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    Hi all,

    My 21 year old son is in the army and is currently doing his 1st tour serving in Afghanistan, and on his return he wants to buy his first proper car.
    He wants to buy a 3 series BMW convertible.
    As he struggles to get a good internet connection over there, he's given me the task of researching these cars for him. I've never owned a BMW, and until a couple of days ago I knew nothing about them.

    After plenty of Googling, getting insurance quotes, and messaging him for feedback, we've narrowed down the search somewhat. But we now need advice on some of the finer points.

    Here's the wishlist so far:
    • 3 series
    • convertible
    • around £5000 budget
    • mileage under 80,000
    • 2.2 litre or 2.5 litre

    The approximate year that these criteria fit is 2003. As this is also the year that they brought out the facelift model, we want to know if getting the facelift model is a must, or if the previous model is still ok?

    Thanks in advance, Mike.
     
     

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    under 80k on a 2003 you will be looking at the 318. get an older 1 and 3l is the 1 you want. 2.5 is ok but the 3l is the car with the power that will help move the heavy convertable. fuel costs are the same for the 3l and 2.5, insurance is nearly the same and older model looks cool as long as its the sport model.

    ask here mate and you will get a better reply sooner. BMW Forums.info • BMW Forums UK - BMW Forums.info • BMW Forums UK
     
     

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    Thanks for that, I've now registered there and posted the same message.
    With regards to your reply, I don't understand a couple of things:
    1. why would I be looking at a 318 for a 2003 car with under 80k?
    2. are you saying that the older 318's are available in 3L?
    3. is the convertible really heavier? And why? It doesn't even have a metal roof...
    4. you say to get the sport model - that's something else I'm finding difficult to get familiar with, the only model identification that seems to come with these cars is 320CI, for example, no reference to sport etc.
     
     

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