nismoZtuner wrote:Think I'm gonna go with the v8 and say "fk it".. my current car is a v6 and it gets about the same milage as the 550i so mehh.. now to pay of all my cards and let them report so I get a good APR..
I have a 2008 550i M-Sport. All I can say is it’s a beast. Getting a pre-purchase inspection from a reputable BMW mechanic is a good idea. There are also some things you should consider from someone who owns one. Try to get the lowest mileage & optioned car you can afford. You must have a verifiable track record of all maintenance. Oil changes at 7500 miles & not the ridiculous 15K that was suggested by BMW. If it is low mileage then you start doing the oil changes at 7500 miles or every year if you don’t drive that much.
If the vehicle has multiple owners within a short time period, I would stay away. Open the trunk & lift the cover to the spare tire well & if you see any signs of water or rust, RUN. Don’t walk. RUN. Some genius in Germany decided to put all the electronics in the lowest point of the car & sometimes the sunroof drains get clogged. Your remedy would be to move the electronics to the right side of the car & have the sunroof drains cleaned annually.
If you are looking at an automatic and are around 60K miles, you will need to have the transmission fluid replaced as well as all the other fluids in the car replaced. BMW has stated that their fluids are lifetime. Ignore that & replace all the fluids in the car within a reasonable time.
If you go with an automatic, “D”, is their comfort setting. If you move the lever to the left then you’re in “DS” mode which is their sport mode & the vehicle shifts by itself. If you move the gear up or down you will have to shift gears on your own & be sure to notice how to increase & decrease the gears.
On your test drive you will notice that in “D” there is a slight delay when pressing on the throttle that again is their comfort setting & is normal. That is the new Drive-By-Wire that is present on all new vehicles & can be a pain. There is an item called PedalBox & Sprintbooster that alleviates that. Your other option would be to put it in “DS” mode or manually shift it yourself.
Maintenance is essential to the operation & longevity of the vehicle so either find a reputable independent BMW mechanic or learn to DIY. BMW Dealerships, AKA Stealerships, will look at you sometimes as a cash machine. There are some good ones out there so get a recommendation from someone you know or become friends with one of their service advisors.
2008 -2010 is their LCI years & has a few more upgrades than the previous year. You can Google BMW LCI to get more detail. Don’t get me wrong the car is a blast to drive but you have to know what you are getting into. Other brands have their own problems as well, but I just happen to know more about BMW’s. Good luck.