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Old 10-20-2009, 08:40 PM
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Mein Auto: Supercharged E39 540i
1988 735i

my dad is thinking about picking one up.... since he found a really good offer...

just wondering if there are any issues i should warn him about????

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Old 10-21-2009, 08:47 AM
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This is an old complex car.

I'd check that all the electronics work. Check the power seats, the sunroof, the windows and the power locks. Make sure the trunk locks and unlocks with the doors.
With any car this old, check for hidden rust.
Check the control arm / thrust arm bushings.
Check that the AC works.

The M30 engine is one of the best things BMW ever created. I'd still go ahead and do the basic engine checks. Compression, oil in water.

Check that the car is straight.

I think that car is in the range of years when the original doors, fenders and hood would have a sticker with the VIN number on them. If they were replaced with factory parts there will be a black sticker that says BMW DOT.

A replaced panel isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I'd take an extra careful look for old collision damage.
The models and equipment (standard and optional) illustrated in this post reflect my misunderstanding of vehicles supplied by BMW AG to the German market. In other EU member states, the truthyness of my posts may vary. Please ignore this post. Subject to change.
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