In Reply to: 1995 540i - What should I look for? posted by Bobby D on January 05, 2000 at 18:20:51:
The engine swap is a BIG plus. You will get a new 6 yr/100000 mi warranty on the engine. $19,300 sounds a little cheap for a 6 speed. Definately have it checked for damage. A quick way you can tell if a panel, door, hood, or trunk has been replaced is to look for the VIN #'s on all of the doors, fenders, hood, & trunk. These stickers are easy to find. The number on the sticker matches the VIN. They are black with white writing and have the BMW logo on it. They can not be removed or replaced. If you find one missing there is a good chance that that panel was replaced. Since you live in snow country definately have the undercarriage inspected for corrosion. Obviously, make sure all the bells and whistles work.
Definately check this site out: http://www.530i.org/
You'll love the car. You can't help but giggle when you drop the hammer.