Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - perleman
Hi All,

Am going to look at some 323ci coupes this week. When I check the service history, can anyone tell me how how often in time and miles the car should have been serviced and which services they should be (out of inspection 1/2/oil)?

The cars I am looking at are all about 5 years old with 40-45 k on the clock.

Also, is there a recomended method for validating the milage as genuine on these cars?

Thanks
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - bimmer-driver
It varies due to how the car is used- the more green lights you see when starting it up, the further away the next service is due. It can vary from approx 7000 miles if you do lots of starts from cold and only short distances, upto approx 16000 if its used mainly for motorway use.
Hope this helps.
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - perleman
Thanks - Is this a reliable indicator, or can it be reset by an unscrupulous dealer though? And what should I look for in the service history of a 45k 5 year old model?

Thanks for your help so far.
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - Aprilia
It is fairly easy to reset the service indicator on these cars.

As to the mileage issue - well, it can be difficult with any car unless you can validate it with previous owner(s). You have to look at the overall condition of the cars and have an eye for whether parts have been replaced etc etc.
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - trancer
Very easy to reset the service indicator and it requires no specialist tools, so don't even bother looking at it if you are concerned about service history.
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - perleman
So if it is hard to verify, does this car look a bit cheap then at this milage?

www.uvs-cars.co.uk/vehicle-details.asp?intModel=&i...3
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - trancer
I wasn't saying that it is hard to verify the services, just that you shouldn't use the instrument service indicator to do it. The serivce indicator would only show how long before the next service anyway, it wouldn't show how many the car had. Get the VIN (I think reg number would work too)number of the car you are interested in and see if you can get a printout from a main dealer to see what services it has had.
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - trancer
Sorry, didn't realize you were replying to aprilia concerning mileage. In any case a dealer record of service would *help* verify mileage on the car.
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - perleman
Thanks I'll give that a try - can you give me your thoughts on this car please? It seems a little cheap maybe?

www.uvs-cars.co.uk/vehicle-details.asp?intModel=&i...3
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - Dalglish
can you give me your thoughts on this car please? It seems a
little cheap maybe?

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since your link has a car with a number plate and dealer identified, it is too risky to make any comments on that specific example. but

do a search for similar cars at

www.cargiant.co.uk/cars/search.asp

that will tell you whether you are paying too much over the odds.


Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - perleman
OK sorry I didn't realise about that! What is a good way of finding out if a dealer such as the one you just refered me to is honest & reliable then?

Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - Dalglish
if a dealer such ... is honest & reliable then?

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well, the one i linked to has been around for years and uears, their stock turnover is huge, honestjohn regularly links to them, their terms of business are very straightforward as you will see from their web site, etc. from that you make your own mind up as to whether you want to trust them or not.

secondly, just like the dealer link you posted, they are quite happy to quote actual indicated mileages of their stock - even though the mileages are near or above 100,000 ! to me that indicates that the dealer is quite happy to deal in high mileage cars.

finally, read honestjohns "how to buy and sell cars" - the link is on the left of this column.

Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - perleman
"secondly, just like the dealer link you posted, they are quite happy to quote actual indicated mileages of their stock - even though the mileages are near or above 100,000 ! to me that indicates that the dealer is quite happy to deal in high mileage cars"

Sorry I'm being a bit thick but could you expand on this please - what do you mean??
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - perleman
Do you mean that because they have a lot of high milage cars, they are more likely to be honest about a low milage car??
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - perleman
Hi,

Thanks for pointing this site out - can I expect a discount on the website price or is it not like that??

They have a nice looking 320 ci coupe 2.2 - is that one a 6 cylinder model & how many bhp???

Ben



Ben
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - bimmer-driver
Off the top of my head I 'm sure its a 6-cyl, and I reckon its got 170 bhp against 192bhp in the 323i. So you probably wouldn't notice the difference between the 323i and the 320i in real world driving, unless you went around everywhere screaming the nuts of it. They also use a similar amount of fuel, the only money difference being the 323i is in a higher insurance group.
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - Dalglish
Off the top of my head I 'm sure its a 6-cyl, and I reckon
its got 170 bhp

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perleman can find all these answers himself if he put in just a little effort.

it is all on this (hj's) web site !

Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - bimmer-driver
I know but its nice to be nice
Servicing intervals for 323 ci coupe - Dalglish
its nice to be nice

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agreed, which is why i replied initially.
however, i personally prefer to stop short of spoonfeeding.

 

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