BMW is good if you want to enjoy the driving experience. As an owner,
if you do not get the facts about that particular BMW you will drive,
it can be a financial nightmare, especially if you do not buy the
Ensure that the BMW has a full service history, in particular in areas
such as cooling system, engine (including rocker covers, camshafts,
and tappets), regular oil changes (including spraybar), front
suspension arms, and air conditioner servicing. Also, check if the
ceiling has issues. If not, you may find that you'll have to deal
with this components yourself.
I would also ensure that *all* electrical items, including the
heating, are fully operational. I have to replace bulbs in the
automatch tranmission gear indicator and the right-turn indicator in
the speedometer cluster. Refer to news message
| Ive owned numerous models, from 0 miles on the odometer to a 7
| that had 189000 miles on it when I got it. Like said above, look for
| something that has been well maintained... records are a must!!!.
| find a good repair shop, Ive always had good luck with the dealer
| local shops can be great too!!
| As to models, the 3s are great, small and sporty, if you plan on
| putting more than 2 people in on a reg basis, I would recommend a 5
| series, get into at least a 535, or 530 so you have the nice power
| band.. Or if you are really brave and want the big luxury with a
| feel, look to the 7s I would recommend a 735 or 750(v12).
| As to prices, just shop, shop and shop, you will be amazed at some
| the prices you will find. ie, the last 750 I bought, 1996 with 110k
| the clock, was a $4800 creampuff!!
| One thing to be aware of, at least in my case, is you will never go
| back to American or Japanese vehicles, and your friends and family
| have to tolerate your constant ravings about how great your bimmer