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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.

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Old 03-14-2012, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a recent college Grad. I want to buy a certified-pre owned 328i. Most of my mileage is commute to work and occasional weekend drives which would be around 700 miles per month. My budget isaround 25-27k and i plan to keep the car for 5-6 years.

I want some advice regarding the model year i should be looking for. I would also like to know the reliability/maintanece costs of 328i and whether i should buy the BMW extended warranty.

It would of great help if you BMW connoisseurs can help out a novice like me.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you male or female? I would go with the 335I instead.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why does their sex have to do with it?

OP, are you looking for reliability and comfort or performance? Do you think you might want to mod the vehicle? If yes, leasing is out. Can't touch a leased vehicle.

The 335i is an excellent vehicle but of you weren't aware it's the N55 single turbo motor. The 328 is naturally aspirated. The 335 is better if you want performance. If your wanting reliability and comfort go the 328 as their cheaper. I'm not sure if a 335 is in your budget.

I'm really anti dealer and I think the "extended" warranties are huge ripoffs. I've heard too many stories of dealers charging for work supposed to be covered under warranty or refusing to honor the warranty that I wouldn't even bother. Save your money for maintenance costs.
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Sex ALWAYS has something to do with it.
Kidding, I can't even remember why I asked that.

BTW, the 335I I have is a twin turbo motor.
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Did you end up purchasing a used 3 series? If so what year, model and mileage. I purchased a used 2003 330i which is my first BMW. I now know why BMW drives love their cars. I have never driven a car that I love as much as my 330i.
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I am a recent college Grad. I want to buy a certified-pre owned 328i. Most of my mileage is commute to work and occasional weekend drives which would be around 700 miles per month. My budget isaround 25-27k and i plan to keep the car for 5-6 years.

I want some advice regarding the model year i should be looking for. I would also like to know the reliability/maintanece costs of 328i and whether i should buy the BMW extended warranty.

It would of great help if you BMW connoisseurs can help out a novice like me.
my advice is to move nearer to your work, and then get a bicycle or walk in. Have you seen the price of gas recently?
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