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#1 (permalink) Old 11-30-2004, 05:04 PM
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Hello. This is my first post on here, and hopefully not my last.

I recently found a 2000 528i at a saturn dealership for 21,000 dollars. I had done some searching and found this to be a relatively good deal. It has 63,000 miles, and the dealership provided me with a carfax report. It had been originally purchased and then reposessed, sold at auction, and then owned by a single owner. The exterior is in perfect condidion, save the BMW emblem on the hood,( it has chipped away). The interior is great, except for some wear on the seats and a few spots on the carpet. The car seems to work fine, and i am bringing it to a mechanic to get checked out.

I would like to know if there are any known problems with this particular model, anything to watch out for around a certain mileage, and any other useful information for someone who has never owned a BMW before.

After all was said and done, including a 2 year/24000 mile warranty from the dealer, the car will be around 24,000.

Please let me know also, if you think this is a bargain, or if im getting in over my head.Thanks in advance.
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Well - we bought a 1998 528 with ~90k miles and it has been great so far and we have all the records - it has never had any major issues, just inspections, oil changes, etc. Its been a good car for the last owner and a good car for us. However - the tranny feels like its starting to slip on cold starts and the dealer says its a leaky seal in the tranny. After the car shifts out of first for the first time of the day, it runs great and like a brand new car.

Its not too common at all for that kind of problem at such a low mileage, so I am pretty sure you'll be more fortunate and able to enjoy your car very much. Either way maintenance gets a LITTLE pricey around 130k miles compared to other cars, but its well worth it and the car is very reliable. Notice I said maintenance, not repairs.

We picked up our 98 for 14k so 21 for an 00 with 60k sounds like a fair deal, but you should be able to swing 19,9

good luck and enjoy

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Originally posted by sp0rky@Nov 30 2004, 04:26 PM
Well - we bought a 1998 528 with ~90k miles and it has been great so far and we have all the records - it has never had any major issues, just inspections, oil changes, etc. Its been a good car for the last owner and a good car for us. However - the tranny feels like its starting to slip on cold starts and the dealer says its a leaky seal in the tranny. After the car shifts out of first for the first time of the day, it runs great and like a brand new car.

Its not too common at all for that kind of problem at such a low mileage, so I am pretty sure you'll be more fortunate and able to enjoy your car very much. Either way maintenance gets a LITTLE pricey around 130k miles compared to other cars, but its well worth it and the car is very reliable. Notice I said maintenance, not repairs.

We picked up our 98 for 14k so 21 for an 00 with 60k sounds like a fair deal, but you should be able to swing 19,9

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I purchased my 00 with 56k and a 3yr/36k warranty for 20,995. It's cosmos and no scratches, wear and tear. I think you should be able to deal them a bit.
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According to "book value" the $21K "seems" like a good price. But I agree with the other guys here that you can probably get it for a lot less. When shopping for a BMW and talking to friends who had made recent purchases, I was amazed at how low these vehicles traded hands compared to book retail.

Also consider that the 1999 is almost identical to the 2000, except the 2000's key is a little nicer and recharges itself. Maybe you can spend less going with a 1999. Just an idea to consider. used

Here's another angle to think about: I certainly don't was to diss the 528 guys here, but with fuel prices being high lately, I found that on the used market, the 540's were priced only about a thou or two more than the 528's, for a car that base-priced about $12K to $13K more new and with more standard features. That's why I zeroed-in on the 540 Sport and ended up scoring my 1999 540/6 for the same or less than what a 528 would cost.

Some claim the 528 is better-balanced than the 540, and indeed it does have rack-and-pinion steering (the 540 uses old-fashioned recirculating ball steering). However, I test drove an M3, a 330, and a 528 (2000 model, in fact), and I don't see where the 540 gives up much in handling feel.

Just remember - there's lots of those things around for sale and if you need to walk away, don't worry - you'll find one soon enough.

Oh - make sure you check out all 3 interior colors: Black, silver/gray, and cream/tan. I thought going into it I would prefer the gray, but once I saw my 540's cream interior, I knew that was The One.

Best of luck to you!

