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#11648 of 12737 Buying A 1999 BMW 528i with 97000 Miles
Oct 10, 2006 (5:31 am)
I have been car shopping for the last month. I was looking at 1997-98 BMW 328i's and I finaly looked at a 99-00 BMW 528i. The 528i I am interested in is completely clean on the inside, no damage. The exterior has 1 minor dent and small scratches on the front bumper and back bumper. I test drove the car twice for about 30 min over 2 days. City driving and Highway driving. Everything is great. The carfax is even clean, having only two owners, with the first owner having it for 4 years, and the second owner for only 2 1/2 years. The only thing that is holding me back is the 97000 miles. I would like to know, basically if the BMW's hold up into their 90-100,000 mile range. I really like the car but want to make smart decision. The price of the car is 11,500 is this car worth the price due to minor exterior damage and high mileage.
#11649 of 12737 Re: Buying A 1999 BMW 528i with 97000 Miles [jprude]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:04 am)
I would like to know, basically if the BMW's hold up into their 90-100,000 mile range
If you'll search for several of my recent posts in this topic you'll learn of my experience running a 1997 528iA out to 130K. In the 100K to 120K mileage range you'll probably be looking at front struts($600-$900) as well as a water pump$250-$500). If the car is an automatic the ATF needs to be changed at 100K miles.
The price of the car is 11,500 is this car worth the price due to minor exterior damage and high mileage.
Possibly, but you really need to have the car checked over by a good BMW tech. I'd also want to see the service history. How often was the oil changed, and what oil was used? Was the coolant changed every three years, using only BMW coolant? How about the brake fluid? Was it flushed every two years with DOT4 fluid? If the car checks out I'd offer $9000 and see what happens.
#11650 of 12737 Re: Extended Maintenance & German Cars [nyccarguy]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:08 am)
My Dad has an '04 X5 3.0iA SP with a little over 56,000 miles on it. It has been the absolute pinnacle of reliability. He drives 20K a year on his lease and wanted to be covered for the duration of his 42 month lease. Once he has his Inspection II done and another set of brakes, the extended maintenance will have paid for itself.
So I take it he still likes the truck? I'm asking because I found a clean '01 3.0 manual with Sport Package. I think I can grab it cheap due to the manual. Time will tell...
#11651 of 12737 Re: Extended Maintenance & German Cars [div2]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:30 pm)
Yeah! He's very happy with it. Driving the X5 helped him push my Mom to get an E60. The only thing that would prevent him from getting another X5 would be i-Drive. He gets 21 mpg doing 85% highway driving. He LOVES the support of the SPort Seats.
Definitely take a nice ride in it. Was '01 the first year of the X5 (no it was '00)? I remember hearing they had a lot of early teething problems. Steering is pretty tight for a truck. It definitely feels heavy when you drive it (especially compared to my Prelude). I know the '01 would have DSC-X as its AWD system while my Dad's has X-Drive. You might get a little worse gas mileage with the '01.
He had the oil changed at 18K, 36K, & 50K. He had a front right caliper sieze on him just before 50K. DEealer swaped out front pads & rotors for new ones.
#11652 of 12737 Re: Extended Maintenance & German Cars [nyccarguy]
Oct 11, 2006 (6:54 am)
Thanks! I've spent quite a bit of seat time in a 4.4 and a 4.6is, but I've never driven a 3.0. I'm going to try to grab it for under $18K.
#11653 of 12737 Re: Extended Maintenance & German Cars [div2]
Oct 11, 2006 (7:33 pm)
The 3.0i definitely isn't a rocket and I'm sure the X5 is much better motivated with 2 extra cylinders. The bigger wheels (skinny 18" 5 spokes on the '01s) coupled with the lowered height, shadowline trim, chrome exhaust tips, black headliner, & of course sport seats make for a nice looking truck.
How many miles are on the X5 you're looking at?
#11654 of 12737 Re: Extended Maintenance & German Cars [nyccarguy]
Oct 12, 2006 (10:46 am)
How many miles are on the X5 you're looking at?
It has 61,500. I started out looking for a RWD E36/E46, but the price on the 3.0 is pretty good and it has the rare(for an X5, anyway) manual gearbox.
#11655 of 12737 BMW Extended Warranty and Maintenance Pricing
Oct 12, 2006 (1:16 pm)
What is the going rate for these programs (6yr 100K miles)?
5 Series (525i)
#11656 of 12737 5 Series Phone Cradle
Oct 13, 2006 (8:36 am)
My 2007 530xi is half way across the Atlantic. I'm tracking it on sailwx.com. Pretty cool site. Questions: 1. Can anyone comment on whether the armrest phone cradles are worth it for Bluetooth phones? According to BMWUSA.com the cradle allows you to operate the phone via the shark fin antenna and therefore provides better reception? It also charges your phone battery. 2. The phone list shows some phones that aren't even for sale any longer. Is BMW going to update the list of phones for which they offer cradles? Thanks.
#11657 of 12737 Re: 5 Series Phone Cradle [brodsky]
Oct 14, 2006 (8:10 am)
I did not go for the cradle, because BT phones could remain in your pocket, briefcase or wherever you wear them while walking. Of course, if you do not have a cradle, the phone will not be charged, which I do overnight anyway.
BMW appears to be slow and not really updated on the compatible phones, and I do not know why, as the new phones are constantly coming out. I also know that some phones work even without being on the list of compatible phones, so maybe the best way for you is to try the phone first and then you buy it if it is completely compatible.