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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 135
Posted By Edgy36-39
Here's a story I wrote a few years back you'll...

Here's a story I wrote a few years back you'll find informative: http://chrisparente.com/2010/06/14/say-no-to-the-carwash-and-learn-up-on-headlights-and-bulbs/


And check this site for more info...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 08:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 516
Posted By Edgy36-39
A thought -- these cars are hobbies, not just...

A thought -- these cars are hobbies, not just transportation. Getting any of the cars mentioned in this thread at that budget means the car will have issues, and significant maintenance costs. If you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 08:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,036
Posted By Edgy36-39
I see how old this thread is. But as someone who...

I see how old this thread is. But as someone who sold his 530 private party, I'd say you did extremely well, esp. if the car was auto.

Good luck on your next purchase.
Forum: General BMW 01-27-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,008
Posted By Edgy36-39
Interesting -- I haven't received my April issue...

Interesting -- I haven't received my April issue of Bimmer yet! Nice to see the CPO program laid out and explained from both angles.
Forum: General BMW 01-27-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 166
Posted By Edgy36-39
I'd suggest understanding all the details before...

I'd suggest understanding all the details before making decision.

Here's an idea you probably already thought of. The car has one year remaining on new car warranty, correct? 4 yr/50K miles.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-27-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,934
Posted By Edgy36-39
Well what do you know, a simple DIY repair thanks...

Well what do you know, a simple DIY repair thanks to this thread. I very carefully worked on the driver side wiper arm, after cutting the engine so it was in almost straight up position on the...
Forum: General BMW 01-26-2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 166
Posted By Edgy36-39
What does the extended warranty cover that the...

What does the extended warranty cover that the CPO would not? And of course depends on how long you plan on keeping the car.

You might want to hit a source like Edmunds -- they have threads in...
Forum: General BMW 01-26-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 166
Posted By Edgy36-39
Can't share any experience but interesting...

Can't share any experience but interesting situation. CPO process costs the dealer, so this might be an interesting negotiation. Will they pass the cost onto you, or can they since the buyout price...
Forum: General BMW 01-24-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 692
Posted By Edgy36-39
Funny -- there was a Buyers Guide article in a...

Funny -- there was a Buyers Guide article in a back issue of Bimmer magazine on this exact topic -- what BMW to get your teenager with a new license. Ten cars were chosen, for various reasons.

I...
Forum: General BMW 01-24-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By Edgy36-39
Could not agree more with this statement. Suggest...

Could not agree more with this statement. Suggest you learn to DIY the small stuff, and bring bigger stuff to qualified indie mechanic. Don't bring a 14 year old car to the dealer, unless you're...
Forum: General BMW 01-24-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 228
Posted By Edgy36-39
Not sure why more don't go this route. If you're...

Not sure why more don't go this route. If you're willing to pay new MSRP and know exactly what you want, why be hampered by what dealer has on the lot? And I've read you don't pay more either for the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-24-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,608
Posted By Edgy36-39
If and when my lenses are ever shot, I'll be...

If and when my lenses are ever shot, I'll be researching all the myriad retrofit options. Seems like a way to maintain excellent quality in the same housing, yet pay far less than OE replacement.
Forum: General BMW 01-12-2015, 06:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By Edgy36-39
No one from BMW will ever tell you this, but a...

No one from BMW will ever tell you this, but a cracked rim can be repaired. But you need to find an old school craftsman.

Did you do a pre-purchase inspection before you bought? If so, how could...
Forum: General BMW 01-12-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 445
Posted By Edgy36-39
You should definitely report that to BMW NA....

You should definitely report that to BMW NA. Here's the link: http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/ContactUs/
Forum: General BMW 01-12-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By Edgy36-39
OP - I'm local and interested if you get an...

OP - I'm local and interested if you get an answer.

Have you considered calling a local dealer and asking where they get their body work done? They shop everything out today.
Forum: General BMW 01-12-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,680
Posted By Edgy36-39
I've written about this evergreen topic for years...

I've written about this evergreen topic for years on my site: chrisparente.com I try to be even handed.

FWIW here's where I've landed. There are some instances when BMW deserves to be raked over...
Forum: General BMW 01-12-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 288
Posted By Edgy36-39
Based on your plans, I'd say buy the M2. Don't...

Based on your plans, I'd say buy the M2. Don't buy the E46 and then try to turn it into something it's not.

Only buy it b/c you respect the last naturally aspirated M3 and legendary S54 engine as...
Forum: General BMW 01-12-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,008
Posted By Edgy36-39
I don't pretend to understand all the intricate...

I don't pretend to understand all the intricate details of auto retailing. I do know that once the car is worth only the residual, its not nearly as lucrative to sell.

But the warranty covers you...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-11-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 614
Posted By Edgy36-39
Jump into the model specific forum and ask your...

Jump into the model specific forum and ask your question. I'm sure another owner has had the problem.

On my E39, one of the electronics that can kill a battery is the Final Stage Unit. Another...
Forum: General BMW 01-11-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,008
Posted By Edgy36-39
Best deals are private party. But you're probably...

Best deals are private party. But you're probably right about most new sales being leases, so if you're set on a 2-3 year old car your private selection will be limited.

There is a cost to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-07-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,592
Posted By Edgy36-39
Congrats on the new purchase. If you're up for a...

Congrats on the new purchase. If you're up for a hobby, these cars can be incredibly satisfying. Years of trouble free motoring -- not so much.

Looks sweet -- love the M-Par wheels, and Orient...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-03-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,934
Posted By Edgy36-39
This problem was really noticeable today. Will...

This problem was really noticeable today. Will try the alignment adjustment, very carefully.
Forum: Wheels and Tires 01-01-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 564
Posted By Edgy36-39
Long overdue bump -- anyone local need?

Long overdue bump -- anyone local need?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-18-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Edgy36-39
You've already done all the hard work -- this...

You've already done all the hard work -- this part is easy. Go to the site edjack gave you, and put in your VIN number. Then look up headlights.

Realoem will tell you what the original part # is....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-15-2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By Edgy36-39
I remember your post from late September. Will be...

I remember your post from late September. Will be hard to get that number, impossible unless you addressed the issues you shared back then.

GLWS.
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