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Old 12-28-2012, 12:21 PM
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Advice on a 2004 I test drove today...

Checked out this one today. Took it for a test drive. Looking for some advice. Thoughts?


leather in good condition, little wear on bolsters. Expected wear for an 04.
Clean paint outside, no dents, minimal work needed on rock chips, scratches, etc...
Nicely optioned (Nav, HK sound)
Clean engine, looks well cared for.
Services well documented on carfax. Looks like all service work done at Princeton BMW
Drove well, clutch felt great (6spd). Healthy sound from engine (no knocks, no pings) didn't see any leaks after driving.

90+ K miles (expected for year)
Bad Curb rash on 3/4 tires
Driver Side door handle and trim pretty worn down
Service engine soon light on
No record of 1200 mile service being done on carfax. Had sales manager call Princeton BMW and they have no record of 1200 mile service ever being done.

KBB lists 19400 for dealer purchase in excellent condition. I'd say condition is good at best. Also, the lack of a 1200 mile
Service is worrisome. Is 16.5 a reasonable starting offer if one were to be made or am I making too big a deal over the missing service? Or is this a vehicle to not even consider due to the missing service?
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