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    Hi There

    I've just won an auction for a 2003 330CI M Sport Auto Coupe.

    2003
    Minor dents on the bonnet ( caused by a brick that fell off my garage roof in high winds.
    113k FSH
    NB Remote central locking works fine when locking the car but does not unlock the passenger door. should be something simple, I will have a look at it this week if I have time. There is also a small area of rust underneath the rear number plate around the size of a 20p piece.

    I'm happy with this as I managed to get it for under £1800 + Road Tax

    However as I am checking my email I received a 2nd chance offer from an earlier auction for a 325CI SMG 2002
    81k FSH, 2 owners in superb condition.
    But its an extra £300 + Road Tax and the obvious less power


    Now I would be happy with either car, and if I did for the older model I would pay the auction fees of the seller as I'm not a complete b*stard.


    I've not owned a BMW since a E36 325 1994 which I loved but had to sell, since then I've had a A6 2.6 Manual 1996 which is now terminally ill so sadly Its gotta go :(


    So what I'd like is any advice on what to consider with the above, as its a long term purchase and I don't know a great deal about these cars.


    Thanks In advance.
     
     

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    I'd go for the 325ci mate but that's just my opinion, good luck

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    330 no question its a better engine and it hasn't got the unreliable smg box.
     
     

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    True that, I suppose if you go up there and have a really good look over the car it should be fine because if looked after 113k is nothing take an AA person there with you and they will check it over properly

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    Why on earth would you settle for a 325 go for the best one mate why have 40 less bhp for the same mpg and only 1 group higher on insurance makes no sense, dont buy a auto their slower,less throttle response and mpg is less

    That rust is due to the poor boot rubber seal linnig if you look in the middle of the seal theres probably a slight gap were the rubber meets allowing water to drop down and rust that then strip bellow dont worry my last 318ci had the same and ive seen others like it i went to have it painted and the bodyshop actually told me its not worth doing yet as its just slightly bubbled and would require removing the bumper to do a proper job,so i left it over 2 yrs it didnt get any worse, make sure when your cars cleaned to open boot and dry it properly or it will just get worse

    Also your not surely bidding on cars without viewing them and test driving 1st are you?

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