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Old 08-26-2015, 11:01 AM   #1
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Used 2006 BMW 330Ci Convertible

Looking for a used convertible and came across this Used 2006 BMW 330Ci Convertible @ 50K on the odo.

Would appreciate all your help in "what to look out for" in this vehicle when I go for a test drive, and what would be a reasonable price given the age?




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Old 08-26-2015, 12:17 PM   #2
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Your pics have not loaded, but that's a good mileage, if it's got a good service history that would be great, the car should pull well with no rattles etc , with it being a vert check the operation of the roof, but really they are pretty bullet proof cars,i loved my 330 vert great car and never gave me any problems at all, hope you enjoy the vert and post pictures up please
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:55 PM   #3
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Your pics have not loaded, but that's a good mileage, if it's got a good service history that would be great, the car should pull well with no rattles etc , with it being a vert check the operation of the roof, but really they are pretty bullet proof cars,i loved my 330 vert great car and never gave me any problems at all, hope you enjoy the vert and post pictures up please
Thanks Billy. Here are the pix.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:00 PM   #4
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So I started looking at mycarfax.com and autocheck, and this is weird. It shows 2 different states where it originated in 2006. In 2009, the car is in TX in both the reports.

Autocheck reports:
Event date Location Odometer reading Data Source Details
11/30/2006 FL
361
Motor Vehicle Dept. ODOMETER READING FROM DMV
12/26/2006 FL
Motor Vehicle Dept. TITLE (Title #:xxxxxxx) (Leased Vehicle) (Lien Reported)

Mycarfax reports
07/18/2006 Gallery Automotive Group (MA)
Washed/detailed
Oil and filter changed
06/20/2006 Gallery Automotive Group (MA)
Pre-delivery inspection completed

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Old 08-26-2015, 03:40 PM   #5
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That looks really nice, good colour combo, i'll be over in the states(venice florida) in October, so you can pick me and the wife up if you get it. 8-)
the 330 is a great engine, and a nice sound when you put your foot down,you'll enjoy
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:49 PM   #6
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I have the same car. But mine is a 2004 325ci. Great looking.. Great performance... The only problem is the convertible top motors very very expensive. The motor alone is around 1,200 plus labor. Other than that buy it.
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Old 08-27-2015, 02:59 PM   #7
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Those two pictures don't show enough, especially regarding the condition of the engine. It is a nice color combo though. It was obviously a lease return - sometimes good, sometimes bad (think rental car). I would ask for service records and insist on a PPI, preferably from a shop that knows BMWs. They don't cost that much and could easily save you the money back. 50k miles is not too high to worry mkuch about the big issues like cooling system replacement.
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:35 AM   #8
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I have the same car. year, model, color combo, wheels, etc.

love it. check the normal cooling and oil leak stuff. otherwise pretty bullet proof and a blast to run.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:19 PM   #9
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Last year I spent $10k on an 2005 with 99k, still feel good about the price I paid. Definitely get an inspection.
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Old 09-03-2015, 02:22 AM   #10
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So I started looking at mycarfax.com and autocheck, and this is weird. It shows 2 different states where it originated in 2006. In 2009, the car is in TX in both the reports.

Autocheck reports:
Event date Location Odometer reading Data Source Details
11/30/2006 FL
361
Motor Vehicle Dept. ODOMETER READING FROM DMV
12/26/2006 FL
Motor Vehicle Dept. TITLE (Title #:xxxxxxx) (Leased Vehicle) (Lien Reported)

Mycarfax reports
07/18/2006 Gallery Automotive Group (MA)
Washed/detailed
Oil and filter changed
06/20/2006 Gallery Automotive Group (MA)
Pre-delivery inspection completed

I don't see the 2009 but anyway, it looks to me that it started life on a dealers lot in MA or Maine, got it 6/20/2006 then a month later they washed it and did an oil service so maybe it was a dealer loaner.

Then five months later 11/30/2006 it ends up in FL or Florida. A month later in 12/2006 it was a lease car to someone.

Next time it shows up is three years later after say a three lease and ends up in Texas.

Depending on what happened, maybe it was a dealer trade so a lot of times these facts get missed because they don't technically register the car between dealers. So maybe the fact checkers missed that fact after it got sent to Florida?? No telling.
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:36 AM   #11
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Update: Got a 2005 330ci cabriolet ZHP edition over the Labor Day weekend. It is amazing.
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:57 PM   #12
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Of course, how can I forget pictures?
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:57 PM   #13
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Looks like a good find. I think you will like this better than the 06 base model. ZHP includes sport seats, a little more power, nicer bumpers, perforated leather steering wheel, nicer interior trim, firmer suspension. Love the alpine white with natural leather. How many miles on this one?
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:01 PM   #14
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Thanks. 99k miles. This is how I like to drive - firm. The base model just felt rubberry, due to larger sidewall tires. Last owner did good maintenance at 85K - gaskets, hoses, bushings, shocks. Purrs like a kitten, with a nice throat Inside is also one of the best. Even better than the one with 50K find. The trim is not scratched out at all, and the leather is soft and supple with no wear. Exterior only one door ding. Windows roll smooth. No regulator clicks. Top is flawless. Evidently changed by last owner.

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Old 09-12-2015, 08:09 AM   #15
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:17 AM   #16
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Buy it! I have the identical car (2003) and I love it. And the mileage is great. You will have maintenance down the road, but realistically not for 30-50k.

As for the origination, looks like the car dodged a major bullet by not growing up in MA!

Get it inspected, read the service records, make sure it wasn't in an accident. Then count yourself a very lucky guy.

And leave the business stereo - at this point the Bmw nav is hopelessly primitive.

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Old 10-08-2015, 09:11 PM   #17
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Congrats on the purchase OP..the only thing I despise on all shown here including mine is the granny tranny ...argggeee these things all need a sweet 5 or 6 speed manual gearbox

Have fun with the top down.
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:57 PM   #18
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Thanks. 99k miles. This is how I like to drive - firm. The base model just felt rubberry, due to larger sidewall tires. Last owner did good maintenance at 85K - gaskets, hoses, bushings, shocks. Purrs like a kitten, with a nice throat Inside is also one of the best. Even better than the one with 50K find. The trim is not scratched out at all, and the leather is soft and supple with no wear. Exterior only one door ding. Windows roll smooth. No regulator clicks. Top is flawless. Evidently changed by last owner.
What size tires does it have?
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Old 10-24-2015, 02:22 AM   #19
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Congrats on the purchase OP..the only thing I despise on all shown here including mine is the granny tranny ...argggeee these things all need a sweet 5 or 6 speed manual gearbox

Have fun with the top down.
Each to their own, it's a skill to drive an auto-box properly (not like a granny) changing gears and using your left foot to depress the clutch is like going back to the days of the Model T, before the e46 I had a tiptronic 911, I can tell you that nothing ever came close when you floored it.
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:26 PM   #20
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Congrats on the purchase OP..the only thing I despise on all shown here including mine is the granny tranny ...argggeee these things all need a sweet 5 or 6 speed manual gearbox

Have fun with the top down.
For you, but the new owner obviously wanted an automatic.
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