ISN'T IT ALWAYS THIS WAY? You go in to the dealer to see the car that looks too good to be true and..it is.
Such is the case with the immaculate 06 530i that I saw at my local BMW dealer on the net. I drove up and three others (I was told) had looked at it and all wanted to buy it but the cash didn't meet the payments, etc so, I thought, here is my opportunity to jump.
The car had been on the showroom and was pulled outside to show the others who came in before me. Minus some rock pelting on the windshiled that produces those little sparkly smacks that annoy you in bright sunlight, the car was like new physically.
I took the test drive and it was as expected. Smooth, quiet and fairly responsive. It idled quietly with no loping or dips...and I heard no peculiar noises that would have caused me to think twice.
I bought the car, feeling i got a pretty good deal. It had 39k miles on it and was a local, one owner car. All serviced at the dealer. I felt safe. Isn't it a beauty?
As I began to drive the car a little on a new tank of gas, I noticed that what the MPG readout was telling me was not a happy number. I had reset it to get a more accurate look. It reset at some ridiculously low number -- like 11 mpg (??) OVER THE PERIOD OF TWO DAYS of driving like a 90 year old woman, it has climbed to a whopping 15 mpg.
According to the manual, the MPG is only really accurately recording the driving results for the time that you are in the car and isn't cumulative mileage so this means, to get more accurate reads, you should reset it every time you turn on the car??? REALLY??? Not sure I get that.
Then two other things happened. i started to hear a high pitched noise sounding like it was coming from the rear. The noise become noticeable at about 40 mph and gets louder at about 60. I haven't run it on the freeway yet to know if it gets louder.
The transmission doesn't feel abnormal and shifts as it should..
Then, I noted that when I was slowing down for traffic head at about 60, when I applied the brakes, the steering wheel started shaking ( a right to left type shake).
I traded in an 07 328i that drove perfectly without noises and shakes at 19.7 mpg all day everyday no matter how I got on it. Now I am driving like an old lady to try and eeks mpgs out of this car that has less miles than my 328.
Any ideas on what all this could be? The car seems too young and in too good a shape (with consistent service maintenance records shown on the carfax) to have these kinds of pains.