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    A friend is buying a 2000 2.3 with....

    65k miles. It's an automatic and she is having an independent shop do the pre buy inspection. Aside from the welds, is there anything else that I can recommend that she have checked. The seller is a BMW dealer who has indicated that her brakes will probably need new pads and rotors "down the road" at a cost of about 500 bucks. They are asking 13k out the door.

    Any thoughts. Personally, I think it is way overpriced.

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    and youy are CORRECTOMUNDO!...

    ..prices have sure "fluc'd" lately..with dealers taking the Hi-line of late..but that price is so out of line..auto's go for less, and at 65k, it'll need at least a grand in parts/labor just with the cooling system overhaul(Radiator, pump, all hoses, belts, possible clutch fan,possible thermostat/housing..OE COOLANT, and clamps,etc)..and 10-1 it needs a vanos oil line, probable top or at least a rear window..then there's the glove box slump, the seat shiskabobing to do.then there's the ohsoneeded "fullfluidchange"..everything!(BIG BS to BMW's lietime(sic)Fluid schedule, ha courtesy MR Freud!)..etc..so i bet she drops at least two large to be up to runnin'speed on top of the price..drop $2k from that price or walk!(jmnsho)..Z3Cheers! dk '97 2.8 bg R, +1..and counting...(ADD guibo and suspension, which is shot by 65k,btw..)

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    Re: and youy are CORRECTOMUNDO!...

    I never like to 'put down' the cars I own, but a 2.3 liter 10 year old Z3 with 65k should be closer to $10,000 or $11,000. Auto or manual doesn't matter.

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    It was. The 13 is out the door....

    She is going to the dealer today and offering about $8500 which matches KBB and others.

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    Out the door, out the window...


    13 grand is nearly twice the price.

    Don't expect the dealer to dicker much.

    If she is serious about buying a 10-year-old Z3, look from one from the original owner, with all service records. A much better deal than any dealer.

    When checking book values, note how private party sales are 10-30% cheaper than dealer prices. Why pay extra?

    Good luck with it, either way.

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    I have advised her on all of that...she

    is making an offer based on the book and my recommendation. It is a car that she absolutely wants so realistically it is worth whatever she is willing to pay.

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    Re: A friend is buying a 2000 2.3 with....

    I'd be glad to sell her one with 74k miles with all that stuff mentioned by DaneKane already corrected/repaired/replaced for $12000. I consider that just "normal" maintanance on these cars.

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    Check Edmunds for pricing


    That is a lot of money for an 11-year-old car, mileage notwithstanding.

    At this age, it may need oxygen sensors (which age with time as well as mileage, I just replaced them in two of my E36's with 75k on the clock) as well as a cooling system overhaul, suspension re-do, and of course mundane things like brakes, etc.

    Tell you what, if she wants, she can have my 1999 M Roadster with 27,000 miles on the clock, for $13 grand - and she'd still be paying me over book for it. And it doesn't need new brakes. It has new tires and wheels, though.

    For 13 grand you could buy a much newer Z3 or even a Z4. Walk away.

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