Its almost poetic you posted this because.... there is a thread for that!!What is interesting about this board is that there is so much information on here that I have actually gotten a "phobia" that all of these things are actually going to happen to my car. Granted, all cars will have some of the common problems but the more I read, the more I am looking for things that really aren't there. For example....Vanos noise.... my ears are like a stethoscope trying to listen for the tell-tale sounds.
This is a great board with a wealth of information...that is fact.
PPI will not find many of the problems with these cars!! They will find the "obvious", brakes, tires, rust, body damage, under body damage, suspension damage, possibly clutch.
What the PPI will most likely not find are things like the following (unless of course you find someone who has owned a BMW/E39 doing the PPI.
Headlight adjusters WILL be broken
Headlight and fog light lens will be pitted, headlights may be hazing
Reclining seats WILL have at least 1 bad cable
Rear sway bar brackets WILL be broken or recently replaced
Suspension bushings WILL need replacement, thrust arm bushings, rear bushings, unless they have been previously replaced.
Driveline/driveshaft issues, Guibio, Center Bearing, CV joints
Differential seal leaks
Secondary Air Pump and check valve WILL need replacement, you should hear my dieing animal when I start the car cold!!
Drivers side seat belt may not retract correctly, more likely when cold
Power steering hose leaks
Oil return hoses probably soft
Leaky inner door seals, only if someone has had a door panel off for a window motor or door lock actuator
Sloppy shifter, usually bushing need replacement
Heater fan squeaking
Driver seat foam worn and compressed
Windshield washer pumps leaking
Rear sun shade guides WILL be broken, side sun shades will be torn and/or have broken clips.
Oil pan drain hole may be stripped or close to being stripped, look for leaks and/or non OEM drain plug
Just plan on replacing the battery unless they can show it is less than 2 years old!
jfoj - thanks this is great info...now gotta go and update the checklist :M5launch: