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      01-02-2015, 12:24 PM   #1
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Used car buying. 08 vs 12

Been in the market and I have found a couple vehicles I am interested in. The first is an 08 with comp package, nav, DCT, cold weather and all the goodies. It is at 18k miles and I got them down to 38k for the car. Obviously no warranty or anything. My credit union offers a warranty but caps each repair at 3k :/

Second is a 12 model, comp package, DCT, no nav or cold weather. This one is at 32k miles and asking 43k. Still has 17 months of factory warranty. Both cars are white in color.

I'm asking the experts which is the better deal? This is not a daily and will only be driven on nice warm days. Maybe 6k miles a year if that.
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      01-02-2015, 12:29 PM   #2
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Go with 12. It still has the warranty and maintenance program.
I went with 08s because my car was CPO and MP.
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      01-02-2015, 12:30 PM   #3
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I bought my 2008 with 17k miles on it for $40k a few months ago. If you can live with the older idrive and the older tail lights I would save a few bucks and get the 2008.
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      01-02-2015, 12:35 PM   #4
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Coming from my maintenance heavy e46 M3 and being a DIYer I went with a 2008 because I got a better price and just updated to the latest iDrive via Mike at BPM Motorsports.
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Theres no comp package for 08... Only 11 & up. Make sure u know what your buying
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      01-02-2015, 12:48 PM   #6
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2012, previous poster is spot on. Better electronics, Comp and has warranty. If it is a weekend toy get one without Nav and any other options INHO.
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Theres no comp package for 08... Only 11 & up. Make sure u know what your buying
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2012 ! No doubt .
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The price gap between them is not that much, go with the '12.
5k is well worth it for the competition wheels/suspension and warranty.

Just for arguments sake:
The 08 idrive is no bueno, to 'update' it would cost ~1500
The 08 tails are out of date ~500
The wheels on the '12 are worth ~1500 (used)
The 08 needs software updates for DME and DCT ~300
Warranty for 2 years ~????

So, if the 08 nav and wheels are no issue for YOU, it appears the 08 is the one to get.
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      01-02-2015, 01:24 PM   #10
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I apologize. I miss spoke about the comp package on the 08. Obviously.
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      01-02-2015, 01:39 PM   #11
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The 12' for sure. Bit higher mileage well covered by th warranty. If MT is preferred I'd hold on for one (DCT bloody awesome if you ask me). Comp pack will help keep value even if you don't care too much yourself.

Good luck!
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      01-02-2015, 01:56 PM   #12
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tough call. I bought an 08 and updated the tails and idrive to the latest CIC. Wasnt that hard to do if you want to save some cash and have a lower mileage car.

2012 will have those options already.
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12 no brainer
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2012. When I was in the market, I wouldn't even look at anything older than a 2011.

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Comp package is over rated. Most people change those items anyways. Unless you're dead set on the comp wheels, buy whatever you want.
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Been in the market and I have found a couple vehicles I am interested in. The first is an 08 with comp package, nav, DCT, cold weather and all the goodies. It is at 18k miles and I got them down to 38k for the car. Obviously no warranty or anything. My credit union offers a warranty but caps each repair at 3k :/

Second is a 12 model, comp package, DCT, no nav or cold weather. This one is at 32k miles and asking 43k. Still has 17 months of factory warranty. Both cars are white in color.

I'm asking the experts which is the better deal? This is not a daily and will only be driven on nice warm days. Maybe 6k miles a year if that.
No brainer - go with the '12.
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get the 2012. i prefer to have nav and all the goodies but since it won't be your daily driver it might not matter to you. as long as your not compromising too much and will have or little regret lol
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      01-02-2015, 05:11 PM   #18
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Thank you for all of the replies. Just discovered that the 2012 car had been repossessed and sold at auction. Not sure I'm ok with that. Previous owner probably ran the dog piss out of the car knowing it was going to be taken.
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Comp package is over rated. Most people change those items anyways. Unless you're dead set on the comp wheels, buy whatever you want.
Never tried standard, did you ever try comp package?
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Thank you for all of the replies. Just discovered that the 2012 car had been repossessed and sold at auction. Not sure I'm ok with that. Previous owner probably ran the dog piss out of the car knowing it was going to be taken.
Even if you don't get the 2012 because of that (rightfully so, as I can see where there would be concern) I still wouldn't get the 08. Hold out for a 2011 or newer. Something else will come along.

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Comp package is over rated. Most people change those items anyways. Unless you're dead set on the comp wheels, buy whatever you want.
I don't know about overrated, but definitely a waste of money for those that paid the extra money to buy it when the car was new. The wheels are the only thing the ZCP offers that are worth a damn IMO, but it's definitely worth it to go with a ZCP if you can find one used just for those wheels. The OEM M3 wheels? I don't know I could live with them on my car without feeling I wanted to upgrade my wheels down the road. The ZCP wheels? I have no desire to ever change them. They make the car look so much nicer in stock form
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I went through the same thing and ended up getting a '12.
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'12 everytime
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