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I found a 2003 LeMans Blue e39 M5. It has 189,000 miles on the body.
Engine/transmission has around 20,000 miles. (Done at the dealership)
Suspension Refreshed (Control Arms, Ball Joints, Steering links, Tie End Rods)
New Front Rotors, brakes have been done.
New Radiator cooling components.
Interior is very clean for its age.
Dinan Exhaust.
Audio system Upgrade
New Tires
New Driveshaft.
No gas tank rust


Bad:
It's an east coast car.
whole car has been repainted. Quality and color shade is not close to OEM.
Signs of rust near the Jack points.
Carfax has a couple of accidents in 2006.
Doesn't have style 65 wheels.
Passenger door needs regulator


Drives straight and no rattles.
Third Owner owned it since 90k miles since 2008


Seller is asking for $12000


Whats the usual cost to get underbody rust repaired in California.

or should I give it a pass
 

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Were the engine and trans brand new when installed? A rebuilt S62 is $18K so if that's the case you're already ahead at 12 for the whole thing from a value standpoint. That said if you're already in Cali you should shop for west-coast rust-free cars.
 

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Easy. Pass. You can do way better than that. Why ship this car out here to repair rust on a car thats been in accidents, and has the wrong paint done poorly none the less. Keep looking. Motto here is pay now or pay later.
 

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I agree with the others solely because you're in CA. All the good ones are out there! haha. Definitely not worth $12k with the red flags you mentioned. Sounds like a good project car for someone at like $8k. If the jackpad rust is caught early, it's not that bad to fix and repaint along with the rest of the car. Just not worth the time and hassle for a West Coast guy IMO.
 
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