Buying a used M135i

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Buying a used M135i

Post by CPhillips93 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:46 pm

My name is Conor, I am new to the forum and looking to purchase a used M135i after a long time of lurking on Auto Trader for one.

It looks as though my S2000 will sell this week and I have enquired about a black 63 plate on 40k miles, from a Skoda used dealer. I was hoping to be able to pick one from an approved used dealer, but with my budget and the spec I am looking at I don't think it is possible. They offer the standard six month insurance backed warranty, which I have always had issues with previously (and are really only there to protect the garage from any SOGA claim) and I am probably going to put in place a BMW insured warranty following the purchase

I haven't been able to find much in the way of a 'buyer's guide' (yes I have tried searching!) and if anyone could provide any pointers of what to look out for on a used one, I would really appreciate it.

After asking a standard few questions about the car, the dealer has revealed that it has had three services; one in 2015 at 16k at a Jag dealer, one in 2017 at 34k with a BMW dealer (they can't confirm but as it is on the iDrive they have assumed) and one at 40k with them. The second service is the only one showing on the iDrive but it according to them it is a major service including the spark plugs. They have just given it a oil and filter change. They also have a service book for the car, which I think is odd given that I believe the F20s have the service history on the key/iDrive (please correct me if I am wrong).

Would anyone have any concerns about the first service not being with BMW or a BMW Specialist?

They have also confirmed that they didn't receive the handbooks/wallets etc from the previous owner as they were lost. I appreciate that this happens quite often and it isn't a great concern to me (other than the fact it may affect re-sale) but again, does anyone have any concerns?

Thanks for reading and in anticipation of some assistance!

Conor

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Re: Buying a used M135i

Post by Vyrrt » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:55 pm

Quite a few uncertainties around the car. I'd be cautious going into it.


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Post by NISFAN » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:03 pm

Hi and welcome.

These cars are pretty bulletproof, with no major reliability issues, other than rattling exhausts and trim rattles. Minor stuff.

It would put me off if the previous owner went outside of the bmw franchise for servicing. It potentially means any ‘quality enhancement’ *cough* recalls, have potentially not been carried out.

You can verify if a bmw centre did that second service, they all have unique service centre codes next to the entry. If it is blank, then it was done by an Indy.

You don’t get a paper service book by default on these cars. If it has one I would be concerned it was retrospectively filled in. I’d insist on seeing the receipts to back up the entries. Lost in today’s world just doesn’t cut it, I could ask my service centres for duplicates after giving them the dates.


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Re: Buying a used M135i

Post by CPhillips93 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:19 pm

NISFAN wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:03 pm
Hi and welcome.

These cars are pretty bulletproof, with no major reliability issues, other than rattling exhausts and trim rattles. Minor stuff.

It would put me off if the previous owner went outside of the bmw franchise for servicing. It potentially means any ‘quality enhancement’ *cough* recalls, have potentially not been carried out.

You can verify if a bmw centre did that second service, they all have unique service centre codes next to the entry. If it is blank, then it was done by an Indy.

You don’t get a paper service book by default on these cars. If it has one I would be concerned it was retrospectively filled in. I’d insist on seeing the receipts to back up the entries. Lost in today’s world just doesn’t cut it, I could ask my service centres for duplicates after giving them the dates.


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I was led to believe that they are fairly reliable cars - having owned a Clio 182, I am used to the odd rattle from the trim and exhaust :lol:

I didn't think you did get a paper service book - I suspect that it was probably given by the Jag dealer on the first service... I may ask them to provide me with a picture of the service history on the iDrive then.

My budget is about £17,000 and have been looking for cars with less than about 50k. I'm after a 5 door auto in anything but Estoril Blue with the rear parking sensors, pro sat-nav, heated seats and black panel display. I would quite like the adaptive suspension and harman kardon but I am not that concerned if the car doesn't have them.

