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Old 11-09-2012, 11:00 AM   #7
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Location: Kansas City
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My Ride: 03 330i ZHP
Originally Posted by black325iBMW View Post
I had an 04' 325i. 5 spd. Sports Package. It was totaled about a month and a half ago and I'm in search of a replacement. This seems like a fantastic deal. I go to school in Baton Rouge and my parents are in Dallas. They would be the ones to drive up to check it out. My only question is (and this goes to anyone with enough e46/ZHP knowledge to answer):

DO all e46's cost as much as my last one did to maintain or did I get scammed by the dealer we got it from?

It had about 104k miles and was about a 9/10 Interior and Exterior. We ended up paying for about 10k in miscellaneous mechanical repairs in the year I owned it. That was in addition to the trim falling off the doors, the headliner peeling everywhere, and somehow the carpet getting soaked in the passenger rear floor whenever it rained...

I'm graduating from LSU this upcoming Summer and want a reliable car to last me until then and possibly a year or so after. Will I be able to maintain this car with only the love and care (plus a couple $k's in repairs) that I so uselessly gave my last e46?

If so, I'd be in for 9.5k.
That's a Horrible experience. $10K in one year? Even if you count all the tires brakes and oil changes on top of the small repairs, I haven't hit even HALF of that in the 6 Years I've owned this ZHP. Though I do all my own work ,which certainly keeps the costs low.

I'm sorry you got either scammed or Lemon-ed, But I can't see that as normal.

Your Parents are welcome to come drive the car at any time.
Additionally I already had one local BMW enthusiast come check out the car. He might be willing to be a reference point. I don't know him, He has no bias towards me, but seemed to love cars like I do, and could be willing to take calls about it. I still have his number and will call him to see if he will.

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