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Question New to me - 306,000 Miles

Hello to all BMW enthusiasts. I have been looking for a BMW to tinker with and finally found one on eBay. Itís a 95 325i Auto, very nice condition, however it has 306,000 miles. Was this a stupid move on my part? I've been a Honda guy for most of my life, but always envied BMW owners because I could never afford one. I could afford this one, obviously because of the miles. Am I going to be in a world full of repairs? Are there any other 300K BMW owners that would like to comment? Thank you for your time and I look forward to talking to you all.
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If it's been well taken care of, you should be fine. I guess item number one I'd be worried about is whether the auto tranny fluid has been changed regularly.



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Hello to all BMW enthusiasts. I have been looking for a BMW to tinker with and finally found one on eBay. Itís a 95 325i Auto, very nice condition, however it has 306,000 miles. Was this a stupid move on my part? I've been a Honda guy for most of my life, but always envied BMW owners because I could never afford one. I could afford this one, obviously because of the miles. Am I going to be in a world full of repairs? Are there any other 300K BMW owners that would like to comment? Thank you for your time and I look forward to talking to you all.
Hell and welcome.

It all depends on how well it was maintained ... yes, it's gonna be a world full of repairs, but that's true even with 2 year old BMWs, so nothing extraordinary there.

As far as if it was a smart move ... all depends on how well it was maintained and how much you paid for it.

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From personal experience, if you're spider senses start tingling when you see the car in the flesh . . . you can back out. I'm happy with my ebay car, but I threw way more money at it than I should have.

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Welcome. The maintenance the car has received thus far will determine how painful and or expensive your ownership experience will be.

I agree that the main concern should be whether the automatic tranny has been serviced adequately.

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Thanks for the responses guys. I'll definately look into the tranny fluid. I think I got a great deal on the car, so if I do have some repairs I'll still be a little ahead. No one yet has stated on their cars having high miles, anyone near 300,000 or even more?
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Thanks for the responses guys. I'll definately look into the tranny fluid. I think I got a great deal on the car, so if I do have some repairs I'll still be a little ahead. No one yet has stated on their cars having high miles, anyone near 300,000 or even more?
We have a 90 535 with 242k; I've seen plenty of bimmers near the half million mark; as far as the engine is concerned, you have nothing to worry about.

try to find out if the filter/fluid was changed in the tranny and change it if it hasnt been recently and thats it.

automatic transmissions and suspension bushings are the weakest points on those cars; the latter is not very expensive, it can just be a nightmare to track down which needs replacement at times.

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