a friend is trying to sell me their 1997 BMW 328i for $3000 and it has 328,000 mi. Is the car worth that?

Asked by Feb 06, 2013 at 03:34 PM about the 1997 BMW M3 Sedan

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

He said he has replaced all the expensive parts of the vehicle himself and that it will run for at least another 500000 miles. He also said he will include a 6 month warrenty and free oil change for a year.  I think he has good intentions but I dont have enough information to make a sound decision.

7 Answers


If the car was worth three large, your friend would not throw in a six month warranty and oil changes. That is a lot of miles even for a BMW.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

500k...eh? Wierd things begin to go bad with high mlieage like the steering wheel bearing, and the pivot point on the brake gets sloppy. My TAXI 70 Chevy had 300,000 on it and things went a sloppy was like driving a moist sponge.. 500k seems like a fantasy.


I suggest you first do a price comparison on autotrader.ca to see how much other 97 M3's are selling for with similar kms. You can probably buy one with less kms for the same price. Your buddy probably does have good intentions but he also wants to get rid of his car. Personally, there are few vehicles that I'd be comfortable buying with high kms...I wouldn't do it. Not to mention the cost of insuring an M3...too many cons for me.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

I just deleted my other post because I read it wrong. NO, I REPEAT, NO 328i is worth that much with so many miles. I can think of several other cars well within your budget with lower miles. Don't buy it just because it's a BMW cause that really doesnt prove anything when it breaks in 4 hours. It may be fine, but don't risk it.


I wouldn't pay that much for a car with such a high mileage, sure the car can do another 500k miles but it will need a lot of stuff replaced in those miles. Probably anything mechanical will end up needing to be renewed, from the suspension all the way up to the cylinderheads. If you have a complete service and repair history on the car it's not even worth 2k, let alone 3, even with 6 months of warranty and free oil changes for a year (which in all reality will be no more than two).

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

i just bought a 328i sport for £950 with 112,000mi an its needed some new things which have been done an she runs great pulls great an mechanically sound will go far but it will never last to 500,000 even in my dreams, that my friend is over priced an holds nothing but trouble


Do no do bus with a friend.that is rule 1

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Would BMW put all wheel drive on an M3 29 answers

    Has it ever been discussed that BMW woudl produce an All wheel drive version of the M3?

    2008 BMW M3



  • new CSL M3 13 answers

    is there a new bmw m3 csl?

    2008 BMW M3 Coupe



  • M3 brakes upgrade 4 answers

    I have an M3 cabriolet on a 95 the E36 version, I want to upgrade the whole braking system can someone tell me their views thanks Geezer

    1995 BMW M3


    Car Customization

  • I am not sure what to buy: 2013 BMW 328i or 335i 22 answers

    After configuring a 2013 BMW 328i with a bunch of options, I come close to a 335i. I really don't need to much power for street driving.. My dilemma: What should I choose: a 328i or 335i? Thanks in ad...

    2013 BMW 3 Series 328i Sedan


    Shopping & Pricing

  • Do BMW's last long? 46 answers

    I'm looking into getting a 2006 BMW 325i or a 2007 BMW 328i with no more that 35,000 miles is that a lot for a BMW how long do they usually last?

    BMW 3 Series


    Shopping & Pricing


Looking for a Used M3 in your area?

CarGurus has 1,687 nationwide M3 listings starting at $4,544.

Get More Money for Your Car
Be seen by 20 million shoppers. Create Your Free Listing

Search BMW M3 Questions

BMW M3 Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 160
#2 Mike Zaba
Mike Zaba
Reputation 70
#3 Js08016
Reputation 50
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 3 Series
960 Great Deals out of 33,574 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW M5
15 Great Deals out of 633 listings starting at $13,495
Used Ford Mustang
388 Great Deals out of 47,511 listings starting at $1,800
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
471 Great Deals out of 28,602 listings starting at $1,499
Used BMW 5 Series
506 Great Deals out of 15,610 listings starting at $2,499
Used Porsche 911
81 Great Deals out of 4,643 listings starting at $11,992
Used Chevrolet Corvette
99 Great Deals out of 20,456 listings starting at $3,495
Used Chevrolet Camaro
148 Great Deals out of 32,614 listings starting at $1,729
Used Audi S4
31 Great Deals out of 1,427 listings starting at $4,750

Used Cars For Sale

2017 BMW M3 Sedan For Sale
388 listings starting at $65,910
2016 BMW M3 Sedan For Sale
49 listings starting at $55,400
2015 BMW M3 Sedan For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 63 listings starting at $48,780