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Old 01-17-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Should I sell or keep my 330?

I really like the car, it is paid for but catching up on some bills and what not has got me considering the sale of it:

The car is a 2002 330Ci Steptronic one owner with 65k on it currently. It is steel grey metallic and it just received a state inspection. I bought it with 53,000 miles and since then I've done the following.

-cooling system overhaul (water pump, t stat, temp sensor, hoses, expansion tank, bla bla bla)
-rotors, pads, fluid
-transmission and differential fluid change
-air and cabin filters
-oil changes of course
-bought a set of 19' style 67 M3 fronts for spring that are sitting in my garage

I don't really want to get rid of it but sometimes you do what you've gotta do... But I need help with if I've gotta do it or if its even that beneficial to sell and get something else to save money.

Vehicles considered:

-H22 Prelude... Why? Cheap, quick, handles well, good looking, very low maint and not a bad or boring daily...
-Nice rust free lifted XJ Cherokee... Why? Very good off road, stupid reliable and low cost of ownership, mean, cheap, classic, 87 octane etc


Basically what I'm getting at is that I'd have a decent chunk of spare change from the difference in sale price on my 330 to what it'd take to get something else. Chances are I'd get to run lower octane but also if I got the jeep the MPG would be lower, but so wouldn't the cost of ownership. Again, I want to keep the car but some help on whether it'd even be worth it to get rid of would be nice. This is probably my favorite car I've owned to date and I've had some fast and sharp cars. It's not the fastest, best handling or any of that its just so well rounded. Outside of repair fear and wallet hits but the again, brakes and what not would need to be done on any car.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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I had two Cherokees and loved them. However, you will get 12-14 mpg if you are lucky. I would be wary of one that is lifted. That could mean someone tried to climb Mt. Everest with it or drove it off the Grand Canyon.

The Honda - meh - its a suped up Accord.

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:00 PM   #3
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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Love the Prelude's. A kid I used to be friends with had 2 of them and they were cheap, reliable and fun to drive. Of course, they didn't match the refinement or comfort of the BMW. Up to you.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:26 PM   #5
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Not so fast. I will buy it before you.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:28 PM   #6
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Your car seems to be in decent shape and you have already invested some money into it. I would keep it, but only you truly know your financial situation.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:31 PM   #7
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Your car seems to be in decent shape and you have already invested some money into it. I would keep it, but only you truly know your financial situation.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:40 PM   #8
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Sounds like you have money to buy another car but dont want to spend too much on gas. A Jeep is not for you. One of my coworkers just took a huge loss to get rid of his Jeep bc he was so tired gas prices. Ive considered selling my car a few times but decided its just not the right choice at the moment. My car is paid and im still im school. I guess im trying to say that I agree with Katu. GL
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:03 PM   #9
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The jeep will be another money pit, it's a good rig but you'll always want modify it or something will break and it will use a lot of gas. The Honda might be a good choise. That sounds like a nice BMW. Maybe you could try to reduce your bills, or work some overtime. I just lowered my phone bill by 40 per month by reducing the plan minutes and dropping the phone insurance. I also got rid of my home Internet, that saved me 65 a month, I just use my iPhone. I also don't need home phone service. I also switched to a much cheaper insurance company. But there's nothing wrong with the prelude, it's fun and reliable

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:09 AM   #10
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I don't think I could have a Jeep and keep it stock so this may be true. Over time the loss in fuel economy will probably overwrite whatever I am saving by selling the car...

The Prelude would take a bit more time but I would not accept anything but a clean one. The appeal is low maintenance, drive the piss out of it, though it's FWD it's a good handling car and can be made quick/cheap but overall it's probably not going to give me the same feeling as my 3er.

