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Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: St. Louis
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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.
14 years, 8 BMWs:
2001 740 short sport (silver)
2001 740 short sport (steel blue)
2006 330CI ZHP
2005 M3 convertible
2008 535 Touring
2012 X5 slowly getting mods