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Old 08-20-2009, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by johnny13oi' post='983572' date='Aug 20 2009, 02:36 PM
Sorry with all the questions but I got another one. If I get a CPO 550i, would I be able to mod it and still retain the warranty? Say I wanted some larger rims and a different exhaust, would my warranty still be intact if I did those mods? Or say I put in new HID fogs, I plan on putting 3300K HID fogs just like my current car because I really like the white headlights and yellow fogs look. And also what if I did some electronics mods on the inside of the car. I am pretty handy with electronic stuff and like to add a few things to the car.
BMW has to be able to prove that your modification is what directly caused the failure of the part in question. It's really up to your individual dealer and SA in terms of how much of a stickler they want to be. Larger rims will not be a problem. Some SAs may say something about the exhaust. You shouldn't get any grief about lighting and electrical mods as long as they don't cause any failure. Lighting especially won't be a problem. Not sure why kind of "electronics mods" you are referring to so I don't want to comment too much on that. But something like hardwiring a radar detector, etc. shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:56 PM
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Damn they just sold the 2007 550i with M Sport kit on it =( . Oh well maybe I'll find another good one.
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Originally Posted by johnny13oi' post='983818' date='Aug 20 2009, 01:56 PM
Damn they just sold the 2007 550i with M Sport kit on it =( . Oh well maybe I'll find another good one.
Patience is key, I looked for 6 months before I bought. I was ready any day, but didn't want to settle for a car I didn't want.
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Old 08-21-2009, 01:31 PM
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Do you want my car? Its a great car with warranty up to 100k through 4/2012. I have 44k miles on it now. Make me an offer
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Originally Posted by gregg2gs' post='984893' date='Aug 21 2009, 05:31 PM
Do you want my car? Its a great car with warranty up to 100k through 4/2012. I have 44k miles on it now. Make me an offer
Gregg's black 550 is beautiful. It has very very well done, tasteful mods and it is fast. I drove about 250 miles either behind it or in front of it at the June 6th Poconos meet and it looks and drives great.
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by johnny13oi' post='982681' date='Aug 19 2009, 10:03 PM
The CPO 550i I am looking at has the M Sport package. The M Sport package looks amazing and I really like it but there is a small concern for me. Would you think that the M Sport package is an indicator that the original owner drove the car really hard or would you say not? I just really like the looks of the M Sport package.

I think it is hard NOT to drive a 550 hard I'd be concerned about service history, and if it was "abused". Possibly you can examine for signs of abuse and neglect.
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Originally Posted by wolf' post='984932' date='Aug 21 2009, 06:08 PM
I think it is hard NOT to drive a 550 hard I'd be concerned about service history, and if it was "abused". Possibly you can examine for signs of abuse and neglect.
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550s are meant to be driven hard. Very few people buy a 550 to grandma it.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by wolf' post='984932' date='Aug 21 2009, 06:08 PM
I think it is hard NOT to drive a 550 hard I'd be concerned about service history, and if it was "abused". Possibly you can examine for signs of abuse and neglect.

Listen, are you looking for a Hyundai or BMW. I WOULD NEVER BUY a BMW that was driven by a non-enthusiast. These cars are meant to be exercised, as long as you care for them and service them appropriately at BMW. Regardless, warrantys are very important on all BMWs and I have another 2.5 yrs + 55kmiles.

I drive fast, but never abuse my car. There is a great difference. Like, I would never buy a certain M5 from a certain Cahrmenian cause he doesn't know how to drive and the car will be screwed for life becuase of his lack of skills...
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Originally Posted by gregg2gs' post='984975' date='Aug 21 2009, 07:52 PM
I drive fast, but never abuse my car. There is a great difference. Like, I would never buy a certain M5 from a certain Cahrmenian cause he doesn't know how to drive and the car will be screwed for life becuase of his lack of skills...
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