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      03-29-2013, 03:48 AM   #1
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Is this goodbye for my BMW?

Hey guys. I think it's almost time for me to say goodbye to my 328i. It's coming up on 63k miles and I'm pretty worried about replacement parts for it within the next year or two. Last weekend I took it to the dealership that sold it to me and they valued it at $9,000-$10,500. I'm sure I can get a bit more if I private sell it.

One of the employees there warned me about mainenance problems that could come up soon. I'm out of the warranty, and yes, I have the option to buy the extended warranty, but to be honest I'm getting a little bored of my car too. It's fun and all going for a nice drive, but I don't feel as excited in it anymore. Not not manual and the steptronic only makes it fun for a few minutes before the lag gets to me. I don't know what else to mod to make it more fun besides pouring in money for a few cosmetic enhancements and little performance gains...

I was thinking of getting the G37S. The Infiniti dealership near me just doesn't have any on the lot right now. On the bright side, my 328i is paid off. Sometimes I just wish I could find an M3 engine and put it in there, but I've seen how people say it's totally NOT worth the trouble.

Not sure what to do here guys. There seems like nothing I can do to make my car sentimentally worth hanging on to. Any car suggestions that can replace my 328i if I do decide to sell it?
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If you're bored with your 328i, but you still don't mind the BMW brand, a 335i should light that fire under your ass pretty quick. I owned a 2006 330i before my 335, and the difference in power is just ridiculous, even completely stock. It's that type of power that pushes you back in your (bucket) seat. Can't get enough of it. If your trade-in is worth between $9,000 and $10,500, trade that sucker in and either put it toward the payment on a newer 335i, or pocket the cash and sink it into whatever modifications you choose (of which there are plenty).

That's what I'd do, at least.
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      03-29-2013, 04:05 AM   #3
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If you're bored with your 328i, but you still don't mind the BMW brand, a 335i should light that fire under your ass pretty quick. I owned a 2006 330i before my 335, and the difference in power is just ridiculous, even completely stock. It's that type of power that pushes you back in your (bucket) seat. Can't get enough of it. If your trade-in is worth between $9,000 and $10,500, trade that sucker in and either put it toward the payment on a newer 335i, or pocket the cash and sink it into whatever modifications you choose (of which there are plenty).

That's what I'd do, at least.
I have thought about the 335i, but I've heard so many horror stories about their maintenance. I know they're much more fun , but idk if I'm willing to take that risk, haha! Plus I'd have to finance it and make it my own, and by then maintenance could possibly rack up. I'm a chicken
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Hey guys. I think it's almost time for me to say goodbye to my 328i. It's coming up on 63k miles and I'm pretty worried about replacement parts for it within the next year or two. Last weekend I took it to the dealership that sold it to me and they valued it at $9,000-$10,500. I'm sure I can get a bit more if I private sell it.

One of the employees there warned me about mainenance problems that could come up soon. I'm out of the warranty, and yes, I have the option to buy the extended warranty, but to be honest I'm getting a little bored of my car too. It's fun and all going for a nice drive, but I don't feel as excited in it anymore. Not not manual and the steptronic only makes it fun for a few minutes before the lag gets to me. I don't know what else to mod to make it more fun besides pouring in money for a few cosmetic enhancements and little performance gains...

I was thinking of getting the G37S. The Infiniti dealership near me just doesn't have any on the lot right now. On the bright side, my 328i is paid off. Sometimes I just wish I could find an M3 engine and put it in there, but I've seen how people say it's totally NOT worth the trouble.

Not sure what to do here guys. There seems like nothing I can do to make my car sentimentally worth hanging on to. Any car suggestions that can replace my 328i if I do decide to sell it?
Are you sure?? I still have my own car with 149K coming and can't be any happier that I still have it...lol. 63K is nothing
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Well, here's what I did:

I financed my purchase through my bank (USAA) because I pre-qualified for an ultra-low APR. I threw in a two-year extended warranty through USAA (exclusionary policy, very similar to BMW's extended warranty for cheaper and with no deductible). I took the money I got from my trade-in and stuck it in the bank, only to be used on the payment, essentially meaning no cash is leaving my pocket for the next two years (including repairs). By that time, I'll likely get out of it and into something new.

I just had an inspection done by my local dealer, and the car was in "perfect" condition, according to my service advisor. A lot of the horror stories you've likely heard have to do with HPFP failures. The HPFP is warrantied up to ten years or 120,000 miles, so it's a non-issue. Other than that, if you're in the market for one and can toss in some extended coverage, I'd say go for it. I thought I could do with the power in my 330, but as soon as I test drove a 335, I knew. Had to have it!
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      03-29-2013, 09:27 AM   #6
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A 2007 328i is worth significantly more, even more so with the premium package, even more so with the sport package, and again even more if you happen to have iDrive. If you sold it yourself it wouldn't be unreal to get almost $5k more than the dealer is offering you. That mileage is also still really low, to the point where I wouldn't worry about replacement parts or anything major breaking.

