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Help, I ran a carfax on a e39 540i but am kind of worried...

Well, I ran a carfax on this car and here is what it says:

I am worried about the amount of times the electrical system has been serviced. Is this something standard like a computer system check or do you think it was a on going problem? Thanks! It seems everything else is pretty clear... Thanks!

12/20/1997 US Customs Vehicle exported from
Germany
and imported to
Newark, NJ


01/05/1998 Indiana
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Dublin, OH Registered as
lease vehicle

05/29/1998 3,356 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Lubed oil and filter changed

07/23/1998 7,214 Service Facility Vehicle serviced

11/07/1998 Indiana
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Dublin, OH
Title #98055206039 Title issued or updated
First owner reported

02/18/1999 12,942 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Electrical system serviced

06/08/1999 15,351 Service Facility Vehicle serviced

10/07/1999 18,505 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Electrical system serviced

02/24/2000 22,928 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Lubed oil and filter changed
Electrical system serviced
Brakes serviced

08/08/2000 25,578 Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
New Berlin, WI
Title #00221P7008 Registration issued or renewed
Title or registration issued

11/17/2000 29,181 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Lubed oil and filter changed
Suspension system serviced

04/26/2001 32,899 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Brakes serviced
Electrical system serviced
Lubed oil and filter changed

08/23/2001 35,869 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Cooling system serviced
Emissions system serviced
Electrical system serviced
Exhaust system serviced

12/26/2001 39,989 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Lubed oil and filter changed
Emissions system serviced
Suspension system serviced
Electrical system serviced

03/20/2002 43,637 Service Facility Vehicle serviced

04/23/2002 44,957 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Suspension system serviced
Lubed oil and filter changed
Air conditioning serviced

07/29/2002 48,543 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Air conditioning serviced

11/04/2002 50,902 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Cooling system serviced
Lubed oil and filter changed

02/28/2003 54,478 Service Facility Vehicle serviced
Lubed oil and filter changed
Emissions system serviced
Engine serviced
Electrical system serviced

04/16/2003 56,520 Service Facility Vehicle serviced

07/18/2003 58,969 Service Facility Vehicle serviced

09/11/2003 Wisconsin
Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection

10/28/2003 61,204 Dealer Inventory Vehicle offered for sale





Purchased: 2004
Where: Alabama
Est. miles/year: ---
Est. length owned: 3/2/04 - present
(2 yrs. 4 mo.)



Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
03/02/2004 61,827 Alabama
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Montgomery, AL
Title #32179953 Title issued or updated
New owner reported
Loan or lien reported

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the car is a lemon?

my carfax (99 528) doesn't mention any electrical system servicing
there might be somethign worng - but don't worry - in 2 years nothing broke down


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Well what does "Electrical system serviced" mean? Its pretty vague. Could mean just about anything.

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The E39 did tend to have electrical problems of many kinds. Mine had about six or seven. All were not cheap to fix, but I could live with most of them. The window regulators were not an ignore item.



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I am just wondering if I should still drive 2.5 hrs Monday to see it. The owner has been totally honest about anything I should know and it seems as if the car was serviced on a pretty regularly schedule. I just hope the electrical stuff has been worked out. It looks as if since he has owned sine 04 he hasn't taken it in with anything that I can see? It has 84k miles on it now. Ughhh I hate searching for a new car!!! Thanks for the input so far, anyone else have any ideas?
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Yeah, I'd go see it if I were you. Play with all of the electrical gizmos you can find--and don't be afraid to ask what the problems reported on carfax were.



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When I ran a carfax on my 325i, I had a few electrical system serviced and I knew the previous owner. She told me that the passenger power seats would stop working. I just deal with it now, as long as my side works.
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Dave, Find out more from the owner about the electrical issues.
It could be anything from lights under the visor not working to the alternator or blown fuses. I can deal with mechanical issues but electrical stuff is a nightmare.
Again, maybe he can provide you with the records from the dealer.

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I would definetly find out what serviced electrical system means.Mine had a window regulator issue and a seat sensor problem, but that is all. That seems like a trend to me. There are thousands of these cars for sale. Why not be picky and find one that looks a little cleaner? Autotrader brought up 6 within 25 miles of my house...1998...2002 Good Luck!
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