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Old 10-04-2011, 12:23 PM   #21
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Man you shoulda see what my car's previous owner paid for her CCV repair:
whopping $1056
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:27 PM   #22
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:34 PM   #23
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I've got 215K on mine and it's still going strong. If it's a clean, well maintained car then $5K is about right. The car has several maintenance areas that you should plan on doing over the next few years, but most are DIY's at reasonable expense. Definitely get the PPI and look at the history. Probably the biggest thing to worry about is the clutch which is pricey and hard to DIY. If the subframe is cracked or hasn't been inspected you may want to pass.
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:41 PM   #24
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Ah the old step/manual debate I don't mean to get it started again but
manual > step

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both are fun to drive. Step has perfect shifts and less to worry about. but manuals are just pure fun esp. for a kid lol
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:42 PM   #25
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Man you shoulda see what my car's previous owner paid for her CCV repair:
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ask her how it feels to get bent over and stuck in the poopshoot lol DIY ftw
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:02 PM   #26
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With no lube.

That said, I do hate that people assume that because it's an older e46 that the subframe is held together by hope & dreams and that it's worthless. The 328 is a great car.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:04 PM   #27
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With no lube.

That said, I do hate that people assume that because it's an older e46 that the subframe is held together by hope & dreams and that it's worthless. The 328 is a great car.
Yep and if everything is all good you can always get a reinforcement kit that is like 120 just to help you sleep at night
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:05 PM   #28
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Yep and if everything is all good you can always get a reinforcement kit that is like 120 just to help you sleep at night
who is gonna weld it on? your dreams?
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:08 PM   #29
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Man you shoulda see what my car's previous owner paid for her CCV repair:
whopping $1056
Holy crap! Now I see where you got those numbers . I tallied up an order just to see what I am looking at. Shipping included, with a pulley in there as well, total was about $150. The previous owner's mechanic robbed her blind .

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With no lube.

That said, I do hate that people assume that because it's an older e46 that the subframe is held together by hope & dreams and that it's worthless. The 328 is a great car.
Very true. My brother has a '99 328 as well. His is bone stock and he never got it checked under the recall, but has had no problems with the car. Car has right around 150k miles and still runs great. Doing the vanos seals and a couple other items for him in a couple weeks. Definitely a great car.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:18 PM   #30
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who is gonna weld it on? your dreams?
My milermatic welder and my hands... or maybe I can use my feet for this one
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:55 PM   #31
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13 years old? I'd pass due to the build up of imminent breakage. If you don't believe me, buy it and find out.

Get a 2001-2002+

And $5000 is overpriced.

If you're serious regardless, check the engine bay for the quality of the plastic (everything except the block is pretty much plastic). If it's a rich dark colour vs. Dull grey and discoloured.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:57 PM   #32
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I think it is smart of you to look at e46's which are relatively modern, yet pretty much fully depreciated, so are relatively cheap if you DIY. The fact that your dad is a BMW guy who knows has experience with them makes this a no-brainer.

Agreed - if you don't want a welding project, look for a MY 2001+. However, I do like that it is one owner and (presumably) has all records. So at least you do know what has and hasn't been done. My only concern is if it has been on the BMW recommended oil change interval of 15k miles. Do a google (select images) on "oil sludge."
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:31 PM   #33
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KBB puts this car in "excellent condition" at $4690. "Good condition" just under $4000.
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:33 PM   #34
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$4000 and if subframe is good buy it.
Rest can't be too hard to diy.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:34 PM   #35
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Not really.
In the states? ya rly.

For 5 grand look for a 01+ 325 with 100ish. I'd pay 3.5k max for a 323 with 160 on it.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:47 PM   #36
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In the states? ya rly.

For 5 grand look for a 01+ 325 with 100ish. I'd pay 3.5k max for a 323 with 160 on it.
OP is considering a 328, not a 323.

For his ZipCode, a 328i with that mileage and in "good" condition is $4750, "excellent" is $5225.

Asking price is right on the money.
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I love my 328, OP, but I've done a lot of work on it. If you want to see my list, I think I published most of it in the thread "200K"--search for me and '200K' in title search.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:52 PM   #38
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I've put more than 5K in parts and some labor(things I cant do due to lack of tools.) in my 99 328i and i got mine at 110K miles. have fun.
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:07 PM   #39
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Yea I don't think we should be under any illusions that the car will need work. Personally I would not sell for 3.5k I'd tell you to go buy that 3.5k car and see what you get.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:12 PM   #40
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~$5k is about what these run. KBB even shows it. Anyone telling you it should cost $1k-$2K less has NO CLUE what they are talking about. Please $3,000 for that car, what idiots. But as buying any car, depends how baldy they need to sell and that can allow some flexibiltiy. People expect to be offered less than asking.

As mentioned, be sure to check the history on the rear subframe fix. If it hasn't had it I'd be real wary of buying it. And then do a PPI (pre purchase inspection) and that should tell you what it's going to run you. If this car has been taken care of and it's real clean I'd take it over a 1-2 yr newer 325i.
But each car is different and has to be graded on it's own upkeep.
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