There is the reliability question, and I have no doubt the 335i is a bit more problematic than the n/a E90s, but I have no doubt that it is much more fun. Depending on if you're seeking a bit of punch or a complete thrown back in your seat feeling, I would consider getting an AA tune or one of the other tunes for your car. It seems as if they remove the lag for the throttle and give you some more horses. A 3 stage manifold would also get you up into 330i+ territory. Of course, you'll still be a bit behind a stock 335i, but your car is paid off. Just throwing some ideas out there.
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      03-29-2013, 09:42 AM   #8
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Your car is paid off. The cash you save by not having a car payment can be spent on other things. Issues are going to come up regardless of what kind of car you own, albeit, a BMW might be a little more costly. Unless you start leasing and trading in every 3 years, you're going to have to do major maintenance at some point. $1500 in maintenance every 3,4,5, hell maybe even 10 years, is cheaper in the long run as opposed to constantly be financing. But I get how you feel about not being excited about your car any more. In a way, age plays a factor. I'm by no means old (turned 30 this year) but I had the speed itch and honestly, it's going to get that way for any car you own, until you get sick of the financing or just want a reliable car that you can enjoy driving. Owning a car outright is a great accomplishment these days. Leasing (to me) is a huge waste of money.

One more thing, don't trust the dealership to tell you what your car is worth. They'll obviously low-ball you so they can make a profit if you decide to trade to them and they sell. I would venture to guess that your car is worth at least $13K if they're telling you $10K. Use KBB or Edmunds for a fair value and start there.
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      03-29-2013, 09:45 AM   #9
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Man that seems a little low for your trade in, i just sold mine to a wholesale company a few months ago (2008 328i e92 65k) and got 16.5k

if it helps you, i ended up buying a 335 coupe after selling the 328 and it was the best day of my life. Not a day has went by that i dont enjoy the hell out of it.
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I sold my 01 330i with 136k for $7500. The value they are giving you is ridiculous
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Gut that baby out, throw in a roll cage, swap in a manual tranny, straight pipes, huge wing. then come tell me if its still boring.



jk but on a serious note what replacement parts where you warned about?
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      03-29-2013, 12:11 PM   #12
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I think maintenance costs are a non-issue if you are going to finance a car anyway. Put away that $500 a month into a separate bank account and you will come out ahead with any kind of maintenance issues that come up.

Now if it's mostly because you're bored of your car, then that's another story. I have an '07 328 also that I've had for almost 4 years now, so I know the feeling. I am going to hang onto her for as long as I can though.
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If you're bored of the car and that's the reason you want to get rid of it, then that's fine. If you're worried that a 328i with 60k miles on it is going to cost more to maintain than the purchase and ownership costs of a new G37S, IMO that's silly.
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Yea that value is real bad! I got $9k offer for my 6 325i w/95,000 on the clock. Try a different BMW dealer maybe? Or Carmax
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63k problem free miles - you have the N52 engine - and you're worried? Don't fall for the consumerism trap that I fell into all too often. If you don't have any issues and you do your regular maintenance, you're golden. The money you'll save by not having a car payment will pay for any issues that might arise.. perhaps spend a bit on an extended warranty to make you feel better.

The only thing that gets done by trading in cars is keeping the corporates rich and you in a car payment. Learn from other peoples mistakes - keep it, it's been good to you.
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335i + COBB tune would solve your problem
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The OP has an n52 and hes worried of repair bills. I doubt this would solve his problem.
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$10k for your car with only 63k miles? LOL!! do you have a base model 328 e90 with zero options with special manual crank windows and door locks or something?? that's a straight lowball offer by the dealer.
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Hard to say what kind of replacement car...there are so many possibilities without much info on your personal preferences or budget. If someone forced me to trade in my car today, a Golf R would at least be considered (price, performance, and a hatchback).

On the possibility of maintenance costs going forward, maybe the dealership was trying to scare you into a trade? My 328i has not been perfect but pretty good overall at 108k miles now. I'm shooting for 200k+ and doing small modifications and replacement upgrades to keep the new car bug away.
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I don't know about prices around the rest of the country, but around here that car would be $20,000 on the lot. As stated earlier, unless that car has manual windows and such hahaha, that has to be the worst offers I have seen from a dealer.
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Sold my 2004 330CI @ 120K miles to the BMW dealer on Tuesday for $8000. Its also worth an additional $240 for sales tax I will not have to pay. CarMax offered $7000.

Last car CarMax gave me a better deal than the dealer & I sold it to them. You really need to try both.

$20K for the OP's car is a pipe dream. With a way more options, just about everything available, then the OP likely has like 10way sport seats etc the cars trade in value is $13K & dealer retail $16K. The offer based on actual equipment & condition was probably a fair one.
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