In Reply to: Thoughts on '90 525 w/ 114,000 miles posted by Needs some help. on February 23, 2000 at 07:46:43:
It is a piece of junk!! Just kidding, I have a '90, bought it 2+ years ago with about 108K on the odometer. Now have 135K and Love the car. The M20 is a belletproof engine that was used for a long time by BMW. The M50 is definately more powerful and easier to maintain. The M20 requires you change the timing belt every 60K (time consuming DIY or expensive labor job), valve adjustment every 15K, but that is the only difference besides normal fluid, filter, and plug changes. The M20 with an auto will lack pep, but with a manual is strong. The problem areas are the normal 5 series suspension problems of Control arms, thrust arms, bushings, ball joints etc. The early build date '90's had some instrument cluster electrical gremlins that were very expensive to fix. The only other thing I can think of is the door panels peel in extreme heat. I would probably look more towards a '91 or newer just because of the M50 engine (Very Smooth!!), but have never once doubted my choice or been disappointed in it. A great car!! You cannot go wrong either way. By the way, as long as routine maintenance has been done on the car, will easily go 2-300K miles. Good Luck.
: I've decided to make the jump into the world of BMW. I'm looking at a '90 525 w/114,000 miles. Is there anything I should be aware of? How strong is this motor? How reliable is the rest of the car? Any help would be appreciated.