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Post by stevesurrey » Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:52 pm

Whilst the first service is only an oil & filter change it would be nice to know the Jag dealer used the correct grade/spec oil. I think it should also have had a brake fluid change on its 3rd birthday.
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Post by Wibbles » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:46 pm

You should be able to get a well specced car for £17k
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Post by rfn88 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:44 pm

Good luck with the search.

I bought my first M135i from a non-BMW dealer and there were things that should have put me off but didn't (things that didn't quite add up). I regretted it and backed out of the car after a few months. Agree with your idea to get the BMW warranty - is that something you can arrange whatever inspection etc is required before you go through with the purchase etc to protect yourself?

The positive is that my second M135i is Valencia Orange and I still bloody love it, almost a year on.

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Post by gavp » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:08 pm

I don’t think you’ll have problems finding one for that price, worth keeping an eye on the classifieds here.
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Post by CPhillips93 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:14 pm

I think following everyone's advice I shall give it a miss. In the past I have bought a 330d from a somewhat dodgy garage and suffered the consequences so patience is key I think. Thank you!

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Post by Wibbles » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:05 pm

Buy one from a member on here or private from somewhere like Pistonheads - usually guys selling here are enthusiasts and not out to make a massive profit, unlike garages.
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Post by Superlevure » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:34 am

I would personally either buy a model that's less than 3 years old, so still under BMW and extendable, or or an older one the warranty of which is being extended.

Mine is a 2013, I bought it as an approved used (and they changed the gearbox and front suspension, so that was useful) and I extended the warranty.

Buying into the warranty after it was dropped might be more costly than just extending. BMW might even want to look at the car before approving and god knows what they might find.

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Re: Buying a used M135i

Post by Peter9588 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:43 am

I was in the same boat as you. In the end i stretched my budget slightly more than i planned. 19.5k for 2014, 24k miles car with almost every option going. i got this direct from BMW Park Lane, so years warranty and break down included.

I think if i wanted to save myself 2/3k i would buy from a member on this forum. The cars are mostly looked after and a long standing forum member will not be looking to rip you off.

You can add the warranty (with around a 250 excess) for ~400 a year, which is a pretty good deal imo.
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Re: Buying a used M135i

Post by Superlevure » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:46 pm

Peter9588 wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:43 am
I was in the same boat as you. In the end i stretched my budget slightly more than i planned. 19.5k for 2014, 24k miles car with almost every option going. i got this direct from BMW Park Lane, so years warranty and break down included.

I think if i wanted to save myself 2/3k i would buy from a member on this forum. The cars are mostly looked after and a long standing forum member will not be looking to rip you off.

You can add the warranty (with around a 250 excess) for ~400 a year, which is a pretty good deal imo.
A very good deal indeed: including the breakdown recovery around that price. I used them twice, they sent a real BMW guy who diagnosed very quickly what it was. It took them a while in their workshop to confirm what this guys had said, so the BMW recovery guy was very knowledgeable. In my experience the BMW recovery is very good value for money.

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Re: Buying a used M135i

Post by SSN17 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:06 pm

Personally I'm a bit old fashioned and I like a car to have a service book, hence I bought a replacement book from BMW and got it stamped up to date by them. It means that the next potential owner can see the stamps etc in the book and they can also match it up with BMW UK over the phone or go into my local BMW and match it with them. I'd of thought this was a plus point. My car is a 62 reg so it doesn't show the service record on the iDrive.

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Re: Buying a used M135i

Post by CPhillips93 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:12 pm

SSN17 wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:06 pm
Personally I'm a bit old fashioned and I like a car to have a service book, hence I bought a replacement book from BMW and got it stamped up to date by them. It means that the next potential owner can see the stamps etc in the book and they can also match it up with BMW UK over the phone or go into my local BMW and match it with them. I'd of thought this was a plus point. My car is a 62 reg so it doesn't show the service record on the iDrive.
What do you need to be able to look up the service history of a car? Just the registration plate or the VIN number too?

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