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Car with a high milage

I am considering to buy a relatively young BMW with high mileage (+/- 4 years, +/- 160k km) at a BMW dealer. One of the last ones with the non-turbocharged 6 cylinder engine.

What would actually be the risk of buying such a car, except for it being difficult to sell?
The car did about 40k per year, which should mean that the engine got nicely warm each time and not too much damage should be done.
Also, my current BMW is older and has a similar mileage but still feels very good.
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Old 18.05.2015, 21:56
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Re: Car with a high milage

Not to state the obvious, the BMW class car with 160,000km on odometer is not considered to be an "old car" by international standards. Only here in Switzerland it is ...

These cars well maintained can go up to 400,000km or beyond (according to my dealer who claims that Swiss police drives them until finished).
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Re: Car with a high milage

Provided you do a thorough check before buying the only risk I see is being stuck with a naturally aspirated engine which is quite thirsty compared to its performance and/or potential performance. Maybe just get a 335/535 instead?
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Re: Car with a high milage

Diesel or petrol?


(Is there such a thing as a straight six diesel engine?)
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Diesel or petrol?


(Is there such a thing as a straight six diesel engine?)
Yes, most BMW have them except for the budget models.

I want to go for petrol.
We do many short drives. I don't think diesel engines are very good for that, especially the particle filters.
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Not to state the obvious, the BMW class car with 160,000km on odometer is not considered to be an "old car" by international standards. Only here in Switzerland it is ...
...and also by BMW standards. http://www.spiegel.de/auto/aktuell/b...-a-855355.html (Sorry German.)
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Re: Car with a high milage

Go for the x30i engine in 272ps - it is a cracking piece of kit. If you can get one with the efficient dynamics the fuel economy will be pretty decent - even with mainly town driving. The only disappointment will be you may crave more mid-range urge - but it will depend what you are coming from.

Be prepared that after 2-3 years, no matter how few kms you put on it, it'll be worth bugger all here in Switzerland - ping me the link and I'll be happy to check further into it - and what it compares against.
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Re: Car with a high milage

The only question is how much. I hope you are paying less than 10K chf. Otherwise depreciation could be horrendous. Put the year into Autoscout, order by price, no accident vehicles. You can see some nice stuff for 10k.

Get dodgy_ken to check the spec out though.

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http://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/bmw-3...&yearfrom=2010
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The only question is how much. I hope you are paying less than 10K chf. Otherwise depreciation could be horrendous. Put the year into Autoscout, order by price, no accident vehicles. You can see some nice stuff for 10k.

Get dodgy_ken to check the spec out though.

Jusy sain'...

http://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/bmw-3...&yearfrom=2010
That one hasn't passed its first MFK. Might be an idea to ask why.
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The only question is how much. I hope you are paying less than 10K chf. Otherwise depreciation could be horrendous. Put the year into Autoscout, order by price, no accident vehicles. You can see some nice stuff for 10k.

Get dodgy_ken to check the spec out though.
Not for a 4 year old car with a 6-pot engine - cheapest I can find is 10,400 for a 325xi with 188k on the clock (decent wheels on it - but poverty spec). There is a 220k 335i saloon for under 15k (just) from a reputable BMW independent. This 530xd is nice, but much lower KM 530xi are available for similar money. This 523 gets you the latest shape 5-series - which means some level of depreciation protection - reasonable price for what it is.

This 328 would allow you to cruise round in a 3 year old, nicely specced car, for less than 1/3 of the new price. But if you really want to roll, 750 - long wheelbase, M-pack - now that is a shed load of motor!
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Re: Car with a high milage

Are there any car auction sites in Switzerland, physical face to face jobs where you can inspect the car and start it just before it drives in to the auction? It can be an eye opener to see how much, and how little some models go for in the UK at least.

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Are there any car auction sites in Switzerland, physical face to face jobs where you can inspect the car and start it just before it drives in to the auction? It can be an eye opener to see how much, and how little some models go for in the UK at least.
It would be an eye opener and must exist - as my local cheap car dealer has cars from all over the place which he couldn't have possibly sourced from local contacts. (Big dealer will tend to pre-offer your PX to local used car dealers before they offer you a price.)

HOWEVER I'd be wary of buying anything from them - a dealer prepped car commands a chunky premium - so why aren't the dealer doing the work? And if you find something do you "know" how much it will cost to get repaired relatively quickly.

Spending 500chf on a disposable car at auction is one thing - spending 15k on a car that retails at 25k - but may well cost 8-9k to get right is another.
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