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(1997 BMW 528i)
in Petersburg, VA on April 24, 2010
hello all!
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?
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on May 16, 2010
first of all, how many miles on the vehicle? if over 100,000 i would not give more than 3,500 this is my personal oppion...needs many repairs will be very costly.i bought mine for 5,000 perfect condition.
on November 03, 2012
Sounds like a good car that qualifies for "parting out" Window regulator: $89 at FCP Groton, with motor. If the cables aren't frayed, the regulator can be fixed with JB Weld for 5 bucks. Hood release, there's a coupler on the drivers side firewall that is pot metal, they break. $2.00 fix. Left strut repl: hundreds! Radio led lights faded: not worth replacing, but if you want it like new: hundreds. Airbag lights: first find out if it has unactivated airbags. Power steering: couple of hundred, common problem on ALL Aryan cars: VW, Porsche, Mercedes,Audi, etc they all use the same defective power steering reservoir and associated bad hoses. There has never been an upgrade. Someone's brother in law must have made a constitutional amendment where all german cars HAVE to use the defective setup. Ludicrous.
on August 14, 2010
Sarek Autowerke's is there is Petersburg, Va. It is a great BMW repair shop. They offer Pre purchase inspections that will help you research what you are buying before you buy.
119 boulevard, colonial heights, va
on November 18, 2010
The rear window regulator part costs about $320 from the stealer, is only sold new including the motor, and you can DIY. The front doors have an airbag to deal with (can go off and cause injury if not done correctly, so I have not tackled one of these. Likely at least $600 to do by the stealer).

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.
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