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I'm considering a used BMW...am I nuts?

Time2ShineTime2Shine 215 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 227 Junior Member
I stumbled across a private seller with a 2013 BMW 328i xDrive in excellent condition. It's his second car. He bought it CPO and has only put 11,000 miles on it in 2 years(it has about 39,000 miles on it in total).

I need a new vehicle and I'd like to spend less than $20,000, which this vehicle is.

I've been driving Hondas since 1994. I drive my vehicles until they die. I'd want to get at least 80,000 more miles on this car which would equate to roughly 7 years. That would give me at least 3 years without payments.

The upside is that the car gets 34+ miles per gallon on the highway.

The downside could be the overall cost of maintenance.

Am I nuts? Should I just buy a used Honda, or Toyota, or Subaru?
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  • HImomHImom 33856 replies387 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34,243 Senior Member
    If you have the funds to maintain it and would enjoy it, why not?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76129 replies663 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,792 Senior Member
    You can get a new Honda Fit or Honda Civic for under $20,000, get 36-40mpg (EPA rating) highway on regular (not premium like the BMW) gasoline, and not have expensive BMW maintenance and repairs.
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  • jym626jym626 54622 replies2834 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 57,456 Senior Member
    Have you checked the reliability history on that year/model? Yes, the cost of maintenance will be key, and how much its likely to need is worth looking into. That said, if you love it and can afford the maintenance, enjoy!
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  • thumper1thumper1 73033 replies3180 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,213 Senior Member
    If you have always wanted a BMW, and then go for it. Take it to your mechanic for a check before you buy it.

    They are fun cars to drive...and sorry @ucbalumnus they just aren’t anything like a Honda Fit or Civic.
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  • coralbrookcoralbrook 7705 replies24 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7,729 Senior Member
    edited February 2018
    BMW. Bought a used one for D and the maintenance is not bad. Find an independent BMW mechanic, take it to the regular oil change place and regular tire places. The only issues we have had is when she had a flat it triggered a flat tire sensor. Well, guess what? Only a BMW dealer can turn the dang thing off when they put on their new tire. Forget it, bought a new tire and we live with the warning on the dash

    It is a dream to drive. Nothing compares
    edited February 2018
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  • Time2ShineTime2Shine 215 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 227 Junior Member
    @thumper1 It's not that I always wanted a BMW, I've just always wanted something sportier than a Honda... ;-)
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  • busyparentbusyparent 984 replies42 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,026 Senior Member
    We have had multiple BMWs and the latest 2010 335D has been a lemon. The mechanic thinks the newer BMWs are not made as well. I know a guy who just bought a used Volvo s90 (?) and loves it
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  • thumper1thumper1 73033 replies3180 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,213 Senior Member
    My husband says...it’s a good car. The maintenance will be high and you will likely get 100,000 miles or so on the car.

    So...how far are you driving everyday?

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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 76129 replies663 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,792 Senior Member
    Time2Shine wrote:
    It's not that I always wanted a BMW, I've just always wanted something sportier than a Honda...

    A Mazda 3 or Ford Focus may be a less expensive way to get a sportier drive.
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  • HImomHImom 33856 replies387 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34,243 Senior Member
    We had a used BMW that we were gifted. Once we found a GOOD Independent maintenance wasn’t that bad. We shipped it to S and it eventually died after being rear-ended a few times. It was about 15 years old and 150k miles.
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  • sherpasherpa 4724 replies93 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,817 Senior Member
    When my daughter was about to graduate college in 2013 my father in law offered her one of his cars as a graduation present. I was elected to fly to California to pick it up and drive it to our home, and from there DW and I drove it to NC for her Duke graduation.

    Before I arrived to pick it up all I knew was it was a 2006 BMW. Seven year old, free car, sounded good to me. It turned out to be in immaculate condition and had less than 7,000 miles on the odometer. It's almost as if the only times they'd driven it had been to take it to the dealer for regular oil changes.

    When we drove it to NC our overall average speed, including all pit stops and in town driving was over 80 MPH, which was the car's fault, certainly not mine.

    DD loved it, but after a couple years of driving it in Boston (bad weather, many potholes) she a decided to trade it in for a Subaru. I made her an offer she couldn't refuse so I drive it now. A gem like that must be kept in the family. I probably overpaid, but, hey, it's my daughter.

    It's up to around 40,000 miles now, which is still absurd for a 2006, and as of yet there haven't been any maintenance issues

    I'm basically a Honda/Acura guy but, in this case, I'd advise you buy it, especially if AWD is beneficial to you.

    Especially if you like a car that responds when you tell it to go.
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  • Time2ShineTime2Shine 215 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 227 Junior Member
    @thumper1 The office is 13 miles from home, no highway, all suburban backroads. I drive a lot of highway miles for club soccer games with my son. For the last 2 years I've broken from Honda and have been driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser that gets about 18 mpg and needs 93 octane gas. That will go to school with my son in the Fall.
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  • surfcitysurfcity 2476 replies59 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,535 Senior Member
    Clearly @ucbalumnus is not a car person ;)
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  • vhsdadvhsdad 154 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    As somebody noted, find a reputable independent mechanic--dealership are insanely expensive. Also, just know that when a BMW starts to go downhill, the repair bill can really stack up.
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