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Old 02-28-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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Cool 323i graduation present!! first bimmer!!

I just bought my first bimmer yesterday!! 99 323i automatic with 202,000 miles. I got a great deal, I think because the cars can run for so long with good PM. Trouble is I don't know where to start....hoping ya'll could help me out....how would you go about giving your baby a once over:
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
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I'd immediately start saving for a tranny replacement if it hasn't already been replaced at that mileage
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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Welcome! I myself just brought one last month! Read e46mango's thread for preventative maintenance. I plan on starting on it once it gets warm and stops snowing where I am

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Old 02-28-2013, 11:28 PM   #4
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:27 AM   #5
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:03 AM   #6
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:45 AM   #7
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When you get a "great deal" on a 323 auto with 200k, this usually very quickly turns into a bad deal.

Did you get a pre-purchase inspection at least? Did it come with maintenance history?
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:14 AM   #8
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I just bought my first bimmer yesterday!! 99 323i automatic with 202,000 miles. I got a great deal, I think because the cars can run for so long with good PM. Trouble is I don't know where to start....hoping ya'll could help me out....how would you go about giving your baby a once over:
Did you get bad grades in high school? If so, this all makes sense now.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:07 AM   #9
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I bought it privately...no licensed inspection place just my husband and I who are pretty good with cars. I always buy used cars and do my own work on them. The difference is this one is an auto and I usually only drive a stick....

It was a single owner car....wife bought it new and then hubby drove it to and from work for a couple years...the tranny has been serviced 2 years ago and a couple of things have been changed out already like the power steering pump and ac compressor.

Its cold and snowy here now...as soon as it gets warmer I want to look at the water pump and everything.

And, I plan on saving right away for any troubles that come up with the car..everyone has me so freaked out that they are so expensive to work on....I don't get it....the labor is the really expensive part right....More folks should learn to work on their own cars....I'm a girlie girl and I do.

o and no high school.....bought the car for myself after I got my Bachelor's
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:09 AM   #10
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why say its a goner....car is in primo shape.....interior is perfect...body is perfect and the engine breathes like a dream
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:25 AM   #11
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Good luck, manuals aren't so easy to find anymore. I'd imagine there has been upkeep with that mileage. Buying one today myself, but it's a manual with 84k. Keeping my fingers crossed, but it's not a big investment.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:32 AM   #12
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I bought it privately...no licensed inspection place just my husband and I who are pretty good with cars. I always buy used cars and do my own work on them. The difference is this one is an auto and I usually only drive a stick....

It was a single owner car....wife bought it new and then hubby drove it to and from work for a couple years...the tranny has been serviced 2 years ago and a couple of things have been changed out already like the power steering pump and ac compressor.

Its cold and snowy here now...as soon as it gets warmer I want to look at the water pump and everything.

And, I plan on saving right away for any troubles that come up with the car..everyone has me so freaked out that they are so expensive to work on....I don't get it....the labor is the really expensive part right....More folks should learn to work on their own cars....I'm a girlie girl and I do.o and no high school.....bought the car for myself after I got my Bachelor's
Congrats, and kudos to you! I wish more people shared this sentiment.

Make sure to check the subframe bushing mounts and save some $ for the reinforcement kit if not already damaged. Mucho $$$ to fix if damaged
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:38 AM   #13
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I'd immediately start saving for a tranny replacement if it hasn't already been replaced at that mileage
lol. might as well tell him to buy another 323i!

average retail for 323i = $5000

average tranny replacement on a 323i = $5000

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Old 03-01-2013, 08:42 AM   #14
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lol. might as well tell him to buy another 323i!

average retail for 323i = $5000

average tranny replacement on a 323i = $5000

lol thanks delmarco, but I'm a her....

$5000 for a tranny really..that hurts...is the w labor...Id rather do it myself

last year I dropped a new engine in my Cougar...it was time consuming but I had to take the whole subframe out of the car...how much harder could it be to diy
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Sorry, i'm definitely not trying to be debbie downer and congrats on graduating! post pics of yourself with the car. jk.

Just keep up with the repairs and you'll be good!
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:08 AM   #16
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Congrats Kells427. Don't pay any attention to the negative posts. Another forum member just posted that his 2000 323 rolled 300,000 miles and is going strong. You'll find that some of the members on here fit the BMW driver stereotype ... afraid they are going to chip a nail opening their hood and run directly to the stealership because there is a drop of oil in the driveway. That's where they come up with these ridiculous repair costs. Review Mango's preventive maintenance link and you'll be fine. Good luck.
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Congrats Kells427. Don't pay any attention to the negative posts. Another forum member just posted that his 2000 323 rolled 300,000 miles and is going strong. You'll find that some of the members on here fit the BMW driver stereotype ... afraid they are going to chip a nail opening their hood and run directly to the stealership because there is a drop of oil in the driveway. That's where they come up with these ridiculous repair costs. Review Mango's preventive maintenance link and you'll be fine. Good luck.
Thanks I'm definitely going to check out Mango's post....
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:18 AM   #18
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My sincere condolences. 99 323i auto... you literally could not have picked up a worse deal. Sorry, that car is done. Educate yourself and you'll know in no time why.

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Old 03-01-2013, 09:28 AM   #19
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The car looks nice. Maintenance goes a long way. These cars are ridiculously easy to work on and maintain especially compared to their competitors of the era. I'd find out every single thing done on the car in the past 80k miles. If the cooling system is not among those: replace it. Don't be discouraged... everything that could ever fail on the car is well documented and easily prevented. The only thing you might be concerned about is the transmission but if it's running fine, then you probably have a while until it goes. I'd recommend reading the links in my sig. GL and welcome!
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^^^ not only are these cars easy to work on, but there are detailed DIY resources for just about any PM/ repair.
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