My car was written off by the insurance company after an accident and I’m currently looking around for a new set of wheels. I’ve seen several ads for various late 1990s BMW 3-series convertibles with 100K+ miles that caught my eye. They’re cheap. I like them. They just… feel right.
Now, according to my friends, it seems that these cars are surprisingly consistent –
a) Most mechanical things will not break even if I try to break them until well past 200K.
b) However, I might be looking at a new clutch and that can get pricey on a BMW
c) Everything else can and will probably break – especially things like dash lights, power features, etc. and are ridiculously inconvenient or expensive to fix.
Is this a generally a fair assessment in your experience? Should I stay away? Some of these are very tempting.
Any other cars I should check out that I might’ve overlooked? Overall I’m looking for a used stick-shift convertible, preferably under $10K.