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Tim

Risky?

169k miles but fsh from franchised dealers.
Would you?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...ew%2Cnew/model/3_series?logcode=p
Racing Teatray

Looks like it's worn the miles well but I'm surprised it's worth that much.
PG

Racing Teatray wrote:
Looks like it's worn the miles well but I'm surprised it's worth that much.


+1.
Tim

PG wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
Looks like it's worn the miles well but I'm surprised it's worth that much.


+1.


+1 also but a browse on autotrader shows that it's not unreasonable, if it is in good order.
Nice Guy Eddie

I would, if it was pretty when I turned up. Ex Autolease car so probably saw most of those miles on the motorway.
Martin

Depends on the condition and how many miles you'd expect to put on it, but it looks pretty good.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

It's 10 years old, so is £3k really a bargain price?

I took a risk many years ago with a high mileage Rover 820 but at only 18 months old and approx 45000 miles, the bodywork had plenty of life in it and the mechnaicals would have been OK if things had gone to plan and I'd only kept it for 3 or 4 years. Due to redundancy and a few other issues I ended up keeping it for about 7 years and apart from some parts proving expensive to replace, it worked out OK
Humphrey The Pug

Racing Teatray wrote:
Looks like it's worn the miles well but I'm surprised it's worth that much.


I though that however I wacked it into Glasses and the price doesn't seem too unreasonable, perhaps a tad too high but not excessively.
Tim

Well, I'll find out if it's any good tonight as my brother-in-law is currently on a train somewhere West of Edinburgh heading towards the Manchester area having purchased this mighty beast unseen.

His current car is going to live at my house for a couple of weeks as he's offshore from tomorrow.
PG

Tim wrote:
Well, I'll find out if it's any good tonight as my brother-in-law is currently on a train somewhere West of Edinburgh heading towards the Manchester area having purchased this mighty beast unseen.

His current car is going to live at my house for a couple of weeks as he's offshore from tomorrow.


I wish him luck with it.

What is it about your family and high-mileage BMWs. Every time your see one, you buy it. Are you trying to corner the market?  
Tim

PG wrote:

What is it about your family and high-mileage BMWs. Every time your see one, you buy it. Are you trying to corner the market? †



I'm not sure what's going on there although my white 3 series estate is low mileage - 2002 with 76k miles at present.

It may be that we like to live life on the edge - either through impending mechanical disaster or rust.

I have to admit that they are comfy to sit in - once you've got used to the skewed driving position that the magazines never mention - which is ideal for commuting.
PhilD

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
I would, if it was pretty when I turned up. Ex Autolease car so probably saw most of those miles on the motorway.


BMW motorway driving though donít forget, so lots of full on acceleration, late braking, and swerving. The only bit Iíd be confident hasnít worn out is the indicators.
Frank Bullitt

PhilD wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
I would, if it was pretty when I turned up. Ex Autolease car so probably saw most of those miles on the motorway.


BMW motorway driving though donít forget, so lots of late full on acceleration, late braking, and swerving. The only bit Iíd be confident hasnít worn out is the indicators.


You beat me to it!

I think that looks great and if the history is pukka then buy with confidence.
Tim

I've just had a text that simply reads "It's awesome".  
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Tim wrote:
..... having purchased this mighty beast unseen.

A brave man indeed. I hope he is well rewarded for taking the risk; the "awesome" remark presumably means that first impressions are very good !
Tim

I expect so.
All has gone quiet so that can only be good news.
My suggestion, last night, of a Green Flag subscription didn't go down well.
JohnC

The advert had gone when I looked at it - what was it?
gonnabuildabuggy

JohnC wrote:
The advert had gone when I looked at it - what was it?


Same!

I'm very curious!
Tim

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
JohnC wrote:
The advert had gone when I looked at it - what was it?


Same!

I'm very curious!


2004 BMW 330 Ci, full history, 169k miles, black with black leather and seemingly every option ticked. £2,995.

I had a short drive in it last night and it feels very tight - engine happy to rev, no suspect clunks or bangs. The interior is only slightly worn and the exterior is in as good condition as any other 10 year old car.
All in all it looks like a decent buy.

Since my bro-in-law is going offshore (he's actually flying today) they decided they would SORN their other one - a 325 saloon - and leave it at our house so for a while last night there 5 BMWs clogging up our place.
It looked like a saddos mini-meet  
Big Blue

2004 330Ci? Good buy. Pretty impossible to thrash the engine and gearbox as the electronics will not allow it so only mis-servicing (which it sounds like is not the case) and banging the chassis components are the only issues. If he's away anyway spending £30k+ on new or newer one would be utter folly.

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