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      02-25-2013, 12:33 AM   #7
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Drives: 2011.75 M3 E92 6MT
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Austin, TX

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Mileage IMHO is worse unless it's outweighed for a buyer by years because they just have to have some feature that's only available in a newer model year car, e.g. newer iDrive, Combox, etc. Lower mileage doesn't necessarily mean that it was only ever driven hard. 25K miles in 4 years could be someone who worked from home and/or had the M3 as a weekend car.

Most issues crop up on a car with miles, not time. Manufacturers come out ahead on warranties for precisely that reason -- most customers fall out of their warranty periods on time, not mileage.

Between your options, assuming both cars had the same options and same maintenance and driving patterns (if I could somehow know that for certain), I'd pick the 4-year-old car. But if you're considering changing how you use your car to optimize for resale value, you're missing the point. Go out and optimize for your own enjoyment!
Likely selling end of 2015:
11 M3 E92 Le Mans | Black Nov w/ Alum | 6MT | Premium 2 | Convenience | 19" | EDC | Prem Audio | Moonroof | BMW Apps | Yoko AD08 R | Vorshlag Adjustable Camber Plates | StopTech ST-60 380mm BBK | Castrol SRF Fluid | rear camera | ECS Tuning Sunglasses Holder

Last edited by jphughan; 02-25-2013 at 12:42 AM.