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Old 09-13-2012, 09:00 AM   #21
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+1 for a car that will probably go for another 100k.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:31 AM   #22
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For $7000 I get myself a 100k 325i with replaced suspension, cooling system, alternator, fuel pump and good for 2 years. Instead of a beat up 330i that needs $2000 of immediate fixing.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:43 AM   #24
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:45 AM   #25
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:02 AM   #26
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Great find mango! Good example of a well maintaned high mileage BMW.
Am I missing something? Nothing is said as to how it has been maintained. It looks like a good car for a fair price given the mileage and totally unknown service history.

I'd venture to guess this wasn't an above-and-beyond owner, since the lenses and front grill are bad. Things like that can be symbolic of how much money was spent on a car (maintenance wise).

That said I'd consider the car if I was looking!

Mystic Blue is gorgeous if you know how to maintain paint. That said 99.9% of car owners don't. See sig.

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Old 09-13-2012, 10:33 AM   #27
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Surprised nobody mentioned the dull paint (poor paint repair). I agree that worn headlight lenses say a lot about a car.. but so does a clean interior. shows a careful owner. Its a weird combo of signs, really. On one hand you have the very clean and cared for interior and on the other hand you had an owner who didn't give two shits about the exterior.

And no i'm not looking... though it is tempting to get a second one.. it'd just be stupid. Cheapest ZHP i've ever seen though so thought you guys might find it interesting. A 2004 330i automatic would hardly go for $7000... you're talking a 6-speed ZHP with Nav and clean interior... not bad at all. I'm actually looking for M68 rear wheels.

That 330i with 200,000 miles which is well maintained will run circles around a pathetic 325i. Not sure why the ignorant comments/suggestion... oh wait... its MercForHire and his new best friend.

I have a buddy with an E36 M3 (1995) that has 216,000 miles. You'd never be able to tell. and coming from me, that's saying a lot. And yes i've driven it.

In fact... here's a couple photos of it:



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Old 09-13-2012, 10:36 AM   #28
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Oh shiiit I didn't even look. That paint is insanely dull! Even the parts that (might) not have been repainted.

And leaving cracked fog lights cracked is not good either.

Leather seats can stay pretty decent when light/narrow framed people are sitting in them all the time. They should at least replace the shift knob.

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Old 09-13-2012, 10:37 AM   #29
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Am I missing something? Nothing is said as to how it has been maintained. It looks like a good car for a fair price given the mileage and totally unknown service history.

I'd venture to guess this wasn't an above-and-beyond owner, since the lenses and front grill are bad. Things like that can be symbolic of how much money was spent on a car (maintenance wise).

That said I'd consider the car if I was looking!

Mystic Blue is gorgeous if you know how to maintain paint. That said 99.9% of car owners don't. See sig.
BTW, yes.. it says in the ad. maintained at dealer and by a bmw indy. haha. yeah no details.. but its better than most ads that say "WELL MAINTAINED CAR WASHED AND OIL CHANGED WITH SYNTHETIC"

These guys would LOVE this car:

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Old 09-13-2012, 10:39 AM   #30
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Oh shiiit I didn't even look. That paint is insanely dull! Even the parts that (might) not have been repainted.

And leaving cracked fog lights cracked is not good either.

Leather seats can stay pretty decent when light/narrow framed people are sitting in them all the time. They should at least replace the shift knob.
yeah. half the car might need to be cleared. A maaco or similar one-day might do it relatively inexpensively (not aiming for absolute perfection on a 200,000 mile car) but if the car was otherwise fine... it's a great car for $7,000, really. 04 also could indicate many highway miles since its somewhat "newer" with that many miles.
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Yea and everyone who buys a e46 is a track monkey who Runs circles around weaker cars.
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I'd actually get a compression test on any car at 150k+ if I were in the market again. Reason is this: our cars use oil and the average owner might run it at 1 quart down +/- .5 quarts for 1-2k miles before filling it. I think done frequently that slowly kills a motor.

It looks like extensive paint on the passenger and driver side. It may be decent paint that needs a wetsand, or it may be Crayola level garbage. You'd have to see it in person to know.

I do agree that it could be worthwhile to the right new owner. However at a touch under 10k you can find well maintained zhps with slight (good body work- not this thing's) and extensive service records. I think this car needs at least $2k in work to be nice. In the end cheap cars don't end up being as cheap as they seem. YMMV.

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Old 09-13-2012, 12:06 PM   #36
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:15 PM   #37
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I'd actually get a compression test on any car at 150k+ if I were in the market again. Reason is this: our cars use oil and the average owner might run it at 1 quart down +/- .5 quarts for 1-2k miles before filling it. I think done frequently that slowly kills a motor.

It looks like extensive paint on the passenger and driver side. It may be decent paint that needs a wetsand, or it may be Crayola level garbage. You'd have to see it in person to know.

I do agree that it could be worthwhile to the right new owner. However at a touch under 10k you can find well maintained zhps with slight (good body work- not this thing's) and extensive service records. I think this car needs at least $2k in work to be nice. In the end cheap cars don't end up being as cheap as they seem. YMMV.
As long as the red oil light isn't illuminating (adequate oil pressure), I don't see how a lower oil level would cause increased wear. Oil pressure is oil pressure. As long as the car has it, it has the oil it needs. What do you say?
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Surprised nobody mentioned the dull paint (poor paint repair). I agree that worn headlight lenses say a lot about a car.. but so does a clean interior. shows a careful owner. Its a weird combo of signs, really. On one hand you have the very clean and cared for interior and on the other hand you had an owner who didn't give two shits about the exterior.

And no i'm not looking... though it is tempting to get a second one.. it'd just be stupid. Cheapest ZHP i've ever seen though so thought you guys might find it interesting. A 2004 330i automatic would hardly go for $7000... you're talking a 6-speed ZHP with Nav and clean interior... not bad at all. I'm actually looking for M68 rear wheels.
Got curious because this is the second found ZHP thread I have seen you put out... ... had to ask

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That 330i with 200,000 miles which is well maintained will run circles around a pathetic 325i. Not sure why the ignorant comments/suggestion... oh wait... its MercForHire and his new best friend.
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In fact... here's a couple photos of it:



Now that's one well-kept and very clean ///M! Damn! That car looks like it came off the show room floor! Well done!
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As long as the red oil light isn't illuminating (adequate oil pressure), I don't see how a lower oil level would cause increased wear. Oil pressure is oil pressure. As long as the car has it, it has the oil it needs. What do you say?
Truth.

I ran one of my old Civics on practically no oil. Didn't realize the dipstick was in fact 98% dry, since that car didn't need oil changes, just top offs. A can of Wynns tune-up formula I added into the crankcase at random is probably part of 1qt that kept it alive



After adding some Lucas and upping the viscosity, that car practically never burned oil again until sold.
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You have no idea what you're talking about.

As for the "dull" exterior, to me it just looks like it needs a good detailing...

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