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I want to buy a used BMW 525d or 530d 2004 to 2007 mit about 240000 to 260000 km, below 5000 CHF, but am thinking whether it will be a good idea, because i never own one and i do not no how reliable BMW is, intense of maintenance and diesel comsuption.
I will be glad if anyone here can advice me about the hiden spendings of BMW that can dig deep down inside my pocket.
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Ah the crunchy sound of rust.
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I forget the years exactly but I'm pretty sure around the 2005 mark was the worst bmw quality in a long time. I'll have to look it up but I think best avoided.
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I want to buy a used BMW 525d or 530d 2004 to 2007 mit about 240000 to 260000 km, below 5000 CHF, but am thinking whether it will be a good idea, because i never own one and i do not no how reliable BMW is, intense of maintenance and diesel comsuption.
I will be glad if anyone here can advice me about the hiden spendings of BMW that can dig deep down inside my pocket.
If you do your own maintenance it should be fine, I sold a couple of cars with 300-350k on the clock that I had bought with 130k & 180k. Engines were still perfect & used almost zero oil.
Parts can be got very cheaply from www.eurocarparts.com
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For that age and price, you need to be lucky. There are perfectly maintained cars on the market but you just need to find one.
I had such a 5-series with high mileage and would pay attention to the following:
- make sure you have an LCI version, as of 2007
- know the condition of the particle filter, as it's expensive to repair
- for a touring model, check if the trunk and trunk window cables have no closing problems and show no rear light error messages
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I want to buy a used BMW 525d or 530d 2004 to 2007 mit about 240000 to 260000 km, below 5000 CHF, but am thinking whether it will be a good idea, because i never own one and i do not no how reliable BMW is, intense of maintenance and diesel comsuption.
I will be glad if anyone here can advice me about the hiden spendings of BMW that can dig deep down inside my pocket.
I hope it's the 2nd or 3rd car. As a first car it will probably be just frustration because the 15+ year electronics will surprise you all the time. If you drive it on a Sunday and it delivers, it will put a smile on your face. If it breaks down, you have a Sunday story to tell and you fall back to your reliable first car for the week.

In general, old cars are expensive because of the amount of repairs, not the individual cost of each repair. It may work financially if you enjoy repairing cars, as an alternative of going to the bar or therapy. Or if your just have unlimited budget (relative to the car).

Fuel is cheap relative to repairs. By next October I finish my first year of daily driving a thirsty 6 turbo BMW. By the end of August, I have driven 17K km and spent 2600 on 98 gas. For the whole year I estimate 20K km and 3000 CHF. Compare the fuel price to any major repair and it will be the last of your worries. I'd guess with diesel the fuel expenses may be comparable or lower.
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Re: used BMWcars

The M57 engine in this car is pretty much bullet proof if itís maintained properly. High cost issue is fuel injectors which last until around 300K KM. If itís automatic check the torque converter. Drive the car, engage cruise control at different speeds and if the RPM needle is not perfectly stable at a constant speed walk away. Outside the engine bay everything thatís powered will break 1 day as with all cars of this age.
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If you do your own maintenance it should be fine, I sold a couple of cars with 300-350k on the clock that I had bought with 130k & 180k. Engines were still perfect & used almost zero oil.
Parts can be got very cheaply from www.eurocarparts.com
ya, that is why i feel like to get one and maintain it by myself , but on the other side going through all the advises here , i found out that it might be a dangerous game to play, so either i go for atleast 2010 mobel with a lower km and save more money to buy it.
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Check online for common problems with the model you're interested in. If that doesn't scare you then you might not have any problems but I've little experience of BMWs with that kind of mileage. Check for oil leaks. BMW generally has a good following and you can find most service parts quite cheaply. There are very many DIY guides in forums and on youtube.
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Well, you can always do a pre-purchase-inspection with TCS.

I rarely find really cheap cars online that actually seem worth buying.

