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Old 01-29-2010, 12:18 AM   #1
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I have a silver 1998 318ti with M44 motor and manual Trans. with 165,000 mi and i am going to sell it soon for a different BMW and i need advice to see how much i should list it for reasonably,for me and them.

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:26 AM   #2
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get some good pics up fella Its hard to comment on condition without something to look at
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It's worth fixing the easy things to maximize outcome of the final sale price.
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A typical buyer will pass on the broken window mechanism.

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Old 01-29-2010, 02:15 AM   #5
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In the US, a broken window mechanism means that the car cannot pass a safety inspection- so it cannot be registered by a new owner. A car that can't be registered is not worth much to a perspective buyer.
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:52 AM   #6
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Sorry i just figured out how to post pics. and the window came off the track and needs to be put back on track that is the problem,its a fix not a replace. it will go up and down it just comes off of track every once and a while.it will be addressed soon.
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In the US, a broken window mechanism means that the car cannot pass a safety inspection
Is that true? I'm not disputing it, I just wasn't aware of it. Is that true in every state? The windshield I can understand, but the side windows??? What's the logic behind that?



Stigg! Where were you in October when I drove from SW Virginia to Columbus to check out a "nice" silver 318ti M that turned out to be ragged out/rusted out/poorly maintained? I drove right through Zanesville!
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Is that true? I'm not disputing it, I just wasn't aware of it. Is that true in every state? The windshield I can understand, but the side windows??? What's the logic behind that?
I'm not sure about logic but it is true, I think the chances of you failing inspection for it are pretty low, I don't even think to check them when I do inspections
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I will post more pictures tomorrow of the engine and interior .
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I'm not sure about logic but it is true, I think the chances of you failing inspection for it are pretty low, I don't even think to check them when I do inspections
Not with my mechanic. He takes inspections very seriously. Some silly little switch or something was preventing the backup lights from coming on during the state inspection. It was a Friday and he couldn't get the part until Monday. I had to drive around all weekend with a pink "REJECTION" sticker on my windshield. He's a stickler for details ... that's why I go to him. If he puts an inspection sticker on your car, it meets Virginia's standards. He never has to worry about the undercover state police inspector.
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[QUOTE=MacUser;259223]Is that true? I'm not disputing it, I just wasn't aware of it. Is that true in every state? The windshield I can understand, but the side windows??? What's the logic behind that?


I've never had anyone inspecting my car or any other car me or my dad had here in Fl. I don't know if it's true for all the states. I just registered the car. The only thing they wanted was to have the insurance active and they registered it without even looking at the car. I didn't even have it with me. My dad drove. haha
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Oh or do you mean that maybe an undercover police inspector could notice it and give you a ticket or pull it down of the street?
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Side windows are a non issue in Oregon no safety inspection here. Just smog...
But the Buyer may not want to dick with the side window repair.

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Stigg--As I am sure you know, the mileage does bring down the value. Sounds like a well cared for nice car, so you should have no problem attracting buyers. Checking out asking prices on autotrader.com, I'd guess yours should probably list for between $4000-4500 and sell for $3000-4000...need to get that window regulator fixed though!

Wish you were closer to AZ...I have been looking for a car just like yours--well cared for, high miles (i.e. lower price), 5-speed, mostly stock. I just can't find anything in/around AZ, NM, CO, and find it silly to spend close to $1000 to ship a car that is only worth $3-4K.

BTW, re: safety inspections....it's mostly only states east of the Mississippi, especially the northeast, that have safety inspections. Out west, you only need a smog check for anything built since the 1970's... [before the 1970's, you are even exempt from smog checks!]
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find it silly to spend close to $1000 to ship a car that is only worth $3-4K.
Fly to the car and drive it home. That's cheaper than $1000 AND you get a "road trip" out of it too.
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