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Odometer Rollback (archive)

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Posted by Will Oelke on November 10, 1998 at 18:16:11:

In Reply to: odometer posted by George on November 09, 1998 at 22:37:56:

: I was thinking of purchasing a pre owned 97 328c. I had seen lots of BMW's with real low mile on them. So I was wondering if anyone knows how easy it is to change the odemeter on BMW 3 series to be exact. It just seems like alot of used 3 series have real low miles on them. I know the numbers are digital. I cant wait to switch from my 318ia to a 328ic!!!!

George,where I come from I believe that is called theft by deception. Pennsylvania makes it tough to get a licence to sell automobiles, Bmw makes it tough to do an undetectible rollback. Here if a dealer does something like that they can yank his license, he could stand to loose it all! (At this point I would like to request that my flame mail fans please stop reading this because it is English and may be misunderstood by the average illiterate, and other misguided, inebriated souls) As a purchaser here is what I would do. Talk to your salesman and ask if you can speak to the lead technician about your concern. If you are ernest about buying his car he will go along with that. If he senses that you might be wasting his time forget it.
From what I understand the milage on late model bimmers is stored in more than one way, not just on the odometer. Don't necessarily expect the top technician to just spit out a fully satisfactory answer, give them time to work if need be. When the salesman knows you require a thorough answer he will work to get it if he knows it will mean a sale(money in his pocket).
On the other hand, 1 out of 10 of us are prone to try to get away with a quick buck ripoff, with a BMW its harder to do.
Still on the subject of buying a pre-owned, low mileage Bimmer the question arises: how do you tell if the car was totaled in an insurance loss, purchased by a competent repair shop and resold to a dealer for sale at retail? In PA this would be illegal without a flag on the title. Whats the deal where you live?
Or how about this: the car is repaired in a state where they dont flag an insurance loss and wholesaled to one that does.
Good luck with your purchase,George. A convertible, to me that is as nice as it gets!

For what its worth,
88 325ix
91 525i

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