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.
Ok, well first off obviously I'm new… sorry if this has been asked over and over. I have used only a few forums and I wasn’t sure exactly what I should look for to get the information I wanted to know. So here it goes, I just went and looked at a 2002 325ci and good lord that car is sooo nice! It has the sport package (not sure on what all that is) and all the goodies from what I was told. A friend and I were looking at cars and he was like lets go look at the BMW’s and just drool as well as dream hahaha. So we went over and we started talking to a sales guy, who was really nice I might add, and he told us about a used 325ci that they just got the day before and was in back. Said that it was going for $22,900. Which is in my price range of what I’m looking for! Yay! Well he pulled it around and I was in awe… I thought the car would be in pretty crap shape but I was horribly wrong. Everything was in really nice shape… seats engine bay everything! Well I tried to find a little info on the car and what to look for on buying a used BMW in all honesty I never thought I would ever own one cause of the prices hahahah. Anyways from all of you experts out there, what all should I be looking for? The car is certified used through BMW and it’s at a BMW dealership. It has 55k miles and the warranty to 100k (I know you all know) the sports package and the premium package (I think). I know the sports is for sure on there, the premium is what is listed on the BMW site that’s why think it is on there. I did take it clear to redline and it felt immaculate the whole way through I was just amazed at the smoothness of the car all around. Every part of the car seemed flawless to me. I did find a tiny dent in the front bumper, which he said they would touch up for me. But what all should I be looking for on this car to see if it is a really good buy. I know I would love to own it already. But I have bought a bad used car one now and I don’t want to do it again.
Once again I’m sorry if this has been posted before but I was sure what to look for. Thanks a bunch! Seth
I think if you modify your post title to say "good deal or not" you will get more hits from experienced BMW owners. I own one. Your sounds like a good deal (not great) to me. I am NOT a BMW expert though so solicit more replies.
Sounds like a good deal to me, especially since its still under warranty. I just bought a 2002 325Ci about 2 months ago for $28000. But mine is supercharged, UUC Exhaust, short shifter, 3.46 diff, AA ECU Tuned, not to mention all the suspension mods and 19 inch rims and the all toys added in side the car (PS2 and back seat monitors). I would like to see pics too. Sounds like a nice car.
Ok well here are the pictures as requested. I hope all of them work i resized way down they used to be huge! I know that it has a new windsheild hense the tape on the car, as well as some new brake pads.
I do want to know from you owners out there... how well is upkeep? Do they burn a hole in the wallet pretty fast? Also have you had a lot of major or even minor issues with the cars? I really dont want to buy another problem car like what i have now. I want to buy something nice that i could enjoy for a long time to come. Thanks again, and tell me what you all think!
I dont have any pictures of the inside yet, i will get some tonight the ones i tried to take didnt turn out good (too much reflection).
ok here are a few more questions, what is the difference in the 325's and the m3's? i know the m3s are faster and everything but why? and what makes them so much quicker? is there anything that you can do to the 325s to make them like the m3s? also can the automatic transmission hold up with more horse power? i had an auto acura and they told me at 250 horse she would break apart, i dont think i would want to push the 325 a whole lot but the assurance that i wouldnt have to worry about it would be nice.
well the M3 is no 325Ci, it is a whole differant animal. Bigger engine, different intake, differant exhaust, differant tranny, differant rear end, differant suspension. Thats like comparing a mustang to a farrari. (Im not comparing a mustang to BMW either)
You cant really make it into an M3 but you can mod it up good enough to suit your needs. However, its still an automatic. Just my personal opinion, auto's dont have enough power for me. I like to feel the power when I switch gears. Maybe someone on here has a modified auto that can give you better experiences with that. I would stick with a manual if your looking for power though.
well im not wanting anything extreme like the m3, i was thinking just a few add ons to create a little extra power... i highly doubt i will super or turbocharge this car. i was mainly thinking some exhaust and an intake or something. i have been driving a stick rsx type-s and i have been having an ungodly number of problems... they are all warrentied mind you but im sick of all the hassel. im actually turning the car into the attourney generals office... to attempt to lemon the car. its been worked on eight times now for numerous problems and i have owned it for ten months now. i dont want to buy another problem car... whatever i end up choosing now will be with me for a long time and i wont be able to change without loosing my ass in a loan. thats why i am asking, i was kinda just wanting to make sure with a few mods the car will not break like mine has been doing.
i have heard nothing but good from the customer service on this car, like if you have an issue they will take care of it. instead of doing what acura is to me, telling me nothing is wrong that everything is in my head.
i had seen that the car is pretty upgrade able... i like that just incase i deside to do something hahah. but like i said with all my problems with the stick now i want to go auto again. i dont want to risk a used stick ever again. thanks for the input though!
To tell you the truth I think you will have alot less problems with an auto. I have driven alot manuals and it deos take a beating on the car so if your worried about having problems...definetely stay with an auto.
In your case, it seems the loss of power will be made up in less maintenance, a nice exhaust, an intake and some software and your car will be sweet.
ok cool, well im 21 and my parents are co signed with my car currently so i could get a better apr... and to get a low apr again i need them again but they dont want me to buy another problem car. is there anything major that is wrong with these cars? like with my s all the 2002 to 2005's have trasmission problems... i dont want to look at a car like it again hahahah.
also on a side note i did a little checking and would like to double check, wiring in a new deck isnt a big problem right? i kinda like the battery in the trunk feature. makes wiring up a car a ton easier! i read it doesnt effect the climate control but would it effect the warrenty? i was going to ask again tonight but i thought i would see if you all knew too. thanks again! Seth
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