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Decided on a 2005 BMW 330Xi

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Decided on a 2005 BMW 330Xi

I found a 2005 BMW 330 Xi with 225Km, auto, asking $3900 AS IS but dropped it down to $3000. Car is mint, very little rust if anything. Looking to finalize the deal soon.

I also found a 05 325i with 330km, for $1500, but will sell it for $1000. This one I will need to dump at least $1000 or more to pass safety.

Whats the main difference between 325i and 330xi (besides the AWD)?

This is replacing my 08 Civic that got written off.

Should I consider winters on this, even though its a all wheel drive?

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325i is probably 184hp, 330xi is 230hp or similar. Google can get your more info


Btw, AWD with no winter tires is all wheel slide. Get yourself informed a little bit more.

Used BMW 3 series with 330k KM. How long you think the car will last? In my view, these two cars are going to junk yard soon. I won't be bother putting 1 k to fix it, let alone buying it.

I would used whatever money you got from the civic to buy another civic until you have funds to buy a newer car. You had a 10 years old Civic and now going to buy a soon 14 years old BMW. What gives?
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MP3_SKY wrote:
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325i is probably 184hp, 330xi is 230hp or similar. Google can get your more info
You sure that 325i is AWD?

Btw, AWD with no winter tires is all wheel slide. Get yourself informed a little but more.

Used BMW 3 series with 330k KM. How long you think the car will last? In my view, these two cars are going to junk yard soon. I won't be bother putting 1 k to fix it, let alone buying it.

I would used whatever money you got from the civic to buy another civic until you have funds to buy a newer car. You had a 10 years old Civic and now going to buy a soon 14 years old BMW. What gives?
325i I know its not AWD its RWD..thats the one with 330KM ...I was going to use this as a winter beater...

On the other hand the 330Xi has been meticulously maintained by the owner..yes it has 225KM and if looked after can last you for some time..

Reason behind the older BMW? I love the design...My thinking is I won't buy the same brand vehicle that I got into a accident with (its just me)
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Unless you can DIY repairs get a Matrix/Vibe/Corolla before this car becomes the start of a nightmare
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Winter is the time when I want my car to be reliable, not a beater that I always worry that if this car can bring me home at the end of the day or struck somewhere when the weather is bad.
Good luck.
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ottofly wrote:
Oct 26th, 2018 11:21 pm
Unless you can DIY repairs get a Matrix/Vibe/Corolla before this car becomes the start of a nightmare
One of my good friends works at BMW as a technician!
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If this is a beater why would you buy a vehicle that has a real potential to nickle and dime you to death????

Buy something that is plain Jane, no frills boring.
Corolla, matrix, civic. 4runner.

Boring and has every problem and solution written in absolutely every foreign language available.
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Thankfully BMW enthusiasts have compiled a very very good wiki, definitely worth a read if you're interested in a E46, a pity there's not something like this for every car.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.ph ... out_for.3F

I'm less of a naysayer because when it comes to used cars especially ones of this budget and advanced age, condition is king in my mind. All other factors are secondary.
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JeganV wrote:
Oct 26th, 2018 11:53 pm
Thankfully BMW enthusiasts have compiled a very very good wiki, definitely worth a read if you're interested in a E46, a pity there's not something like this for every car.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.ph ... out_for.3F

I'm less of a naysayer because when it comes to used cars especially ones of this budget and advanced age, condition is king in my mind. All other factors are secondary.
Thanks for that...the one I looked at (330XI); pictures attached was very clean...the car has been taken off road and is stored inside the garage for the last couple of months as the owner purchased a SUV..

To make things clear..325i was going to be a short term vehicle..the 330xi would have been a long term vehicle.
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Both cars will need winter tires.
Go for the better maintained 330xi. More power, but a little less fun to drive with AWD.
I have a 230k 2002 325ci. I DIY everything but haven't had any major issues. I don't have any trouble in the winter with snow tires on.
You have a friend that can get you cheaper parts so that's huge. If he can help you DIY then you're all set.
Like JeganV says, BMW's have one of the best online communities (bimmerfest, e46fanatics, etc) to help you out with your car.
I have BMW's INPA software for factory error codes, coding new modules, etc.
If you go look at the cars, be sure to check under the oil cap for any yellow goo, which indicates the CCV has failed. It's one of the most common annoyances with the M54 engines and is worsened with short drives in the cold. It's about a $200 DIY, or $800+ at dealer. Might be under $100 with your friend's discount.
There's surely more rust on the car, like under the back edge of the hood and at the bottom of the door.
If it has a moonroof, there's a good chance it's jammed unless it's been regularly lubricated.
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Oct 27th, 2018 12:09 am
Both cars will need winter tires.
Go for the better maintained 330xi. More power, but a little less fun to drive with AWD.
I have a 230k 2002 325ci. I DIY everything but haven't had any major issues. I don't have any trouble in the winter with snow tires on.
You have a friend that can get you cheaper parts so that's huge. If he can help you DIY then you're all set.
Like JeganV says, BMW's have one of the best online communities (bimmerfest, e46fanatics, etc) to help you out with your car.
I have BMW's INPA software for factory error codes, coding new modules, etc.
If you go look at the cars, be sure to check under the oil cap for any yellow goo, which indicates the CCV has failed. It's one of the most common annoyances with the M54 engines and is worsened with short drives in the cold. It's about a $200 DIY, or $800+ at dealer. Might be under $100 with your friend's discount.
There's surely more rust on the car, like under the back edge of the hood and at the bottom of the door.
If it has a moonroof, there's a good chance it's jammed unless it's been regularly lubricated.
Tested the moonroof and it worked like as if it was new...all windows worked...no rust under the hood (maybe I missed it)...just the two spots on the picture I attached..before I give the deposit I will make sure to check for the yellowish goo...I will also do a better inspection of the rust spots.

First time owning a BMW...
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You're crazy and this is coming from someone who spent a lot of money buying an 11 year old Audi this spring.
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Your money but $3000 for a 14 year old car lol!
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hulk007 wrote:
Oct 27th, 2018 12:25 am
Your money but $3000 for a 14 year old car lol!
I actually think $3k for that 330xi isn't bad..

I'm a bit biased though, I had that exact same car back in the day. Perfect suspension balance between handling/comfort, sweet straight six motor, awesome road feel, functional interior with no frills... IMO, this was the high water mark for the 3 series, later generations just didn't have it.

It was actually pretty reliable over the years. Sold it 4 years ago for $5500, it had 205k kms. It had a small oil leak, weak ac and a little bit of rust starting at the rear quarter panels.

If it wasn't for the beginning of the rust I would have kept it.
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Due diligence all done and no surprises ?

Heat works ? Ac works ?

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