In Reply to: Prospective 525i Owner Needs Advice posted by Rick on January 30, 2000 at 19:27:18:
Like you I made the move used japanese cars to used BMW's. I do all my own work and have found the 525i to be straight forward and easier to work on than the japanese cars I have owned (none of which are rear wheel drive). From this message board I have found ways to source OEM parts. I find pricing to be in line with japanese parts. I put a new radiator ($225)in the 525i last summer. The Honda radiator cost me ($310).
The best advice, before you buy the car, is to take it to a certified mechanic and pay the money for a complete inspection. If the BMW was not maintained properly, you will get hammered. Bottom line is, if you stay on top of the maintenance, you can expect many miles of trouble free service.
For me, I never experienced the feeling of always wanting to be in the car with japenese cars. The BMW will definitely change your perspective. Hope this helps and you take the plunge. Jim
: I have found a 1993 525i with 71,000 miles. I am truly a BMW novice. I have always bought used japanese cars and have had great luck (pre-depreciated, reliable vehicles). I'm leery of the perhaps undeserved BMW reputation for being finicky, unreliable cars. Anyone care to set me straight? Thanks.