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    Buying this car ... need your advise/opinion!

    So Ive sourced a good deal. Here are some stats

    BMW 2.0 Diesel.
    Auto
    leathers
    registered 2006
    1 year warranty remaining
    2 owners
    66k (this is the biggest blow but read on)
    parking sensors
    fsh
    tax
    new tyres
    £12999

    Can anything think of why I should not get this? The car is priced according to the mileage.

    Thanks people!

    20 Comments

    66,000 is a lot of miles for a two year old car although mileage isn't everything - if those are mainly motorway miles and the car has been well looked after it should be ok.

    John

    Diesel milage does not matter as much as petrol as diesel engines cope with miles a lot better than petrol engines but 66k on a two year old car is a LOT of miles. It's likley to have been a buisiness owner or hire car previously. Having said that, make sure it's got FSH at an approved BMW dealership and if its done 66K it will likley either need pads/disc's looking at or will have had them changed.

    Personally I would also get an independent valuation and an RAC report or similar before paying that kind of money. Check out Glass's for a valuation although you might have to pay a small amount for it.

    My 320d SE runs like a dream,

    One owner from new (2001 new shape)

    178,000 miles and i still get 60 MPG!!!! (lot and lots of motorway miles)

    FH

    If you go with what the previous 2 posts say, & get the right answers, bleeding go for it or I will!!!!

    :-D

    If its got FSH, and the mileage is mostly m/way, who cares!!

    Are you going to do high or low mileage in it? If low, then you'll get your moneyy back on resale!

    Gud luk!

    Original Poster

    thanks guys

    im planning to do 10k per year on it although this can be + or - 2,000 miles roughly

    I just had a look on whatcar.com and is seems I am paying about a grand over what they say its worth ... but this really is the best deal I can find.

    the company I will be working for soon offer subsidised car leasing ... and this is not tempting.

    A REAL DILEMMA STILL

    Original Poster

    just did a glass valuation on the car

    Part-exchange Price:
    Excellent condition:
    £12950
    Average condition:
    £11650
    Below average condition:
    £10250

    Sure, buy it and join the hordes of annoying middle land, tailgating BMW prats that are out there already

    /rant

    Sorry bout that :P

    Surely you can find a better car for 13k, would never really consider a BMW myself, though of course everyone has their tastes...

    Cant you get a Audi A4, or VW Passat, even the new Mondeo's are really quite nice.

    Im guessing the fact your looking at a BMW means you particularly want one then?

    Cant really comment on how good a deal it is as i havent researched it myself. Take a look at parkers price guide (you will need the model number) and that will give you an idea of what its worth and similar alternatives too if i remember correctly.

    parkers.co.uk/car…es/

    Happy hunting

    BFM

    Does the Glass guide take into account the high mileage? If your paying a grand over the Glass valuation then there may well be some leeway built into the cars price, I suggest going to the dealer with an offer of 1K below the ticket price with an expectation of paying no more than £250 more than that. Make sure you get a full tank of fuel, a valet and discount off of your 3 year service before you hand over the case.

    Original Poster

    thanks all. first rule for me is that it has to be a german car.
    bmws have great mpg thats why i am after one.

    Any dealer car will be about 3 grand over a private sale but you have that peace at mind.

    you guys have really got me thinking now ...

    have you been to an auction? - see what you can get there many have manufactures warranty still on it, full hpi clear etc.. etc...

    Original Poster

    packard;2564671

    have you been to an auction? - see what you can get there many have … have you been to an auction? - see what you can get there many have manufactures warranty still on it, full hpi clear etc.. etc...



    seen a fw online but it looks complex and lengthy ... ??

    BurningFeetMan;2564468

    Sure, buy it and join the hordes of annoying middle land, tailgating BMW … Sure, buy it and join the hordes of annoying middle land, tailgating BMW prats that are out there already/rantSorry bout that :PSurely you can find a better car for 13k, would never really consider a BMW myself, though of course everyone has their tastes...Cant you get a Audi A4, or VW Passat, even the new Mondeo's are really quite nice.Im guessing the fact your looking at a BMW means you particularly want one then?Cant really comment on how good a deal it is as i havent researched it myself. Take a look at parkers price guide (you will need the model number) and that will give you an idea of what its worth and similar alternatives too if i remember correctly.http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/prices/Happy huntingBFM



    No doubt some of us can remember when BMWs were exceptional cars. Now, they're no different to Mondeos, Vectras etc. Lucky that some people are still foolish enough to pay way over the odds for them or the Germans would stop making so much money. :roll:

    Agreed, common as muck now, and just as nasty, over-hyped, over priced.

    Cyrus;2564452

    just did a glass valuation on the carPart-exchange Price: … just did a glass valuation on the carPart-exchange Price: Excellent condition: £12950 Average condition: £11650 Below average condition: £10250



    dont you have to pay for that?

    Do we even know if he is looking at a 1, 3 or 5 series?

    Original Poster

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;2565592

    Do we even know if he is looking at a 1, 3 or 5 series?



    Its the 3 series.

    Try this firm -

    bigmotoringworld.co.uk/ken…asp

    Is that one you have seen an SE or M Sport?

    Have you considered a petrol as doing only 12k a year there is little or no diference in costs.

    Because its diesel it should be ok :thumbsup:

    Cyrus;2564543

    thanks all. first rule for me is that it has to be a german car.bmws have … thanks all. first rule for me is that it has to be a german car.bmws have great mpg thats why i am after one.Any dealer car will be about 3 grand over a private sale but you have that peace at mind.you guys have really got me thinking now ...



    If your after MPG you do realise that the auto will return around 10mpg less than its maunal counterpart.

    That kind of mileage, I would seriously look at a petrol, you need to be doing 18k + to recoup the price difference between the two.

    flogas.co.uk/aut…gs/

    That will give you an idea of saving/losses. Enter petrol prices for lpg.

    MPG wise I would look at Audi.

    320d estate owner !
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