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After many months of searching for the perfect 323ci, I have purchased a 2000 323ci, black on black, 5 speed, 53K miles. It only came with one key. Does anyone know how much a new "smart" key costs? Also, the first thing I would like to do is buy new tires. Any suggestions for the 225/45/17 type. I live in Houston, so they can be a summer tire, for snow will not be a problem. Also, this is not a CPO car, can I take it to a dealer to buy the 100K warranty? Thanks all.
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Congrats on the purchase! I have heard the smart keys are anywhere from $130 to $160. I can't help you on the other questions.
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Welcome to the board I run Continental ContiSport Contacts on my 2000 328. 225-45 17 They're not Pilots but they are a good tire with good wear. They're good enough to be standard equip. And they cost a lot less.

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Thanks everyone with the quick reponses.

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tireack.com is a good place to scope out some different choices and read users impressions of them.

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Originally posted by exjarhead328@Jul 15 2004, 04:34 AM
tireack.com is a good place to scope out some different choices...
Do you mean tirerack.com?

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I most humbly stand corrected....didn't have my coffee yet.

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"After many months of searching for the perfect 323ci, I have purchased a 2000 323ci, black on black, 5 speed, 53K miles."
to the forum! Very nice lookin' ride. Tint is cool. Car is black-better check the detailing forum for some tips on keepin' it lookin' good. How much $$ did it set you back?

"It only came with one key. Does anyone know how much a new "smart" key costs?" Around $150. Check with a couple of dealers.

"Also, the first thing I would like to do is buy new tires. Any suggestions for the 225/45/17 type. I live in Houston, so they can be a summer tire, for snow will not be a problem." As was said previously check out tirerack and the reviews there.

"Also, this is not a CPO car, can I take it to a dealer to buy the 100K warranty?"
Call a some dealers and request a quote. Search on line at the more well known sites. Autobytel, Carsdirect, etc. You should get a AAA inspection and fix everything the find (if anything). At least you'll have independent prooff that your ride is good.

"Thanks all."

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Thanks everyone. Tirerack.com looks perfect.

I did confirm with my local dealer that a key will cost $150.00.

I think I got a great deal on my 323Ci by paying $19,200.00

I did get the inspection. I only have to replace a few interior lightbulbs.

As for the tint, i like it too, but it looks very purple from the inside. Is the tint going bad? I assume it's metallic since I don't get any AM radio reception in the HK stereo.

I will ask the dealer about the 100K warranty when I go to pick up my new key. I hope reprogramming it is included in the $150.00. I would like to see some lights flash or the horn or some sort of chirp to confirm the alarm is set.

Thanks again everyone!
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Nice ride!

The general consensus on the board so far is that Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires are terrific; I get mine installed today, so we will see how they are You are looking at around $200-250 per tire depending on where you live; Michelin also has a $50 cash back reward for buying 4 tires this summer.

At my local dealers, the smart key costs $150, which seems to be the going rate. Make sure you have your registration when you go in, they wouldnt let me get mine till the state issued my registration; even with the purchase order and all that.

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to the forums! Great lookin Bimmer! I am a fan of black on black.

Just wanted to add my $.02....

As far as tires go, Michelin's are great, but overpriced. Yokohama and Bridgestone are better buys in the ultra high performance catagory. I have owned all of these and many others. I can speak from experience not from somethingn I've read. The ride quality is a bit better with michelin, but the handling, traction, and wear are no better than the other two aforementioned. You won't get that kind of advice from a place that sells all three (tirerack.com)

As for the tint, it was probably not a very good one. Not that the previous owner was cheap, it's just that most people think tint is tint. I have found out the hard way that this is not the case. I've paid $110 for a tint job and $260 for a tint job and they were immmensely different from inside and outside of the car. There is a broad range of quality amongst the various films available.

As for the warranty, I am guessing you are wanting to certify it? The price will depend on what the dealer finds wrong with the car. To be a CPO car, the dealer does a multipoint inspection to bring it to "new" condition. Depending on what is to be repaired, this may prove pricey. I would just make sure it's it good shape, and take care of it

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Got my Pilots installed, and so far, i love them! Very good grip on the road, almost no noise at Interstate speeds, etc..

Like JLLPHAN said, Michelin's are just as good as any others, perhaps a little better; but you will pay more for them. I got out of Discount Tire $890 out the door w/ 4 new tires.

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