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Old 04-03-2009, 01:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Noob to BMW's...questions about '99 528i

Hello everyone, i've never owneda BMW, and have been looking at a '99 528i, with 135,xxx miles.
here's a link: Cars For Sale: Car Details - AutoTrader.com

i've heard that its not a good idea to buy a BMW with 100k+ miles, because they start to have a lot of problems. is this true? and what should i look out for when purchasing? THANKS for your help!
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Basically, if its an automatic it will need a box service also the main things that start to go is everything to do with the coolant system, rad, hoses, viscous coupling and expansion tank as there all made of plastic and get brittle with use and age, you may also get the odd sensor go.

If its got a good service history I would say somethings have already been done!
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Indeed, excellent vehicle on the road. But you need to maintain it very well & pay special personal attention. You better learn to maintain it by yourself most of the time … it would be cheaper
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thanks for your help!

so basically, if it has a good service history, i should go for it?
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