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post #1 of 14 Old 28th January 2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Has my car been wrecked?

I'm in the hospital dealing with a health issue. But this weekend I posted this video: Melvin's 2000 BMW E39 M5 Introduction - YouTube.
A user commented to suggest based on this video, the car has been wrecked before. I'm heading to dealership as soon as I'm discharged. Carfax guaranteed it was a one owner with no accidents. I know nothing is better than an actual person touching the car, I'm wondering if there are some clear and obvious signs I just didn't know about.

Thanks greatly for the help everyone.

Ps - it's a long video (16min)

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post #2 of 14 Old 28th January 2013, 06:10 PM
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Has my car been wrecked?

Just to clarify, Carfax does not guarantee no accidents, it guarantees there have not been any accidents reported. I'll look at video when I'm not on 3G!
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I think he just meant that the car is in bad shape, not that it was technically in a collision. That's what I get from the comment, anyway. PS, the power steering fluid is right next to the oil filter housing.

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I hope, and I stress hope, that you bought it right. While I can't comment on if it's been wrecked before, what I can say is you're in store for some fun. Pixels and VANOS aren't cheap affairs.

1 - CEL light. Get yourself a code reader, stat. Once you start reading this board in more depth you'll find reams of information about codes. Also, if you trusted the dealer that this car was perfect, I wouldn't be in a big hurry to trust the same dealer that they can accurately diagnose a problem
2 - Your airbag light is on. That's probably why someone else thought the car was in an accident. Again, you need to get it checked.
3 - What's up with the duct tape in the engine? Did you know it was there before?
4 - E-Brake cable 'should' be an easy fix, hopefully it's not indicative of more problems
5 - Does the speedo work? I noticed when you were driving around that the tach moved very late and the speedo didn't seem to move at all.

Did you get a PPI?

I don't think Carfax guarantees no accidents per se. Per the website, it guarantees the car doesn't have salvage, fire, flood damage, odometer problems or lemon history. You should run an Autocheck report as well. I once had a car with a clean Carfax but Autocheck noted frame damage.

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The pipe with the duct tape is a secondary air system connection to (i) the secondary air system pump and (ii) the heads. Essentially, the pump puts air in the system for emissions purposes upon startup. You will have codes and a serious vacuum leak until you replace that pipe. Not particularly difficult to do.

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Not sure about "clear and obvious signs" but there was a thread started and I cannot find it for the life of me. It details some physical characteristics of damage as well as some other technical things as well. I wish I could forward as it also has pics to explain and demonstrate. Ill keep looking but thought was a good primer.
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Thank you all for the suggestions/rough diagnostics. I was just discharged from the hospital. Going to try and work up the energy to get to over to the dealership and see what the deal is.

Again, thank you all so much. We'll see where this ends up.

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Not sure about "clear and obvious signs" but there was a thread started and I cannot find it for the life of me. It details some physical characteristics of damage as well as some other technical things as well. I wish I could forward as it also has pics to explain and demonstrate. Ill keep looking but thought was a good primer.
Is this the thread you were thinking of? E39 M5 Buying Guide
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Look for masking signs near rubber gaskets, under the hood/inside the fenders. Also check near door and window seals by peeling back the trim.

Bumper sag/not lined-up is normal. It happens over age and can be re-adjusted.

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Congrats and good luck. I like your positive attitude!

With the VIN, you should be able to get a readout of all work done at a BMW facility. When you say "dealership," is it BMW? If not BMW someone here can help.

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