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I'm trying to decide between a new 2004 325Ci (SP, Moonroof, Xenon, Heated Seats) via ED or a 2003/2002 330Ci with ~20k miles. My budget is about $30k

How are the 2002 330Ci compared to 2003/2004 or 2001? Any thing I should look out for?

I'll probably average about 8000mi/year because I travel a lot during the week. What do you guys think?

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daftsynth said:
I'm trying to decide between a new 2004 325Ci (SP, Moonroof, Xenon, Heated Seats) via ED or a 2003/2002 330Ci with ~20k miles. My budget is about $30k

How are the 2002 330Ci compared to 2003/2004 or 2001? Any thing I should look out for?

I'll probably average about 8000mi/year because I travel a lot during the week. What do you guys think?

Don
8000 miles a year is a lot? :dunno:

IMHO, best way to figure this out is to drive both cars. Who knows? Maybe you won't need the extra power the 330 offers.
 

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BlackChrome said:
8000 miles a year is a lot? :dunno:

IMHO, best way to figure this out is to drive both cars. Who knows? Maybe you won't need the extra power the 330 offers.

I should have clarified that by saying travel via air, not by car. So this car would mainly be used on weekends and such.

I've driven both cars, and I like the way the 330 drives and sounds! I'm just concerned about the reliability aspects considerings its a used car. Is it fairly safe to assume the remaining warranty/maintenance on a used 330Ci will cover most problems I may encounter?
 

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Just buy the new one. If your having doubts than you should go with that or else you will regret it later. Just try not to get stuck with a S.U.L.E.V engine on the 325i like I did. Much much cleaner but can't upgrade. Look into it.
 

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Is the 330 a CPO car or is it being sold by a private party. If it's a CPO, I'd go with the 330 since you get a nice warranty. If it's private pary, does the seller have service records and such?
 

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MarkY said:
Is the 330 a CPO car or is it being sold by a private party. If it's a CPO, I'd go with the 330 since you get a nice warranty. If it's private pary, does the seller have service records and such?
There isnt a specific 330Ci I'm looking at. I'm leaning towards 330Ci from private owners (ala e46fanatic enthusiast). I'd only consider the car after:
* close BMW inspection by mechanic
* clean maintenance service records

With this and 2 years of warranty/maintenance remaining, is it pretty safe to purchase a used car? I could always extend the factory warranty by purchasing the extended warranty, right?
 

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daftsynth said:
I'm trying to decide between a new 2004 325Ci (SP, Moonroof, Xenon, Heated Seats) via ED or a 2003/2002 330Ci with ~20k miles. My budget is about $30k

How are the 2002 330Ci compared to 2003/2004 or 2001? Any thing I should look out for?

I'll probably average about 8000mi/year because I travel a lot during the week. What do you guys think?

Don
I have a 325ci...trust me get the 330...I don't regret getting the 325, but a 330 would be nice...get it trust me you'll be a lot more happy with your buy :thumbup:
 

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:werd: , I have a 323i and a 3.0L engine can't be beat when compared to the crappy 2.5 I've got



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I've never driven the 2.5l, I own a 330 zhp coupe and I'd think you really do need all the power out of that engine. I don't think I could settle for the 2.5
 

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The 325 has better balance and slightly more free revving engine. But the 330 has a lot more power.

I would go with the 330, although it hurts a bit to give up two or three years of warranty on these cars.
 
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