Originally Posted by Nick.CBR
The silver one sounds good and if it was CPO, then it probably got a bumper painted. My carfax will show a crash as well (I backed into a pole at 1100 miles). According to the dealer, to be CPO, it can only have a max. of one panel painted (and probably be under some monitary (sp) level of damage).
I'd probably rather have CPO over the 3rd party warranty. CPO is straight up BMW and if there are issues, there will be no question if the car will get fixed or not. There is something to be said about a car that's only had one owner and all the records are spot on. Tough call. I think the main issue is the HPFP which is obviously not a worry due to the factory warr. no matter what.
I'd really go over the CPO car with a fine tooth comb. Are either of these cars online so we can take a look?
EDIT: one more thing, if you can get some images or point us to what you're looking at, it's a good thing. Everyone here is passionate about these cars and know what to look for in a good BMW. I only really know about E9x cars but I know Gary has been around BMW's all his life and is also on his third E90x
Here is the Tiag one...
Here is the black one, no pics...