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Re: Prepurchase test drive--all the dash lights--w (archive)

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Posted by Jon on December 25, 1998 at 12:33:37:

In Reply to: Prepurchase test drive--all the dash lights--what? posted by Steve on December 25, 1998 at 09:41:12:

: Please clarify what you whould re-do with the "all the lights including instrument panel"

: Steve

That'd be part of the inspection list. Amazingly, my BMW's instrument panel lights did not work that evening (I test drove it during the day). Later I took it back and they undid the dashboard to reconnect a loose connection. I guess the point being that you've got to be your own quality control expert when going in to buy a car, even if it's a BMW.

: : Anybody have some hindsight about their new E46 and what they might have done if they were given another chance to shop "right"?

Options (to add with the base model 328i w/CD player).

  • HK sound system
  • and 17" inch rims (16" looks small in those wheel wells)
  • Pre-purchase test drive checklist.

  • all the lights including instrument panel
  • Shimmy and steering wheel alignment
  • Bumper fit to body (those loose clips) any gaps?
  • Listening for the boinng boing or rattling sounds in the cabin
  • After purchase.

  • See that the tech puts on the license plates correctly (mine gouged through the paint when screwing in the plates)



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