My concern isn't fuel economy with my 3er and I never really cared about MPG, if I did I'd have bought a Corolla, it is basically a fear of expensive repairs but that is typically something that goes along with ragged out neglected 3ers which I don't feel this car has been neglected or thrashed at all so maybe I'll be the guy who ended up with a next to no problem 3 Series.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:20 AM   #11
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Do some math for the Jeep's and your BMW's cost per mile to drive. It should be fairly easy to work out. I would suggest the Jeep if you want a care free vehicle. I owned a WJ with the 4.0 liter. It was super solid. I overheated it once in traffic when the cooling fan relay failed. That was the only repair I ever had to make in 6 years of driving it (I did O2 sensors in an effort to improve my mileage). I even had the same tires for almost 45K miles and they were sill good (gotta love SUVs for tire longevity). Other than that it was conventional 5W30 oil changes every 3-5K miles, that's it (and some air filters).

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Old 01-18-2013, 09:26 AM   #12
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:39 AM   #13
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Not so fast. I will buy it before you.
He was probably trying to be a smart a because he believes he is the end all be all e46 god and we should all bow to his infinite wisdom
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:58 AM   #14
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He was probably trying to be a smart a because he believes he is the end all be all e46 god and we should all bow to his infinite wisdom
Where is the like button for this?
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:23 PM   #16
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No, I think he said it because you bought a car that you thought would be trouble free because of its low mileage, then you found out that mileage has very little to do with reliability when it comes to BMW's, so now you want out. A 330 to a Prelude is a HUGE downgrade in literally every way.

If your car truly is paid off, there is no reason to sell it other than you're tired of it. Sadly I'm feeling pretty bored with my 330 already too, I'm considering "downgrading" to a 530i or another E36.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:41 PM   #17
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No, I think he said it because you bought a car that you thought would be trouble free because of its low mileage, then you found out that mileage has very little to do with reliability when it comes to BMW's, so now you want out. A 330 to a Prelude is a HUGE downgrade in literally every way.

If your car truly is paid off, there is no reason to sell it other than you're tired of it. Sadly I'm feeling pretty bored with my 330 already too, I'm considering "downgrading" to a 530i or another E36.
I am with you, looking for a clean e39 530i. But I will keep this car as a beater.

OP,
Prelude is definitely a downgrade. I wouldnt do it unless you like prelude so much. I would buy an accord if I was considering a prelude. Jeep will kill your mpg dreams if thats what you are looking at. And if start modding a jeep, the cost will only climb up.

I think you should look for a new car lease, down payment with the money you get on your 330 and live a maintenance free life. That way you can return it if you dont like it and dont have to worry about maintenance at all.
Judging by your description of your car, I feel you have done a good bit on maintenance. Why would you want to sell it and get into something that would start the same cycle again?
I feel you are just annoyed because of the maintenance the car is needing right now and the car didnt meet your expectations.
I am not against maintenance, but do what you think is needed. Its a machine, it will break down. Treat it like a car, a transportation medium. Its not a supermodel and neither it should be treated like. There are important things in life than e46. You feel the need for prelude or jeep, go for it.
Whatever fits your bill man, but I would not buy a prelude or jeep as a replacement to my car which is perfectly working fine.
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With all that work and low mileage, keep it.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:38 PM   #19
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No, I think he said it because you bought a car that you thought would be trouble free because of its low mileage, then you found out that mileage has very little to do with reliability when it comes to BMW's, so now you want out. A 330 to a Prelude is a HUGE downgrade in literally every way.

If your car truly is paid off, there is no reason to sell it other than you're tired of it. Sadly I'm feeling pretty bored with my 330 already too, I'm considering "downgrading" to a 530i or another E36.
Wrong, wrong and wrong
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:07 PM   #20
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Wrong, wrong and wrong
If you don't think the Prelude will be a huge downgrade, then do it. I think you may have optimistic expectations as to what you can get for your car, but since you haven't posted a number we can't know for sure.

And do NOT needlessly piss on Mango. He could go to some other forum if he pleases- and it'd be a shame because overall he's an asset for our forum. Mango and I sure do have our disagreements, but all he was doing here was giving you some honest advice- no ego involved.

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