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Old 12-04-2008, 06:29 AM   #31
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Is that a dent on the left rear 1/4 above the tail lights?

If you like the car I would offer them $9,000 and take it from there.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:05 PM   #32
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Yeah, I might call them today and see if I can get the VIN to check with the BMW dealer and maybe get a carfax if I can...

If I like it, I think I'd definitely want at least 2500 if not 3-4k off their asking price to really seriously consider buying.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:20 PM   #33
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If someone who is in the business of selling cars, does not provide you with a VIN # right away, they are trying to hide something. JMHO

Do the www.carproof.com free lemon check too.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:30 PM   #34
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Yeah, I don't doubt that they'll give it to me - it's just not listed in the ad.

Edit: Called, and the VIN is WBADT53433CE94314

Edit 2: Carproof lemon check is clear. Called my local BMW dealer and it is an original Canadian car, and the original colour is 405 - Imola red.

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Old 12-04-2008, 05:28 PM   #35
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Pretty easy to see if it's repainted. It's got 204k, that's pretty high mileage for a 2003.

If it were me, I'd hold off and keep looking... price is "affordable" but still... buy with a sound mind, not emotion.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:30 PM   #36
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Yeah, I agree generally - the only reason I am even considering this one is that it's Imola... which I think looks incredibly good on the E39 and is almost impossible to find.
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:23 PM   #37
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On the other hand, you can buy Andrew's M5 with similar miles, older year, and similar price
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:37 PM   #38
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Is that mudmojo's M5?

If not... link?

Like I said... I'm only considering upgrading right now because that 530i is a rare colour that I'm unlikely to find again easily. If I am going to buy a black/silver/other common colour E39 then I'm happy to stick with my current E34 for another year or two until I have the money to really shop around and buy whatever E39 I want.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:51 PM   #39
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Yep. Then if I were you, I'd wait...
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:38 PM   #40
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I probably will... but I still think I'll go see if I can drive the 530, 540, and M5 back-to-back and get an idea what they're all like. And if that 530 is somehow really impressive and I can get it for a reasonable price... so much the better.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:11 AM   #41
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So... how did my name change to Andrew?

Don't know about the 530 and 540 but the M5 feels hefty. It's a 2 ton car and feels like it. Being surrounded by agile cars, that heft is sometimes welcome. The M5 does have this sport mode which, among other things, makes the steering ratio quicken noticeably if you're into that. A go kart it will never be nor does it aspire to be one. Do the M-Sport series cars have that?
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:27 AM   #42
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I'm fairly sure the M-sport cars don't have the variable steering or the 'sport' button - just the M steering wheel, the sport seats, the sport suspension, and the M5 bodykit.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:38 AM   #43
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The M5 does have this sport mode which, among other things, makes the steering ratio quicken noticeably if you're into that. A go kart it will never be nor does it aspire to be one...
Any idea as to how much it cost to fix that when it blows up???.... but oh the POWER.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:43 PM   #44
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This car looks sexy, really got me thinking but something just doesn't feel right about it. Someone go check it out!

Nevermind, didn't realize there were multiple pages to the thread. lol.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:24 PM   #45
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From the CarFax thread in general discussion...

"Inconsistent odometer reading.

34000 @ 12/27/2003

98342 @ 01/04/2005

51000 @ 12/28/2006

181892 @ 03/25/2008"

Looks like the 51000 might be a typo... should have been 151,000? Still a bit concerning.

I didn't go check it out on the weekend because the weather was crappy... if we get a nice day sometime in the next little while and I have time, I might go check it out.
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