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Hi All - I was looking at buying a Certified Pre-Owned 07 335i. The car looks clean and drove well. However, I had requested to see the Service History of the car and noted the two claim items on the repair history right before it was traded-in.

Cylinder head cover cracked / broken / torn off
Leak at oil pan/gasket, automatic transmission leaking

45000 miles, $29K

Please share your thoughts on whether this should be of concern and whether I should pass on this car. Let me know if you need more information.
 

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It it's certified pre-owned, it should be o.k. 'makes me nervous though. How hard was the previous owner driving it to cause the problem? Maybe he was running a computer mod to get more horsepower.

I'd keep looking. It's a buyer's market.
 

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What was done in the way of a repair for the problem?
 

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Still waiting to learn what repairs were done. If a re-built transmission and cylinder head were fitted, it might make sense to negotiate down on the price....
 

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Wouldn't the cylinder head cover be the trim part (non-mechanical) inside the engine bay?
 

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Wouldn't the cylinder head cover be the trim part (non-mechanical) inside the engine bay?
Yes, I read the OP too quickly. The more serious question is the transmission leak. They won't replace a cylinder head for a torn cover.
 

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I am sorry but why not just find a better example of the same vehicle.
45k miles is a little high for a 2 year old car, especially that a lot of these cars are garage queens, weekend cars.
Plus all these cracked leaking whatever would scare me away from this purchase.
 

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I am sorry but why not just find a better example of the same vehicle.
45k miles is a little high for a 2 year old car, especially that a lot of these cars are garage queens, weekend cars.
Plus all these cracked leaking whatever would scare me away from this purchase.
+1

My car is my DD and I have only 26-27k miles so far (also a 2007).

45k miles seems very high. Roughly 20k miles per year or more (depending on the delivery date).
 

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Perhaps they were towing a boat with the car. Engine got hot and cracked the plastic cover and the transmission started to hemorrhage. Could also be space aliens and their meddlesome ways. Damned space aliens.
 

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its not the last car out there... go find something else with no cracks! :)
 

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Hi Everyone, Update on this, this is my email chain between the sales rep and I. Is it believable or are they just BSing? Will the CPO warranty reduce the risk of having to fork out money for repairs? Let me know your thoughts.


M,

It was preventive maintenance to have those items changed. It is
nothing out of the ordinary. You can even show this record to other BMW
dealers and ask their service foreman and they will tell you the same
thing.

When the car is in the shop getting inspected, the technician makes
recommendations that will help preserve the longevity of the car.

I know for a fact that the car was running fine before these items were
replaced. During the inspection process, he noticed the head cover had
a blemish. Please note that this is a plastic part. It's to your
benefit that this was replaced so that you don't have to do it later.
Fyi, this part is just the cover. It has nothing to do with the engine
internally.

When the transmission was looked at, he noticed the gasket was starting
to show wear from the 45k miles driven. Therefore, a recommendation was
made to replace the transmission seal.

I would not worry at all about the car.

Thanks,


-----Original Message-----
From:


Thanks for the response. What was the reason for the cracked cylinder
head and leaking transmission?

M
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M,

This car belonged to my sales manager previously. It was his personal
car. He was the original owner. He is a man in his 40's. Trust me,
this car was never abused. This car was never modified nor raced. So,
I wouldn't worry about any pre-mature wearing on this car.

The reason for the high miles is that he lived in Santa Monica at one
point in time. He also has family in San Diego. Therefore, he did a
lot of freeway driving.

$28XXX + tax/license is the best deal.

Let me know if you want to do it.

Thanks,
Y

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Y,

Thanks for the quick response and the offer.

I noticed that the car had a cracked cylinder head cover and leaking
transmission repair in the service history which suggests that the
previous owner was driving the car aggressively and raises concern. I am
unsure that I would buy the car at this price. Is there anything further
you could do?

M
 

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Freeway miles are the best kind of miles to be on a car....
 

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I am sorry but why not just find a better example of the same vehicle.
45k miles is a little high for a 2 year old car, especially that a lot of these cars are garage queens, weekend cars.
Plus all these cracked leaking whatever would scare me away from this purchase.
what he said:thumbup:
 
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