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      07-25-2017, 12:04 AM   #1
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Decisions....decisions.....

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If it were you would you lean towards....

#1. 2010 335i convertible auto white with black leather interior 50k miles from an independent used car dealer clean auto check report carfax to be made available when I go to see the car in person $17k

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#2. 2011 335i xdrive sedan auto white with black pleather interior 58k miles from the used car division of a good sized new car dealership clean auto check and carfax reports $16.5k

....and, if you don't mind, why? Thanks in advance for your input.
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      07-25-2017, 04:58 AM   #2
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Do you want a RWD convertible or AWD Sedan? Pretty simple question.
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If #2 isn't a BMW dealership, then warranty would be a major item.
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Do you want a RWD convertible or AWD Sedan? Pretty simple question.

I could go either way. Like most things in life, what seems simple usually isn't so simple.
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If #2 isn't a BMW dealership, then warranty would be a major item.

Yes. An aftermarket warranty...Fidelity or RT 66....is a given no matter what.
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Are you in the northeast or southeast?

Maryland....so either the north of the South or the south of the North.
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The 2011, because it has the N55.
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N54 or N55, vert or sedan. N55 is probably a bit more reliable but do you want a vert or sedan?
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I appreciate all of the attempts to have me answer my own question. However, I have my thoughts and opinions already established. My hope for this thread was for others to give their input...either firsthand or not...and help me to perhaps see some things in a way that I hadn't considered before. Thanks.
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you are comparing apples to oranges. Whats your preference converible or sedan? Its really a personal choice.
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you are comparing apples to oranges. Whats your preference converible or sedan? Its really a personal choice.

More like comparing Red Delicious apples to Granny Smith apples.
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I would get the vert. I like N54 better for tuning/upgrading, I like RWD better and the car is more sport oriented. It would be perfect for them New England summers! I would try to talk them down to 15k tho.
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It's funny how things have a way of working themselves out. Went to see the convertible...No es Bueno.

I actually thought I was on an episode of Punk'd. It was really that bad.


Just as an aside, what do you guys think could be the explanation for "other reported damage" on a Carfax? Not an accident. Maybe flood? Fire?
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It's funny how things have a way of working themselves out. Went to see the convertible...No es Bueno.

I actually thought I was on an episode of Punk'd. It was really that bad.


Just as an aside, what do you guys think could be the explanation for "other reported damage" on a Carfax? Not an accident. Maybe flood? Fire?
you should've taken some pics lol not sure on the "other reported damage" never seen that before.
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I had never seen it before either...and I've looked at probably 150-200 carfax reports over the years.

https://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistor...&partner=CDM_O

This is for a 750i that I had been looking at. Auto check was clean but this carfax was puzzling. By the way it isn't for fire or flood as those are separate categories which check out as not problem areas.


Blown engine perhaps?
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I had never seen it before either...and I've looked at probably 150-200 carfax reports over the years.

https://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistor...&partner=CDM_O

This is for a 750i that I had been looking at. Auto check was clean but this carfax was puzzling. By the way it isn't for fire or flood as those are separate categories which check out as not problem areas.


Blown engine perhaps?
I wonder if it could have been something small like the car got keyed or something
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16K for a '11 335xi with 58kmiles and on the east coast!?!?! i bought mine with 83k miles for 16k -_-
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The n55 sedan sounds like a better option. The reliability and practicality will out way an n54 convertible in my opinion
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car-wise I like the 335i better for the N54. But I don't like the used car dealer. I'd keep looking and get a 335i stick, from a new car dealer, as a used car. Needs to be from the south like FLA, and clean carfax, no autocheck etc. Even a clean carfax is no guarantee of monkey business, but we can only do so much...
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N55 all day. All other factors aside, I would be feel much more secure in my purchase buying the newer single turbo motor. I like my cars to last a long time with minimal expensive repairs (which will still be prevalent with the 2011 car, but less so than the 2010).
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N55 all day. All other factors aside, I would be feel much more secure in my purchase buying the newer single turbo motor. I like my cars to last a long time with minimal expensive repairs (which will still be prevalent with the 2011 car, but less so than the 2010).
I always think that sometimes the forum isn't necessarily representative due to context....I've had my 335i almost 11 yrs. My ABS/DSC failed, which would be the only failure that would be more than say $800 retail (vanos solenoids failed 2X). ABS is huge, but it is not specific to the N54, it's a 3 series thing. I've had less go wrong I think, than my aunt's 2006 330i. If one listened to this forum, an extended warranty is a no-brainer, but that's not the case. imho the 90% of the people who got burned and paid into the pool, don't speak up...

But I'm with you, I want my cars to last a long time, so BMW isn't really the best car for that to begin with, it's a driver's car, at least the E9x was...
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