How many miles is too many for a 2003-2005 BMW 3 series

Asked by Jan 13, 2015 at 02:51 PM about the 2005 BMW 3 Series 325i Sedan RWD

Question type: General

I'm looking to purchase a used BMW. I'm going to try my best to get a 2005, but if I
can't I'm going to at least get an 2003 or 2004. I was wondering how many miles is too
many? I know BMW's are complex cars & I don't know much about cars in general. So
I don't want to go in knowing completely nothing.

I've heard that the 2000-2005 model is very reliable and a great car. It's still in style
and everything. But if I ran across a 2006, is the maintenance up keep more costly?
What would I be getting myself into? What are the differences? I'm not rich or wealthy
by any means. I'm a college student on a fixed budget. I'm just looking for a small
compact car that's stylish. If you think a BMW is too much to handle, then please
leave other suggestions. Thanks!

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Hey holland, if your a college student on a fixed budget, please do not buy the BMW. I bought a 2005 2 years ago. Great cars, but if your at 80K plus, it will require regular maintenance. After purchasing the car I put $1500 into it, and most was DIY. I'd personally stick with a Toyota, or Ford till you graduate and get a high paying job. Check out this website for more info..http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php?title=BMW_E46

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Thank you Tom! I'll go check out other cars.

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Hi Holland, I concur with Tom's advice. I bet his advice has a heavy tone of his own experience on owning a bimmer. I used to own a 2002i many decades ago. Bimmer parts are very expensive. Unless you have inherited a fortune from a rich uncle. Stay with a Toyota. Better yet a Corolla until you have finished your education and found a well paying job. Make sure you have the car inspected by a qualified mechanics. Use no more than 14,000 mi per year as a yardstick for acceptable usage gauge for a reasonable used car. Good luck in car searching.

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