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Old 04-09-2004, 07:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm seriously considering the purchase of a 1997 528i (98,000 miles) and was curious which designation it would be (E34, E39...) I know this info is here somewhere but I'm too excited to do an inteligent search.
is $13,980 a decent price. It has leather, sun roof, 6 disk changer, Premium options. (what ever that is)
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Old 04-09-2004, 09:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, after reading lost of post the past couple of hours I belive I found the answer myself... it's an e39!!!
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Old 04-09-2004, 10:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yup, the car is an e39... price seems ok to me, although i am not really informed on what it should be. all i know is that i've seen a '99 328is for sale for 14500
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"Or what" gets my vote. :P
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Well, @$#% %#$ @#$@#, I didn't get the car. I had a mechanic look it over and he found a list of things needing attention (about $2,000 worth). Many of them were preventative maint. sort of things but the one show stopper... for him... was that it shifted rather hard from 3rd to 4th. He said this COULD indicate future problems. I told him he was breaking my heart, I was already shopping for accessories for the darn thing.

How often should one have an Inspection II performed... I guess I was mistaken in thinking this was a one time event. According to this mechanic it should be done repeatedly every so many miles. I forget what that interval was.

(I will repost this 2nd part of my question in its own new thread maybe)

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The BMW service intervals/maintenance goes like this:

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and it cycles....

Each major service should occur (according to BMW) when all the 5 green LED lights go out, which is generally about once a year, depending on mileage and how you drive. Most people would put in an oil and filter change in between the major service intervals.
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Don't get too disappointed, cpuken...there's TONS of 528i's out there. Also, it's good that you had a mechanic look at it. Just keep your eyes open...a great deal will come along!
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Recently purchased 1998 528i with 46K miles for 18,500. Still has some certified warranty left and it is an awesome drive.
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