I tracked down a tranny from a totaled M5. It was a 2001 M5. The guy selling the tranny owns a tuning shop in New Jersey. He bought the M5 engine, tranny, clutch to install in an E38. It didn't work out.
He wants to sell the tranny and clutch and flywheel for $2000. He claims that the tranny was replaced in the car at a dealership in NJ before it was wrecked. According to him, it has 4000 miles on the tranny and about 10000 miles on the clutch and flywheel. He supplied the VIN from the car and the numbers for the dealership where the tranny and clutch were installed. Since he is a private owner, he can't give me a 12 month warranty on the tranny like a wrecking yard could.
I did some research and the tranny used would cost me for a 540i anywhere from $1600-2000 plus shipping. The lowest mileage I could find from a wrecking yard was 85000.
This M5 tranny could be practically new with only 4000 miles.
Now, I called the dealerships with the VIN and they can't tell me whether the tranny and clutch were replaced because it is against the law to release such information over the phone unless I owned the car. So I have no way to prove whether this guy from NJ is telling the truth. Any ideas on how I can ascertain this information?
The other potential issue is whether the tranny is really an M5 tranny. I sound skeptical because I don't want to get screwed out of $2000.
I have run a car fax on the VIN and it comes up with a 2001 M5 with a clean title and odometer reading.
Do you guys have any ideas how I could verify this? Should I walk away from this deal?