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#1 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 01:37 PM
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Little Advice Needed E39 540i-6 sport

Hello,
I have been asking questions in the forum about a 99 540i -6 Sport that I am going to buy. I absolutely fell in love with this car on first drive. But, to be honest - the fact remains I really did not look at it all that closely. This car was such a wonderful drive and the people that are selling it live in an 'upscale' neighborhood with no kids to beat it, and a bunch of service records, so I figured I was kind of safe.

Well, to make a long story short looking for advice about this purchase, before I drop the cash. I realize these are opinion type questions so I am opening a can of worms. But, for those more experienced than I your input would be invaluable to me.

Should I get the compression checked...although it showed no signs of compression loss? Should I pull the wheels and inspect the brakes although looking at the rotors showed no signs of abnormal wear or grinding? How can I check the suspension linkage...or should I?

Any other components known to fail or regularly need service...radiator was replaced last year and all the electronics seem to work fine.

At $9.5K it seems like a Great Deal to me...I did the carfax...2 owners one accident with slight/moderate damage in 2005 and it has like 30K on it since the accident...


As I write this I am thinking since I loved the car so much maybe I should just 'suck it up' and pay for it and get what I get? WHAT A RIDE!

Thanks for any input,
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where was it hit? compression test would be a good idea just to check the internals of the engine. yeah pull the wheels check the brake pads and rotors and also check
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check the area of the accedent and how well it was repaired
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How many miles does the car have?? Test driving the car will pretty much tell you what your buying. How the car feels , breaking, cornering,acceleration,etc... if your not sure have your local mechanic take a look at the car and drive it befor you drop the dough on it! Good luck!!
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^ yeah that thing is a PITA to replace.....

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Pretty much know about all this stuff except how do I check the struts...ride is good and it has 137K. and last but not least What is a Valley pan gasket?

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any mantainance receipts?
check radiator hoses and plasitc connectors - if they go - DEATH
ohh thee is also a website hwere u can see common problems
its like jimmy540i or jimmys540i or jimmy540i6 . com
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ride is good and it has 137K. and last but not least What is a Valley pan gasket?

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In the "valley" of the V8 between the two banks of cylinders, there is a channel through which coolant flows. That channel is called the "valley pan." It has a gasket on the top to ensure that the coolant doesn't leak out. After about 120-140K miles, that gasket is toast. It costs about $1.2K to replace, depending on labor rates.

Frankly, it sounds to me like you're getting a great deal, and I'd go for it as long as it passed a qualified independent BMW mechanic's inspection.



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Thanks for the response...just waitin on my check to come...as soon as it gets here I am pickin up this car...hopefully no one else does.
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