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2001 325CI
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Asking $31,000 from a dealership.
Trade in from MS Gulf Coast
Not sure about service history. I am going to go look at it with her soon. (a friend of mine went with her last time)

Is this a good deal? Is there anything I should check out specifically about these cars? I'll do a search/look in the FAQ section for common problems with the E46.
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too much. by about 3.5 k.
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I agree too much...
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Sounds high. I paid $32K for a '04 330i with 5k miles on it from a dealer and it was loaded. Not sure if you can compare them, but I think you can do better.

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WAY TOO MUCH!! the kelley blue book value for that car is only $22,500...and that is if it really does have leather. make sure it is not leatherette...many can not tell from looks alone.

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I checked out 2001 prices when I recently bought a 2001 325i (manual trans, moonroof, CD player, leatherette, power seats and mirrors) with 72,000 miles for $15,300. The auto trans is worth about $800 more as I recall. Top retail for a 2001 325i with normal mileage is about $22,000. If you can't tell leather from leatherette just assume/insist it is leatherette (a deduct of about $800) and the saleman probably won't know the difference; unless it is cracked or has smooth shiny spots it unlikely to be leather.
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WAY TOO MUCH!! the kelley blue book value for that car is only $22,500...and that is if it really does have leather. make sure it is not leatherette...many can not tell from looks alone.

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KBB is $29,958. This is from a dealership not private party. What else should I keep an eye out for besides whether or not it is real leather? I printed out all of the recalls and serivce bulletens for that model...
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where are you looking? the KBB value for a 2001 325Ci is $22,500 in NY, NY. I can not believe that there would be such a drastic difference. I do not know where you got the value of $29K?? That is close to what a new 325 costs.
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I'm thinking that my friend should not pay more than $25-27K for it. Sounds good?
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27 sounds about right for a dealership. i agree that private party should be bit lower.
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Kid, recheck your KBB input values. I use your data and get a DEALER price of $23,535. If you pay a penny over $24,000, you paid too much IMO.

I bought my 2000 328i 7 months ago with 58K miles for $19,600, private party. Look around from non-dealerships, you'll find your buddies car for about $21-$23K.

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Ohhhhhh, quick edit here: is the car a convertible or a coupe? I've been pricing based on a coupe. Add a couple grand for the convertible.

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Agree, that is way too much for that car.

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I am selling my 2002 325i with 48K miles for a lot less than that. Granted, it isn't a coupe or a convertible, but it is white with tan leather interior, auto, and has a Dension IceLink Plus iPod adapter. If you are interested, let me know by PM or email at duffey@cox.net.
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