Here's my second thread. I've gotten some good bites on my two Volvos
I am selling, so I am expediting my research in hopes of acquiring my
first BMW sooner, rather than later.
I don't believe in you aficionados doing all the work, so I thought
I'd layout what I think I should do, and hopefully you all will chime
in and add or subtract.
Thanks! Here goes:
I'm kind of playing off what I'd do with a Volvo, since that's what I
know best, combined with general knowledge. How about I keep the
general inspection to a minimum and ya'll get BMW specific if/when
1- General exterior overview for straightness, paint matching, signs
of damage or repair.
2- Tire wear for evenness. Could be poor rotation or signs of
3- Does the car sit straight? (Frame damage)
4- Visual inspection for leaks.
5- Under the hood inspection. Is the wiring exposed, broken, frayed?
Leaks? If the engine has been professionally cleaned, run the car to
see if a leak begins. Once cleaned there is no accumulation of dirt/
oil to tell.
6- Start the car, making sure all warning lights work upon ignition
and no possible tampering was done. Rev the car a few times listening
for evenness, no misses, no vacuum hesitation, smooth engine sound.
7- Under the hood engine running inspection for leaks, smells, sounds.
8- Shift the gears with the car parked.
9-Test interior electronics: radio, A/C, heat, doors, windows, mirrors
10- Open trunk and check for water or signs of 'nature' in spare tire
11- Test drive beginning in large parking lot, going in figure eights
to check steering, suspension.
12- Take 10-mile test drive to get tranny fluid hot. Stop and inspect
tranny for signs of leakage and or smoke.
13- Check for signs of overheating.
14- See how brakes handle after multiple use. Do they hold up?
15- Attempt to make some curves at speed to see of the suspension
clunks, vibrates, or feels unstable in any way.
16- Accelerate/decelerate numerous times.
17- Park and thoroughly check for leaks
18- Give owner lie detector test with bright light. (Optional) LOL
19- Check reverse.
20-Look under the seats to see if the PO was a slob.
OK, that's what I have off the top of the head. Any BMW specific
topics that I missed? One thing I keep seeing is making sure you
don't overheat the car and warp the head. Anything more like that?