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Old 10-08-2004, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, I am very seriously considering the purchase of a 2004/5 BMW 3 Series. Mostl likely a 325i, but possibly a 330i (although I really want a 330xi).

Do you have any advice, suggestions, or insite for a first time Bimmer owner?


I got interested because my BIL owns a '87 325is and I drove it twice one time

Needless to say, I liked it.


FYI, I am married with a 2 year old, so I need the sedan.
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A 325i is certainly a good choice... 330xi is good if you need the all wheel drive for snow or something like that... other than that the 330i is more fun since it's rwd, plus it's lighter, etc.

whatever you choose you wont be dissapointed... bmw's handle great, last a loooooong time if maintained and they can surely bring a smile to your face every time you get in them.

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There's something about a BMW that a Jap car doesn't have - call it soul, character, charisma, or whatever. The other night during our Canadian Thankgiving, I called a buddy up and said - "do you want to go for a drive in my BMW, I'll drive to Squamish and you drive back" - he said sure. We had a great time. Trying calling some one up for a drive in your Corolla and saying that... lol. By the way, we're both in our 50's!!!!
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Do you have any advice, suggestions, or insite for a first time Bimmer owner?
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Read all the reviews you can. Consumers Report has some good info.

Depending on how long you plan to keep it, you may want to get and extended warranty.

Everything is expensive on a BMW. With a new car, you have free maint. for 4 years.

If you're looking for an absolutely reliable car, buy a Lexus.

Good luck.

You can also use Autobytel.com to a get valuable information and price quotes.
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