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When I saw your comment on the condition of the seats of the car I was reminded of a post I did on my car so I thought I would re-post it here for you. Almost anything "cosmetic" can be fixed which is the jist of my post. The sound systems in the 5's aren't the greatest. The following is a modified version of my original post:

I debated about this thread but thought some might find it interesting to help them out with their car, so I'm throwing it in here. When I picked up my "97" 528i from the dealer, the price was dropped at purchase because the car needed some "tender loving care." Often people will pass over purchasing a car that with just a little bit of money thrown at it will look terrific again, so I'll go into what I did.

Cosmetics - Outside the car
First on the outside were a couple of not very large dents - about the size of a half a dime - but very noticeable: there were three of them. So for about $150, Mr DentStar came and took them out - the area is virtually clean, you can't tell anything was there.
Cost: $150

The hood
It isn't unusual to have lots of nicks on the hood from small rocks from trucks and cars. So I went to the best auto body recommended by my local BMW dealership and followed their recommendation. They removed the hood and repainted it - Montreal Blue - and re-clear coated it and the side panels to get the side panels and hood to match.

Rest of outside of car
There were many noticeable scratches on the paint job, some requiring touch up. With the paint match from the hood, paint was used on a couple of obvious locations. The remaining scratches were buffed out.
[Note: This turned out to be an excellent investment. I bought a 2002 330xi about a month latter and my son scrapped the side mirror. Richmond Auto Body in North Vancouver fixed it for free - buffed it out - and touched it up with paint left over from another job and gave me free touch up paint from that job. Yet another week latter, I discovered the bottom of my air scope was torn on my 528i were some one had driven it up on the curb - I had seen the damage but didn't realize it was damage at the time of purchase - and Richmond Autobody charged me a case of beer to fix it]
Cost: $650 + case of beer

Inside of car:
I was recommended Ambassador Upholstery Restoration (in Vancouver, BC) for my next work by my local BMW dealership and service department. I had a couple of "problems."

First, my steering wheel looked "worn." The outside of the wheel looks a bit on the used and worn side. The chap spent some time cleaning the wheel with Lexol and then sprayed it black. The steering wheel now looks new.

I have gray leather interior. The drivers seat on the side was looking very worn, I guess the past owners pant belt (black) slid against the seat and left a mark and wore down the leather. It didn't look good to say the least. I tried Lexol cleaner and it did remove the black, but it took it down to the leather without the gray dye. When I showed it to the chap at the shop, he said he could dye it back to the original and happened to mentioned briefly that he dyed entire seats for $200. I said "sold" and asked him to re-dye the front seats, which were looking dirty as well as having the one bad spot. When I picked the car up, the seats looked brand new.

The back seats were cleaned up by him after he worked on the front seats, the came out looking brand new.

Nicks in the foam around the car interior

There were a number of nicks in the foam, some at the door area where the seat belt buckle had jammed in between the door and the frame as the door was closed, there were at least 12 serious nicks of these sorts. All were gone when he was done. There were some on the passenger sides as well, but less - they were gone as well.

There was a serious large knick at the bottom of the driver door panel with some of the material missing. When the fellow was done, the panel looked new.

The area where you put your hands in on the door to close it had paint missing. He said the previous owner must have had long sharp nails as they removed the paint in several locations on the driver and passengers side. The repainted these areas and they look new.
[You should note that if you develop a hole in your leather or a tear, it can be welded and the blended area will be invisible to the eye - he showed me several jobs he was working on and some of the welds he had done]
Cost: $550

Sound:
I replaced all the speakers with Boston Acoustic speakers and the "boxy" sound that came with the original sound system became a wonderful sound to enjoy.
Cost: $1100

So I put out some money but I was repaid with a car the looks new both outside and inside and is a pleasure to listen to as well. Oh yes, I added the CD player at time of purchase.
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RSN -

Do you remember all of the sizes of Boston Acoustics speakers you had to buy? Better yet, got any model numbers? I had my sound system optimized in my last car and have been frustrated by the muffled sound of the 540's. Sounds like the "no highs, no lows, must be Bose" system I had in my Acura a few years back. Thanks for whatever you can tell me.

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