Avinash Rawana
I worked with Max on a BMW E39 530i with 88K. The E39 was listed right around the KBB price, which was significantly less than the market price. That was pretty rare, an E39 with a 5 speed and low miles! Also, Max is a BMW fan, so that's always good for conversation. I didn't feel like I was talking to someone only concerned with making a tidy profit. It had a bunch of things I was interested in, being no stranger to the E39 and E36s. The seat module and connector look frayed. Shimmy at 60MPH (Thrust arms, could be cupped tires, balance etc) Leak near the cam tensioner (gasket probably, $1) Rattle from cam tensioner (needs new spring,$3) ZERO rust Body was in excellent shape for a 2002. Pretty aggressive looking leak on the bottom (looks like power steering fluid + oil) While this looks like a lot, it's very common on these old BMWs. On the test drive, the top end was running like a clock so I didn't worry too much. Could have been low on oil, but the usual CCV problems were not present. Exhaust smoke was clean, and no whistling. Probably just needed a little TLC. I told Max I needed the seat fixed and the tire replaced before I'd strongly consider a purchase. I didn't leave a deposit, but they went ahead and replaced the seat module and tire in about 1 week. After which, he called me and I went to pick up. We traded our Sonic to them for top dollar and paid the rest cash. I took the car home and cleaned it up. Replaced the tensioner, sealing washer and spring for about $10 total and 20 minutes of time. After cleaning up all the oil on the bottom of the engine, it's apparent one of the power steering hoses is a little leaky. The hose is $30 and a piece of cake to change. I buy a lot of used cars and I cannot stress the importance of checking the car out thoroughly. If you don't know the particular platform, bring a trusted and competent mechanic. I had known the problems I'd most likely be looking at and didn't expect World Auto to refurbish a 2002 to perfection. I very much respect a dealer that will take a serious buyer, seriously...even without a deposit. That's hard to find. Most dealers today want a deposit and to start running paperwork that'll just make your head spin. You end up getting lost in the cost of the car itself and just trying to save money because you know they're trying to screw you. When it's time for me to look for another European gem, I'll be looking to Max and his team to help me find a top drawer classic. They are honest people. Always remember to do your due diligence. -A