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Old 09-27-2012, 11:08 PM
sscall sscall is offline
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Question Thinking of making a purchase

Hello all! This seems to be a great forum. I have done a quick search and gathered some good information but still had a few questions.

I am a delivery driver and my boss is getting ready to sell his 98-99 740il BMW. It is a beautiful car and I would really consider buying it if I know what to look for and the average cost of maintaining. I wont be using it to deliver anything but as my second car to drive around town/highway trips. He owns roughly 5 cars (range rover, toyota supra, F150, etc)

He keeps all of his cars in impeccable cosmetic shape but I was really wondering about mechanical issues. He said he has replaced the radiator, water pump, brakes, gaskets, and a few other things. I was wondering are there major problems that I will be running into that will end up costing me in the long run? The vehicle has roughly 130,000 miles on it and I believe he wants $7,000 for it. I think I can talk him down to $6,000 or so.

I just don't want to buy it for $6,000 and run into a common problem that will cost me a few thousand dollars. I know that BMW's are reliable machines and a blast to drive but I suppose maybe I am reaching a little here by trying to get a deal and might end up paying in the end? Any help is appreciated!
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:03 PM
Nel740i Nel740i is offline
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Try to obtain all the service records if he has them...Drive the car..and also try to have someone else that specializes in these babies drive it. Above all these cars are amazing again if they're well taken care of. Good luck bro!
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