A lot of them go straight to export.
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ya, that is why i feel like to get one and maintain it by myself , but on the other side going through all the advises here , i found out that it might be a dangerous game to play, so either i go for atleast 2010 mobel with a lower km and save more money to buy it.
i thank everyone for your contribution.
I had almost zero issues other than a wheel bearing & a split plastic radiator on a 17 year car with 340,000 km car. It needed some welding for the MFK 200 chf at 330,000 km. Cheapest ever motoring driving old BMW's, they go on & on & then get sold to Poland.
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I had almost zero issues other than a wheel bearing & a split plastic radiator on a 17 year car with 340,000 km car. It needed some welding for the MFK 200 chf at 330,000 km. Cheapest ever motoring driving old BMW's, they go on & on & then get sold to Poland.



I put my '96 740 up for sale and almost all of the (many) messages were from Polish sounding names. Nothing wrong with the car but it had only done 135k miles.
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If you do your own maintenance it should be fine, I sold a couple of cars with 300-350k on the clock that I had bought with 130k & 180k. Engines were still perfect & used almost zero oil.
Parts can be got very cheaply from www.eurocarparts.com
How does it work with customs ?
Last time I ordered (from Autodoc i think), what could fit in 1 box was split across various packages and I had to pay custom duties on each... (everything sent and arrived the same day...)
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I put my '96 740 up for sale and almost all of the (many) messages were from Polish sounding names. Nothing wrong with the car but it had only done 135k miles.
Nothing wrong with 135k miles, assuming synthetic oil has been used the engine is probably in spec for a new engine, wear is a thing of the past with regular oil & filter changes.
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Last time I ordered (from Autodoc i think), what could fit in 1 box was split across various packages and I had to pay custom duties on each... (everything sent and arrived the same day...)
No UK VAT but Swiss clearance charges plus VAT. I generally picked up in the UK. Once Customs at ZH airport asked if they were for my own use as CHF 300 tax free is not for commercial goods. (I had 3 BMW oil filters, 2 Porsche oil filters, 18 Spark Plugs, 3 Air filters & 9 wiper blades, 3 sets of brake pads for under 300 CHF
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No UK VAT but Swiss clearance charges plus VAT. I generally picked up in the UK. Once Customs at ZH airport asked if they were for my own use as CHF 300 tax free is not for commercial goods. (I had 3 BMW oil filters, 2 Porsche oil filters, 18 Spark Plugs, 3 Air filters & 9 wiper blades, 3 sets of brake pads for under 300 CHF

I misread the post. Good that they'll deliver without VAT to Switzerland but I always found much cheaper prices in Germany.

The options are either buy in Switzerland, if even possible, have stuff delivered to Germany and collect it or stump up the customs charges. If you can buy directly from Amazon.de they'll sort out the Swiss VAT for you so no handling charges.
My tip for dealer parts is Leebmann24 (delivered to Germany).

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Re: used BMWcars

It's a big Catch-22 as I think need to know what you're doing here, the diesels last long but can have their problems, there are several regular problems with these models that tend to happen after 150k km but if you can spot them there's a good chance you can reach 300k or 400k. In a way you need to own one already and slowly start learning all the problems and how to fix them.

If you're set on buying one as a minimum you need to have your own K-DCAN cable and the INPA windows software to talk to the car and pull up any error messages before you buy, a seller should not object. If there are battery drain errors steer clear as they could point to difficult electronic faults that are hard to diagnose, eg a faulty module.

There are some good guides online, look up Dean the "BMW Doctor" on youtube and "Nathan's BMW Workshop". There are many forums too in English, French, German etc and you'll find recurrent problems and so know how to look for them on any models you inspect before buying.
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Well, you can always do a pre-purchase-inspection with TCS.

I rarely find really cheap cars online that actually seem worth buying.

A lot of them go straight to export.
I can see there is a chance of getting a good one, if i do a good researchering before buying one.
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