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Old 02-20-2014, 05:10 PM
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Buying a F10

Hello,

I'm looking at this F10. It's a 535i xdrive, it's a 2011 with a build date of jan 2011. Looks clean from what I can tell by the pictures. It's located in a different state by a non-bmw dealer (it's a used car lot).

What should I look for/ask before heading over there so I don't waste my time?

It's a 2011 with 28k miles. Premium 1 and 2, cold weather, AWD, and m sport. I believe it's jet black, with black interior.

Also, I asked a local dealer to run the vin for me and this is what he sent, any thing weird?
Looks like on 2/18/2011 they replaced the high pressure pump when the car had 0 miles, huh? Is that a problem?
Then the guy had his first oil change at 19k miles, problem? Is says something about "after the 1st" in the repair description. What does that mean?
Then in Nov 2013 he had a brake repair or something.

Anyways, read the picture attached and tell me if anything seems weird. Also, how much should I pay for this car?

Thank you!
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:47 PM
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Similar to an F10 I purchased this year (Sport, not M Sport, same mileage), car is immaculate. Can't help with the repairs made, but I love mine and have zero regrets. CPO, paid $40K
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:47 AM
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The previous owner did not take care of his car. I never heard of anyone going this long for the first oil change. Also brake work this early indicates hard driving. I would be reluctant to purchase it. Repairs on BMW are expensive. I would say more and stick with a CPO from a BMW dealer.
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:39 AM
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The job order says "brake fluid change" at 27,000+ miles; that is standard maintenance service at that mileage and thus covered.

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Hello,

I'm looking at this F10. It's a 535i xdrive, it's a 2011 with a build date of jan 2011. Looks clean from what I can tell by the pictures. It's located in a different state by a non-bmw dealer (it's a used car lot).

What should I look for/ask before heading over there so I don't waste my time?

It's a 2011 with 28k miles. Premium 1 and 2, cold weather, AWD, and m sport. I believe it's jet black, with black interior.

Also, I asked a local dealer to run the vin for me and this is what he sent, any thing weird?
Looks like on 2/18/2011 they replaced the high pressure pump when the car had 0 miles, huh? Is that a problem?
Then the guy had his first oil change at 19k miles, problem? Is says something about "after the 1st" in the repair description. What does that mean?
Then in Nov 2013 he had a brake repair or something.

Anyways, read the picture attached and tell me if anything seems weird. Also, how much should I pay for this car?

Thank you!
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:34 AM
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The typical maximum oil change interval is generally 15,000 miles and BMW does it at that interval or every 12 months for free under the four year maintenance plan that comes with the car. The car went 19,000 miles before the first oil change, however, that mileage was completed in 10 months. So, it may be consistent with the use based BMW oil change requirement.

No other oil changes in the next 18 months. With less than 15,000 miles since the previous one, that may be within the BMW requirements. Both oil change situations indicate that the owner probably didn't care since they could have had more frequent oil changes for free under the maintenance plan.

The fact that a used car dealer is selling it means that it may have come from an auction or the original owner sold it to the used car dealer because a BMW dealer wouldn't buy it because he couldn't CPO it. I would be suspicious of it and would check a CarFax to see the title changes during that time. If the selling used car dealer won't give you a CarFax, I would again be suspicious.

Just my biases, I wouldn't buy a three year old car under these circumstances. Especially one in another state that I haven't seen or driven. It's not worth the risk.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:57 AM
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Repairs on often done at the VPC before the owner takes delivery ..... they must have caught something before sending to the selling dealer.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:29 PM
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The typical maximum oil change interval is generally 15,000 miles and BMW does it at that interval or every 12 months for free under the four year maintenance plan that comes with the car. The car went 19,000 miles before the first oil change, however, that mileage was completed in 10 months. So, it may be consistent with the use based BMW oil change requirement.

No other oil changes in the next 18 months. With less than 15,000 miles since the previous one, that may be within the BMW requirements. Both oil change situations indicate that the owner probably didn't care since they could have had more frequent oil changes for free under the maintenance plan.

The fact that a used car dealer is selling it means that it may have come from an auction or the original owner sold it to the used car dealer because a BMW dealer wouldn't buy it because he couldn't CPO it. I would be suspicious of it and would check a CarFax to see the title changes during that time. If the selling used car dealer won't give you a CarFax, I would again be suspicious.

Just my biases, I wouldn't buy a three year old car under these circumstances. Especially one in another state that I haven't seen or driven. It's not worth the risk.
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