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Old 08-06-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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HELP! What BMW for Under $5.5K with Manual/ Reliable!

I am looking for a BMW for a buddy. He has realistically around $5K, maybe $6K to spend. It has to be a manual for reliability. I know that some 328/325/323 e46's have started to go just barely into that range, but with around 200,000 miles. I am okay with mileage up to probably 170,000. What car should it be? Help fanatics! I considered e30 but that may be too old. Anything to look for in an e36? How about e34's? Anything else? Another brand such as a nice acura/audi(?) would be okay. Audi's would worry me as far as problems. Once again it has to be a manual and please no hondas/toyotas/subis/etc! Thanks

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Old 08-07-2009, 06:14 AM   #2
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A 200,000 mile E30 is more reliable than a 200,000 E46.
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i'd look at an e36. Can find a low mile e36 in the 4k range easily
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:57 PM   #4
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You could probably get a 99 323i for that. It'd need some work, but so will any e46 you'd buy.
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i agree with firefirefire he says to look into e36 low miles its a good choice go for a 328i u can find some under 100k miles for great deals
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it may be reliable but i assure you first major repair will be more $$$ than he or she's comfortable with if that's their price range on a car. get a honda!
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