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#1 (permalink) Old 11-03-2005, 07:06 PM
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98' 528i for a 03' 525 Was this a good deal

I purchased a 98' 528i in 2003 with 77k miles for $17K. The car was in excellent condition when i purchaesd it. Went to the BMW dealer for some repairs:
1. Needed bearings on all 4 wheels
2. Rear brakes
3. Both motors on the rear windows needed to be replaced.
4. Nicks & dent all over, on the hood and on doors
5. It had 122k miles

Droped the car off, and passed by the show room : Their she was:
1. 2003 525
2. Only 18001 miles
3. Not a scratch
4. Light Blue
5. Premium Pkg
6. Xenon Lights

With my trade-in: $28,000. Was this a good deal used: What you guys think.
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i think it was a great deal. it looks like the previous owners did not take care of the car which means more problems are likely to arise. 28k is a pretty ok deal. i would get it
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Well - considering that thats the price AFTER trade, I'm not too sure to be honest.

Aside from value / cost, it DEFINATELY seems like the 525 is a better car, but it does lack some torque that you can feel. (Unless your 528 was in poor shape, it could have actually been slower than the 525... )

the 03' models were the last of the e39 and are EXTREMELY solid and reliable - most, if not all bugs "wierdnesses" have been worked out and they're just incredible cars. Early e39s aren't bad at all either, when properly cared for though.

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buy the 525, get it chipped for a few hundred bucks, and it will be faster and have more torque than your old 528.
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buy the 525, get it chipped for a few hundred bucks, and it will be faster and have more torque than your old 528.
your kidding, right?
chips all say "gains of 20hp" etc etc
BS.. Dyno gains are rarely more than 5hp + w/o other mods.
more hp - yes, more tq - no.
190 vs 208... a chip alone won't do that.

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your kidding, right?
chips all say "gains of 20hp" etc etc
BS.. Dyno gains are rarely more than 5hp + w/o other mods.
more hp - yes, more tq - no.
190 vs 208... a chip alone won't do that.
yeah im kidding. i have seen chips that say its a 40hp gain. yeah right. Ebay says it raises the hp and torque, but who can trust that. what i meant to say was get a HP chip AND a tranny chip. Dinan makes a tranny chip that cost about $200 here is what Dinan says:

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Part #: Call Dinan
Price: $199.00
Labor Units: 8
Emission Status: 50 State Emission Legal
Point Value: 1

Sporty acceleration is no longer the sole domain of those who like to shift gears; Dinan Automatic Transmission Software welcomes you to the performance zone. To fully utilize the extra power extracted by Dinan Engine Performance Products, the transmission software raises the shift points to a higher rpm for faster acceleration in both the "Sport" and "Economy" modes, allowing you to carry more road speed in each gear."

i would think the chip would raise it above the 528.

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Having both - a 525 and 528 - and having driven a late model 525, I really doubt that both chips would even be able to even it out.

Sure on the highway, the 528 is BARELY any better, but the torque that you feel from a stop is much better than the 525. Raising shift points might help a bit, but then again in the 528 with a lot more tq, it will probably still pull ahead.

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thats interesting. i never knew that there was THAT much of power difference between the 525 and the 528.
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there is... but it's only right off the line... the surge doesn't last long. haha.
still makes it more fun to stomp on, though

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i'd say it was a pretty bad deal.. reduce that by $5k, it'd be much much better


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i'd say it was a pretty bad deal.. reduce that by $5k, it'd be much much better
yeah you could bargin with the dealer. ask for 10k off the price and maybe he would drop the price by 5k. while ur at it, ask him if his porters could detail the car after you buy it
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