My brother - who lives at the other end of the country to me in the UK -
is looking at a '00 330 Touring which is for sale privately at well below
the trade price for a one private owner low mileage car. It has a slight
dent in the roof and some damage to the rear bumper - but otherwise seems
fine to look at both inside and out. But no MOT or tax. The owner has
bought a new 3 Series. It has a service history - a mixture of main dealer
He was allowed to take it for a test drive - without realising it didn't
have an MOT - and commented that it didn't seem very lively. It's a
manual. His current BMW is an E28 520 - so I'd have thought it would seem
very lively indeed compared to that. Does this sound like a VANOS issue?
He said it was smooth and quiet otherwise.
He's keen on buying it provided the owner gets a new MOT - and the price
allows him some extra for repairs. But it occurs to me the owner would
have traded it in for the new car - or be asking a higher price for
selling it privately - unless he knew it had expensive issues.
His wife has definite views on the colours she wants - under no
circumstances silver - which sort of restricts the choice. ;-)
*If only you'd use your powers for good instead of evil.
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
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