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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#5716 of 12737 RE: seicher
Feb 25, 2003 (10:40 am)
Glad to hear about your purchase. If I had known about you 540i 6sp I would have seriously looked into the purchase of it. I just bought my first BMW back in Oct. I bought a used CPO'd 1998 528i 5sp from a guy for $16500. I thought it was a great deal and I always wanted a BMW since the mid 80's when I first started driving. Now that I have had my first one, I don't think I could do back to any other model of car. I am thinking of selling this in a couple of years though and checking out what the 3ers is like. Maybe a 330 Ci coupe not convertible. I am not a big fan of big cars and normally I like smaller nimbler cars, but once I test drove the 5er I was just so amazed at how it handles like a car of smaller size. I am achieving the goals in my life that I had wanted from a monetary stand point so that is a good feeling. I just have to make sure I put money away for early retirement
#5717 of 12737 brentwoodvolvo
Feb 25, 2003 (12:36 pm)
The car is at Rusnak BMW in Westlake Village, CA. I left a message this morning on voice mail for my representative at BMWNA. No reply as yet. Also spoke to a third person today at BMWNA who says that their files show that she is working on it. However, no call back as yet from her or the dealer. I am wondering if I can take them to small claims court locally. I cannot see them spending the money to hire a representative to appear and fight my claim. The bill for the clutch will be $1,007.81 including tax.
#5718 of 12737 Is this a good deal? Opinions please!
Feb 25, 2003 (1:01 pm)
Considering getting this car for wifey:
"2000 BMW 528i Black/Black, leather, 95K miles, Sport Pkg (17 x 8.0 alloy wheels, M-Technic sport suspension; M-Technic sport steering wheel with multi-function controls; 12-way power front sport seats with adjustable thigh support, Premium Pkg (Montana leather upholstery and door trim; High-gloss Vavona Redwood trim; Automatic-dimming inside rear-view mirror; Rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic headlight control; Upgraded on-board computer), Steptronic, Reverse Sensors, Sunshades, Moonroof, 17" wheels, xenon lights....loaded and very clean!!!"
www.edmunds.com prices it at $24.5k for that high of mileage. Seller is willing to let it go for $21k.
Would you buy a car with this mileage if the car was well-cared for? The story is that the first owner had long daily commutes. Current seller is the 2nd owner and is a BMW mechanic (for an independent shop) and got a good deal on the car cuz first owner was out of job for 1 1/2 years and finally decided to move back home and needed cash. Current owner does NOT think that Inspection II and 90k mile tuneup were done on the car (no service records).
He's selling cuz bought the car for wifey but she doesn't want it (too big, she wants a E46). He's owned it for only a month and has already replaced belts and new brake pads and discs.
CarFax gives a clean report. Couple minor dings and probably couple hundred dollars worth of repaint/touch ups.
Pictures are coming soon and I still need to see the car in person. Would really appreciate some feedback!
#5719 of 12737 Nervous & Other Fish
Feb 25, 2003 (1:46 pm)
silverprincess... If it was me, I'd probably pass. Fact the 2nd owner has only had it for 1 month would make me nervous. And if there are no service records, that would make me very, very nervous indeed! Plus, if the car has 95K miles and the current owner has only had it for one month, how come the most recent inspection wasn't done? You should look at the inspection lights. How many colored bars are left?
How many miles a year do you drive? How long do you think you'd keep this particular car?
Have you checked out other BMWs in your area, both CPO and non-CPO?
I wouldn't buy it unless I met the first owner. Ask that person for service records. If they don't have, then ask what BMW dealer they had all or most work done at. Then call that dealer to get service history information.
#5720 of 12737 RE: Is this a good deal? Opinions please! by silverprincess
Feb 25, 2003 (1:48 pm)
The seller's credentials aside, if you're seriously considering it I'd recommend taking it to an independent shop experienced with BMW's (most larger cities have several) to get a thorough checkup, which might run $50-$100. I don't think you'll be able to find a warranty for such high miles, so even a model in good shape may easily cost $1000-2000 annually on maintenance. For the price, I might try finding a CPO'd 328/330, but that's stricly MHO.
Feb 25, 2003 (11:26 pm)
Price is nothing special really, about average retail with those miles. I'd say that if it DOES check out and you DO buy it $17-18K is closer to reality.
See, in my experience as a dealer, the online guides just don't properly punish cars with megamiles. If I could get $24,500 for 10 cars like that.. well.. I'd be making $75,000 a month! (It's a $15K wholesale car, maybe 16K soaking wet IMO)
Even if it is nice.. my suggestion is to either..
A) Go and buy one with about 45K miles for about 24-27K depending on miles/options or..
B) Go with a 98/99 with lower miles for that kind of money.
There's just oodles of 5ers out there, you can do better.
#5722 of 12737 silver princess
Feb 26, 2003 (5:44 am)
I would have to say pass on that. I would be very leary of a used car with miles that high and now know of any service record. I would be asking why a BMW mechanic wouldn't do the inspection II as soon as he got the car if he had it for a month. My standard procedure is to get an oil change as soon as I buy a used car, whether it neeeds it or not. The other point is that the price seems pretty high for those miles, especially for a luxury brand. Brentwoodvolvo is right in the pricing. I bought a 98 with 80k miles for $16500 and I knew before hand that the inspection II was coming up. I found an independent BMW shop who did it for $500 and I was good to go. I think edmunds rated my car at about $20k or so. There are definitely deals out there in this market for 5ers, just look at all places first. The first owner leased the car and put 30k miles on it in three years. All service was done at the dealership, I assume since it was under the free maintenance period. The second guy got all his work done at one of two dealerships but he put 50k miles on the car in two years. He drove roughly 175 miles round trip to work and it was all freeway. He did get all the maintenance done on the car regularly, he is an attorney and didn't want to be bothered with the maintenance any more so he bought a Lexus ES300. There are plenty of cars for sale around $20k that will meet all the options you said with lower miles. If you are in Houston or Los Angeles I would definitely check out Ebay. I ended up getting my car from Ebay and was lucky that the guy was local so I got to test drive the car before I bid.
Feb 26, 2003 (6:50 am)
Do you folks know if there are any plans for an AWD version of the 5 Series?
#5724 of 12737 bigrobnh
Feb 26, 2003 (8:46 am)
You asked: <Do you folks know if there are any plans for an AWD version of the 5 Series?>
Yes. BMW already builds it. It's called an X5.
Feb 26, 2003 (10:32 am)
Sorry man.. I dunno anyone there..