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Old 09-14-2020, 08:02 AM
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Well, I just realized BAT and Cars & Bids must be cousins

Yes, I do realize that at the end of the day they're both there to make money first. But still, I don't want to give car for free.

I said I wouldn't try BAT but my good friend talked me into it and they pretty much rejected it automaticaly.
I think they use some kind of alghoritm where the computer rejected it due to my high reserve. I don't think my reserve was high but they want to make sure car sells for whatever so they make money on both ends.
I also don't think it was the miles as they've had plenty of cars with much higher mileage. But, it could have been the combination of two.

Then I tried Cars & Bids and they said they love the car but suggested no reserve or $5k reserve. Well, I'm not that desperate.

I've had good luck with cars.com in past so I put it here and we'll see what happens. The only thing I don't like about it is they lower the picutre resolution quite a bit.
But, I did buy the basic ad since I have my own Carfax so you can't expect much for $20 ad (it last 60 days).

https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/d...5582/overview/
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Old 09-14-2020, 08:14 AM
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A nice, well-maintained X5 from a dry state with history ..

Timing guides have not been done? Maybe that's less of an issue with the 4.6?
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I would add more quality pictures for your asking price.
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Old 09-14-2020, 08:43 AM
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I would add more quality pictures for your asking price.
Even their most expensive ad lowers the quality of picture resolution.
Anyone who is interested will get high res pics in email from me as I believe it will keep resolution intact.
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Old 09-14-2020, 08:55 AM
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A nice, well-maintained X5 from a dry state with history ..

Timing guides have not been done? Maybe that's less of an issue with the 4.6?
Thank you.
Timing guides are sort of like what is the best oil, everyone has their own opinion.
Here is what I learned from my 15 + years working on BMW's:
First of all, I've done the guides on my 540 so I know exactly wht's involved.
I've also learned this:
The guides can go at 100k miles, 150k miles or even 200k miles, it depends on too many factors to just say certain mileage is the key.
The keys to prolong their life (which I did) are pretty much universaly agreed on:
Lower the coolant temp. It simply makes sense. Less heat will make plastic less brittle.
Change oil often. Again, it makes sense. The better the lubrication property of oil, the less friciton between chain and guide surface.
Change outside TC tensioner. It also makes sense as if spring weakens enough it will cause the chain to momentarily slap on guide (or basicaly hit it) til the oil pressure takes over. We're talking very short period of time but if it's repeated enough...
Anyway, when I've done the VC gaskets recently I took a long time to inspect the guides with small mirror and physicaly moved them as I much as I could and I could not see any early signs of deteroation.
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:35 AM
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Auction sites, they are run by people who are in the trade and they see your car as a commodity, not as an individual item that is cared for meticulously. They want good looking cars but treat them as being an average trade-in. Hence the 5k reserve. Hold out for a knowledgeable buyer who understands what an e53 is and appreciates the quality of your offering but knows the cost of ownership.

Definitely you have a great car, very clean. Chain guides.....I pulled the engine on my 4.4i at 125k, mainly to combat the oil leaks but also the guides were a strong consideration. Failure, according to anecdotal evidence, can happen as low as 80k but others have gone well beyond 200k. Age and number of heat cycles possibly main contributor to the problem considering that some go much longer without an issue. The wear on mine was minimal but breakage and wear are possibly not linearly correlated.


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Auction sites, they are run by people who are in the trade and they see your car as a commodity, not as an individual item that is cared for meticulously. They want good looking cars but treat them as being an average trade-in. Hence the 5k reserve. Hold out for a knowledgeable buyer who understands what an e53 is and appreciates the quality of your offering but knows the cost of ownership.

Definitely you have a great car, very clean. Chain guides.....I pulled the engine on my 4.4i at 125k, mainly to combat the oil leaks but also the guides were a strong consideration. Failure, according to anecdotal evidence, can happen as low as 80k but others have gone well beyond 200k. Age and number of heat cycles possibly main contributor to the problem considering that some go much longer without an issue. The wear on mine was minimal but breakage and wear are possibly not linearly correlated.
Thank you.
It's hard for me to add on what you said as you got it on all counts.
I've sold my M5 this spring for very good money as the buyer realized what he was getting and brought sack full of cash.
As you said, I just need to be patient. I'd really prefer buyer to test drive the car first before purchase anyway.
BAT can post 300 pics and dozen videos and all that but the reality is you can't "feel" the car through pictures and videos.
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The 4.6 x5s are really special but only to one who understands what they are. They are very under rated...
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Good luck with the sale.

From my brief looks on BAT and from reading about cars they rejected, I'm convinced it is all about the reserve price. They sell some absolute [email protected] cars on there, so there is no way they're declining based on a car being not good enough. It's that they simply don't want to take a chance on the reserve price not being met.

Your good comments and explanations from people in this thread sound great. You might assume that prospective buyers might have similar concerns, and put some of those good explanations into the ad to head off the concerns.
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No reserve = BAT Makes money regardless. If there is a reseve not met then no money is to be made by BAT. It's a business...
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