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safwan_mk 03-18-2011 12:08 AM

question about purchasing a 530i M
Hi, I am new here and was hoping for some advice about purchasing a 2003 E39 530i M. I test drove it and the car was in pretty nice condition. It had new brakes put in, the suspensions had been replaced with new ones. The one thing is that the person who owns it is a mechanic who works for BMW. The information he gave me was that he bought the car 2nd hand with the engine blown. He installed another engine (used) and a used transmission too. The car has a 150,000km on it but both the engine and the transmission have 80,000km. I have asked for a car report from the person, which I am waiting for. I am wondering if a blown engine or even replacing the engine like that is something that is extremely odd? Should I avoid this car? Also, maintenance wise, how often does a 8 year old BMW need maintenance?

This is the first time I have actually considered purchasing a BMW so there is a lot of things I don't know about. So, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Bimmer Heaven 03-18-2011 01:09 AM

Replacing an engine is nothing odd, BUT doing engine and transmission at the same time, this is something you dont see everyday...unless you have $$$ to burn (as low milage parts are not cheap, if they are legit). Milage without records means nothing, 8 year old engines with 80K is not something you see everyday, it could be real but 10K/year!? lol

EuroSpec_92 03-18-2011 02:18 AM

old lady driven... i have a 98 bettle that i just purchased as a lot car and it only has 69,000km

Bimmer Heaven 03-18-2011 02:47 AM


Originally Posted by EuroSpec_92 (Post 1487733)
old lady driven... i have a 98 bettle that i just purchased as a lot car and it only has 69,000km

Possibe, yes...but how probable!!:rolleyes: I had an 81 R5 GTL with only 61K (back in 97), but with todays driving habits, unless you realy just drove it "to church on Sundays" its very hard. Between my 2 vehicles i do 50-60K per year!!!

PS, is the Beetle auto and for sale? If so let me know the details, i got a buyer!

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