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  1. Looking to buy a E60 525tdi or 530tdi 
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    Hello,

    I currently own a X5 (E53), and looking to add a E60 525 or 530 (diesel, Auto). I know all the niggles of a BMW owning the X in another country, but need some advice on the 5 series. My budget is £5-6k - I looked at Audis and Mercs but they are not for me.

    I spoke to a mate of mine and he listed the following things to look out for, having owned one himself until recently. Please could you help by letting me know if there are any other things I should be inspecting prior to pruchasing the car - thanks in advance.

    Primary things to look out for:

    Diesel Swirl flaps issue (up to 2007 I believe) – check these have been changed on diesels as this was a recall issue from memory.
    Listen out for irregular idling sound or any loss of power on accelerating (v.discrete initially) as this indicates turbos on way out or DPF issues (check for soot near bottom of engine bay and diff coloured smoke on revving from rear).
    Electrical – turn off the sat nav/radio etc a number of times – CCC unit problem (the whole dvd/cd drive unit and HDD) common, screen fading out, lines or colour changes on screen - indicate failure, can be repaired for cheapish, but no guarantee it will work, so best to avoid.
    Airbag sensors always going off on these things, and once one light is on, the whole airbag system is shut down, so tell him to slam doors jump on seats ensuring none are triggered.
    Msports – wheels always crack due to stiff suspension and low profile, check wheels for repairs/cracks
    Bonnet catch jams often too and well as door lock failures, so check these by opening/shutting a few times.
    Tell him to turn on all the electrics in the car, then shut down/lock the car and then come back to in 5 mins – if an error comes up on high rate of electrical discharge, walk away, that’s like anything from the startermotor/battery/micropowermodule/ccc unit/alternator.. etc and you wont know until you’ve spent on practically all of them!
     
     

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    Swirl flaps haven't been subject to a recall and whether they're an issue or not is subject to to some debate, they're supposed to have been improved post 2005 and certainly there are fewer people complaining about failure of them on the post 2005 E60 / E61

    M-Sport wheels always cracking is also exaggerated, this is only really thought to be a problem on wheels (of 19" and over) running run flat tyres.

    I'd also check for water / condensation in the headlights, including the "eyebrows"

    Check for evidence of soot discharge anywhere under the bonnet in the vicinity of the exhaust manifold, the stainless ones are prone to cracking. Smells in the car is an indication of this too.
     
     

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    Thanks Vista. Do you think an AA Car Inspection will cover most of these points (and a host of others)?
     
     

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    I don't know. AA / RAC inspections are usually pretty thorough but whether they'll pick up any model specific foibles is another matter. If you give them a list of suspect areas they'll know to look for them but they won't go as far as dismantling the inlet manifold to check the swirl flaps that's for sure.
     
     

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