id definetly suggest going for an M car, especially if you have the capability of getting it. hope I didnt sound confusing?
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