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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-19-2013, 03:47 PM
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Seek Help with a Possible E60 Purchase

As an owner of previous 740 and 2001 528i, I'm in the market for another car. The vehicle I'm interested in is a 2004 525i. It has 110k miles on it and I think I can get the BMW dealer to get to $9,000 price. The car is in fair condition, with a few issues:

1. The diff pinion seal leaks. Dealer quoted $600 to repair;
2. Crank case vent value leaks. Dealer quotes $550 to repair;
3. Lighter socket broken. Dealer quoted $300 to replace;
4. One mirros broken. Dealer quotes $400 to repair;
5. Possible leak from the oil pan.

There are some other small issues, such as fogged headlight, broken front bumper spoiler, one broken cup holder.

I think I can get the crank case vent value fixed myself. But I'll probably have to get the shop to do the diff pinion seal.

I did quite some work with the 740, but little work with the 2001 528i. Both vehicles put on like 185,000 miles.

Since this car is from a dealer, so I think they are more trustworthy than the independent dealers. If I visit other dealers, they may not even disclose all the defects.

The cars drives just fine.

Is this a good buy? Or I just spend the $$ to get more troubles?

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Old 02-19-2013, 03:49 PM
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I'd be worried about all the leaks to be honest--how bad are they?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:27 PM
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I would say . . . Skip it.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:29 PM
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I would say . . . Skip it.
I would agree, more issues than it's worth. Especially when you can find ones in much better condition for ~$2000 more, which would be cheaper than paying for all that work to be done.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:46 PM
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Thx for the help. The other way to think about this is that, the 5 and 7 series are not known as reliable vehicles. Most of them will eventually have some common problems, such as the leaks mentioned above. It is just a matter of time. Most of the dealers would not even tell you when they spot any leaks. But they are going to happen eventually.

On my 740 vehicle, I replaced the radiator, radiator expansion tank, oil filter hoses and repaired the valve cover gaskets, intake manifild gasket, and maybe some other work.

It is some fun working on the BMW, if I know exactly what I'm getting into. But I'm just not sure, also about the price I'm going to pay. I just do not want to pay the premium for a new BMW. Also, for the same amount of $$, I'd rather getting a BMW, instead of a Toyota.....

For the leaks, I did not see. The mechanics from the dealer noted the issues in an initial inspection. From test drive, I did not notice any problem.

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Old 02-19-2013, 09:48 PM
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Thx for the help. The other way to think about this is that, the 5 and 7 series are not known as reliable vehicles. Most of them will eventually have some common problems, such as the leaks mentioned above. It is just a matter of time. Most of the dealers would not even tell you when they spot any leaks. But they are going to happen eventually.

On my 740 vehicle, I replaced the radiator, radiator expansion tank, oil filter hoses and repaired the valve cover gaskets, intake manifild gasket, and maybe some other work.

It is some fun working on the BMW, if I know exactly what I'm getting into. But I'm just not sure, also about the price I'm going to pay. I just do not want to pay the premium for a new BMW. Also, for the same amount of $$, I'd rather getting a BMW, instead of a Toyota.....

For the leaks, I did not see. The mechanics from the dealer noted the issues in an initial inspection. From test drive, I did not notice any problem.
Well, there I have good news for you. The 2004 525 has the same M54 engine the E39 525 had, along with the 325, and the E39/E60 530 (up until 2005) and the 330. So the engine is pretty tried and true and the known issues are pretty well sorted. The most common issues I know of are: Oil filter housing gasket tends to leak, the DISA valve, the oil separator hoses and fittings tend to crack.
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