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    Smile 2009 128i - looking for advice. do i keep or sell?

    I have a 2009 128i. It only has 45k miles on it, but I am thinking of selling it or trading it in for a new car. This is my first car so apologies in advance for needing advice on this.
    The reasons I am thinking of getting a new car are -
    1. I would love updated car features. I feel like 2009 just missed out on some nav and safety features.
    2. I am worried about repair costs starting to hit me. I had to get the driver side and the passenger side window regulator replaced. I had an oil pan gasket leak. At a different shop than my regular, they told me my engine block is collapsing. My normal shop said that is like a year off and not to worry. I had to replace the third brake light. Lots of little things seem to go wrong in this model.
    3. I have never loved the power of the AC on this car and LA is hot!!!

    So the advice I need is whether it sounds like it is time to move on and if I should sell it or trade it in. I know selling it myself is better, but I don't know much about cars. I also don't know what to say the condition of the car is. It looks pretty good with barely any dings or scratches (except the bumper paint is peeling and scratched). I haven't kept records of the repairs. From KBB, it looks like I could get $8k-$10k for the car. Does that sound right? I also know that this is an "enthusiasts" so maybe it has some value because it is low mileage that I don't know about. I appreciate any advice. Thanks!

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    Hello and welcome to the forum! I have a 2008 135i so I understand the little things that you're going through - though I haven't heard of the specific issues that you're having. All in all, it sounds like you're not too thrilled with the car; so maybe trade it in for another BMW if you're going that route. Just know that the major changes for the 1 and 3 series happened around 2011; so something from then on should be a good fit for you. At 45k miles, you're in a good position to get a good value for it. Just my 2 cents...best of luck!
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    Can you be more specific about the "engine block collapsing"? I'm calling BS on the shop for that statement. Nav was available on the 128s with the iDrive, but you're right, without it, the car seems dated. I just picked up a '12 convertible and it's the base model. For me, this is great, pretty easy stuff to work on. Window regulators have always been a soft spot on the BMWs, that and cooling issues. As for selling and buying another car? Well, you just repaired some items on the car, so you should be good to go for a while. Buying another car doesn't automatically mean more reliable, that depends on what you buy. It also means getting a new loan unless you're fortunate enough to have cash on hand. Buying a car is always a personal choice. If the car doesn't make you happy anymore, then by all means, start searching for another ride. Your call....
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    Any advice between selling myself and trading in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by missmikey View Post
    At a different shop than my regular, they told me my engine block is collapsing. My normal shop said that is like a year off and not to worry.
    Yeah don't ya hate it when your engine block just collapses on you?

    Just the other day I was driving down the highway and my engine block just completely collapsed in on itself - while I was driving! Luckily it was only an I6, the V8's have enough mass to form a singularity when they collapse and on more than one occasion they have formed a miniature black hole. That's why they had to re-route the I-10 through parts of Phoenix, too many black holes from too many collapsed engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BimmerBreaker View Post
    Yeah don't ya hate it when your engine block just collapses on you?

    Just the other day I was driving down the highway and my engine block just completely collapsed in on itself - while I was driving! Luckily it was only an I6, the V8's have enough mass to form a singularity when they collapse and on more than one occasion they have formed a miniature black hole. That's why they had to re-route the I-10 through parts of Phoenix, too many black holes from too many collapsed engines.
    No sarcasm detected...
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    Regarding the "engine block collapsing," engine blocks don't collapse! I think they were testing your femininity for mechanical knowledge... I wouldn't take my car to THAT shop again.
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    I know I'm being a bit contrary to what most people want, but I prefer my cars simple, i.e. without a lot of sophisticated electronics, drive modes, luxurious options, etc., and especially without automatic transmissions (I hate 'em; will ALWAYS drive manuals). I don't even necessarily want turbos. I think all that additional, unnecessary stuff not only detracts from the driving experience (except maybe turbos), but also costs more, both to buy and to maintain. Therefore, I may not be buying a new BMW... I will buy well-preserved older ones, if I ever need (or want) another...
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