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Should I sell my ICE?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by geometro, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. geometro

    geometro Member

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    First world issue, I know, but... should I sell my ICE? I’ve had my 3 for a few months and it’s great, meanwhile my old car is gathering dust.

    It’s a 2001 BMW 325it with stick shift and sport package. I drove it last week and it was actually fun. I have no rational reason to keep it (good for backup purposes and for surfing— though I can fit an 8’ in the 3), but curious as to what others have done.
     
  2. Mazari4life

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    Do it!!! I kept my Lexus for a month than sold it.
     
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  3. shrspeedblade

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    I'd sell it. It's depreciating and you still have insurance/registration/maintenance costs associated with it and it is too close to the Model 3 in function.

    I'm keeping my Miata, as it's so utterly different and after 15 years is as much a family pet as a car. A truck or some other vastly different vehicle might make sense, but I've owned an older BMW and would only keep it as a hobby or if it was something special like an M3/M5/M Roadster/etc.
     
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  4. pandam3

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    Manual rwd wagon? That’s a Jalopnik dream car... keep it as a weekend toy... tinker with it, mod it, drop an e46 M3 engine and transmission in it.

    I’m keeping two of my ice toys for weekend use... BMW V8M3 and a Trail Teams FJ Cruiser. Letting that V8 scream to 8k rpm is my weekly injection of crack.
     
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  5. ℬête Noire

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    #5 ℬête Noire, Jul 14, 2018
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    We plan to pass it on to the kid who's about to get a learner's permit. Otherwise I'd put it up for sale the day I got the 3 home.

    Then again it's far more in the category of "functional transportation" than what you've got there, and I wouldn't say there's any particular emotional attachment to it.
     
  6. Rockster

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    We have our SUV up for sale because we don’t want to eat the cost of depreciation and insurance just to drive it on rare occasions. We’ll Turo something if the 3 or the S is ever unsuitable for our needs.
     
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  7. Asterix187

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    I would sell it, buts that’s mainly because I really don’t like BMW’s.

    I have a 911 S for a weekend car which I love for the handling and noise!
     
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  8. HeinrichJ729

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    Sell that old relic. Why pay insurance and maintenance for something that belongs in a museum? :)

    Since we bought our Tesla our remaining ICE has been gathering dust as well. We are about to get rid of our ICE to be an entirely Tesla household soon.
     
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  9. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    We sold our last ICE in 2009. We have been all-electric since (and all-Tesla since 2012). No regrets!
     
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  10. seattlite2004

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    #10 seattlite2004, Jul 14, 2018
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    I've been driving an EV for a few months now and my buddy let me drive his 981 Cayman GTS manual. I loved the suuhweet growl/hum of that engine; loved the totally engaged feeling of its manual transmission...it was soooo much fun to drive.

    IMHO... I'd keep it for more engaged driving fun and as a backup.
     
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  11. dhrivnak

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    I would sell it.
     
  12. MRPLUGIN

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    We have been all electric ever sense we bought my wife her Model 3. No reason to pay insurance on something that sits around. The only thing I need once in awhile is a truck. So I rent one.
     
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  13. outie

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    I would sell it simply because it’s not worth collecting. Like another memeber posted if it was more special then I would keep it. For example I also have a V8 M3 and I am keeping it. My 535i however is going to be sold once my Model 3P arrives.
     
  14. PeterHG

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    If you think of it as a car, I would sell it in a heartbeat (and I've enjoyed owning 5 BMWs over the years). On long trips we have chosen to Supercharge the Tesla rather than take our Audi every time.

    If you think of it as a really expensive high maintenance toy, and you don't mind the cost and hassle, well I guess you could keep it. But the physical and financial depreciation is probably going to bug you--how much are you going to pay on a per drive basis?
     
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    YES, didn't look past the headline....yes the answer is always yes if you can get another EV that fits your budget and needs...
     
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  16. TheLocNar

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    Use it as a drift car.
     
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  17. geometro

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    Thanks for all of the replies.

    I ended up agreeing with many of you that suggested it doesn’t really complement or supersede the 3 in any noticeable way (and maintenance isn’t trivial). I put it up for sale this afternoon and it’s now gone! (Faster than I expected). I’ll miss the sound of that inline 6.

    Still will likely contemplate a Miata or Porsche at a future point :D
     
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  18. Dutchie

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    Yes
     
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  19. HopeToGolf

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    One thing I’ve considered is car club membership. It may be a good option for you.

    It’s funny, one reason I didn’t purchase a sports car and I’ve only “considered” a car club is I don’t have time (or location) on the weekends to really take advantage of driving fast.

    If you were only going to use the BMW sparingly, I think you made the right call.
     
  20. Piney999

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    I sold my ICE car and bought an old Wrangler for next to nothing. Took the top & doors off, and now I have a 4WD convertible to compliment the Tesla. Keep your BMW, or get a Jeep, but an inexpensive back up for a variety of reasons is a good idea.
     

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