In Reply to: It looks like your car was a test car or demo..... posted by Alex on April 15, 1999 at 18:43:25:
When I bought my first BMW back in 96, ('96 E36 318is) I went to the dealer's show room, saw the car I wanted, negotiated the price and signed the papers. when I left, the car had 5 miles on it. when I picked the car up, it had over 150 miles on it (less then 1 week after I signed/paid).
the dealer said they had to "road test" it to make sure there were no problems. At the time I was in dire need of a car, and loved the way the bimmer drove so I took it anyways.
less then 1 week after I got the car, the check engine light came on. brought it back to the dealer and it turned out they had to rebuild the engine!!! with less then 1k miles on it.
My theory is that they took it out for a joy ride (or one of their techs) and beat it to death (without proper break in) and caused all the damage.
Ofcourse, it was fixed under warranty, 20k miles later, the engine died again. same problem. it was fixed again, and then at 10k miles after that. happend again (poor remanf quality?).
(all 30k miles were easy high way miles, the car was babied).
anyways after that, I just decided to get rid of it.
when I picked up my E46 328i, it had 6 miles on it. and I feel much better about it.
now my 328 has almost 10k miles on it (been 2 months since I picked it up). and no problem with the engine (steering vibration and few other squeaks and rattles here and there but I can deal with that).
anyways, just thought I share my experience.
: Contact an attorney who especializes in laws regarding autos and seek help. Your car probably was also driven hard too if it was being used as a test/demo car. I would be worried if I were you.
: 99 323i sport (14 miles on delivery)