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Old 01-07-2013, 05:25 PM
JKRIT JKRIT is offline
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Location: Hollis, NH
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 1,036
Mein Auto: '03 525i
Don't fall in love with how pretty it is. Carfax? Has it been hit, and if so, were the repairs well done? Pay a BMW mechanic to inspect it. How many previous owners? These things tend to be beaten nearly to death and still look nice. Rear dif cover mounts blown from drag racing? Dif can make the classic M-clunk, but shouldn't be too noisy. Syncros shift nicely, hot and cold, especially 2nd gear? How's the rust situation underneath; Winter driven in salt? Any water in the trunk, battery compartment, elsewhere? SES light could be simple or expensive; find out the codes and cost to fix. Valves should have been adjusted every 30k miles; Does the record show it? Was the vanos ever replaced? Odds/ends: heater controls work (not just get hot; can you turn it down)? A/C? Parking brake?
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