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#9478 of 12737 cmr530i
Oct 17, 2004 (8:01 pm)
The 1997 E39s suffered from the teething problems most new BMW platforms experience(by comparison, the 1992 E36s were a real nightmare). My 528iA has a 5/96 build date and had a few problems(water pump, thermostat, and the emissions air pump) all of which were covered by the BMW CPO warranty. In each case the part that failed was replaced with an improved part and the problem has not recurred. I later replaced the $44 trunk lock actuator myself(an easy 10 minute job) and the replacement functions in a quieter and smoother fashion. Since the CPO warranty expired at around 80K the only non-scheduled repairs have been a P/S hose, the fuel filler door hinge, and the windshield washer motor-less than $140 altogether. At 109K miles the old sled is as tight and rattle free as new, uses no oil, and averages 21 mpg in suburban driving. My point in relating all this is that you shouldn't dismiss a well maintained 1997 E39, since in most every case the first year problems will have been corrected.
#9479 of 12737 Re: cmr530i [div2]
Oct 18, 2004 (6:02 am)
Oct 18, 2004 (11:57 am)
I own a 1 year old 530i 5spd, with sports, prem pacakges and xenon head lights with 13000 miles. What can I expect to get for this car? Thanks.
#9481 of 12737 Re: What to expect [rnarala12]
by kyfdx HOST
Oct 18, 2004 (12:37 pm)
Post a complete description here: jbollt "Real-World Trade-In Values" Oct 18, 2004 1:42pm
and an expert will answer your question..
My question? Why do you want to sell it?
Be sure to put in the model year.. you left that out.
Oct 18, 2004 (9:33 pm)
Your point is well taken. A well maintained vehicle would be a gem to get. It would be vital to obtain the records on the vehicle to insure a good purchase.
In my response to erice, I was trying to offer a place to start looking for data since he had asked for any possible trouble areas on certain model years.
#9483 of 12737 Aluminum Block Six Oil Consumption
Oct 19, 2004 (6:14 am)
What can you tell me about high oil consumption in BMW aluminum block straight-six engines? Have you had any success getting your dealer to do something to reduce consumption?
I've got a 2001 BMW 530i with the aluminum straight six which consumed about 2,500 miles per quart until this spring; when consumption increased to below 980 miles per quart. The dealer finds no leaks and no smoke and has declared the car in BMW specification. I'm uncomfortable that something in the engine has changed to account for the consumption increase, and wonder if expensive off-warranty repairs are down the road. If the oil isn't leaking and isn't burning (smoke), where in the hell is it going?
Thanks in advance for the feedback!
#9484 of 12737 body work
Oct 20, 2004 (1:52 pm)
My 2003 530 met a wooden bench on the highway, resulting in a gash is the left front lower bumper and a deep scratch to the driver door and a puncture to the rear door. I have had multiple estimates with all of them suggesting a different approach. One has recommended fixing the doors, one has suggested replacing the rear door with the puncture and fixing the front door and the other says replace both doors. I am apprehensive about replacing the doors for many reasons, but don't want problems in the future related to corrosion from essentially a patch job. Thanks for any input.
#9485 of 12737 Re: body work [maccar]
by kyfdx HOST
Oct 21, 2004 (7:18 am)
Replacing the doors sounds better than fixing them.. either way, they get complete re-paints.. My car had both passenger doors replaced before I bought it, and they are indistinguishable from original.
Worry more about the paint job..
#9486 of 12737 Interesting article...
Oct 21, 2004 (4:27 pm)
Just read a really interesting article in Fortune about BMW. It talks a lot about them entering the "lower" market and building a...gulp...minivan! It also talks about the new designs, and the public's reaction to them. After reading it I really wonder what impact the 1 series will have on 3 series sales. Sounds like BMW really wants to grow quickly. The other interesting thing is that they talk about the hydrogen car BMW just demo-ed at the Paris Car Show.
#9487 of 12737 Re: What to expect [kyfdx]
Oct 22, 2004 (8:57 am)
kyfdx, its a 2003 model. The reason is I am relocating to a different country where I can't take the car. Thanks for the link.