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SKA-Diesel   Posted 27th Jan 2006 12:53am
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Hey guys

Im sitting my driving test next Friday (3rd Feb) and hopefully I'll pass and if I do I want to buy a car. Now I've looking through Autotrader (a Uk used car magazine) and asking people at work if they know anyone selling a car.. etc etc

Anyway, Ive come across a wee deal which has got me interested.

Its a 1992 BMW 318i, black, 17" alloys, electric windows, sunroof going for a mear £650 (about $1,100 US) BUT its done 180,000 miles...If I buy it will I get much use out of it, or is it about to die?

FYI, I realise the insurance would probably be sky high but meh... its a sweet car.

   
goober   Posted 27th Jan 2006 12:58am
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its a good car, but may i ask why its parked in a cemetary?
thats a rather strage place to take a picture of a car if you expect to sell it

anyway, sounds good, might need some touch ups here and there, but i do think it would be worth it
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SKA-Diesel   Posted 27th Jan 2006 12:59am
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The guy who owns it is from Fife, a rather strange part of Scotland... maybe hes an undertaker
   
Assaultman67    Posted 27th Jan 2006 1:26am
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i was just about to say that goob, maybe it is about to die .

I would find info on engine compression and transmission condition, Is it listed as an automatic?
automatics wont burn through clutches or gears as easily ... if its manual ... the transmission would likely be shot or about to die after 180,000 miles. ive got a 91 station wagon with nearly 180,000 miles on it and it definitly is going to die soon, you can hear the clutch starting to click.

I would buy it ... but then i like working on cars almost as much as driving them, so its a win win situation for me.

Edit: Keep in mind its a BMW so it might be hard to find parts for. (cheap anyways ... )
   Modified Jan 27th, 01:27am by Assaultman67
Cptchaos   Posted 27th Jan 2006 1:31am
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Well it really depends if it's about to fall apart or not. Has he done any work on it like replace the transmission, muffler(s), etc. If he has then it may be worth the buy, if he hasnt and everything is still stock then I wouldnt suggest it unless he cared for that like it was his own child.
   
SKA-Diesel   Posted 27th Jan 2006 9:35am
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Thx for the feedback guys.

I've discovered that 180,000 miles is OK for a BMW, but the insurance for it would probably be nearly the double the price of the car.... my hunt contines
   
Mostertman    Posted 27th Jan 2006 10:51am
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Maybe you should just start with something simple, with low insurance costs.

I suggest:

   



goober   Posted 27th Jan 2006 10:53am
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my only suggestion is not to buy a cadilac for your first car

oh, and i wouldnt trust buying a car from a person who takes a picture of his car to try to sell it, in a cemetary
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LordSeafood   Posted 27th Jan 2006 12:08pm
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Quoting goober
oh, and i wouldnt trust buying a car from a person who takes a picture of his car to try to sell it, in a cemetary


May i ask why? ... makes me think it wouldnt have been used a great deal and the person who used it prolly wouldnt have flogged it (by flog i mean push it to the limits)
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Ranswer3   Posted 27th Jan 2006 2:19pm
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Can't go wrong with a BMW, SKA. My neighbor has one and loves it. You should try and get an older M series like a 95 M3 not to bad $$$ wise. And insurence isn't to bad for them actually, Although i live in US so things maybe different.
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