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Old 05-23-2006, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Need helpp with E39

Hi every body!! I want to buy an BMW e39 i saw meny but...i al ways found that the cars were crashed!!!! Haw i foaund that????? I have my own mthods to find out!!!! But two days ago i saw a 530 2002 and i couldn't find anything but the carfax report shows that the car have had an accident!!! Could you tell me other way,other spots where i could look for,to see if it was crashed or no!!! And what should i chek most important in a BMW when buying it!!! Thanks a lot!!!
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Old 05-23-2006, 05:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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first of all... lay off the crank...

j/k - carfax is probably one of the best resources to find out if a car has been in an accident. id say at least 99% of cars in accidents that are fixed to near perfection had some kind of write up done.
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Most of your question is applicable to just about any car - what you need are some good, general pre-purchase inspection tips, and for that I'd recommend Google and/or Amazon books.

Other than that, the E39 has tightly controlled body seams, so look at the door, trunk, and hood seams for any signs of misalignment or non-constant spacing. Look near things like window seals and the like for signs of a repaint.

Take a look at www.540i6.com for common E39/540 problems and fixes and familiarize yourself with the list.

Also, don't depend totally on Carfax. I have a friend who once had a car totaled and it didn't show up on Carfax. It depends in part on the insurance company involved...
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Also, don't depend totally on Carfax. I have a friend who once had a car totaled and it didn't show up on Carfax. It depends in part on the insurance company involved...

This is true for me as well. After I bought the car, had it insured, registered, and inspected... I checked the carfax and it did not even recognize a 3rd owner for the car! I placed the inspection and title renewal under the previous owner! That’s why you should always try to cross reference as much information available in the report with the previous owner.
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Thank's a lot! As soon i poorches the car i'll put it hear and you will take a look atit! thank you!
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Thank's a lot! As soon i poorches the car i'll put it hear and you will take a look atit! thank you!
poorches- do you mean purchase??

atit- a tit?? do you mean at it??

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Yes they do! But i was writting while driving! and i meessed up a little bit! Do you have any problems or what?
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Yes they do! But i was writting while driving! and i meessed up a little bit! Do you have any problems or what?
Writing while driving?!?

Alex don't worry about the spelling - we understood what U meant. But please pay attention on the road!
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haha im just messin with ya... i knew what you said... but yeah +1 for typing while driving?? explain yourself...
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As i heard few of you wrote while driving!!! I was coming from wark and wrting on my laptop!!! Did i explain my self???? See ya!
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how do you mistype a with o in work? a and o are soooooo far away from each other on the keyboard
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You type on your laptop when driving? Dude, that is not safe.
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