Should I keep this 2000 BMW 328i?
I just bought a BMW 2000 338i It is my first BMW. It has
90,000 Miles. Up to 65k it was well maintained at the
dealership. Since then the only records I have on it for the
last 35k miles is it had expansion tank and radiator
replaced with coolant and AC fixed. Now after I bought it
for $5,500. Just had it 2 weeks and the fuel pump went out.
The used car dealership said they would help me get parts
at their cost and have a BMW tech mechanic work on it at.
Good price . Quoted $260 parts pump filter and gasket
$120 labor I decided to take it to the BMW DEALERSHIP to
have an evaluation Done on it because I hear clunks . Cost
$150 but now I know I should of done this before I buy a
car...ha! Well I new it but the car was so pretty and it drove
nice. Well now I found out it needs a lot of repairs. Front
arm control bushings, thermostat,2 drive belts,oil filter
housing gasket, oil pan gasket, alignment. Rear shocks,
rear differential mounts, brake pressure sensors.... So my
question is?? Should I keep the car and repair these things
if I get a fair price for the small used car dealership. (Of
course BMW dealership wanted $8,4440 to repair all . I'm
hoping for 1/4 the price somewhere else like the place I
bought it or an Indy shop. Humm?? I guess my reasoning is
I got the car At a good to fair price and if I put $2,000 into it
I will be ok for awhile except for maybe fluid changes. Tires
and breaks are really good and it is in very good condition
exterior and interior well taken care of And well maintained
with a lot of money spent on maintenance cand repairs up
to 65,000 miles. Looks like the owner who had it the last
35k. Miles just fixed what broke and didn't keep up with
maintenance and up coming repairs BUT sold it instead .
My questions are : Is it wise decision to fix the car and keep
it? I plan to drive it every day and I don't have that much
income. What else can go wrong now? Ahha I will change
timing chain at 100k I love the Beamup guys post. Very
informative. I'm hesitant to keep it because the BMW
DEALERSHIP assist. Service manager said he would buy a
Japanese car that I can afford better and wont have so
many thi ya go wrong on it. He said I am taking a gamble
and there will always be things going wrong and it will
always be going to the shop. I appreciated his sincerity and
honesty of his opinion but WOW it's so negative! I love this
car And isn't any car with 90k miles going to cost me
money if I want to run it to 200k miles. He said more things
will go wrong with a BMW and at a higher price. Yikes!
What do I do? HELP!! Any advice I would appreciate.
THANKS SO MUCH!
Ok, you need to read this...http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php/BMW_E46
Your right, you should have had an inspection before you bought it. But that aside, the things you posted wrong with the car are normal things that need to be replaced on these cars, the E46 BMW which is the chassis name. They are solid cars and great daily drivers. If your mechanically incline you change those part yourself to save money. The link above will take you to the forums, read till your eyes bleed. Basically you got the car for a decent price for the mileage, it's just that around 90K, the BMW needs some maintenance, as it was taken care of the first 50K with a warranty, it's now up to you to take over. Avg. price you be putting out per year into the car is around $1500 -$2500. Do not go back to the dealership!!!! You will spend took much. These cars are easy to work on, and if you use the DIY's found on the forum, and it will only cost around $160 for the fuel pump. HTH's.
If you like it I would keep it and fix what needs attention one thing at a time and find a good local Indy shop to help you out.
Thank you so much Tom. Sorry I went on and on in the post. Your answer made me feel so much better ! Thereza
Just get rid of it. I have found at that BMWs constantly have problems. Fix one theres another one shortly.
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