2008 BMW 528i
I bought a 2008 BMW 528i with 13k miles from an
Auction for 5600$. I never knew that I could have it
checked out before purchasing. The computer
indicates that it needed new brake pads. I had
them replaced. It has no gas cap and the
passenger window stopped rolling down. Now the
computer indicates that there is a cooliant
problem. It seems that I'm in need of an engine
overhaul. I want to sale it for 4000$ how much
should an engine overhaul cost me?
Buy a gas cap, and sounds like you need a new window regulator. Cooling issue as long as the engine hasn't overheated parts can be replaced. Depends on the damage the engine sustained. A used engine will cost as much as you paid for the car.
Do you think that it would be best to re auction it? That's what I am leading too.
The window regulator is a common trouble spot with these cars. BMW cooling systems are very fussy and they do NOT like to be overheated!! If this car truly only has 13,000 miles on it the cooling system most likely needs to be serviced. Possibly the radiator cooling fan and water pump needs replacing. Another trouble spot on these cars in addition to the coolant recovery tank. They crack and leak. Do NOT take this car to a gas station or chain type of garage!! They'll have no idea of what they're looking at!! Take it to a reputable shop that specialises in imports. My Nephew learned that lesson the hard way with his '98 528i. If this car truly has 13,000 miles on it, it's sat a lot and will need a going over anyhow before you start driving it. Have it checked out then go from there before you throw in the towel on it!! I also wouldn't dump it off on another unsuspecting soul, like yourself. Remember, what comes around, goes around. Whenever I sell a car I always give full disclosure. Good and bad the buyer always knows what their buying. HTH. -Jim
I wouldn't be so hasty to sell it. From the sounds of it, you got a pretty good deal. Just go through basic maintenance on the car (oil change, coolant flush, etc.) since it is a low mileage car that's almost 10 years old. Of course, get a gas cap and a passenger window regulator, and those two issues will be fixed. DO NOT OVERHEAT THE CAR! You will cause serious damage. Assuming it hasn't already been overheated and it's running well, you don't need to do anything drastic to the engine. I would bring it to a BMW shop (NOT a chain shop, as Js08016 said) if you don't feel comfortable doing your own work on the car. Otherwise, there are a couple of things it could be. Make sure your coolant is full, for one. Your thermostat could be at fault, or it could be that your water pump has failed. We would need more information to further help you with that.
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