Guidance on purchasing a used 2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 4dr Sedan.

Asked by Dec 04, 2015 at 11:39 AM about the 2003 BMW 3 Series 325i

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Let me preface this by saying that I have never owned a BMW. This a
pricing and maintenance question for those of you who own this make and
model.

Recently came across a used 2003 BMW 3 Series 330i 4dr Sedan with
132k miles on it. The asking price is $4,990.00. Checked the CarFax report
and it seems that it has been maintained rather well. Window and rear
window regulator replaced in 2006. From then until the middle of 2014 it
seems like the car just had its regular maintenance done on it. It does state
that in 2012 that the vehicle had right side impact from hitting an animal.
The photos that I have seen (haven't been able to see it in person or test
drive it yet) the body looks good. No visible rust. No obvious dents.

A large number of parts were replaced in November of last year at 123k,
and early 2015:
- Drive Belt Tensioner
- Serpentine Belt
- Idler Pulley.
- New tires
- Spark Plugs @ 124,600 K
- Ignition Coils
- Water Pump
- Struts and shocks 01/2015 at 124k miles.

My question is, does this seem like a good deal? What other issues could
arise? The dealer is offering a 3 year/36k warranty on it for an extra $1000.
My plan would be to own it for a year or two max and then get rid of it. I
only average about 7500-8000 miles a year, so I wouldn't be putting a
whole lot of miles on it in that time frame. I am having some unforeseen
issues with the car that I currently own so money is a bit tight right. I would
like to put money into a car that doesn't depreciate as quickly, and that I
know is reliable.

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Not a bad deal, seems like it was maintained. Be prepared to throw some money at it at some point. I wouldn't get the warranty, put that money aside to do your repairs, most warranty's don't cover small things. If you DIY you will save a bundle, here is an excellent resource, study it.....http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php? title=BMW_E46

I appreciate the reply and I'll be reading through that wiki. Thanks!`

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I would say it is a good deal but keep in mind that maintenance cost of BMW is a little bit high.

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