i am getting ready to purchase a used BMW '97 528i. the seller is asking $4500 however there are several red flags that make me feel as though the price should be less:
1 passenger window regulator
2 hood release cable and leaver replacement
3 front left strut replacement
4 radio lcd lights faded
5 reset airbag lights
6 lower power steering has slow leak
7 a very small but noticable scratch/dent on the passenger side door
My question is, how much will all these repairs cost me? Should i be trying to negotiate for a much lower price?
is this guy trying to get over on me??!! on 1997 BMW 528i
119 boulevard, colonial heights, va
The power steering hoses are cheap (~ $50), and my independent shop replaced for $200.
If you are on the original radiator and water pump, expect these to go at any time. The cooling system is a weak point in this car and really needs to be kept up. Overheating this car can cost you thousands.
My car is a '97 528i with 167,000. I paid $2k (deal of the year). The previous owner (over 8 years) did a lot of the work: replaced the radiator, water pump, thermostat, fan clutch, driver's front and passenger rear window regulator, headlight adjusters, the valve cover gasket, VANOS hoses, oil filter stand gasket, cam shaft sensors, and the oil pan seal. The A/C compressor, some steering parts, had new brakes, newer tires, and fresh oil.
I think $4500 is too much. You likely need valve cover gaskets and cooling system work in addition to your known issues. This car is a joy to drive when its working well, but will leave you on the side of the road when its not.