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#370 of 400 Re: Purchasing a used, 2008 CPO 535i or xi [mrmayor]
May 15, 2010 (1:44 pm)
If you want to keep a BMW 5er long-term with a minimum of hassle I would strongly recommend that you buy one fitted with a naturally aspirated(i.e. no turbo) inline six- such as a 528i or 530i. I'd also advise going with a rear wheel drive model. If you have to deal with severe winter driving conditions you can buy a set of dedicated winter wheels and tires from Tire Rack and simply use that set during the winter months. A CPO car will have a warranty on the expensive bits until 100K, so that may be an important consideration. That said, I believe all the hysteria over BMW running costs is really overblown. My wife drives a 2004 X3 with over 95,000 miles on it. It's required one warranty repair- a passenger seat airbag sensor. The Inspection II(major) service cost $400 at our local dealer. An Oil Service and brake fluid flush cost $150. Depending where you live you may be better off finding a good indie BMW tech. I'd also recommend joining the BMW Car Club as many dealers and shops offer Club discounts on parts/labor. I've owned nine BMWs since 1983(I currently have three in the garage)- and in my experience BMW ownership won't bankrupt you if you do your homework.
#371 of 400 Sportswagon....
Jun 10, 2010 (6:12 pm)
Any idea what the approximate auction price might have been for a 2009 535i Sports Wagon with 14.9K for miles? Car has manual transmission and is essentially loaded. It stickered $68.5k. Car was driven by CA dealership person for a little less than a year, then auctioned off Pacific SW auction. Also, car has had 2 HPFP replacements already: 10-09, 12-09. Your help is appreciated. Thanks!
#372 of 400 Re: Sportswagon.... [slammie]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jun 11, 2010 (7:52 am)
It's not particularly likely that someone would have an auction price for you - that's not info that's available to the general public. Are you thinking of buying it? If so, there are better ways to determine a good price, and we can help you with that.
Jun 11, 2010 (8:37 am)
Thinking of purchasing this vehicle offered at 49934 include value pac, premium pac, navigation-space gray, natural brown leather brand new: any thoughts or things to be wary of? My wife drives about 9000 a year, so not a lot of miles-how about turbo life expectancy? Thanks,
#374 of 400 Question buying price 07 or 08 5 series
Sep 05, 2010 (11:02 am)
I am a previous female owner of (2) 32 series BMW's the last purchase was a 2005 330I well my son is in college & his car broke down that is my old 1997 328I so I will be giving him mine. My freind recently bought a 2005 528i for 24,000 drive out with only 34,000 miles. Are there any deals out there like this there were no carfax issues either.
#375 of 400 Used 2008 535 observation
Sep 12, 2010 (1:26 pm)
For those interested in purchasing a used 2008 535...
I purchased such a car one year ago. I bought it off the internet sight unseen from an individual. No CPO. It had 29k miles on it. Of course I made this purchase after driving lots of cars to see what i wanted to shop for. The BMW drove the best hands down. I looked at Infiniti G37/ M37/ M45, Audi A6, Lexus, Merdedes E350, Acura RL. I love to drive hard though, and thats where the bmw shined. If i just commuted leisurely and listened to the radio id probably buy the Acura.
So far so good. Each and every day i cannot wait to get in this car and drive it. Its added a whole new dimension to my life. The only issue ive had is that my drive to work is only a mile and i had to buy a battery tender to keep the battery satisfactorily charged. At first the idea of having to do this really irked me but its turned out to be no big deal. I still have another 10 months of warranty from the factory and a 3rd pty warranty after that. Hopefully this will keep my wallet out of the fire for a few more years.
If you're considering one of these cars and you like to pay attention to the way a car drives you absolutely cannot go wrong. Further inquiries welcome.
#376 of 400 Re: Used 2008 535 observation [pcman]
Sep 12, 2010 (1:42 pm)
I have been driving BMW's for 26 years. My current 2008 535Xi is being taken back by BMW through trade assist because of the HPFP malfunction with the twin turbo engine. ( This is the reason for the change to the single turbo engine in the 2011 535 and 335 models.) Apparently, 25-30% of these cars have this issue. ( According to BMW of North America) When it does malfunction, it is extremely dangerous. The 535 2008 is the best driving BMW I have ever driven, so it was disappointing to have this dangerous defect .
I am only mentioning this for those in the market for a 2008-2010 535 or 335 models.
#377 of 400 I'm sorely tempted...
Oct 09, 2010 (6:30 am)
I just ran across an ad for a bone stock 2002 540i 6-Speed "weekend driver" with only 40,000 original miles. The seller is asking a premium price (and justifiedly so), however, said premium is rather over the top. Geez I'm tempted.
#378 of 400 Re: I'm sorely tempted... [shipo]
Oct 10, 2010 (7:30 pm)
Those are really sweet cars. I was high bid on a 56,000 mile one owner E28 M5 on eBay but the auction was ended early...
#379 of 400 Re: I'm sorely tempted... [roadburner]
Oct 10, 2010 (7:59 pm)
I found a beautiful E34 540i 6-Speed, unfortunately the owner wanted more than most E39 540i 6-Speeds on the market with the same number of miles. Yeesh!