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#9397 of 12737 Re: 1997 525 with 163k... good buy??? [quint1]
Sep 21, 2004 (5:35 pm)
Ummm, for starters, there is no such a thing as a 1997 525i (at least not in the USA). In 1997, there were only two models, a 528i and a 540i. The question is, which one are you looking at?
Assuming that it is a 528i, and assuming average condition, average maintenance and average equipment (auto, sun roof, leather seats), $6,800 is probably a fair price, but no steal.
Regarding what will break down first; that's almost impossible to say, your guess is a good as mine. If you are a handy do it yourselfer type, and your local independent BMW shop gives the car a clean bill of health, it's probably a good deal. Otherwise, I might be inclined to take a pass on the car.
#9398 of 12737 Re: 1997 525 with 163k... good buy??? [shipo]
Sep 21, 2004 (7:07 pm)
thanks -- I stand corrected. It is, in fact, a 528i. Its at a BMW dealership. Is there any sort of a check list I should make sure they have taken care of or anything like that? It sounds like there are not any real known issues with this model....
#9399 of 12737 Re: 1997 525 with 163k... good buy??? [quint1]
Sep 21, 2004 (7:45 pm)
Hmmm, well actually there seem to be some issues (mostly interior trim and OBC issues IIRC), however, since I never had a 5er of that vintage, I cannot offer any comments of substance. I suspect that if/when the likes of div2 reads this thread that he will be able to offer great advice regarding what to look out for.
Sep 21, 2004 (9:39 pm)
Does anyone here even own a current 5 series?
#9401 of 12737 04 545i 6 sp MT vs 05 545i 6 sp MT
Sep 22, 2004 (5:59 am)
I ordered a 04 545 6 speed manual with cold weather package. It is my believe the sports package is included in the 04 model. The dealer did not place the order in time and altered the order to an 05 model. In 05 the sports package is an option and he wants me to fork out the difference. They inform me that the sports package was made an option starting in Jan 04. I cannot find any documentation to that effect.
#9402 of 12737 Re: 1997 525 with 163k... good buy??? [quint1]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Sep 22, 2004 (6:08 am)
One point... Even if you buy it for the same price, you won't own that BMW for the price of a '99 Accord.
At 168K miles, even if the parts weren't more expensive (and they are), the extra maintenance and repair of a car with 168K miles, will eat you alive..
You'd be better off spending $8K more for a '97 or '98 with low miles, in the long run.
#9403 of 12737 Re: 04 545i 6 sp MT vs 05 545i 6 sp MT [rnair]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Sep 22, 2004 (6:22 am)
I can't say for sure... but I think they are wrong about the '04.. I think all the way until the end of the model year, the sport package was standard on the six speed model..
For '05, there is no separate six-speed model. The automatic is standard now, and the six-speed appears to be a no-cost option.. So, the sport package is an additional option on top of that.. However, the sport package is a required option with the 6-speed manual. The total MSRP with six-speed and sport pkg appears to have gone up about $800 over last year.
So, the price is not that much different, just a different way in arriving at it.
#9404 of 12737 Re: [boomsama]
Sep 22, 2004 (6:58 am)
I own a '04 545. What went into my purchase decision? Same things that go into any car purchase decision really. I liked the way the car looked (though I didn't when they were initially launched), needed a bigger car than the 330xi I had at the time, I LOVED the way the car drove (I don't know how the 530 compares, but I've heard others complementing) and I was able ti work out a good deal for it (though IMO when buying cars this expensive the word "deal" takes on a new meaning). Also my 330xi was manual and because of the congestion around Chicago I felt that I'd be happier with an automatic (I know, what a horrible thing to say!). So far I'm very happy with it. I haven't had any problems (besides for two recalls), and it's just a blast to drive. Plus the trunk in it is huge (which is good because I didn't get the split folding rear seats because I took a car that was on the lot rather than ordering one). In fact, there really isn't anything about the car that bothers me. I got Silver Grey Metallic which I think is a great color for the car (plus it doesn't show dirt as quickly). Good luck with your purchase!
#9405 of 12737 quint1
Sep 22, 2004 (8:17 am)
I'm not as pessimistic as kyfdx, but 168K IS a lot of miles. I would not even consider buying the car unless
1. It has a full service history
2. It has been thoroughly inspected by a qualified BMW technician.
It sounds like it might be a good car for someone who has the ability to DIY a lot of the maintenance and repairs. If you have to take it to the shop for every little glitch then it's certainly not the car for you...
#9406 of 12737 Re: quint1 [div2]
Sep 22, 2004 (5:56 pm)
I think you are right -- I don't want to get sucked into a money pit. Found a 97 528i with 114k on it for $8,999 -- that's probably going to be a better deal for me. I am looking at it this week!