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Old 11-04-2012, 08:28 PM   #1
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330ci convertible for a college student?

I'm considering selling my 2012 Civic EX with ~8,000 miles on it (I've had it for 16 months, I just don't drive all that much)

Now, my brother's looking to get a family sedan for he and his wife that gets good mileage, and he's looking at buying my Civic from me for ~$17-18k, whatever the kbb private to private price is listed as at the time

One of my friend's father currently owns a 2001 330ci convertible. It has all the extras on it, save for the cold winter pack (not sure if that's the name, but something about winter) and navigation. Oh, and no bluetooth either
It's automatic, which I would prefer for a dder anyways

It has ~33,700 miles on it and other than a few expected marks on the paint where pebbles from the highway would mark it up, it's pristine. Excellent interior, and it drives great

Would selling my civic and buying an eleven year old convertible BMW, leaving ~$7-8k for the extra gas and maintenance be a stupid idea for a college student? I also have ~$12k saved up, but that's not going into my car. I don't want to spend much more, preferably no more, on a car than it would cost me to keep the civic for the next three and a half years

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Old 11-04-2012, 08:46 PM   #2
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You should get an M3 if you have 17K cash in hand. More chicks.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:48 PM   #3
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If you're happy with working on it yourself, you can. That's what I do. You'll have to give up working on certain aspects and just deal with some problems until you get the time and cash to fix them, but it's totally doable.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:49 PM   #4
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You should get an M3 if you have 17K cash in hand. More chicks.
Coming off of a fwd car with 140 hp, the 330ci will be plenty for me
I don't care about chicks, I have a girlfriend, and I just want a car that I'll enjoy. Everyone else doesn't matter when it comes to my car
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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If you're happy with working on it yourself, you can. That's what I do. You'll have to give up working on certain aspects and just deal with some problems until you get the time and cash to fix them, but it's totally doable.
Oh yea, I was planning on doing all my own work

The guy's son is a good friend of mine, and he has a lot of experience with working on cars
He's said that he can help when I need it, but even without him I'm sure with youtube and a haynes manual I can figure out the vast majority of stuff

I'm already pretty knowledgeable about cars, I've just never had a car to work on before
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:14 PM   #6
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So...how much do you owe on that basically brand new civic.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:22 PM   #7
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So...how much do you owe on that basically brand new civic.
Nothing

Bought with cash
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:39 PM   #8
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No. I wouldn't.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:44 PM   #9
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No. I wouldn't.
Why not?
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:54 PM   #10
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You're going to trade in a paid off Civic, which has better gas mileage and most likely not need any work for a long time for a car notorious for needing maintenance. Not to mention the Civic is better when it comes to depreciation.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:05 PM   #11
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You're going to trade in a paid off Civic, which has better gas mileage and most likely not need any work for a long time for a car notorious for needing maintenance. Not to mention the Civic is better when it comes to depreciation.
Well I would have at least $7k after selling the Civic and buying the BMW for the extra gas and maintenance
And of course I'd do whatever maintenance that can be done in a garage myself

I know of a couple parts that were plastic from the factory that should be swapped for metal parts right away, but what kind of maintenance issues would you expect from an 11 year old 330cic from ~40-70k miles?

I know the radiator is notorious for needing replacing ~100k, and the window motors have issues around there too
At least that's what I've gathered from my research
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:25 PM   #12
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With the cash you've mentioned then yes, have at it. If you can do the work you will save big time money. It will be expensive to have someone else maintain it.
Search for common issues and replace "leave you on the side of the road" items before they break.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:28 AM   #13
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chicks dont care about a 10 years old bmw convertible

better spend that $ on PUA bootcamp and steroids + gym membership
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:31 AM   #14
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chicks dont care about a 10 years old bmw convertible

better spend that $ on PUA bootcamp and steroids + gym membership
I don't really care if chicks like it, I only really care if I like it, which I do

Now I'm just checking with everyone I can think of to ask to make sure it's not completely financially retarded
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:33 AM   #15
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then buy a ZHP 330ci coupe, 6 speed manual.

Convertible makes the car shitter in every way

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:36 AM   #16
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then buy a ZHP 330ci coupe, 6 speed manual.

Convertible makes the car shitter in every way
Isn't the only negative to having the convertible as opposed to the hardtop the handling and weight?

I'd call it a positive tradeoff, considering I live in prime convertible country
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:59 AM   #17
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:57 AM   #18
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i thought i read "One of my fathers currently owns a 2001 330ci convertible"
Mom must be a real milf
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:44 AM   #19
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lol @ mercforhire

Anyway, I would just keep that Civic until you graduate. One thing I've come to know about these e46's is that they need a lot of maintenance. You seem like you've got the money but if you have a nice Civic and need it as a daily driver just keep it until you graduate would be my advice.
But on the other hand, with that kinda money it's doable, just wasting it away a bit I guess... Maybe get a newer 330i when you are done and have a real job? (not trying to flame or anything)

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Old 11-05-2012, 02:55 AM   #20
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OP is part time male stripper yo.
loads of tips from honeys
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