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my dad is the mech, im no mech, but Im not stupid, he told me to look for these things when I went to check out my car(you may know some of these, but Ima just say em anyways):
1)make sure all the vins match(if there is one missing, the car was in an accident, or had fenders replaced)
2)check for rust
3)give the car a good bear palm on the trunk corners and give it a little push, see how the strength is
4)start it up, and look at the engine, and check for any odd sounding noises
5)take for a test drive, and go on a straight road, and let go of the steering wheel, see if it turns(if it starts to turn on its own, it needs an allignment)
6)check the sloppyness of the shifter, if you have to find where to put it in gear, you need to bushings, it isnt a req', I needed new bushings, and my shifter was all over the place, but youlearn to drive fine with it.
7)see how the air or AC runs(if it has AC), if no cold air is running, you need a freon recharge
I cant think of any more, but those are the basics for A car, for a BMW, I cant think of any right now. its a car, so look for things that would cause the cost to go down, things of that nature. I hope this helps? let us know what you decide to do.
oh, and give it some gas in neutral and see how the throttle response is. take itup to 4k and let the rpms go back down on their own, and see how it reacts(if it starts to stutter at 600rpms, or if it holds just fine)
I hate: people who haven't died yet that I hate. L337 Co-Founding Assistant Executive Director Product Maker of Sunset Sig's Inc. 2000 BMW M Coupe - Dakar-II - S52 "You gotta fix the nut behind the wheel before you fix the bolts on the car"