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Buying Advice: 535xi manual


Old 08-11-2018, 02:22 PM
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Hey all - I'm new here. Have always wanted a sporty wagon but never had the chance. Long story short, I've found a 2009 535xi with 134,000km (~83,000 miles) and a manual transmission. It's at a GM dealership and they've sent it to the local BMW dealer to have it serviced and make sure everything is working as it should. I've driven it and everything seems fine (I'm no mechanic but there were no obvious knocks or rattles, etc...). Interior is in good shape considering the age and mileage.

My biggest gripes is that it doesn't seem to have any options outside of the pano roof. No power tailgate, no nav, small screen, small wheels.

The dealership is pretty keen to move it and have given me a price of $12,125 + $375 doc fee (Canadian so ~$9,500USD)

I know I'll have to shell out $$ in maintenance over the next few years but I do feel like this is a pretty good price and a pretty rare car. If it was optioned better I'd go for it. As it is, I'm not sure.


edit: I should add this is a second vehicle and we drive maybe 15,000km a year.

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Old 08-11-2018, 06:03 PM
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It is a rare find with manual transmission, indeed. However, you should really for for a 2010, there are a number of things that were upgraded for 2010. The most notable item is the iDrive, version CIC, larger screen and better graphics, faster processor, etc. The outside saw minor revisions, mirrors and bumpers are slightly different. I'd look for a 2010, even if it is automatic (IMO). I grew up with manual transmissions and I like them, but I don't have to have a MT in my cars, nice if it does but not a requirement.

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