BMW Purchase?

Asked by Sep 11, 2010 at 07:26 PM about the 2002 BMW 5 Series 530i

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Looking at a 2002 BMW 530i  with manual transmission.  79k on it for 10.500
asking.  What should I be concerned about?  Is this a deal or should I run.  Pics and
dealer say car is in excellent shape.

4 Answers

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take it for a test drive and look under the hood listen for any weard sounds dont trust the car dealer he is trying to get money and dont pay the asking price go lower

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I appreciate the prompt reply. I doubt the dealer will budge much. I compared other models in the country and this seems to be under book. Should I arrange a private inspection by another mechanic? Or is that simply not allowed and you have to take the chance? Carfax is excellent. BTW, what are some of the weird sounds? Should I look at hoses? Plastic?

I guess I'm also worried that car is at perfect mileage to have major problem. Is there a constant with fixes that is historically coming up with these cars? I have heard that they are a fantastic car and great model, but still have concerns.

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If it's a BMW dealer, ask them to pull the service history. That won't neccessarily tell you everything but it will show you any work performed by a BMW dealer, any dealer, from new. Regardless of that outcome, if they won't allow 3rd party inspection- walk away.

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