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Re: Just picked up a 92 525 (archive)

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Posted by MicahO on August 29, 2001 at 07:27:26:

In Reply to: Just picked up a 92 525 posted by zx6944 on August 28, 2001 at 23:46:34:

You paid a bit below what Kelly says trade-in value would be on the car, so you should feel good about that. The 525 auto's are not very quick, but you did get the more powerful twin cam motor. All the power is up high, you just have to keep your foot in it to get it there. It's also a fairly maintenance free motor - timing chains (not belts), hydraulic lifters (no adjustment needed), 200-250K on these motors is not unheard of, when properly maintained. The tranny is sourced from GM Europe and is a fairly robust unit, probably more so than the ZF's that had been used on earlier 525's, and it doesn't suffer problems from revving in neutral, etc.

Things to look for at that mileage? Could be a large number of items, but many may have been absorbed in regular maintenance. If you've got the money, put it into the dealer and have an inspection II performed to get on an even service keel (at that mileage, a dealer inspII could run around a thousand dollars, could be only $300, be prepared).

If you have the time and are mechanically inclined, buy a Bentley's manual and do the Inspection II yourself. You may want to have a mechanic look at the tranny mounts and thrust arm bushings. Pull the #1 and #6 coils and see if there is oil in the spark plug holes - the little donut gaskets tend to start leaking around 80-100K miles, you may need a 3rd set about now. Read this forum religiously for a while, open up the archives and read them, print or save the documents that are interesting, and you will learn a tremendous amount about what can, will, or won't go wrong with your car.

And if you want a 5 speed, sell this car (you could probably turn a thousand or more in the right private sale) and buy one. It will cost 2-4K to convert your car to a 5 speed, and you will then have a 525 5 speed, just like all the others on the road. You'll never see that money again.

Micah O'C
'92 525iT

I just picked up a 92 525 that to my non bmw eyes seemed to be to good of a deal.
this is what is is
92 525i silver automatic (not very happy about thatleather heated seats sunroof cd changer
car feels like it runs great no motor noise does not pull had it to 110 on the ride home & no shimmy
problems small dent under the right tail light
leather on driver seat very worn
166k (2nd owner bought it 2 years ago with 98 owner was in sales)
he chaged the ac compressor & some bushings in the front he cant remember what.
I paid 4k after looking at what other people are asking I am getting a bad feeling what should I look for. (it just passed nj inspection 2 weeks ago)

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