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Old 02-17-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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325i- information

Hey, I know this is my first post. I have searched through a little and figured I can get good feed back on this.

I am looking to buy a 2004 325i bmw, I was just wondering what to look for, the goods and bads of this year. Just do not wanna get ripped off, when trying to go into a foreign car. I have pretty much always had domestics but have loved the bmw look and the enthusiast behind them.



Here is the cl ad to gain more information at what i am looking for.

http://lexington.craigslist.org/cto/3572986550.html

Thanks for any information that y'all can provide._a_
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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9 years old and 98,000 miles. It really depends what work has already been done. Cooling system / suspension / brake pads + rotors would all need to be replaced if they haven't been touched. Of course there's smaller things like spark plugs, air filter, fluid changes (diff & tranny), etc. In the end you need to look at maintenance records and get a PPI (pre-purchase inspection) done.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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Maintnence maintnence ! Just be prepared for it other than that
car seems to be in Good shape and priced fairly. Kind of hard to tell you, I would check for leaks ,but would have to test Drive it to tell to see if the transmition, clutch , engine feels rightand if its running Good ect...


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Old 02-17-2013, 08:02 PM   #4
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I have the same car which has 85000 miles and i got it with 72000. its been very reliable the only things to go bad have been rotors which cause a lot of shaking when breaking, my disa valve went bad changed it original bmw part, my key stopped working and 2 of my coils went bad bad. No problems which have left me stranded. Just take care of it and don't expect to just wait till stuff breaks to change it because one day your gona wake up and realize you have like 10 different problems with your car. if u don't keep up with it, it will slowly slip away. my car has 85000 miles only and it has new plugs,air filter,rotors,brake pads, sensors,disa valve,expansion tank,hoses,pulleys,waterpump,thermostat so as u can see these cars take alot of babying
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the responses guys. That has really helped me out when looking at these cars. Hopefully I can find something I feel comfortable getting. Getting rid of a lifted nissan titan that gets 12mpg, thats one of the big reasons I wanna trade or buy one.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:03 PM   #6
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my car has 85000 miles only and it has new plugs,air filter,rotors,brake pads, sensors,disa valve,expansion tank,hoses,pulleys,waterpump,thermostat so as u can see these cars take alot of babying
But that is first year maintenance when you buy a car that hasn't already had the common failure items replaced. You won't have to touch those items for 100k-200k. These cars are reliable to the point at which they were maintained. Look for signs that it was treated properly, if it has maintenance records, and like everyone has said. Get a Pre purchase inspection.

Good luck

Edit: I get 26.5 mpg but I baby the throttle, expect 23 with city based and 29 highway based. Again dependent on your driving style.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:10 PM   #7
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Great car, buy it. I ****ed up when I bought my 325i and didn't get the sports package, so I'm literally swapping every out for it. (Seats/Steering Wheel/Konis Struts/Eibach Springs)
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