Used 535D ~ 1st time BMW wanna be owner searches for...

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    Usually if you buy from some auction's you get 1hr to drive the car to confirm it is as described with no hidden faults etc before you pay. Once you pay then its game over & your stuck. Whats you price range? Ex lease cars may well be approaching mileage that involves dpf replacement and I doubt if any would of had there gearbox serviced @ 75K as dealers still don't recognise this as a service requirement. Pressure converters are an issue on high mileage cars as well as both thermostats failing (not obvious due to no temp gauge), failing vac hoses, failing glow plugs & there controller & dpf regeneration problems. Some of these issues lead to EGR and throttle body problems. All can be fixed if you know how & have the cash BUT guess work on these cars usually turns out to be a very expensive hobby!
     
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    Kleynie you have reminded me that the gearbox problems are also significantly reduced on the LCi cars. The LCi cars have a gearbox with an improved Torque Converter Clutch that can handle another 100Nm.

    Back to the original poster - all this negative talk about 535d's shouldn't put you off. Like all cars they have weak points. If you are going to use a Main Dealer it will be expensive to run. If you can do some diagnosis and repair yourself it won't be too bad if you avoid one with serious faults at purchase time.

    I've had mine for 7 or 8 years and it's still super fast, torquey and economical. It accelerates with a caravan on the back faster than most solo cars. The reason I've had it so long is that nothing else really beats it for me, even now. Depreciation is actually relatively low now. I have been tempted by M3's, Astons, M5's but when you see figures like 17mpg on a run then look at the 0-60 times and torque figures you are paying a lot for a nice exhaust note and a new car feel that doesn't last that long.
     
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    It wasn't aimed to slate the car but purely to help direct a new buyer as to the pit falls. If you have a scanner and DIS, INPA etc then looking after them is relatively easy once you know what your looking at. However for a new buyer on a restricted budget it can be a big gamble if you choose badly. Had it not been for the reduction in yearly mileage I would still have mine. If I was buying again I would only look at the LCI (03/2007 onwards) due to refinements made over the earlier cars. Don't forget there is also the swirl flap issue to consider although I know that most 535d's had the modified flaps.
     
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    Do you actually need a diesel? A 530i could be a very good buy if you could find one, and most have decent spec as they are usually private purchases.
     
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    Yeah, sort of turning me off reading these negatives. Have done quite a but of research over the last few months so i'm across swirl flaps and egr problems and preventative maintenance for the gearbox, but I have 0 knowledge of using a scanner for 'DIS' (or dat) etc etc.

    There's three sources for a possible buy, auction (much much better price* (usually) but very little if any comeback if the car is no good). dealer ~ massive markup on wholesale price (thats how the world turns) very little haggling room but can have the car tested and can purchase a warranty and private ~ more haggling possible, can have the car inspected but 0 warranty.

    I guess 10k is the top whack I could pay for one, but if the gearbox shart itself i'd be a pretty unhappy camper. That and have a nice driveway ornament. I really like the torque and the economy figures for the diesel engine.

    Would a 530i do? Well, right now it would be fine as i'm not doing a lot of miles, but aiming to be self employed and could be driving to any end of the country if that went successfully.
     
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    You can always purchase a decent warranty if you buy privately, that's what I would do as I have tried auctions before and the good cars get bid too high.
     
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    Oh, didn't know you could do that. Haven't lived in the UK for very long.
     
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    Not sure what I want now!

    Considering a much cheaper and older 330d, or even a diesel x5. NFI!
     

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