My name is Rahim and I'm new to this forum.
I am currently looking at purchasing a BMW 3 series, Diesel engine. I am not intending on using it for commutting but generally over weeknight/weekends so is intended to be a family car as I have a baby on the way too. I want something reliable, comfortable and economical and have always wanted to own a BMW since I was a kid
My budget is not going to be more that £10,000 and I've been looking on some carsupermarkets etc. I don't know that much to go to private seller as I have had 2 bad experiences of buying from some so called 'friends'. For me the most important thing is reliability.
I want to buy a diesel for the sheer reason of being economical on fuel even though I might not do too many long journeys for the moment at least.
I have read some reviews on general car webistes and they seem to recommend the 320d after the 2008 face lift and ideally an Efficient Dynamics version. Any comments about that? i would consider the 318d or 325d unless there are any special reasons not to. Is the difference between the standard SE models and the Edition SE etc worth the extra money? I would like to have parking sensors for sure.
Also does anyone know if the standard models come with AUX IN for an MP3 player/IPhone?
In terms of transmission I would prefer an automatic but are there any known issues with that or anything to watch out for?
I have been shopping getting results ranging from 07-59 models with varying mileage. Some over 80k (e.g. a 10 reg) , some up to 100k+, some are around 40-50k but slightly older (e.g. an 08 reg) surprisingly. I was wondering what is a "good" mileage range for this age of 3 series keeping in mind the max £10k budget? What should be given more weightage? The age or the mileage? Some of the newer ones with high mileage seem to be ex-fleet cars.
Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated!