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Unread 01-19-2009, 09:32 PM   #1
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Original Post:Well, I've spent some time searching today, for the first time! I mean, I've looked through those free hand-out booklets you find around town, and local lots. But I must say, the internet works wonders for me. This is my progress so far. As you can see, I'm loving the BMW. I'm trying to price it under 3,000. But I've made an exception to the last one, it's the one that's caught my eye the most so far. I ran CarFax on them all, and they all seem clean, or too clean. Except for the 1994 BMW 740 iL, there's no VIN#.

EDITED: So I've done some more browsing. I won't be purchasing until May(definite). So I made a vast list since I know most of these may be sold by the time May comes around. Every slightest detailed feedback/suggestions/thoughts/approvals/disapproval are welcome.

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1994 BMW 530i Automatic // $2,988 // VIN: WBAHE2313RGE84870
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1994 BMW 740 iL // $2,900 // VIN: ?????????????????
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1997 BMW 328 i // $3,595 // VIN: WBACD4322VAV48196
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//HONDA

1998 Honda Civic LX // $3,895 // VIN: 2HGEJ6674WH503627
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1997 Honda Accord LX // $3,985 // VIN: JHMCD5637VC011811
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1997 Honda Civic DX // $3,950 // VIN: 2HGEJ6521VH522365
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1996 Honda Accord EX V6 // $4,000 (obo) // VIN: 1HGCE6648TA015955
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1995 Honda Accord LX // $3,600 // VIN: JHMCD5636SC058923
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//FORD

2004 Ford Focus SE // $3,995 // VIN: 1FAFP34Z24W179649
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2002 Ford Focus SE // $3,690 // VIN: 1FAFP34P82W220376
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2002 Ford Focus SE // $3,493 // VIN: 1FAFP34P52W155180
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2001 Ford Taurus SES // $3,975 // VIN: 1FAFP55231A258902
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1999 Ford Mustang // $3,895 // VIN: 1FAFP4048XF204378
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1996 Ford Mustang // $3,999 // VIN: 1FALP4046TF159955
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1995 Ford Mustang // $2,499 // VIN: 1FALP4042SF227683
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1995 Ford Mustang // $2,695 // VIN: 1FALP4044SF252312
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Well, Im not so sure your going to want a BMW as your first car. When something breaks on them its usually going to be so much $ to replace it your going to wish you had not bought it.

If I were you, something like a honda would be a better first car. Or even a mustang I say mustang because its what I have so you know, gotta represent heh. But its up to you and good luck on your car hunt.
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Hmm, how about this...
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I always liked those 530i BMW's but repiar is what's going to cost especially with a 15 year old car. Are you looking for something sporty or economical?
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I always liked those 530i BMW's but repiar is what's going to cost especially with a 15 year old car. Are you looking for something sporty or economical?
Something decent looking. 4 door is a must(for friend purposes). Doesn't have to be sporty. Something to get me to/from work/school, and such. Maybe even those annual trips to grandmas on the turnpike(car can go 80mphs without problems). That type of thing. A friend of mine has a 1987 BMW and told me he has never had a problem once, other than a speeding ticket, lol.
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Something decent looking. 4 door is a must(for friend purposes). Doesn't have to be sporty. Something to get me to/from work/school, and such. Maybe even those annual trips to grandmas on the turnpike(car can go 80mphs without problems). That type of thing. A friend of mine has a 1987 BMW and told me he has never had a problem once, other than a speeding ticket, lol.
Ok well if thats the case I would get something like that civic you posted. Although I would, if at all possible, try to find something around 100k miles or lower.

And yeah im sure a lot of those BMWs run a long time without breaking, but you know murphys law and all so be careful. If something were to break on the civic its probably going to cost you like $10 to replace that part (not really but just to give you an idea how cheap parts are for civics) instead of $2000 for the BMW.

Like with all purchases do as much research as you can before buying anything. Im just trying to say that civic should last longer and be more reliable than the BMW, but you never know. It could go both ways. Its sorta a gamble either way you go, try to find out as much about each vehicles history as you can. Were the oil changes done per the owners manual? How about other maint.? That is key to guess how much longer that car should last.
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I honestly don't know Murphy's Law, haha. After a long, awkward conversation with my mother, I will be expecting 3,000 dollars by May 1st. So in that case, I'll be waiting until then! But I would like to keep this topic alive to learn more about buying my first car (:
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if your borrowing the money the civic would be a much more reliable and affordable car since the upkeep on the beemer will probably more then you will beable to afford. trust me weve all been there with our first car and the civic is pretty forgiving to abuse and miss use.
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if your borrowing the money the civic would be a much more reliable and affordable car since the upkeep on the beemer will probably more then you will beable to afford. trust me weve all been there with our first car and the civic is pretty forgiving to abuse and miss use.
I have no problem with getting the Civic, lol. I just couldn't find a nice one until I found that one. And the money is for keeps
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I honestly don't know Murphy's Law, haha. After a long, awkward conversation with my mother, I will be expecting 3,000 dollars by May 1st. So in that case, I'll be waiting until then! But I would like to keep this topic alive to learn more about buying my first car (:
Murphys law is anything that can go wrong, will.
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