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Old 01-25-2004, 11:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a newbie here. I am seriously thinking about buying a '97 540i 6-speed with 62k miles. The car is almost flawless. Problems are: paint faded on the upper part of front and rear bumpers, CD changer and amplifier missing, and that's pretty much it.

I drove the car, engine is powerful, smooth and clean. Transmission is good, no noises of any kind in the car. Seems like a pampered car. No chips, dings or scratches. No sign of body damage.

I believe that the paint touch-up shouldn't cost me more than a few hundred bucks, and the CD changer is something that I can wait and get one when I find a good deal on Ebay. What about maintenance, though?

At 63k miles, what should I expect to need replacement? Clutch? Any idea on cost to replace the clutch? Shocks?

Thank you in advance.

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Everything should be fine, but it may need some maintenance items, like filters, and spark plugs. It's anyone's guess as to the life of the clutch.
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