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Im looking to buy a 2004 X3 2.5 auto sport. The owner claims

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I'm looking to buy a 2004 X3 2.5 auto sport. The owner claims that it has a full service history at 28,000 and 44,000 miles as that's when it needed it, computer calculates according to style of driving etc. I find it hard to believe any car can only have 2 services in 49,000 miles. Is what he says true?

is he referring to oil service?


Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I don't know, I assume it has had 2 services and that's it. I found another one that has 50,000 miles and seems to have had a service every 8-10,000. From what I've read, if the car is looked after and serviced regularly, it is better.

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yes, the better a car is looked after, the better buy it will be, that goes without saying.



it is true that the car does tell you when it needs a service. these vehicles are fairly light on maintenance.


if the one has only had 2 oil changes in 50,000 miles (not km) that is a red flag, but two services in addition to other oil changes would be totally normal


if the other has been in every 8-10k miles for repairs (as opposed to service) then this is also a red flag


I would simply advise that you invest in a pre purchase inspection at a main dealer or BMW specialist prior to purchase of any to have all systems and the engine checked out.


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I understand, I assume the regular services are oil changes, I will of course double check. The previous 2 cars I bought, I has an inspection done but they were from private sellers. This purchase will be from a dealer (not BMW) and I thought it would be more reliable. Thank you for your advice.
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