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PLEASE HELP NEWBIE BUYING BMW 540i

HELP!!! Im thinking of buying another car. I found a nice 1999 540i. auto, 145xxx miles, m5 bodykit, the guys saying the head gaskets were changed, all brakes and fluids were changed, radiator was changed, car comes with 18 staggered wheels, m5 exhaust, halo lights. any comments would be appreciated. i didnt see the car yet, only pics. its painted a nice flat matte blue. Hes says there r no scratches or even scuff marks on it. Hes says the only thing that is wrong with it is one of the injectors is going out. Hes asking 5500. Is this a good deal, is it worth my time to go and look at it???? How much will it cost me to get the injectors changed. THANKU FOR ANY COMMENTS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!!
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Ask for documentation of all the work completed on the car. A head gasket job could be because he over heated the car. Make sure their is documentation the head itself was inspected for cracks and damage and was machined. If not done properly you can bet you will be doing the job again.

It might not be a failing injector, but a dirty one. Try cleaning it first. However, take it to get inspected first, and have the computer scanned for trouble codes. A replacement injector is about $85-135 depending on brand and car model, etc.

I would take a look at it after I ran the VIN and made sure it came back clean.


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$5500 is way too much IMHO. I bought my 1999 540i sport with 105k and all service records since new for $5200. I'd say stay away from a hacked up BMW. Try to find one that's stock and taken care of.
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Hey thanks a lot for the replies that ive recieved. I appreciate it and will appreciate any more imput. I will be looking at it saturday morning, and will post if i bought it or not......Thanks again
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No problem! Keep us update for sure.
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Hey, ppl. just gota call from the guy that wanted to sell the car. He said something happened to it, and he is gonna fix it first then sell it. I know there were some other ppl interested, and i suspect he just sold it. Anyway, thats that. Thanks for all the imput, ill be looking for another 540i.
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Cool. Thanks for the update.
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Hey, ppl. Just an update...... I bought a 2000 540i. Its got 167xxx miles on it. Its got m5 dash, and m5 wheels on it. The motor seems to be in great shape. Ive got acouple of problems. Was wondering if anybody would care to share. When i brake it shakes and vibrates like crazy. If i brake really hard it kinda goes away. Thebrakes and rotors have just been changed. Its got drilled and slotted rotors. I did see that the thrust arm bushing looks alittle wierd, Is this something it could be????Also the remote key doesnt work. Is there a way to reset it. Thanks for any imput........
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I'm pretty certain that your front end shake is caused by bad thrust arm bushing which is a common problem. As far as the key, you might have to take it to a BMW dealer to be programmed or the battery is dead. Congrats on the purchase. Post pics if you can!
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Get the suspension checked out, I will say it could also be the discs even though recently changed doesn't mean they are not warped,,I always use genuine after I purchased Black Diamond discs which lasted a month before they warped!

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