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      09-12-2007, 12:38 PM   #1
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Guidance needed

Am looking to buy a 2nd hand Motorway BMW for around 5000-6500 GBP

What do you guys suggest I look at.

I was thinking 3 series Touring, (need the space what with the convertible n all)

Is there any recommended engine spec, or definate No-No's ?

What mileage should I be looking for ?

Are there major service items ? i.e.cams at 50k or something ?

Completely ignorant about 2nd hand BM's sp any pointers would be fab !

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      09-12-2007, 07:01 PM   #2
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do you do the mileage to warranty a 2nd bmw?

a 3 series touring at that price? your talking either a very high mileage 3 or 5 series i mean seriously high

do you really neeed it ?

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      09-12-2007, 07:26 PM   #3
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Am looking to buy a 2nd hand Motorway BMW for around 5000-6500 GBP

What do you guys suggest I look at.

I was thinking 3 series Touring, (need the space what with the convertible n all)

Is there any recommended engine spec, or definate No-No's ?

What mileage should I be looking for ?

Are there major service items ? i.e.cams at 50k or something ?

Completely ignorant about 2nd hand BM's sp any pointers would be fab !

SJ
Lots of info on running older BMW's at www.bmwland.co.uk.

I've run 3 several e46 3 series up to 90K plus on motorways and had no probs at all.
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How about a 2000MY 728i? Or a 2000MY 523/528i?
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      09-14-2007, 11:03 AM   #5
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Yeah tony, that's the sort I was looking at - but I think the 7 might be too much i.e. on insurance etc. I reackon the 5's look promising.

A 60 to 70k high miler doesn't bother me.

Better than the piece of SHIIITE Nissan Primera I'm destroying right now.

It's SOO ugly it even makes me drive like a twat !

Gotta shift it on.



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Yeah tony, that's the sort I was looking at - but I think the 7 might be too much i.e. on insurance etc. I reackon the 5's look promising.

A 60 to 70k high miler doesn't bother me.

Better than the piece of SHIIITE Nissan Primera I'm destroying right now.

It's SOO ugly it even makes me drive like a twat !

Gotta shift it on.



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I guess it depends how many miles you're going to do and how many years no claims you have on the insurance. I live in Central London, drive a 335i, 28 years old, with 2 years no claims, clean licence (remarkably), and fully comp insurance costs me 900 a year. I got a quote for me on a 2000 facelift 728i Sport, doing 10,000miles per year, 700 per year. From Direct Line.

You live out of London, so your premiums are going to be lower anyway. You should seriously think about a 7 series. I have found maybe eight or nine 728i, with between 60-80,000 miles, fully loaded, late 2000 on a W (facelift versions) for between 6-6500.

Servicing is not as bad as you would think either. They're pretty much the same as a 5 series, use the same components etc. A BMW dealer will run the 4+ service programme, where servicing is cheaper for cars over 4 years old. Plus there's fixed pricing on parts from BMW. Of course for a car that age you can go to the independents. I drove a 2001MY 728i Sport for 6 months a couple of years ago - in town I averaged about 23mpg, out on the motorway an easy 33mpg. And that's me driving with a slightly leaden foot!! Comfort wise they're unsurpassed, handle very well, and look the bollocks.

If you're looking at either a 5 or 7, don't be worried if they don't have satnav built in - I can retrofit the full DVD-based OEM widescreen satnav for you, for not a lot of money. Well, relatively speaking!!


In any case, it'll be heaps better than that, uh.. Pri-whatever (can't say it out loud - makes me )
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lol I feel the same...

Yeah ok, sounds like we need to have a chat next weekend.

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lol I feel the same...

Yeah ok, sounds like we need to have a chat next weekend.

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think so! i can come meet you at coopers cobham, in case you need
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forget the touring. buy an ALPINA e36 B3 3.2 coupe or saloon. Switchtronic gearbox amazing ride fast and exclusive. also i think they look pretty good.

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