Looking at a 2002 BMW 325i with 134000 miles for $7880 from a dealer.
Dealer says they just got it in a trade and are going to replace the brakes and fix a very slight dent in the back fender. It has had only one owner, who was there getting a new BMW when I was looking at the 2002. Been in three accidents, all declared minor w/o airbags being deployed. Owner/carfax says they have kept up the maintenance. I would take it to a mechanic to get it checked out before purchase. What kinds of problems would I need to look out for with this car (what are typical problems with a car with this age and mileage)? Thanks in advance for your replies.
The three accidents scare me, but see if you can lower the price because of this. If you decide to sell soon, you might take a hit. If you plan on keeping , then your fine. Everything you need to know buying an E46 and more......http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php?title=BMW_E46
Take it to a shop that specializes in imports or have your local BMW dealership check it out for you. Do NOT take it to just any shop or corner gas station. They'll have no idea at what they're looking at! My Nephew found that out the hard way with his '98 528i. One owner on a 14 year old, high end car, is a big plus. Mileage to age ratio is very good. Three accidents is a little scary. Check for structure damage. Make sure body panels line up correctly. Look closely at the airbag modules. Be SURE they haven't been replaced. When you test drive it watch for pulling, vibrations, noises, etc. Also inspect the tires carefully for uneven wear or if they're brand new. These can all be signs of poor repairs after those accidents. Look for signs of overheating as well. Watch the temperature gauge closely during your test drive. Have the dealer put in writing that he'll do the brakes and fix the dent before you take delivery!! HTH. -Jim
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