I'm considering buying a '98 BMW 528i. Is this a good or bad idea?

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Asked by Jan 20, 2015 at 09:53 AM about the BMW 5 Series

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

178k miles.  Asking $2300.  Says no transmission or engine problems, runs great.  I have not seen in person yet.  What are important questions to ask.  I can't afford immediate problems and repairs.

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Then you looking at the wrong car. All used cars will have issue when you first buy them. One of the reasons sellers are dumping them. Plus BMW's are expensive to fix unless you work on them yourself. Any older used car you buy needs something. Like brakes or tires, etc. and your spending at least $1000 on them the first few months. Go see the car and have a local mechanic look it over for you first, that way you know what you will need up front. Good Luck.

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"...I can't afford immediate problems and repairs." Tom's right: this is the LAST car you should be looking at. High-mileage European cars are a money pit just waiting to happen. Their basics (engine/ transmission, etc...) may last a lifetime, but it's all the other stuff (electrical, brakes, HVAC) that will kill any budget. We have a saying in the car business: there's nothing as expensive as a cheap Mercedes or BMW.

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