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BMW 528i SE Auto

After my Focus was written off, I wanted something a bit more fun to drive.

Heres the eBay item number: 250977622614

I've not seen it yet...so could be a complete disaster still! Did I get a good deal? Who knows. I'm happy with what I paid so far. From the photos, it looks very well looked after.

Looking forward to the 80 odd mile drive home.
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Re: BMW 528i SE Auto

looks tasty

lets just hope it doesn't blow up on you
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You've got a good deal there. The 6cyl of that gen (other than the nikasil stuff) is brilliant!.

Got some money left over to replace that nasty wood trim and steering wheel with the nice looking stuff too

My headgasket has blown on mine - probably due to the radiator being a piece of corroded s*** (hidden way by all the engine bay trim!) by then replacing the radiator wasn't enough the damage had been done.
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Quote Originally Posted by jip0 View Post
looks tasty

lets just hope it doesn't blow up on you
Hopefully! I've not had much luck with cars in the past...3 headgaskets on my Punto in two years, swapped to the Focus...loads of them about...cheap to repair right? First thing that goes, diesel pump...1,100 to fix! I swore...alot xD.

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You've got a good deal there. The 6cyl of that gen (other than the nikasil stuff) is brilliant!.

Got some money left over to replace that nasty wood trim and steering wheel with the nice looking stuff too

My headgasket has blown on mine - probably due to the radiator being a piece of corroded s*** (hidden way by all the engine bay trim!) by then replacing the radiator wasn't enough the damage had been done.
I asked the seller about the nikasil thing, apparently the car was custom made after they spotted it.

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In the '90's, BMW and some others decided to use Nikasil cylinder liners. The problem was that european petrol with its octane levels basically ate away at the liners giving all sorts of issues. There was recall when the problem was identified.

Anyway, had she been sitting in a new car storage yard having come off the standard production run, she could have ended up with them. However, the previous owner to me had a friend that worked for BMW. He did his research and found that, as she was built to order after the problem was found, she doesnt have the Nikasil liners. I have done research which confirms this through some BMW owners club websites, and also shows her build date only as 2 weeks before she was registered.
Could be lying, but with 600+ feedback and 100%, I don't have a reason to disbelieve it.

I rather like the look of the wood :
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yeah you do!
****er! Took me ages to notice what sounded wrong with that! Sigged as well lol.

Some more photos that I have.

I have just uploaded the ones I was sent...some aren't that interesting (paperwork and the damaged trim lol).
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Re: BMW 528i SE Auto

Had it just over 24 hours now and LOVE IT! Its so nice to drive, I can't believe how quiet it is. Few times when I'm sitting in traffic I forget that its on.

Lovely and smooth when driving, put your foot down and its pretty much straight away...not bad for a car 15 year old!

Bit thirsty, and I hate the MPG gauge under the rev counter going to <10MPG when putting your foot down to get to 70.

I enjoy driving again
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Good find that. looks spot on, and for the price a bit of a bargin to be honest.

I do like the MPG Gauge, bet that will teach you to drive economically
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Good find that. looks spot on, and for the price a bit of a bargin to be honest.

I do like the MPG Gauge, bet that will teach you to drive economically
haha it does! Although strangely, it is more economical at 80/90 than at 70. Bugger xD.

Took it for a little drive around some county roads today, not too fast, only around 40mph as it was a little scary at some points!

Crap at parking still...lot bigger than my Focus!
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haha it does! Although strangely, it is more economical at 80/90 than at 70. Bugger xD.

Took it for a little drive around some county roads today, not too fast, only around 40mph as it was a little scary at some points!

Crap at parking still...lot bigger than my Focus!
Its similar to mine then, it cruises better in 5th at 80mph, settling at 3,000rpm.. at 70mph its at 2,500rpm and wants to accelerate so it uses more fuel..

Ive always found that bigger cars are easier to park.. my Punto was a pain compared to the old Seat Leon I owned.. the Astra is a dream to park.
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Little bit of an update...I love it still! Its so much fun, OK maybe not the crappy MPG I'm getting! 19MPG on a good day around town, around 30 out of town...sadly I do most my trips in town .

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Auto's suck for fuel economy! They take really well to gas convo's
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Auto's suck for fuel economy! They take really well to gas convo's
I'm thinking about doing that when I've got a bit of money.
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Has to be done. I've been thinking about an E46 M3 or a 330i Clubsport and a gas convo
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Just passed its 100,000 mile mark...was waiting from about 99,000 for it and bloody missed it!

Still going strong!
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