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Old 01-04-2013, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Beryxil View Post
Hi Everyone,

I just purchased a 1997 528i with 98,000 miles on it. What are the things I should check out? I have read that I need to do the coolant system overhaul, but what else do I need to check?

I have never owned a BMW so I don't know how it should feel or sound. Any help would be great.

If you have no knowledge of the service history of the car I would do the following:

Follow the advice of edjack's Item 1 and 2. Do the following inspection at the same time as Item #3. Then move on to Item #4. You will probably find other items that need to be addressed as a result of performing the inspection points below.

BMW Inspection II
The Inspection II Service is the larger of the two Inspection Services and basically includes all of the items performed on the Inspection I Service along with some extras like differential oil change; fuel filter and air filter replacements; Replacement of spark plugs. Inspection II generally runs around $500+ to $800+, if you take it to a BMW dealer or independent BMW mechanic.. Below are the items that are normally performed. If you are a Do it yourself mechanic and performing the inspection yourself, there are many sponsors listed at the top of this forum above that you can source the necessary parts. Click on site sponsors for links.

Change engine oil and Oil Filter, check engine at its normal operation temperature.

Check transmission for leaks.

Check rear axle for leaks.

Visually check fuel tank, lines, and connections for leaks.

Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks.

Check power steering system for leaks.

Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads.

Examine brake disc surfaces.

Clean brake pad contact points in calipers.

Grease wheel center hubs.

Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage, and joint disc.

Check front control arm bushing for wear.

Check brake and clutch system connectors and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.

Check for free movement of the parking brake cables. Adjust parking brake if necessary.

Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary.

Check condition of tires (outer surfaces (left/right)), tread wear and pattern; In case of uneven tread wear readjust wheel alignment if required.

Check thickness of parking brake linings.

Half-shafts; check for leaks at flexible boots.

Inspect entire body according to terms of rust prevention limited warranty.

Engine Compartment

Read out diagnostic system with BMW scanners.

Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks.

Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary.

Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required.

Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.

Check air conditioner for operation.

Reset Service Indicator.

Replace spark plugs.

Replace intake air cleaner element (Air Filter).

Body/Electrical Equipment

Check battery electrolyte level and add distilled water if required.

Perform battery load test.

Check lighting system, i.e. headlights, foglights, parking, backup, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights.

Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination.

Check all warning/indicator lights, check control.

Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch.

Check wiper and washer system(s); wiper blades, washer jet positions.

Check condition and function of safety belts.

Oil hood, trunk/tailgate, and door hinges.

Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.

Check central locking/double lock.

Replace microfilter or Acc Cabin Filter.

Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.

Check rear view mirrors

Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations, or accessories.

Final Inspection

Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
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