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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.
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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"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.
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.
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.
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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