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Why swap???? (archive)

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Posted by Andrew Fischer on December 14, 2000 at 23:20:51:

In Reply to: 1992- 525iA or 1990 - 535iA posted by Smokey on December 14, 2000 at 22:22:57:

Why swap your 535 for a 525 with a questionable maintaince history?
Is there something wrong with your car???

That 525 isn't much newer.
I'm sure you've only found some of the problems -- former owner doesn't sound like the sort of person who keeps after problems.
You are looking at some $$ to fix the problems you found .
Timeing belt. I thought a '92 has the M50 engine -- chain not a belt. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong. Bently manual says timing belt due at 50,000 miles or 4 years.

Check the service records. Car may be ovedrdue for an In$pection II.

Don't let the mileage on an M30 engine scare you. My 1990 535iA is going strong at 208,500 miles. Original engine and transmission still fine.

A while back I requested information about the 1992 525iA. My neighbors mother is selling her ex-husbands Maroon 525 with approx. 73,365 miles, he was the 2nd owner, purchased from a BMW Dealer about 4yrs ago for $9,500 neg. I was able to see the car today and these are a few things I noticed:(1)Needs front shocks/maybe rear (2)When idiling the thermostat reads at the middle, but when driving the needle stays at 1/4,then returns to middle when at idle (3)Noise comimg from Guage Console when at 80-90mph (4)The automatic/manuel button worked when engaged, but after using it multiple times it would not engage. I had to shut the car off and I guess it reset the system??? (5)Both rear door panels are about to pull off (6)Not sure if the timing belt has been changed. What mileage should it be changed? and (7)The handle for the steering wheel tilt is broken off. Otherwise the engine sounds great and the tranny seems to shift smoothly. Can anyone diagnose these problems? Is the car worth it, as far as price and overall reliability? I currently own a 1990 535iA with 108k and had the head gasket done already, plus suspension (need new front shocks). Do you think I should replace my 535 with the 525? What would be a reasonable offer?


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