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#288 of 399 Re: Pre owned 2006 BMW 550i - A couple of quick questions! :o) [LASpurs]
Jun 20, 2009 (11:11 pm)
Thanks for the reply, in the end I didn't get the car as I had heard some horror stories regarding the cost of maintaining a BMW after the 50K warranty had expired!!!
Those stories are mostly second and third hand hearsay passed on by pathetic envious fools. I've owned my 1995 3 Series since new and at 115,000 miles maintenance and repairs have averaged $33/month. My wife's 2004 X3 has covered 80,000 miles and has cost $56/month to run. The only thing it has needed apart from scheduled maintenance is a four wheel brake job and a set of tires.
It's too bad you let some jealous imbeciles cheat you out of enjoying a very fine sports sedan.
#289 of 399 Re: Pre owned 2006 BMW 550i - A couple of quick questions! :o) [roadburner]
Jun 21, 2009 (7:57 am)
If I followed the dealer recommended service for my 03 jeep liberty, the maintenence costs would average $1000 every 6 months.They have a myriad of flushes, cleanings etc. My costs average $100 per year and it runs fine. If you maintain your bmw,mercedes audi, at a skilled independent shop, your costs will not be excessive. If you give the dealer a blank check than expect to be reamed in most cases. Repairs can be stiff because parts are more expensive,but shouldn't be all that frequent.
#290 of 399 Re: Pre owned 2006 BMW 550i - A couple of quick questions! :o) [jayrider]
Jun 21, 2009 (11:12 am)
If you give the dealer a blank check than expect to be reamed in most cases. Repairs can be stiff because parts are more expensive,but shouldn't be all that frequent.
That's usually the case, although I will say that my local dealer(Sam Swope, Louisville KY) has very fair pricing. They also refuse to push additional unneeded service. That said, I also use a good BMW indie shop, but often it's a toss-up as to which shop will have the better prices. I follow BMW's maintenance schedule to the letter with the exception of oil and automatic transmission fluid or gearbox/final drive oil changes. I change the oil and ATF at 1/2 of BMW's recommended interval while gearbox oil and final drive oil are changed every 30,000 miles in my track rats.
#291 of 399 Chnace to buy a 2004 530i
Jul 08, 2009 (6:32 pm)
hi, I have a chance to buy a 2004 530i 6 speed with premium/zennons/cold weather package and 54K miles. It is a relative and it has been maintained by the book and garaged.
Asking price is $17K
My big fear is the electronic on this car. I remeber hearing that there were a lot of problems with the i-drive on this car being the first year of this stlye and i-drive.
Anyone have any idea if the 04 /first year i-drive sytems are destined for failure.?
Any other problems that I shoould know about?
Jul 18, 2009 (11:06 am)
looking at a 95 525, 126,000 miles , power everything according to the dealer, ac belt is off, but compressor turns freely. good condition, dealer has been driving it for the last 4 months, he wants 3995.00 for it, are they dependable, is this a good price? i m also looking at a 740il for 3000.00 with the same mileage as the 525. it is in excellent shape, just the maintanence costs scare me on the 740. i ve had bimmer motorcycles and i know they are rock solid. any info would help.
#293 of 399 Re: 95 bimmer [airmailmiller]
Jul 22, 2009 (9:26 pm)
The E34 5ers are pretty solid cars. Have it checked out by a good BMW tech. If the belt is off the A/C compressor you can bet something is wrong. A service history would also be nice to have. If it's a stick and it checks out I'd pay no more than $3000 for it- $2500 if it has a slushbox.
Jul 25, 2009 (6:43 am)
thanks for the info, i was assuming the a/c comp is shot with the belt gone, i found another one for 1500 with more miles and a couple of little door dings, but everything works, so this one i ll check out, thanks again, matt
#295 of 399 Re: 95 5 series [airmailmiller]
Jul 25, 2009 (8:36 am)
Let me know if you have any more questions; I'll be glad to help
#296 of 399 Buying a used 2007 530i
Aug 04, 2009 (6:20 pm)
Hello Guys! I'm new to the forum and new to buying a BMW. I'm interested in buying a used 530i but have 3 options below.
- Price $33,888, Mileage 21,800 (Premium and Sports Pkg w/ Nav) Blk/Blk
- Price $36,900, Mileage 36,979 (Premium and Sports Pkg w/ Nav) Blk/Blk, CPO
- Price $31,988, Mileage 48,174 (Premium and Sports Pkg w/ Nav) Blk/Blk, CPO
Can you please let me know which one will be the best price to buy or let me know if all are over price.
#297 of 399 Used 2007 530
Aug 05, 2009 (5:59 pm)
Lanc, is there some reason why the first one you listed is not a CPO? I would hesitate to buy a non-CPO 2007 with 21,000 miles.
My belief is that you really should be looking at a CPO when buying a complex machine like a 5. Mileage takes a back seat to CPO IMO and I guess there is no talking you out of the black on black???????