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Old 11-25-2008, 03:28 PM   #16
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Its a great car, fast, gorgeous and reliable...
I bought 98 540i back in 2004 with 115,000km and had it till few months ago with 150,000km.
Other than normal wear and tear (tires and clutch - mainly due to clutch delay valve) I only experienced one issue, driver seat stoped reclining. This wasn't an issue for me since I was the only driver and it was already set to my liking.
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:31 PM   #17
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I kept records of my maintenance. I can email you a copy if you want to see.
Windwagon, are you including track preparation maintenance as well? In your signature pic, is that your car at the Mosport Driver Development track? Have you had it on the big track? (not trying to hijack this thread)
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:55 PM   #18
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Its a great car, fast, gorgeous and reliable...
I bought 98 540i back in 2004 with 115,000km and had it till few months ago with 150,000km.
Other than normal wear and tear (tires and clutch - mainly due to clutch delay valve) I only experienced one issue, driver seat stoped reclining. This wasn't an issue for me since I was the only driver and it was already set to my liking.
Miki, I'm not trying to get on your case but during the maintenance cycle of these cars some times one can buy a car that was well maintained or not... drive it for a while without any problems then when they sell the car... guess what happens... .

My point is... although maintenance records can be altered and don't always tell the whole story, buying a car with em may cost more but it is most likely worth it. If you buy a car without them you absolutely don't really know what you are buying. The sad story is when you buy from a used car dealer and even if the maitenance records were with the car most user car dealer will not give em to you or admit to having them.

*To the original poster Souvrain, if you have the maintenance records (sounds like you know the history of the car) and you have done your research you may be getting a pretty sound car, certainly not the lottery that most of use have been through and looking at you profile your already know about BMWs.
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:26 PM   #19
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My own 2cents - No matter if the age of the car is 1998 or 2008...a little diy work goes along way....don't always bring the car to the dealer...ie. pixels are not showing anymore...okay time to spend $1000 on a new board...or wait for a used piece for $20.....

Don't be afraid to get a bit dirty, get under the car, get a specialist (2nd opinion) to look at the car, look for common red flag signs.....

No matter what car you buy you should always save a % of your income for emergency repairs.....

GL....

Owner of a 99' BMW 540i loving my ABS lights...and temperature beep update that makes me have a minor 'whats wrong now moment' lol....
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:46 AM   #20
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Mlue1 I agree with you, it all depends on who drove the car before you and how well it was maintained. I paid a bit more for mine but it was one owner and had all records. Also new buyers need to understand that they are buyin $80,000 car regardless of how much its worth now due to price drop, you are still paying maintainance costs for that of $80,000 car. When I bought mine back in 2004 that's what I expected therefore $100 for oil change and $350 for one tire was reasonable for me. I previously owned vw Corrado which was a nightmare for maintainance so I can relate to bad apples.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:54 AM   #21
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^ at the end of the day, if you can't afford to pay, you can't afford to play. You either pay in the purchase price of a new car or you pay in maintenance for an older car. Either way, you're paying. If you're concerned about counting the pennies when maintaining this car, its not for you.
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Old 11-26-2008, 06:16 PM   #22
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Owner of a 99' BMW 540i loving my ABS lights...and temperature beep update that makes me have a minor 'whats wrong now moment' lol....

I feel you on the beep! And also when the "Washer Fluid Low" comes on. HAHAH
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