5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
It sounds like the car in question was not well taken care of. I would wait if I were you. Another thing, the 5 series are a little heavier than the 3 series. Drive both models and see how they compare. I have a 97 540i and I love it, pretty darn fast, a real V6 eater!!.
If the car has leather/sunroof/cd player, then it has premium package. As for the sport package, check for bucket seats/lumbar support and I believe 17" wheels. low profiles tires...
Is this a stick, auto? Drive the car and see how it handles... suspension could be damage from the "DING"... Sometimes deals are not so great. Good luck.
bucket seats have thigh and lumbar support. The thigh support it's like an extra extension for your thighs... Check the gap between tires and fender. If it seems low, it has the sport package. Anything over two and a half inches doesn't have the sport suspension. Can you post pictures?
The other thing to consider as you mentioned is The 5 series are more luxurios still sportier but not as agile as the 3 series.... I would go for a 5 series simple because there is more room. I tell you what, if you can find a 540i even better!! So if you're going to be zipping in and out the 3 series.... For luxury and a little less agility, the 5 series... For power, the V8!
As for the engine, it if was well taken care of, it should be no problem. What about records on the car? How was the clutch? They usually go out round 70-80k miles
I did not notice the lumbar support but it did have the thigh extentions.
I looked at this car for the room as opposed to the 3 series. I can give up some of the agility for the extra room.
I am going to stick with the 6 for gas milage and it has plenty of power for me. Not looking to rip up the roads. ( I have been driving 4 cyl imports for the past 3 years)
How would one go about getting records on the car? The clutch flet ok but not sure if it has been replaced. How could I tell?
The guy that has the car buys cars from auction. This partucular had one owner. Like earlier the car was bought from auction dinged up but he replaced all the body panels that were damaged. There was no internal damage. He runs a service shop and only works on BMW and MB and my father in law ( Master Mechanic for mazda) has heard many good things about this guy.
What's the explanation for the new fender/hood? I'd be wary if parts like that have been replaced. Did you get a Carfax on it and have it inspected by an independent mechanic? If not, you're lookin' for trouble, imo.
Hey I forgot.... Looks like the car doesn't have the sport package, the gap between tire/fender is height... In that year, the only cars that had the sport package were sticks... not automatics...Hmmm Maybe it was an option for sticks..
Mine is an automatic without the sport package but it handles great
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