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Buying a car with 200,000km..worth it??

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Buying a car with 200,000km..worth it??

In general is buying a car with 200k+ mileage on it worth buying? I hear some cars can last 300,000 but which cars should I consider if im buying a high milage car. Or should I just buy a cheaper car with low mileage. Right now im considering a BMW 323.
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The main concern with any used car should be how well it was maintained. A well-maintained car with 200K will be less trouble than a poorly-maintained car with 100K.

Then again, many poorly made cars will not economically reach 200K, no matter how well maintained.

Therefore, the trick to buying cheaper used cars is to find well-maintained examples of known reliable vehicles with reasonably-priced parts and labour rates for common repair items.

That said, for anecdotal reasons, I don't think I would buy a BMW 323 with 200K. Others will disagree with me on that, and they may be right.
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I think BartBandy got it right for the most part. If a car has been well maintained then yes, if the price is right I wouldn't automatically dismiss buying a car with 200,000 km's on it. I had an Audi back in the day that only had 96,000 km's on it that was always breaking down. When I bought it I asked if there were any maintenance records but didn't get much of a response...lol.

A friend of mine has a Honda Accord from the early 90's with over 500,000 km's on it and it's still running strong...
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Honda, Toyota, Acura, etc jap imports best way to go if you want a high mileage vehicle.
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chadw01 wrote:
Feb 18th, 2008 11:09 am
Honda, Toyota, Acura, etc jap imports best way to go if you want a high mileage vehicle.
Not always the case, ive seen Fords, Chevy's, Pontiacs all past the 400K mark and running strong...I had a Olds a few years back and it made it to 380K, then the tranny broke...
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Depends on how much you are paying for it.
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well are what are the sport oriented cars which can be had for lower than 10K, but can survive for 300,000km.

And how can I tell a car if its well maintained or not?
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danns wrote:
Feb 18th, 2008 12:03 pm
And how can I tell a car if its well maintained or not?
Maintenance records...

Oil Change Receipts
Mechanical Receipts (Brakes, Transmission Service Etc)
Tire Receipts

Anything that shows that the owner took care of his vehicle...
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Depends who you are buying the car from, whether the owner has receipts of the service performed, whether they have kept a logbook of oil changes and any scheduled, non-scheduled repairs, reoccuring problems. Don't just take their word for it. Be extra cautious if buying from a used car lot.
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almostfreeman wrote:
Feb 18th, 2008 11:00 am
BMW = outrageous maintenance and repair bills
2nd that plus premium gas and not fuel efficient
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I bought a car a good many years ago that had 190,000 on it, I sold it with 280,000 a few years later. No serious mechanical problems (engine and transmission were fine) but there was a number of parts that needed to be replaced due to rust out. Always keep rust in mind on a high mileage car, unless of course you live in AB, SK or MB. Lucky bastards....
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danns wrote:
Feb 18th, 2008 10:32 am
In general is buying a car with 200k+ mileage on it worth buying? I hear some cars can last 300,000 but which cars should I consider if im buying a high milage car. Or should I just buy a cheaper car with low mileage. Right now im considering a BMW 323.
With most Japanese cars and some American cars, you'd be fine with a well maintained 200k car. But, in all honesty, that car you're looking at is one of the least reliable POSes on the road. Check out consumer reports. Stay far, far away.

One of the posters above nailed it. The Civic or Corolla is a far superior vehicle. Why anyone would pay more than $15,000 for a brand new 3 series is beyond me.
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danns wrote:
Feb 18th, 2008 12:03 pm
well are what are the sport oriented cars which can be had for lower than 10K, but can survive for 300,000km.

And how can I tell a car if its well maintained or not?
If it's "sport-oriented", then chances is that the previous owner was some young dude who proved the insurance company stereotypes by not maintaining it well...
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