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#1 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 01:46 PM
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Hi there, folk!

I wonder if I could solicit your input on a fairly tricky situation:

Nov 2008 I purchased a second hand 530d SE Touring (52) which turned out to be an import, with 85k miles on board. The engine failed (swirl flaps sucked into the engine) last June and haven't been able to use it since. I got a quote for £800 (labour and parts) + £1500 (2nd hand engine) + £900 (to get it through the MOT) to fix the car and I am not certain what to do.

Is it worth putting so much money in a car which I reckon is not worth more than £4000 (if in working condition), or should I just cut my loses? Is this a car which has any \ a lot of trouble-free mileage left in it? Any of you who work \ deal with this type of car regularly and in a position to comment on the level of service one should be able to get in the long run?

I will be grateful to hear your advice on the matter.

Thank you for taking the time to read and possibly answer!

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For £3200 you can buy another one for sure in the current climate even a late 7 series have a look around ebay, autotrader and pistonheads you will be very surprised what you can get for that sort of money now....and just break your other one for parts or keep it for spares, you could also sell it on ebay for spares or repair as a whole, if I had a spare £3200 I know I would find a really nice late 5 or 7 for that...

As for what you would get out of your one in mileage, well serviced should reach 400 to 500,000 miles...there was one advertised a while ago with 978,000 miles on the clock but it was a petrol version, as you have found out the swirl flaps are a problem, but there is a way around them, blanking them off I think.

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Hi folk!

I have decided to give it another go and repair it! Crossing my fingers that it was worth the punt and that it will serve us faithfully from now on.

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Gday there,

First time on this site and fist post also. I bought an E39 523i last year and came across the same problem - within the first month cylinders 4 and 6 went, then the whole engine seized and gve up the ghost. In the meantim the transmission kept slipping and eventually stayed in limp mode in 4th gear. I didn't know which option to go as i had just bought it fort $10,000AU which was about $5000 cheaper than market price. I decided teh rebuild the entire setup - cost me about $7500AU altogether, totaling $9000 with new radiator, brakes and a few other little things. I a,m pleased to say that i made the right decision - she drives likie an absolute brand new car now. No problems at all and has done about 20,000km since rebuild. Am looking at aftermarket suspension and upgrading the rotors to slotted discs. Once they are all done i will have a virtually brand new car that will last me a lifetime!!

Keep us updated on how she runs afterwards and all the best
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Hi nzm!

I've gone down a similar path. After purchasing the car for £8000 a year and a half ago and putting in another £3000 for various other faults, when the engine went, we realized that fixing it will not be an economical decision, but rather an emotional one.

So, hoping \ praying that it will pay off and we will eventually be able to enjoy the renown reliability \ comfort \ joy of driving a BMW, we took the last punt.

We have asked a mechanic to replace the engine with a 65k miles one, change the break discs and pads (front and rear), make sure it will go through the MOT and give it a good check.

£3500 later, we surely hope that it would have been worth it.

I will keep you updated once I pick it up next week!

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Sup everyone,

gee these forums are a bit quiet ATM ey?
Anyhow just thought I'd throw it out there - I went to a mates workshop last weekend and we did a once over on the car - turns out that the bloke who rebuilt my transmission took the cheap way out - 6 error codes, two dead o2 sensors Pre-cat as well as completely worn bushes all round and two usersize rotors at the rear. So...looks like the AU$9500 that I spent on almost every aspect of the car went ino the guys pocket! I'm a little pissed to say the least, will have to go back to the initial shop and demand WTF is going on.

Question: how many kms per tank is normal for 97 523i city driving? I am getting around 450 -500 city kms and 800 country kms with two stuffed o2 sensors. Any ideas guys?

Also for a CAI intake setup what brand or setup would you guys recommend? My next step after I sort out these other gremlins.

My last project car was a 450hp Nissan R32 Skyline so this should be different and interesting.

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