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Old 05-11-2012, 09:52 AM   #1
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Trading cars...

So I got rid of my 325ci and came into an immaculate 2004 525i in stick. Boy is it glorious, super comfortable and super clean and im the second owner, the previous owner was a friend of my fathers. Anyways sometimes i feel out of place driving a car like that being so young, and since i was unable to live out my modding dreams with my e46, i think i want to do something about it. So heres my question, do you guys think that i would be able to do a straight up trade for an e46 m3 ? maybe cash thrown in either my way or theirs ? Mind you my car is paid off with title in hand. Also my car msrp was around 45,000 and an m3 was about 45-55k right ?? Do you guys think someone would go for it ? BTW not to mention that i know all things E46 and there are things i'm still trying to figure out with that damn idrive lol.

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Old 05-11-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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I dont think so. maybe an early year E46 M3.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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You never know. There's tons of people out there wanting to trade their two door M for 4 door cars trying to support a family and possibly a baby on the way. Post it up for sale in the forum and then post another ad in the wanted for an M3 - willing to trade my 525i + xxx amount of cash or whatever. Good luck.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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So I got rid of my 325ci and came into an immaculate 2004 525i in stick. Boy is it glorious, super comfortable and super clean and im the second owner, the previous owner was a friend of my fathers. Anyways sometimes i feel out of place driving a car like that being so young, and since i was unable to live out my modding dreams with my e46, i think i want to do something about it. So heres my question, do you guys think that i would be able to do a straight up trade for an e46 m3 ? maybe cash thrown in either my way or theirs ? Mind you my car is paid off with title in hand. Also my car msrp was around 45,000 and an m3 was about 45-55k right ?? Do you guys think someone would go for it ? BTW not to mention that i know all things E46 and there are things i'm still trying to figure out with that damn idrive lol.
Um, I think your can throw msrp out the window, as that was 8 years ago for the 5 series. My 900 msrp'ed for 40k+, does that make it worth your 525? no.

Anyways, I doubt someone would be willing to do a straight-up trade for their m3, but pending on the year/mileage of the m3 and the mileage of your 525i, they could be near similar value.. could, maybe

If I had an e46 m3 and was offered this trade, I would not take it. But if you find someone willing to do it, then take the m3 and run.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:07 AM   #5
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I think the first guy is right, an earlier year m3 i think i could get a straight up trade. As for a 2004+ depending on mileage i think there would have to be money on top. Also about not taking the trade, i mean that's amatter of opinion my car is just as luxurious/valuable whatever you want to call it. I mean i fall in love with my car whenever i drive it but idk, i guess i'm so frustrated being an previous e46 owner and always wanting an M3 in my garage.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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I'd be willing to bet it would be a tough sell for an M3 that you'll want. Think about it...if there's an M3 E46 owner that has loved his car and kept it maintained/up to date, cared for it and dealt with all it's needs for so many years...how could he trade it? Would you?

I do agree there's that chance to find an M3 owner looking for a 4-door for a growing family...but I also think that is going to be a major long-shot.
But then again you've got nothing to lose so I agree...post it in Classified section and on Craigslist. You never know maybe you'll get lucky.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:45 AM   #7
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:35 AM   #8
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:12 PM   #9
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. . .Anyways sometimes i feel out of place driving a car like that being so young, and since i was unable to live out my modding dreams with my e46 . . .
FYI - BMW occasionally publishes some of their sales info by demographic. . .last I read the average 5er buyer was 41 years old, and the E46 buyer was 40 years old. So theoretically, you should feel nice and middle aged in either of them.

You can find these by googling very determinedly, I'm not going to dig them up just for this, but trust me, they are out there.
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BMW sold a lot more E60 525i's than M3's.

You may get lucky, but it will probably take a while to find this trade opportunity.

According to AutoTrader, the average 2004 525i is priced under $15K. Average for 525i manuals is under $12K. You're not going to find any good condition M3's for that price. Plan on throwing in another $8K-$10K cash on top to increase your odds of finding a good one.
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I always just check completed eBay auctions to get a feel what things are going for.
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:55 PM   #12
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Trade? Only if the M3 owner has gone senile. You can get a 525 for $10k any day of the week. A clean M3 with good history is going to cost you $18k+ easily.

Using MSRP of when the cars was new is silly wishful math.
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:02 PM   #13
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Why are you making it so complicated with trying to trade for an M3? Why don't you just sell the 525i and then take that cash plus a little more on your end and buy any M3 you want? Simple as that. No need to go through the hassle of trying to trade for an M3. I'm not entirely sure how much an 04 525i is worth but it shouldn't be too far off an M3's price. Put it up for sale and try and see what you can get for it, if you don't get what you want for it then don't sell. There, that was simple wasn't it? LOL

EDIT: They are going for anywhere from $15-19,000 here depending on condition and mileage. If it has above 100,000 miles they are going for about $15,000. So in short, you can easily sell this car get around $15-18k and then easily step into an M3 with very little cash on your end. You can get an M3 in good condition with decent mileage for around 20k right now. This is going to be your best bet!

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:54 PM   #14
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:30 PM   #15
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I've considered trading for a 5er... But no way I'd get a 525. For an E60, it'd need to be a 535 or better for me to consider it. Ideally a 550 m-sport (I would pay some cash on top of my car in that case). I suspect many M-owners would feel the same. So you're better off selling the car and buying what you want.

My M3 stickered for just under $60k fwiw. And while well equipped, my car wasn't fully loaded. No nav, no 19s, no ZCP. I do think I have everything else though. Well no SMG either, but that usually hurts value anyway.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:57 PM   #16
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