Which model to choose? - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
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.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 11:07 AM
n00b
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
wantM3? is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
Been looking for 2 weeks now (auto trader & ebay) and I am seeing good deals on 328ci, 325ci and 330ci. Is it ok still to buy a 328ci with 40-50K miles with no derogatory records found (from Carfax)? These cars are currently priced in the high 18 to low 20Ks. Or should I just fork out an additional 5-8K more for a lower mileage 325 or 330ci? Thanks.
wantM3? is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 11:44 AM
2nd Gear Member
 
Mach 5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 391
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute Mach 5 has a reputation beyond repute
My 2000 328ci has 90K on it know and I have had no problems. With the newer car you will likely get at least some remaining warrany as most 2000 are passing the 4 year mark on there in service dates. A 330 will have a little more HP and Torque and 01 325's can be found in the low $20K's now. Good hunting.
Ben

"It's not because I'm an aggressive driver, it's because I'm an idiot" actual quote from my wife.
Mach 5 is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 11:49 AM
1st Gear Member
 
Graphic Designer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: va beach
Posts: 207
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Graphic Designer is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to Graphic Designer
both are fine. i was just in the same situation.
i purchased a 2000 328i with 30k on it and a 2004 325i with 3 miles on it.

Both were very good investments..
back on topic, either choice would be good for the wallet.

garpihc dseigenr
(sp)?
Graphic Designer is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 12:02 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
wantM3? is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
Thanks. I don't know much about bimmers only that I want one.
wantM3? is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 12:34 PM
1st Gear Member
 
Graphic Designer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: va beach
Posts: 207
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Graphic Designer is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to Graphic Designer
haha...
the newer model would be my choice bc of the warranties.
and plus,, 325 and the 330 look better than the 323 and 328...

garpihc dseigenr
(sp)?
Graphic Designer is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 01:24 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
wantM3? is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
I was looking at the Edmunds website and saw that JD Powers had low ratings for the 2001s (2/5 for long-term reliability) when compared to the 2000s, 2002 & 2003. Anyone care to discuss this? Thanks.
wantM3? is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 04-01-2004, 06:28 PM
1st Gear Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 142
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jefft325i is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally posted by wantM3?@Apr 1 2004, 03:04 PM
I was looking at the Edmunds website and saw that JD Powers had low ratings for the 2001s (2/5 for long-term reliability) when compared to the 2000s, 2002 & 2003. Anyone care to discuss this? Thanks.
No problems here on my 2001. If you ask enough questions, your sure to get the 'avoid 2001's - the steering is terrible' comment. It is true that early 2001's had feather light steering which resulted in numerous complaints. BMW fixed the problem with the later 2001's. My steering (late 2001 production) feels the same as the 2000 328's I drove.

I've noticed the prices on the 2000's (323 & 328) have started to tumble quite a bit since I was looking at them a year ago. Since most no longer have a factory warranty, they can't command the same $. They are still great cars - just find one that's been taken care of.
jefft325i is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E46, E90)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Junk Yards List USA SpeedInfusion Bimmer Talk/Motorsports Talk 19 09-12-2008 08:09 AM
what bmw model year is the most reliable and least problematic for the e30? träumer 3-Series (E21, E30) 4 09-14-2005 07:12 PM
BMW Z8 Model from the BMW Museum in Munich mingchen Classifieds Sell & Buy 0 06-17-2004 03:12 PM
2005 Model???? vger 3-Series (E46, E90) 1 05-13-2004 01:18 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome