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Old 05-01-2013, 02:06 PM
Peter7 Peter7 is offline
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Originally Posted by Prometheus View Post
I think a lot of people on this forum, including yourself, would be far better off not going near your BMW. Leave it to the authorised BMW mechanics, who will preserve your car and ensure you get a good resale value. I wouldn't buy a BMW from somebody who has done home handy work. These cars are far too sophisticated even for many trained mechanics, and by the way, I was a Mercedes mechanic 10 years before I became a fully qualified electrical engineer.

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You just confirmed that I was right that mechanics at BMW participating in sales activity (getting bonuses).
How do you know who serviced or repaired the car you willing to buy, if dealers not always stamping the logbooks, especially for company cars? Have a look at asking prices for example at to check resale value for these cars, please keep in mind we are discussing X5 1999-2006, not F10 or F30.
With parts prices at BMW dealers here in Australia (two-three times higher than US and Europe) dealers must not complain that owners doing the job by themselves. Do you recon $700 for a new key for X5 E53 is a reasonable price? If you buy key programmer and program EWS, got new blank key off e-bay and use local locksmith to cut the key you will be still below $200 for complete the job. And for sure dealer is not happy.
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