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#1 (permalink) Old 09-18-2005, 05:08 AM
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New guy, big decision

Hey guys, new to the board and had some questions.

After driving/loving my brothers 02' 325ci, I've decided it's time to get myself a BMW. I'm currently looking at 2 different vehicles, both private seller, and was wondering some opinions.

1st car:
2000 323ci
53k miles
Warranty til 100k
New brakes and tires
Tinted
Auto
Sport Pkg
He is asking $19,500, I'm sure I could talk him down.

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2nd car:
2000 323ci
74k miles
Warranty til 100k
Harmon Kardon
Auto
He is asking 16,400 but I think I could also talk him down.

Is the around 20k miles difference worth the extra 3 grand? And was this a good year for this model in the first place? I've read through some of the threads and gotten some input. But more is always appreciated. And while I'm at it, anyone know of a decently priced M3 look a like body kit for this model? I love the look, and don't need the speed hah. Thanks again.
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Sounds good, I'll definetly look into it. Any other info about the rides?
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u r in LA, pretty much. there shoudl be a car with this m aprons etc on the market, will be cheaper imho then retrofit.

if cared for well, i.e oil changes on schedule, there is absolutely no advantage of 50 vs 70k. if the car is over 120, i woudl not buy. your market has SO many nice used bmws....
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Yeah LA is like an hour away. I'm more concerned with the car itself before I even think about putting something cosmetic on it heh. I had heard about 2000 323ci's having some problems if they were auto/non-steptronic, any input?
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Yeah LA is like an hour away. I'm more concerned with the car itself before I even think about putting something cosmetic on it heh. I had heard about 2000 323ci's having some problems if they were auto/non-steptronic, any input?
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i have no knowledge whatsoever of automatics.

master mechanics, moderators: input please?? used:
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I read back like 20 pages ago or so and someone had mentioned something about the 2000 323ci having problems around 60k if it wasn't steptronic or a 5 speed. I didn't really know Steptronic was an addition, I thought all BMW's had it. But then again, I don't know shit about BMW's heh. In the event I pick up an automatic 2000 323ci with 77k miles and no steptronic, should I even be worried seeming how it has the warranty til 100k? Or is the problem not covered?
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I read back like 20 pages ago or so and someone had mentioned something about the 2000 323ci having problems around 60k if it wasn't steptronic or a 5 speed. I didn't really know Steptronic was an addition, I thought all BMW's had it. But then again, I don't know shit about BMW's heh. In the event I pick up an automatic 2000 323ci with 77k miles and no steptronic, should I even be worried seeming how it has the warranty til 100k? Or is the problem not covered?
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Before you buy any of these cars ,check well for auto transmission operation, whatever it is steptronic or regular 5 speed automatic, would be nice if you buy extra warranty for tranny ! Next step change the transmission fluid and filter eventough manual says it is 'LIFETIME" one- change it !!! Use only fluid which is indicated by transmission manufacturer( label with number ) on transmission pan. That would be 'Texaco" fluid if car is equiped with GM 5 tranny or "Esso" if with ZF transmission. Under any circumstances do not use other fluids like Red Line or Amsoil , even if some people would recommend so , especially on GM5 transmission.
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Say I was to buy one of these cars, and the 6year/100k is up soon because it's a 2000. So I'm left with about 80k miles on the car. I found this place that apparently offers warranties on cars: http://www.aaautowarranty.com/index.asp
Anyone have any experience with warrantying a car not through the dealership? Is there an inspection done to make sure they aren't insuring a piece of shit or what? Thanks!
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