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 am thinking of buying a used 3 series. My current option is a '00 323i from a unauthorized dealer with 93g miles and a 330i from a private seller with 105g miles. I haven't really checked them out besides the pictures... but they both have similiar options...
I'm thinking maybe the 323i doesn't have HID while the 330i has HID...
Besides performance wise, i'm looking more for reliability.
While the 323i is about $13g, the 330i is $15g... I'm thinking I can prob talk both of them down to about lets say 11g, considering both of them are price rather high.
Now, which one is a better deal? considering relaibility as most important (and hypothetically that they both run great)
It might come down to your personal preference on looks. You didn't mention the year for the 330. Was it after they gave the 3 a face lift? I've had great reliability out of my '00. If both cars have been maintained, I can't imagine you having significant issues with either. Clearly though, you'll have better performance out of the 330.
I just want to keep it out of the shop when I get one. Do they usually have any issues as far as maintaince goes?
Will either of them keep running up to 200g miles?
Both of them will easily pass 200K if properly maintained. In fact I'd say they'll easily pass 300K.
BMW's are preventive-maintenance oriented. If you treat them well, changing the oil and fluids regularly, then they will treat you well too. If you don't treat them well, then you'll have a very expensive ownership experience.
Obviously, things like brakes, shock mounts, shocks, control arms, and other things do wear out in these cars and we can't say from here whether you will need to replace them in the lifetime of your ownership of the vehicle. Once you start driving it around, I can guarantee you that you'll love the car.
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