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Tim

BMW - cheap(!), high mileage

We need a practical winter car and due to the timing of things like our remortgage and getting the kitchen finished the original plan to get a pickup (forum ban? We need something to transport the bikes as well as DIY activities) has been put on hold.

However someone at work is selling his 2005 320d estate - leather, TV/sat nav, FSH, 2 owners - for 500.

The only slight concern is the mileage of 208k  

I've just been out for a drive in it though and it all feels very solid.

So, what does the forum think?
Giant

Do it, at that price it'll be worth its price in parts should it go bang. No lose.
gonnabuildabuggy

Giant wrote:
Do it, at that price it'll be worth its price in parts should it go bang. No lose.


This
Tim

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Giant wrote:
Do it, at that price it'll be worth its price in parts should it go bang. No lose.


This


I thought something like that but there's no harm in getting a second opinion.
JohnC

I don't see how you can lose at that price. My brother in law has just passed 300,000 miles in his 320D of a similar vintage (56 plate). It got a new turbo around 100,000 and it has just been servicing and worn out suspension bits after that. He also had to replace some of the exhaust last winter. He does about 40,000 a year with a fairly relaxed driving style, so I dare say things remain pretty unstressed.

He is currently looking at a used A5 or A7 to replace it.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Giant wrote:
Do it, at that price it'll be worth its price in parts should it go bang. No lose.

+ another one
Boxer6

I must confess to being a little confused here; have you not just got rid of a 320d Touring? Or was that a s'loon?
Tim

Boxer6 wrote:
I must confess to being a little confused here; have you not just got rid of a 320d Touring? Or was that a s'loon?


No, you're right we had a 2002 320d Touring that was white with pensioner spec grey cloth.
We sold it about 3 months ago and planned on replacing it with something more appropriate for rural living and extreme DIY (or a pickup, in motoring parlance ) but sadly we've got too much on in terms of time & money to do that just now so this plus a set of winter tyres seems an easy option, not least because someone at work is selling it.

This one has the massive advantage of a 6 speed gearbox and sat nav though!
PG

At that money you can't really go wrong (assuming it has a few months MOT).
Tim

MOT is to June next year.
It had new front wishbones or arms for the latest one.
Martin

Definitely sounds like a good buy to me, but it and keep going until it throws up a bill.
Tim

Ok, deal done provisionally - he's going to N Ireland at the weekend to buy a 3 year old Mazda 6 estate but has warned that if that's rejected (on condition, he's already tested one more locally) the BM will cease to be on the market. That's not a problem as I only want it for winter.

I should've mentioned that even at 208k miles its still on its original clutch so there could be the possibility of a big bill  
Tim

Ok this is happening.

It needs a thorough clean inside so what can people recommend while remembering that :_
1) I don't plan on spending a whole day doing this
2) It has leather seats.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Use a mobile vallet service - ring round and you may be surprised at how inexpensive it is, plus guaranteed results or your money back (or a second attempt to clean it up)
Tim

That's a good idea, I'm not in any hurry to use the car so I can take my time to organise someone.

However, suggestions still welcome as I need to do the M5 as well and I'm not letting anyone near that.

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