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Re: might buy E34 525i what problem areas (if any? (archive)

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Posted by Jeff N. on November 04, 1999 at 17:08:03:

In Reply to: might buy E34 525i what problem areas (if any?) posted by sean on November 04, 1999 at 15:34:45:

Along with a normal buyer's inspection and the items previously listed, I'd also check the mileage prom.

Do a cluster reset and make sure the VIN number displayed matches the VIN number of the chasis. If a mismatch, car likely has had the cluster replaced and likely is not the actual milage.

Cluster reset is done (if I recall correctly) by, with the key off, holding down the right hand button in the cluster and then turning the key to the "on" position. Lots of numbers will display, one of them should be the tail end of the VIN.

oh...and if you want more "umph" a 535i and Shark it! whoohoo!

Good Luck!

Jeff N.
90 535iM

: well folks my 1983 533i has 286,000+ miles and she has been spending more and more time at the shop. my wife loves her, but I don't want her to possibly get stranded again so I looked at a 1992 525i with 79,000 + and drove it, seems solid enough not qiute as much go as the old girl, I was wondering does this car have any inherent problems? (ala' the e28's heater valve) the car is a manual, leather is black and a little worn, paint is decent black also. so can anyone please give me the lowdown on what to check?

: thanks as always
: Sean

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