hey guys just wanted to say hey. Ive been reading through this site for the past few days to try and get some info on some stuff. I dont have a BMW right now but im thinking about getting one as my next car. Im a decent mechanic so ive always just bought something for a few hundred bucks like some beater truck and then i drive that till its just beyond repair usually at like 300,000 miles or so. Well i have a 92 k2500 suburban with a 454TBI which will fill me needs for a truck to go camp, and pull stuff, etc.. but i want to get a decent car. Ive noticed some of the bmws from early 2000 or so are pretty affordable. Ive seen some of the like 2001 or 2002 330i cars that i like the look of. Im going to be spending 10-15 but ive always worked on american cars chevy mainly, but some ford, and very little honda and lexus. Im wondering do these cars run for a while or are they mechanical nightmares after like 100,000. Any input would be great, thanks guys.
Welcome to the Werkz. Always handy to have another mechanically experienced member on board
Like anything mechanical, it needs some TLC otherwise it will bite you at some point, do the normal checks that you would on any other type of car, its service and ownership history and see how the prospects stack up. Most of these paltforms are fairly sound from what I know, but there are others around here that have more experience than me. Good luck.
I've owned my six cylinder BMW since it had something like 40,000 miles on the clock it has now done 123000. All I have ever done is change the oil.in my experience as long as you buy one that has got a reasonable service history you won't have a problem.in my experience they will easily go to 300 to 500,000 miles. I'm not saying you won't have to do a couple of minor things, such as the bushing, header tank and maybe even the springs. But you won't actually spend a great deal of money, if you're halfway mechanically competent only one should be a breeze. The 330 in particular is incredible value for money nowadays and a dam good driver. So go for it friend, for the money you're looking to spend you should be able to find an extremely nice car.
thanks for the welcome everyone. Yea ive never had any problem doing anything mechanical and have almost every tool i would need in my garage. I would just like to have a nice car that i can keep pretty much stock without rigging stuff up or modifying everything a bunch i just want a good reliable car for a long time. What do u guys think would be the most reliable model if i newer than like 2000 with a budget of 10-15.
im glad to hear that cause the e46's were what i was really looking at. Im good with maint. and can do almost any kind of work that needs to be done i just want something that mechanically is pretty sound and doesnt self destruct or something at like 150,000.
yea im not a huge fan of white either, but most other colors dont seem to hold up too well in AZ, plus the difference in temp inside the car in a white car vs a black or red car in the summer is insane. Im probably going to try and look for some kind of grey or silver though
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