View Full Version : Deal or no deal 1997 528i

04-28-2006, 04:07 PM
A green horn looking for some advice in the pursuit of buy an older BMW. I have a line a 1997 528i that isfrom some one I know. They are the type who cleans the wax from groves with a Q-tip.

But onto the particulars: 5-spd, beautiful in/out,1-owner, non-smoker, no accidents,garaged day/nite, meticulously maintained by dealer, sport/premium pckgs, 4 summer/ 4 winter tires/wheels, 6 CD changer, rear spoiler, 86,000 miles $13000

Took for a test drive, seems very nice.

I know from a prior job the person who owned it, very honest.
A one owner car.
Has all the service records.
8 sets of wheels and tires. 4 17 inch fat tires, 4 snows on 15 inch BMW rims.
Very clean.

1997 model (first E39 model year), no side air bags
86,000 miles, well not too bad
Wont budge below $13,000 for now


Trying to weigh worth vs. I know the owner vs another 528 I may find that I dont know the complete history. Just seems like $13K is a bit high for a 97.

So far some advice has been:

Find out the suspension history. At that mileage, it won't be long before thrust and/or control arms, stuts will be due.

Timming belt/chain replacement?

04-28-2006, 06:51 PM
86k miles is how many km?
and he has TWO sets (1 set=4 wheels)
Personally if the car is that well maintained, and you personally know the seller....i would be more inclined to buy it...13gs is a little steep imo though...if you can work him down a bit then i'd definately pick it up

04-29-2006, 07:23 PM
well he said one set is 17's with fat tires, other set is 15's with winter tires?

04-29-2006, 08:18 PM
hm..doesn't that still make it 2 sets?
set 1:
4 17inch rims with fat tires

set 2:
4 15 inch rims with winter tires


04-30-2006, 03:02 AM
yes... thats what i said?

well he said one set is 17's with fat tires, other set is 15's with winter tires?

04-30-2006, 11:02 AM
Sorry for the confusion.

Two items:

4 x 17" BWM rims, fat summer tires (4)
4 x 15" BMW rims skinney winter (snow) tires (4)

Also miles, it has 89,500 Miles.

Counter offered $12,500, as before would not budge below $13,000.

Again major pluses, One owner lives near me and I know, all paper work. I have a call into the BMW service area asking what is required next as far as service if I were to purchase i.e. big ticket item. If any, can use for bargining.

04-30-2006, 02:11 PM
Have the car inspected by the dealership. If its in as good shape as you think, bring 11 750 - 12 000 cash with you. Flash some cash, he'll take it

04-30-2006, 05:03 PM
Too late someone bought it today for the asking price of $13,500 !!! Seemed too high for me.

04-30-2006, 11:59 PM
seemed like it was the perfect car... and that has a higher price tag