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Not surprising at all.
It is repeated here so often that it is almost trivial: Do not trust a "CPO", do not trust a freshly CPOd car, do not trust anything a dealer SAYS - neither BMW dealer or other 'dealer'...
You always have an inspection done PRIOR TO BUYING.
As you discovered, once a BMW is "cpo'd" it is a CPO for life. But the inspection may have been a lifetime ago.
The only thing a CPO gives you is an extended warranty- everything else MUST be verified by your own inspection.
Also, read and understand what a CPO inpsection includes- I recently saw a CPO checkilist where rotors were not measured, there was no trunk cargo net, only one key. It was a 2003 and had never had a coolant flush. possibly expired Mobility kit.. Dealer was just going throught he motions.
There have been folks that bought freshly CPOd cars at night, only to find significant scratches the next morning- 'tough, it meets CPO criteria'
The CPO will not cover 'normal wear and tear'- there is a lot of money in parts that wear out and -unless you catch them prior to purchase- you will wind up pay for later.
PS Funny thing, most dealerships set it up so that the sales staff is ignorant of the cars they sell- certainly dealers and salemen do not really try to find out anything at all about these cars. If they don't know they don't need to lie- all by design.
Last edited by ard; 5th February 2007 at 05:30 AM.