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BMW 323I 1999 for $3500 good or bad?

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BMW 323I 1999 for $3500 good or bad?

BMW 323I 1999 = 15 yrs old = $3500
km = 40,000km
no car accidents


is this a good deal or a bad one? I was thinking getting it and then sell it or trade in for $1500. 2 years later if possible

I heard bmw holds their value pretty good. My dad said " 20 yrs later its going to worth more because it's antique.........
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Keep in mind, 40k or not, its still a 16 year old car. Parts will most likely break.

Why not buy the car you want now, instead of trading this car in 2 years time?
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15 year old BMW. Stay away. A money pit.
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yeah it was from the old people and they dont drive that much, but I dont really want this car.

However our 2008 aveo just broke and need at least 3k to fix it. Transmission problem.

that is why I was looking at other options ( old cars )
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BC car? No rust then? Perhaps less wear and tear with the low km. Heck if you got a year or two trouble free you would be doing better on car payments on a new one. As long as you got it inspected before and it's been maintained might not be a bad deal.

You have to remember anytime you post BMW here you automatically get "money pit" replies no matter year, price or mileage.
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35k km for only $3500...offer them $3000 and call it a day.
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if you take the car to your own mechanic for PPI and he slaps you the back of your head ... then you have the answer ... :D
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False, the car won't be worth more in a few years

It's not rare
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Good car, I had one. It was 1998. Sounds like this BMW has auto transmission. Transmission would be the only worry thing for me.
Old BMW are the best to buy if you can fix them. Late models have small things already worked out from the factory This car will be problem free only if you are hard core car guy.
If you're buying it from the consumer point of view "auto, a/c and drive to work and back" mentality, then this is not the car for you.
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Not bad cars, but you will have issues with seals and gaskets leaking with such low mileage. Unless the car is immaculate, I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole, and go in with the expectation that it will need money.
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cartfan123 wrote: BC car? No rust then? Perhaps less wear and tear with the low km. Heck if you got a year or two trouble free you would be doing better on car payments on a new one. As long as you got it inspected before and it's been maintained might not be a bad deal.

You have to remember anytime you post BMW here you automatically get "money pit" replies no matter year, price or mileage.
what is a money pit? like throwing money into the ocean?
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Are you sure it isn't 40k miles
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Why are you considering this car if as you say you "don't really want this car"?
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40000km on replaced motor probably. On non-replaced seems too good to be true.

The cheap smaller engined BMWs are hard to sell and have poor resale, as well as the first year of a new facelift/gen, as BMW has a history of making problematic cars when they first completely redo them, then gradually improve them as the years go by. 1999 if I remember correctly was the first of the e46. People looking to buy an used one look for bigger motors. For the e46 really the only worthwhile one is a 330ci .


3 series aren't rare at all, only M3, M5, M6, and 8-series.
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For your budget you're better off with a Beige Corolla
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OP, buy it, sounds like a nice car...for that price / km id buy it.

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