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Old 07-05-2011, 09:31 PM
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Just got a 2007 X3 - How did I do?

Just picked up a used X3. Absolutely love the car. I wanted to field opinions on the financial end of things from more experienced X3 buyers, because I'm questioning whether I did great, just OK or hosed.

Here's the deal (Private Sale):

2007 BMW X3. Certified Pre-Owned
31,000 Miles. (Purchased at dealer 1 yr ago @ 27K, owner had to leave country)
Platinum Bronze Exterior
Beige Interior - Leatherette
Cold Weather Package
Heated Steering wheel
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NO Transmission issues - smooth and responsive shifting

$22,000 even.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:47 AM
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Nice car and decent price! Now you need to go to the dealer's service center and get the car checked for previous service/repairs. The Service Advisor/Mgr can do this for you with the key -- it would also not hurt to get a run down from them on how the CPO transfer works and what/if anything you need to do. Enjoy the new ride!
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:10 AM
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Decent deal

When is the in service date, is there any of the original warranty left? This is VERY important in that the CPO does not cover a lot of the little things that can go wrong? In any case you need to start reading this forum about 200 pages back and note what you know need to look and listen for. You need to get all the warranty and maintenance work done under the original warranty if any is left. You should be close to a $1000 brake job, a second oil service should just have been done or is due, the coolant flush is due as is a brake flush.

Do not for one minute let anyone convince you that the fluids are in fact lifetime, they are not. Catch up on this forum and ask questions to get up to speed. One more thing- pretend like you do not have a sunroof unless you still have warranty in which case wear it out until warranty is up.
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:46 PM
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Good advice. As I type, it is in the shop, and I got a lowdown of the repairs to date. A couple of ticky-tack trim items, oil changes at 10K, 27K. Brake flush done at 27K. I asked about sunroof maintenance, the advisor suggested keeping it clean and hitting it with WD-40 now and then. Thanks for reminding me about the brakes and coolant flush.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:17 PM
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.... oil changes at 10K, 27K. Brake flush done at 27K.
Ideally, it should have had 4 (annual/ low-mileage) oil changes by now - probably no harm done though.

The original owner/lessee must have not bothered to get the 2-year brake fluid flush done, but at least it got done during the CPO process.

Most recent owner didn't use it much by the sound of it - time for you to give it the vigorous exercise it will thrive on.

Make sure the windows don't open with a cracking sound - if they do, clean the rubber seals and flocking, especially at the top of the window frame, and use them regularly to keep things working smoothly.
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:31 AM
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Make sure the windows don't open with a cracking sound - if they do, clean the rubber seals and flocking, especially at the top of the window frame, and use them regularly to keep things working smoothly.
hmm... my rear windows open with a cracking/popping sound. I thought that was "normal".
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:23 AM
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hmm... my rear windows open with a cracking/popping sound. I thought that was "normal".
Not "normal" in my view.

They certainly do that when the moulding gets dry or if the window has sap or dog slobber on the top edge.

Too much of that and the plastic drive dog that connects the glass to the mechanism is going to crack and break eventually.

But if the moulding is kept clean and pliable (with something like Gummipflege), and the glass clean, they open without a noticeable pop or crack.

I try and remember when parking overnight in the garage to leave the windows open a bit.
That seems to help.
As does making sure to use the windows regularly in all seasons.
From what I read, failure typically occurs when a window is first opened after not being used for weeks or months.

Those plastic drive dogs are used by most manufacturers these days.
I think the only difference with BMW might be that the windows seal tighter so they may be put under more stress.

Just want to avoid that replacement routine if possible.
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