Hi all, its been a long time since I have been here, hope its as good as
I have been looking at trading in the 328i se for a 5 series touring due to
an addition to the family and a new golf hobby demanding a more practical
car, looked around and has to be a another beemer!!
I have looked at a nice 525 tds 1998 model, lovely condition nice leather
and full kit, but I have a few concerns about this car.
firstly the current owner (only the second) has only had the car since
December. He has just put new wheels on so he claims and it seems odd to
sell it so soon. He is Russian and claims to want to sell due to returning
home, but why spend the cash on new wheels etc?
Secondly at 50-65 mph I was getting bad steering wheel wobble. This may be
only wheel balancing but could it be something more expensive? I asked about
this and he claims it has only started since adding new 17" alloys which he
got from the net. I have asked him to get the balance checked before I will
Lastly there is are 2 lights on the dash that I don't like, one is an air
bag light that does not go out,he claims it just needs reset! and the other
I have never seen before.
It is next to the ASC tell tell light which comes on when ASC is off and is
a yellow picture of a car with and up and down arrow in the middle.In the
manual it mentions auto ride height adjustment and a fault light but does
not show it.. Does this light refer to this? Does this mean there is a fault
with the ride height system?
The car also does not seem too powerful but this may be coming from a 328i,
how much difference in power is there?
It has a full bmw service history last service in march this year, full MOT
etc and looks all ok but these faults are preventing me from going for the
Any advice on these issues would be greatly appreciated.
Maybe the old ones had worn out tyres, so not much more to upgrade.
Could be a buckled wheel. 17s will show vibration more than 16s as
there's less sidewall to absorb shocks. Also aftermarket alloys are
often of softer / inferior construction and can buckle more easily.
The airbag light must be reset by the dealer, or with a special tool.
You need to have the fault diagnosed.
Sounds like self levelling rear suspension.
The 525tds has less bhp but more torque, of course the car is a good bit
heavier. You can have diesel BMWs chipped very effectively.
See my site's garages review page. Have a pre-purchse inspection
Who needs a life when you've got Unix? :-)
Email: email@example.com, John G.Burns B.Eng, Bonny Scotland
In the US, when a Russian (Bulgarian, etc.) repairs a crashed car,
it is quite common for them *NOT* to replace the blown airbag, because
they're expensive. Be careful, look for front-end repair tell-tales.
In shopping for Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys with my brother a couple
of years ago, we saw about 15 cars. 4 of them had been repaired after
front-end crashes. All were being sold by Eastern European persons.
2 had no airbags. Sorry, but that's the way it is.
You do yourself proud, by your own figures:
- 'Eastern European persons' are as likely to replace the airbags as
- You've no data on the habits of people of other ethnic origins.
And you still don't think you look ignorant?
Oh, and by the way I'd wager your data was invented to support your
Look, firstname.lastname@example.org, here's the REAL intent of my message,
which we have gone off-topic onto stupid postings (and the intent of
my posting was definitely *NOT* stupid). BTW, it's protocol on Usenet
to sign with real names, not some bogus screen/email name. I can't
address you properly because you've been too lazy to sign your posts.
If the car was in an accident that fired the airbag, and subsequently
or rebuilt - *often* the hallmark of low-end shops or someone trying to
eek out a living by buying "totaled" cars and making the look new -
the airbag *should* be replaced. However, because they're expensive
(~ $500 or more), fly-by-night outfits with less than sterling morals
often omit their replacement. This is a possible/likely indication of
a car that a buyer should be wary of.
Now, as far as the E.Europe comments go, it is true that I made
a generalization from small sample. A *better* comment would
be something like: "Many recent immigrants seem to be involved
in rebuilding totaled autos, and some percentage of this industry
is without normal morals, or reflect the (different) morals of their
heritage, which are different than the morals that have evolved
in the US. It is likely that there is a higher percentage of recent
immigrants involved in the shadier parts of the rebuilding of
salvaged automobiles than the general US population. IME of
looking at Honda and Toyota cars with my brother, many of the
cars that we saw that had been re-built were owned by recent
immigrants, and both that were missing airbags were owned
by E.Europeans (apparently Russian or other former USSR/
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