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[OP]
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May 20, 2015
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Toronto, ON

High KM 328i

So I was looking for a winter beater and found someone with a 2010 328i xdrive for $4000.
It has all documents relating to maintenance history. Seems very well taken care of, 0 accidents only 2 owners.
BUT It has almost 300,000km

Waterpump has been replaced, xdrive transfer case, oil pan gaskets and way more stuff have been replaced recently. All records are with the owner.

Any opinions on if I should consider this car or not?

From my research, it seems the 328i is really reliable, and all the main failures seem to be already replaced on this one..

Also comes with summer and winter tires/rims.
Thanks!
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Seems like an okay deal if you just need a winter beater. If you can get 3-4 problem-free years out of it, then that's a solid purchase. Expecting anything more than that is probably unrealistic.
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Consumer Reports doesn't think too highly of the 2009, 2010, 2011 300 Series BMWs. A number of very serious issues.
Where did you find where it said they are reliable?
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[OP]
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May 20, 2015
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Toronto, ON
poleman wrote: Consumer Reports doesn't think too highly of the 2009, 2010, 2011 300 Series BMWs. A number of very serious issues.
Where did you find where it said they are reliable?
from forums, threads with high km owners etc.
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Get it inspected, that's a steal if mechanic finds no issues and no major work is needed.
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poleman wrote: Consumer Reports doesn't think too highly of the 2009, 2010, 2011 300 Series BMWs. A number of very serious issues.
Where did you find where it said they are reliable?
That would be the turbo ones. NA ones are far better, however at 300k how are the seals? Any leaks around the motor, there has to be just a matter of how bad.
[OP]
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May 20, 2015
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Toronto, ON
EP32k2 wrote: That would be the turbo ones. NA ones are far better, however at 300k how are the seals? Any leaks around the motor, there has to be just a matter of how bad.
checking it out this weekend. he is letting me take it to any mechanic so I will have that checked. Thanks
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Jan 31, 2008
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I have a 2010 BMW E90 myself and I know that these cars can go to 300,000 miles without much problems if maintained properly and treated well.

That is a very very low price for a 2010 328, even with the mileage. Is it in good physical state? Any rust? I am sceptical just based on the price, assuming no obvious issues why car is so cheap.

The cooling system is an early failure in these cars, but if he has done the water pump, maybe he did the entire cooling system replacement?

Oil burning is also a problem with these cars. It could be something small but at 300k you need to be more careful.

I would suggest going to a BMW specialist (private), someone who works on these cars and pay for him to do an inspection on it.

Assuming that "these cars are reliable" just because of the name and model could be a costly mistake; they are only reliable if well maintained and taken care of.

If not, they can be the most unreliable car and expensive to fix. I'd recommend watching Youtube tutorials on repairs if you are somewhat handy, you'll save lots of $.
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Yep, get a mechanic to check it out but it's a good price for a beater car. Often when a bmw gets to that mileage, pretty much everything been replaced to maintained by previous owners.

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