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Hi All,

I am thinking of buying an E39 1999 530D Auto which i viewed today, car looks ok with full upto date BMW/ specialist service history + long MOT, high mils 145K. The dash display shows rear tail light defective, current owner has changed the bulbs twice (2nd time using OEM spec bulb). He also sourced a 2nd hand cluster which he changed. The light works ok however the warning still shows defective on the display???

Any ideas how to clear?, if i buy was thinking of getting an auto elec to look at it, I am not really over worried as the lamp works ok but its can be anoying having the warning light info on the dash.....

Current owner told me the car pulls off in 2nd gear usually and is normal (auto box), is this correct? After be taken out for a run all seems ok, no leaks , runs smooth etc....I have owned an E39 a few years ago (525TDS) so am not new to the model. It also has Mtec interior and M -power plaques on the sill, it looks like this was done when car was new, is this OEM factory spec? would the car have upgraded power (ECU mapping/chipped)? Any advice before i buy would be great. Thank-you.
 

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I had the same problem on mine, but has he checked the rear windscreen brake bulb? ;)
And I would say that the M plaques etc were done OEM factory style, or they may just have done a really good job, take a look carefully at them and see if there are flush you should notice a proper job from a odd job basically.

I haven't yet had my 530d remapped so i couldn't help you there, you could probs take it to main dealer and see if its been remapped if he would let you do that. Usually dealers can tell unless they just used the port and not opened up the ECU.

Our 530d has low mileage (78k) weve owned it since brand new and we have never had a problem with it, and it was out first BMW. Brilliant car and trust me it still pulls very well. One problem you mite want to check out is the turbo though,other guys on here will know what to check on it, but if that goes which is quite a popular thing to happen them by jolly u'll have fun paying out.

Hope this helps
and trust me mate when getting a 530d you wont look back ;)
 

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Not sure about pulling off in 2nd gear .... if its supposed to do that then its news to me!
However I do honestly believe it should pull away in first just like any other auto box. May be fellow 530d owners can confirm.

M-tech goodies can either be thrown into a deal when new or could be fitted aftermarket by the owner. A sport interior is usually found on genuine 'sport' models. Is the car a 530d 'Sport'?

As for ECU upgrades, the owner should mention this as it can be desirebale to have on some diesel models. If the car goes like the clappers compared to any other 530d then it will have been chipped/ECU remapped.
 

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Thanks for info guys....! Please be aware all lamps on car are now OK, warning display on dash will not clear...:(

Before i buy what tests could i preform to verify that auto gearbox and turbo are ok?

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Well if the autobox was faulty, the car would probably go into safe mode when driving it or stall. Bmw say that their gearboxes have lifetime warranty, but when it gets to 100k i would change the gearbox fluid, which is what ill be doing. Im not really sure how you tell if something is wrong with the turbo, if you put ure foot down and it goes like mad then its all good, and if you slight rev it to 3,000k you should here it whistle
 

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I've read loads of post on ATF, most ppl say change at 100K but if you talk to any BMW specialist they say leave alone as you may cause problems by changing, Auto trannie specialists will always quote changing as its in there best business interests.....
 
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