I'm contemplating and very close to possibly purchasing my first Bimmer.
A 03 325i in white. It has 77K and seems to be in very good to excellent condition. Having never owned a Bimmer, I've always admired this particular body style and it's in my price range. $159998. Is this a good price? Also, although they are providing 30 days protection, should I get an extended warranty and if so, for how many years?
The other major question I have is that considering I never owned a Bimmer, can anyone tell me a ball park figure as to the expense for maintenance and repairs for this car? General maintenance things that would be done to the vehicle and how much it would cost and if there were some issues, what that issue would be likely and how much I can expect that the shop would charge me (please provide examples.) I'd like to know what I'm getting myself in to. I've pretty much only owned Honda Civics etc. and I can only image how much more it's going to cost me,etc. BTW, I did call a local BMW dealership and the lady told me that to do a regular oil change, it would cost $120 with regular oil and $170 for synthetic which she believes this particular vehicle would have used. It would be very helpful to know what I can expect to dish out in expenses before I take the plunge; Would making the car payments be my least of money worries?
One more thing, I am under the bias that most dealers rape people when it comes to maintenance/repairs, etc. Where do most people take their Bimmers for maintenance/repairs? Ok, I lied, one more question: I noticed that my particular Bimmer doesn't have the "premier package"; what is that? I did notice that when I was comparing against other Bimmers of the same model, mine didn't have what looked like electrically controlled seat adjustments. It was a piece of plastic manually adjustable next to the seat. What else would I be missing from other cars that have this premiere package? Heated seats? I also noticed a Bimmer with a "Cold weather package"; does that mean mine isn't equipped with that feature? Thanks, all!