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Old 09-26-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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2000 328i maintenence costs with 150k

Buying my first car, not sure i can afford an e46. What should i be prepared to pay in total including initial maintenence for a standard 328i with 150k? Yearly maintenece costs? Would really appreciate the input of some e46 owners, thanks.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:30 PM   #2
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That's an extremely difficult question to answer. Assuming your car is brand new, maintenance costs are low. Oil change, filter.

But it's not. The entire car is in need of inspection and/or replacement. Front to back, you can Get away with anywhere from $500/$720 to $10,000 for a baseline. Depends how picky you are.

Are you picky?
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:33 PM   #3
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It's gotta have a black exterior, it's gotta be a 328i sedan, and it's gotta have a tan interior.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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Put aside $1000 a year average to be safe.
But don't be surprised if something breaks costing you $2000+ depends on if you do the work yourself
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:42 PM   #5
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:44 PM   #6
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It's gotta have a black exterior, it's gotta be a 328i sedan, and it's gotta have a tan interior.
If you're going after this car, then you should double or triple your costs.

Why? Because you shouldn't care nearly as much about color as you do the condition of the car. You also didn't say 'manual,' which are harder to find.

The more conditions you have about unimportant things, odds are you'll take a bigger hit on important things. Pay attention to who the owner was. If it was a 17 year old who put M5 wheels on it...bad news. If you see AM stuff...wires added willy nilly...run. Neon underglow? Run.

Color is unimportant, relatively speaking. After driving this car and 'while' driving it, you won't notice the color of the car or interior...that is, if you're driving properly. Also, if you get a fugly color like mine, then the best thing you can do whenever you see the car is to get inside it, so you don't see it anymore!
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:48 PM   #7
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If you're going after this car, then you should double or triple your costs.

Why? Because you shouldn't care nearly as much about color as you do the condition of the car. You also didn't say 'manual,' which are harder to find.

The more conditions you have about unimportant things, odds are you'll take a bigger hit on important things. Pay attention to who the owner was. If it was a 17 year old who put M5 wheels on it...bad news. If you see AM stuff...wires added willy nilly...run. Neon underglow? Run.

Color is unimportant, relatively speaking. After driving this car and 'while' driving it, you won't notice the color of the car or interior...that is, if you're driving properly. Also, if you get a fugly color like mine, then the best thing you can do whenever you see the car is to get inside it, so you don't see it anymore!
DMAX is right. Listen to him. He knows a thing or two about getting inside stuff.. just ask his parts guy, Benn!

Seriously though i need to do that thread. Tonight! i keep telling myself that. Tonight.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:08 PM   #8
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may i ask why it is you must have a 328i over a newer 325i or 330i??? just curious, i own a Black Tan interior 00 328i i got the car with a bit under120000 miles so far i have replaced MAF sensor, Tranny Fluid and filter, CAB bushing, new tires still need to buy a o2 sensor and new Control arms ect. is there something about this model that you like?
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:20 PM   #9
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I had a 323ci, my wife has a 325i. Ive worked on a 330, and my mom has a new 335i. As far as cars are concerned, they all have similiar features, they all have basically the same repair records and if you've worked on one of them, you can work on all of them.

The big things I consider when looking at a used car are that I want maintenance records for the car. Somebody who has ALL records shows that they take pride in their car. Even if they did the work themselves, I want to see receipts for the parts. I also make sure all covers/clips/etc... are still in place. How a mechanic has left the engine compartment tells a lot about how well he did the repairs. Also, I would never buy a car with a service engine soon light. First off, in California, its not legal to sell a car with a service engine soon light on due to smog emissions laws, the car HAS to be able to pass smog. Yes, there is ways around that, but that's your own discretion.

The different models make a difference in the power you will have, and that's all your choice. Whatever you choose, from a mechanics standpoint working on them, they are all basically the same.

The 2007 335i e92's still have the same issues. I just changed a window regulator and its overheating from a bad water pump.

As nice as theses cars are, and as fun to drive, BMW still hasn't figured out how to fix the problems that we ALL have.
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Hey dirtbiker, do you have the tools for the rear bushing/balljoint overhaul? drop rear subframe and tackle all the crap in the rear?
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put aside $1000 a year average to be safe.
But don't be surprised if something breaks costing you $2000+ depends on if you do the work yourself
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:03 PM   #12
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Hey dirtbiker, do you have the tools for the rear bushing/balljoint overhaul? drop rear subframe and tackle all the crap in the rear?
Yeah, I have the master trailing arm bushing set but I've never had a demand for them. I'll get them up on the site by early next month if you think people are interested in them. I need to take some pictures of the set and figure out pricing.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:14 PM   #13
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Yeah, I have the master trailing arm bushing set but I've never had a demand for them. I'll get them up on the site by early next month if you think people are interested in them. I need to take some pictures of the set and figure out pricing.
well i'm local and i'll be interested in them some time soon.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:32 PM   #14
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I just tallied all my costs for my 2002 325i (including wearables . . . Tires, batteries, and Brakes) it has cost me ~$2100 per year to maintain and I'm at 146k miles.

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Old 09-26-2012, 05:17 PM   #15
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My 2000 328i just topped 175k, and I'm running about $1800 a year in maintenance, doing most work myself. In terms of initial maintenance, obviously depends on the upkeep. At that age, I'd pay attention to the suspension. It's easy to let that stuff go, but you're not going to want to buy a new car (to you) and live with knocking rear shock mounts and poor handling.

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:35 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the replies. Unfortunately I don't have time for a full response, but in short I probably can't afford the car if 8 grand wont buy the car and at least a year of driving.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:45 PM   #17
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How much is the car? I see a 328i going for max maybe $7k... Maybe $8k in perfect shape. I bought my car in April and I'm $1100 into it so far and I have another $2-$2.5k before I'm done for this year. My car is almost at 148k miles too.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:10 PM   #18
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I had to change shocks and springs ( both rear springs were broken near the ends!! $340-), both pulley tensioners(audible bearing noise, $40-), upper and lower cooling hoses(looked bad, don't remember price), all four wheel bearings(lots of noise, don't remember price) , all four rotors (wasn't necessary, $140-), brake pads (were getting low, don't remember price), fuel filter (wasn't necessary), spark plugs (wasn't necessary$60-) and all fluids (except transmission, $100-). This is roughly spread across 2 years and doesn't include oil/filter, wipers, tires. Labor costs not included because I do my own work.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:49 PM   #19
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With over 150,000 miles I average around $2400 per year on my car including maintenance, wear items (tires, brakes, belts, battery, etc) and the occasional repair.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:03 PM   #20
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$1-2000.00/ YR is correct. Buy something with <30,000 miles on it. The time without your car while in garage is a huge hassle---bumming rides from people...
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