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#1 (permalink) Old 04-15-2004, 11:48 PM
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Hey guys, Im new to the forum. Just purchased a 1997 540i, Automatic, with 52k miles. I paid 14.5k, I was just wondering if I got a good deal. The car is in excellent condition, with new brakes, tires, and battery. Also, I havent had the car fully checked out. Just drove it, and did a visual check. What would you guys recommend i check out on her. Thanks for your help
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for that milage and the condition you say it is in, it sounds like a great deal to me. i was looking at 540i's and a dealer had a 1997 model with 45k miles for $24k. i coulda talked him down alot probably but anyway, it sounds like you got a good deal! i know the good feeling i just got my car (in sig) 2 days ago!

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That's an absolute steal if it really is in such good condition. Mine has more miles and I paid a bit more for it, and it was still a good deal.

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Welcome, I'm relatively new to the BMW world myself.
I can confirm what the others have said... that's a fantasic deal.
So, with that said, I'd take some of the money you've saved on this super low purchase price and find the nearest BMW dealer and have them do a checkup. I assume they all will do the $90 car evaluation checkup. They will give yuo a written report on what they've found. They can even lookup the Vin # and tell you what major services that may have been done at another dealership.
This way, they should identify anything that is not working or broken, etc. It will be a good starting point. You will either end up with a list of things that need attention or you will have the peace of mind that nothing should be falling off soon.
Then you can locate a more reasonably priced mechanic that you can trust but won't break the bank for future work.
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