In Reply to: Re: Just picked up a 92 525 posted by Neil Deshpande on August 29, 2001 at 00:29:28:
The M50 has a timing chain, not a belt so it does not need to be changed like a timing belt. The valves are (automatically)hydraulically adjusted, so they don't need a valve lash adjustment.
Waterpumps are a common problem, the originals are plastic, which fail around 50-60K, yours has probably been changed already at your mileage.
Sounds like a good deal to me, I like the silver too.
92 525iTA M50 non-VANOS
I would say it is a little cheaper than expected, but not a lot. The 1992 had the M20, a considerably weaker engine than the M50 that came in 1993. But, the motor is cheap and bulletproof so you should have no trouble with that. The auto tranny is probably a weak link, but if it shifts and the fluid is not burnt smelling you're OK. If it goes, the 5-sp conversion kit can be got really cheaply. On the motor, look for timing belt replacement (60k miles), change the coolant, check the hoses (7-10 years is really it for rubber), adjust valve lash (30 min job), change the air filter and fuel hoses and you should be more or less fine. I have a bunch of stuff at http://www.neilwerke.com that might help.