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Re: considering buying 92 525 touring (archive)

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Posted by Peter Warton on November 20, 2000 at 16:24:43:

In Reply to: considering buying 92 525 touring posted by James on November 20, 2000 at 14:37:42:

Have a pre-purchase inspection done, paying particular attention to the tranny. Get all records you can find. Areas to watch out for (some are general e34 problem areas, some specific to Touring):

- transmission (I'd worry if it has a history of slipping, and would try to find records of any work done on the tranny (there are a couple of "factory repair kits" for these trannys, maybe Bill R. can elaborate?))
- cooling system (water pump, radiator)
- suspension (front control arms, shocks, rear self-leveling)
- electrical (rear hatch wiring and mircoswitches)
- AC (expensive to fix)
- Sunroofs ($2k to fix, known to break)
- Texas car? Check for interior fading, delaminated door panels, perhaps pitted windshield (does the DFW area get sand storms?)

Generally, given the mileage, unless the car has extensive maintenance records and has been well-kept, I would be pretty careful OR be prepared to spend real money to bring the car up to snuff. It would be worth the cost of a very detailed pre-purchase inspection in that case. If the vehicle doesn't have good records, I would offer less money given the mileage. Perhaps $8-8.5k or so, since you're likely to run into a few problems that will set you back at least this much if the car isn't well maintained. The only hitch with offering less money is that Tourings are fairly rare, and can sometimes command a premium based on their rarity.

Good luck! The touring is a pretty cool car.


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