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Old 03-06-2016, 07:54 PM
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In the market for an E70

I am in the market for an E70... coming from and e53 3.0 and e60 3.0

Im looking at getting one that's 2013 model with comfort seats, navi, panoramic sunroof, backup camera.

The motor i am looking is the 6 cylinder..

mileage under 50k..


what else should i look for? any things to know ahead of time and avoid?

thanks in advance
2009 BMW E60 LCI 528Xi

2002 BMW X5 3.0i E53

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Old 03-08-2016, 12:55 PM
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I also had a 2002 e53 3.0i, now a 2009 e70 30si. I like the sixes, they are plenty quick for my use (wife and kids). IMHO condition is #1. You don't want something that has been abused and looks it.
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Old 03-08-2016, 02:44 PM
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Apparently, (according the experts here), you are idiot if you don't pay $250 -$300 for a third party independent pre-purchase inspection. Don't be an idiot. . (even with existing warranty left!!!).

then again... the guys that recommend that are probably third party independent pre-purchase inspectors.

Good luck.

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Old 03-08-2016, 04:21 PM
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As long as you have the LCI headlights and USB port for audio. Well, for me, that's all I want.
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Old 03-08-2016, 08:45 PM
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Whatever you buy, check the Carfax and see if the car was CPO certified before Jan 1st, 2014. The CPO warranty is transferable only if it was certified before the above date. I was lucky to find mine at a dealership (not BMW) that had no idea the car was CPO certified in 2013. First thing i did after I bought the car was to stop by the BMW dealership and put my name on the CPO.
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Old 03-08-2016, 11:34 PM
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I recently bought a '13 xDrive35d, with the options you are looking for plus HUD, side view cameras, and comfort access. The comfort sets would be my "no compromise" option, followed by comfort access.
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:20 AM
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Personally, I wanted the Top Hi-Fi audio and rear climate control and tobacco interior. I found a one owner with the hideous Platinum Bronze exterior and that was my only compromise. The basic sound system is junk but the Hi-Fi is better, Top Hi-Fi is just lovely. That was a must for me as well as a trailer hitch. Mine is a pre-lci as I wanted no part in the turbo 6cyl and all the crap that comes with it. I am extremely happy with my choice as I am sure you will be once you find the one that's right for you.
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:43 PM
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I updated, that my budget is 27k for a 2013 with the 6 cyl motor..

I know bmw electronics because I used to run a shop and work on diagnostics...
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Old 03-11-2016, 06:26 PM
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I would not buy an E70 right now. There is an open airbag recall and BMW dealers can't sell them and won't take them as a trade in.
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:50 PM
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I went by the BMW dealer and the recall is not for the X5 but the X3. I don't know what exactly is going on but that is all I've heard.

As for the X5 alone.
I had mine now for about a 100K miles and I will agree with others.
At ALL COST, you must do a pre purchase inspection.
In the last 3 years of owning the car I have spent about 7K on maintenance, and this does not include the other 4K I still need to spend on the valve seals.
I do have a 4.8 car but you should expect similar maintenance if you are not car full.

Good luck to you, if you get one post some pictures.
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