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      06-06-2019, 02:19 AM   #1
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118k Miles vs. 52k Miles

There's 2 E90s by me right now, and I'm itching to buy one. Both are '08 models. My goal is a high power project car for weekend driving.

The first is very high mileage but has been enthusiast owned and cared for. Rod bearings have been done and throttle actuators replaced. All maintenance records on hand since new. I'm checking it out this weekend. Asking under $17k.

The lower mileage offer I don't know much about at the moment, but I can say the asking price of $28k is high. The absolute most I would pay is $24k, pending I'm very happy with it's history and condition. An immediate impression is it has not been taken care of as well as the prior, but I can't say for sure yet.

Going off limited information, which is seeming like the better route right now? I know there's no guarantee of longevity, but the lower mileage engine feels like it'd be around much longer and handle more power better. I'm torn, but seeing both in person and some chat with each owner should help, so, more to come on that.
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      06-06-2019, 12:33 PM   #3
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Hard to say, I'd buy based on condition and history. On the 117k mile car the stock dampers will be completely shot, but if your planning on modding anyway its not such a concern. The very poorly treated 50k mile car could cause a lot more issues in the long run.
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If you are not comfortable with the 52K mile car, be patient. Don't rust into any purchase.

It took me 6 months to find the car I was comfortable with. Mine had 19K and was supercharged already. The level of care taken, records kept and all stock parts given to me made it a must buy.

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I wound up finding another E90 6mt with 52k on it. This owner only drove it for about a year and barely ran the odometer up. He purchased it from the local dealer. The owner previous to him is a friend of a salesman there, whom I struck conversation with while the car was undergoing a PPI. He gave me a pretty solid rundown of it's history and informed me the rod bearings have been done. Mods include a challenge style painted carbon fiber trunk, Advan wheels, Eisenmann exhaust with x pipe, as well as currently unknown springs that drop it a little bit.

Given the carfax history, reassuring PPI, and word of mouth, I've decided to pursue this one. '08 painted Jerez Black. I'm pretty excited. The title should be in my hand this week if all goes accordingly.
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