I'm a long-time Passat VR6 wagon fan now smitten with the E46 wagons. The sedans are cool but the wagon is what I want, 5-speed manual. The only experience I have with BMW is my R1100RT touring bike, so I need some help.
After searching high and low for a 5-speed 3-series wagon well under $20k, I've found one at a non-dealer lot that I can't decide about
2000 323i wagon
heated leather power seats
225/50-16 wheels w/Dunlop A2s
spotless interior and clean engine
very minor scratches exterior
bargained down to $13,900 last price
This car is sweet and drives great, but I worry about the mileage. Somebody drove this car a lot. Carfax says one owner. Runs great but what mech problems should I look for? My commute is short so I drive maybe 10k a year and would keep the car maybe 4 years. An 84-month warranty up to 100k on the odo costs $1200.
Maybe I should wait and find one at a dealer with 30k miles but even if I could find a 5-sp wagon it would cost well over $20k which I cannot do. Would this car hold decent value if it were at 100k 4 years hence?
I want this car. Are my eyes clouded? Is this a good deal or should I steer clear?? Any HELP appreciated.