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Old 03-05-2010, 09:15 AM   #1
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i currently own a Honda Accord..now planning to buy a BMW..
Im currently looking for a used BMW...my budget is around 10-12k...so far i have found out that i can afford either 2001-02 325ci or 330 .
im intersted in buying a coupe... Although i know best way is to go and buy a brand new car... but i can not afford that... so i thought i should get a used bimmer.
so guys is it good ideea to get a second hand bimmer? and which should i get.. i want around 200 hp because i already have accord wid 160 hp
and what should i keep in mind as i dun wanna buy something which costs me a load to maintain.
i m living in raleigh-durham metro area.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:19 AM   #2
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and what should i keep in mind as i dun wanna buy something which costs me a load to maintain.
Buy another Accord!
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:34 AM   #3
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If you want around 200 hp, go with a 330. Don't even waste your time on a 325. This may be out of your budget, but see if you can find a 330 with Performance Package aka ZHP. ZHP coupes were available from '04-'06, sedans from '03-'05.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:37 AM   #4
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When I bought my car I actually had two that I decided between. An 05 accord and a 2002 325i. In the end I chose the BMW because I wanted the better car. Yes the accord would have been cheaper to maintain but I was worth it to get the BMW to me. Inwouod say that maintenance costs are relative. I know some people who change thier oil often in the accord and buy tires more often etc.. I also know people who run their bimmers into the ground. In the end of you maintain you BMW well it will cost more. I have put 600 dollars into my car in a year but I change oil often and have replaced interior and exterior parts.
A BMW IMO is a good car to buy used. They are usually always wel maintained for the first 50-75k due to the warranty and have pretty great mechanics. However because they are sports oriented be prepared to replace suspension parts way more often than a Honda. If you want a reliable car with low maintenance costs keep the Honda. If you really want more performance and a better feel get the BMW but be prepared to spend more in the long run.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:38 AM   #5
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If you want 200 HP, go 328, 330, or bust... the 323 or 325 will seem a bit sluggish. That said, keep in mind that, compared to most cheap modern sportscars, an e46 is relatively slow.. so don't expect a race car out of it.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:51 AM   #6
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my 03 325i has been very reliable. However, I have done alot of preventative Maintenance to keep it running good. Parts for these cars will be more expensive than you are used to with your Honda, so you need to keep that in mind.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:55 AM   #7
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An Accord, by definition, is a compromise.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:23 AM   #8
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Go for the 330. Try to find a manual if you can. BMW steptronics seem to have many problems (not that I'd know. my car has 3 pedals)

make sure you're aware of the common repair items on these cars and either make sure they've already been replaced or have it checked out by someone who knows what they're doing to verify that they're in good shape. Common issues can include; control arm bushings, subframe etc.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:24 AM   #9
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It's the best way to piss a bunch of money away.. I would never buy a new car. If you look hard you can always find a late model used one for thousands less. Then put that money into making it unique.

I would back up what everyone has said about the 330. The 325 isn't going to be much faster than your accord, although it might feel faster because of it's low end torque. The 330 has a bit more punch. BMW's require a bit more maintenance attention than Hondas do, but the reward is well worth it. I drive a beater civic so my girl friend can drive the 325 and the M Coupe doesn't get exposed to idiot's, sand, and unenjoyable miles. Search on here for common issues, cooling, vano's, auto tranny issues, etc and get a PPI done. Find a car that was enthusiast owned and has a well documented history. You'll never drive a Honda again - unless it's to keep the miles off your Bimmer.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:47 AM   #10
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An Accord, by definition, is a compromise.
HA! My family has owned 6 Accords of various types over the last 30 yrs. So true.

I upgraded from a 97 Acura 2.2 CL to my current 330. What a world of difference in performance - but still not as fast as other true sports sedans.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:48 AM   #12
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:54 AM   #13
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Get a 330.

Please be aware though!!!!!!!! It is NOT easy to add HP to these cars. "cold-air intakes" and mufflers etc. do not really add any power. The cars are pretty well engineered to squeeze the most out of the engine from the factory.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:58 AM   #14
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Please be aware though!!!!!!!! It is NOT easy to add HP to these cars. "cold-air intakes" and mufflers etc. do not really add any power. The cars are pretty well engineered to squeeze the most out of the engine from the factory.
He owned an accord I don't think it will be hard to adjust. OP I hope you mod tastefully too. I know it is your car but if any wings or fart cans get thrown on it don't expect anything but ridicule from this site. I would go 02 or better 330ci with a manual. Reliable, fun, comfortable, and still stylish. Good luck and take your time. Finding a well maintained one is crucial.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:06 AM   #15
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Whatever you do get it manual. If you can't find one, then just don't buy an e46. Unless you have some extra 4k for the inevitable tranny faliure on both types built. oh, another 1k for subframe.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:07 AM   #16
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Get a 330!! I did as my first BMW and don't regret it. It's quick, but no to the point where it will get you in any trouble. However, be ready for some spending on maitenance.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:38 AM   #17
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Actually, the 05 Accord, though more reliable than the BMW, is not as reliable as older ones. I would actually go with an 07 Camry SE. Sure, the accelarator gets stuck but hey, don't you want to go fast?
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:40 AM   #18
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I'd get a 330 too, but I wouldn't rule out a nice 325. I own an E36 M3 with 240 HP (might go FI on it ). The 325 is 85% as pleasurable on the boil. Missing the low speed response, but it revs out nicer. Depends what you want in an engine. I'd only consider a manual with a BMW.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:46 AM   #19
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I just got my 1st BMW about a month ago.
2002 325i 5-speed 156k Miles. w/front end damage.
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Very fun to drive.
It handles like a .... well a BMW. Can't compare it to any other cars I have owned. Honda, Nissan, Porsche 944.
Go for it. Buy one.

Car is now in shop, Could not drive any more in that shape.


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I just got my 1st BMW about a month ago.
2002 325i 5-speed 156k Miles. w/front end damage.
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Very fun to drive.
It handles like a .... well a BMW. Can't compare it to any other cars I have owned. Honda, Nissan, Porsche 944.
Go for it. Buy one.

Car is now in shop, Could not drive any more in that shape.


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