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Hi everyone I?m new on this forum. I have an opportunity to swap my current car VW Passat 1.8Tsi DSG for a BMW 530i Msport with auto box. Car in question is a 55 plate with just over 100k miles. My Passat is a 59 plate with 34k miles.

Should I be concerned about swapping for an older and higher mileage albeit it a BMW.

What should I be looking for and future proofing myself against. Most common faults etc.

Please point me to any previous posts or maybe sticky I have missed.

Could somebody also help with what model the car in question should be referred to as, E60 correct or not.

Look forward to the bashing about my lack of BMW knowledge and even helpful information
 

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The 530i is a lot more car than the Passat. Depending on how well its been cared for there may or may not be a few maintenance items to look at simply due to the age and mileage but assuming the 530i is for the most part good its a big step up from beetle. Probably a tad thirstier too but once you step on the gas you won't care.

At 100K if these things haven't been done already you will probably need a new CCV, a gearbox oil change, a cam cover gasket and maybe some new brake discs. All jobs except the gearbox oil are DIY if you are so inclined. The gearbox I would leave to a specialist service although it can be done by almost anyone provided they take a bit of care. None of these jobs may be essential but they are certainly recommended. Looked after the car should be good for another 100K easy.
 

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Fully stamped service book last 4 by independent specialist.

Gearbox has been serviced and new gaskets and a oil filter housing for some reason. Seller owned for last 4 years with no major issues. What is CCV and brake discs are not a problem to replace.

I know it’s a step up but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, the Passat was a safe buy when circumstances called for it. Mpg not worried about as will only do about 50 miles a week, I’m am however worried about the road tax.

Btw how awesome do these 6cylinders sound, I’ve never heard one!


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CCV is the crank case breather. Its not a particularly fun job to do but worthwhile. There's some good how-tos on the web if you want to get into it otherwise a good local indy can take care of it. You probably have heard one of the 6s even if you might not have realised it. The same lump is in most of the petrols from the 523i to the 530i. Generally smooth and quiet, especailly compared to the tractors.
 

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Drive one and you will see what it is all about!!! It should feel quick, and remarkably "chuckable" for a bigish car. You can usually tell a lot about the car and how it has been treated by just looking and driving it, if it feels right, it usually is! I would avoid anything that looks uncared for.

If the one you are looking at is a saloon, it is an E60, the E61 is the tourer version.

At 100k I would be changing the water pump and thermostat, and having a good look at the radiator - they tend to bow at the base and then leak!! Also if there are no receipts for changing the autobox oil, get that changed - the box will work better, and more importantly will last longer too, ignore what BMW say about filled for life - rubbish!!
 

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My dad viewed the car today as he was closer.

Verdict, drive and mechanically sound. Exterior bodywork is straight and tidy. Alloys unmarked. But interior leather is dirty, door card trim is scuffed and door cill trims are corroded on all door shuts. Aircon doesn’t blow cold and headlights are hazy instead of clear.

So potentially a project I would need to invest in. Not sure about the aircon maybe just a regas? Hopefully not a leak ie radiator stone chip or something.

My dad is very picky so I can assume he has emphasised on some minor details.

I don’t know what to do here, it sounds like a few cosmetic touches and a good interior clean. Then try the aircon and polish the headlight lenses


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It’s a straight swap, he’s not going to put money my way because I have already convinced him to swap


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If the price is right for the swap - you know what you would ask for your Passat, an aircon regas tends to be an annual thing anyway, unless as you say there is a hole in the condenser - but an aircon specialist should be able to get one of those for sensible money if it did need it.

Not quite sure what you mean about corroded cill trims - nothing should be rusty at all!! Door cards are available on Ebay and from specialist breakers reasonably cheap, they might clean up if you are lucky. The headlights do get like that sadly, and new ones are very expensive! They can be resurrected with various repair kits, 3M do one which works well, it may seem a bit brutal, but it involves sanding the lights with various grades of wet and dry paper, and then polishing with a compound, the kit has everything you need, except for a battery drill to do the job with! Best to remove the lights to do the job, which can be a PITA, but avoids damaging the paintwork. The kit is around £15

Gliptone make a range of leather cleaners and conditioners called liquid leather, which are effective, and makes it smell like leather again too!

So nothing too expensive, more a case of whether you would be happy spending £2- £300 getting it as you want it. More important is to check whether the service history is there with receipts if possible. Many people really do keep all the receipts if they care about looking after the car, some are quite obsessive!!

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Yep full history nothing missed. The m sport kick plates you see when you step over the door cill are all knackered, corroded and worn. These look like a replacement part. I’ve heard of how to sand and polish plastic lenses so that’s a diy I can handle.

I’m seeing the car in person tomorrow so hopefully it’s all ok. Any last pointers, how about hidden menus to check on stuff.

Also while I’m here, where is he best place to source all the little trim parts etc eBay seems a bit of a second hand shop. Skoda have a good website where you can pick up door card clips and practically everything you need by putting in the part numbers


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Best is to buy the small stuff straight from BMW. You are guaranteed it fits and if you buy from Cotswold (one of the preferred suppliers for this forum - they'll give you a discount) things needn't be that expensive.
 

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So I went ahead with the swap and have a lovely bimmer sittting in the drive now. Drive is fantastic, very smooth for sports suspension and low profile tyres. Feels like a new car to drive. Only thing I’m a little surprised with is the engine isn’t as potent from a standstill as I was expecting, once moving it’s very quick to climb up the revs. Certainly quiet and smooth also. Was thinking about gettting a carbon clean, any thoughts.

List of problems however to sort
Rear washer tube not connected
Exterior window trims lifting off glass
Hazy headlight, 3m kit bought to sand/polish lenses.
Ac not working at all, engineer booked to regas/ diagnose
Smelly interior and grubby leather, valet booked
Front bumper has been resprayed, I can tell
Interior plastic trims are peeling top layer of rubber/ paint
Sat nav is telling me to insert nav disc however there is a disc in already, I suspect a cheap copy.

Any ideas?

On everything to help me get this beast into a more loved condition.

So far I’m enjoying it and see it as a little project.




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