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First off I want to apologize for this post if it is repetitious. I posted something in the for sale section when I was asking for input on potential cars I was looking at and was told that it did not belong there. I assume this would be the place for it?

Here is my current find which I would like input on. I have found a 2003 M5 with 78K on it. After talking to the owner he is in default on the loan. He has been working with the loan company to avoid getting it repossessed and in this process has learned if he turns it in that it would go to auction and he would be on the fence for whatever the difference might be and it won't go away unless he declared bankruptcy. The bank did present him with a solution which is the following. Come up with $15K and they will forgive the rest of the loan. As he obviously does not have 15K he is willing to sell for that amount to be done with the vehicle. He knows he could get more but it would technically all go to the loan company as he would be happy to get rid of it for this amount.

I have not seen the car but will look at it tomorrow and if I like it will some how manage to get it to my area for a PPI:

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Car has a new clutch by the way and can assume it will need a good amount of maintenance to get it up to par. I figure if I like it and the PPI does not come back with any major items and I can fix most and pay to get other things done and have no more than about $3000 or so into it that it might be a go.

I have heard lots of posts as you get what you pay for and such and for the right car I would pay good money but think this is an opportunity to at least look into? By the way he bought the car for $30K about a year and a half ago from EEE in Springfield, VA which I know does not have the best of reputation.

Would love input and once again sorry for the many posts as I will be try to limit things and do a bit more research before asking questions and opening up new ones.
 

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Sounds iffy to me. You can probably look around and find a nice M5 without an irregular story. Good luck with the purchase.
 

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If something does not seem right I am fine walking away but think it is at least worth looking into. Having a new clutch is a big plus but the potential for neglect is high for this car. He told me that he was at the dealership looking at another car and the salesperson asked if he wanted to drive the M5 and he did and bought it on the spot never knowing about these cars. So not very well cared for in the 1.5 years and 20K he put on the car.

Will see what it looks like in person and take it from there.

My thoughts where correct the car is trashed. Just got a number of pictures and the front bumper is all cracked up which I would assume is beyond repair as well as the rear bumper. That is enough to tell me it has not been taken care of.
 

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Best of luck. They are great cars.
 
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