purchase of a used bmw

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  1. Intro

    Intro New Member

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    What do u think of buying a used 94-98 3 series? with 60,000-100,000 miles on the car. My friend is looking at getting one, and all i hear from people is how itll cost her a fortune. What is your opinion/experiance with buying a used bmw?
     
  2. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    Prepare for hell. Unless you can do your own work and are a true car enthusiast you will see you car as a huge pain in the rear. If you are going to buy one, get it checked out by a BMW mechanic prior.
     
  3. Sympathy

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    Had a new '95 325 for 5 years. The most common problems were electrical. Minor problems like the left rear bulb probs, clock display not working, windshield fluid not working, etc. My first major prob came at around 40k miles, fuel pump broke but it was under warranty. Next prob came at around 90k. The water pump broke, and that made the nozzle connection to the radiator (made of plastic) break. This cost $800 to fix. Besides from that, OEM brakes cost alot.
    Considering these probs, I liked driving it during it's time. I wasn't a big fan of the ghetto sized air conditioning vent in the center of the console. If you friend get's one, tell her not to get the 318 or the 320. They don't have enough power IMO.
     
  4. carfanattic

    carfanattic Slippin' & Slidin'

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    My last car was an E36 M3 bought used with 12,000 miles in 1998...damn car was in a shop 50% of the time. I had to get the belts replaced four times in one year and the alternator stopped working after only six months of getting the car. The dealer said it was a defect and it was replaced for free, but it was still a hassle. I missed work and had to have the car towed to the dealership. The tranny also started having problems and that's when I got rid of it. Other times it was more minor details (brakes squealing incessantly [sp?] and interior electronic problems), but I have to say, the car was an absolutely blast to drive.
     
  5. huntz0r

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    Yea the M3 and the regular 3-series are worlds apart though. The M engine is obviously going to be much more tuned and finicky. 325/328i seem to not be too bad, it would be worth having a eurocar specialist go over it with a fine-toothed comb.
     

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