1993 BMW 5 Series Reviews from North America

1993 BMW 5 Series 525i

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired149000 miles
Most recent distance150650 miles

Summary:

Started out good, then everything went wrong

Faults:

2 windows fell in ($252).

Power steering needed to get replaced ($900).

Control arm started to shake my car ($500).

Ashtray won't open.

Hood holding thing disappeared.

I'm getting 13.5 mpg.

General Comments:

The car is still moving, and hasn't let me down, but I'm selling it. It's already a money pit, & I've only owned it for 2 months.

My car has trouble reaching 55mph on hills. It sometimes thinks the parking brake is on when it's not.

The seats are amazingly comfortable.

My steering is a bit too heavy, but it's probably a result of the power steering needing replacement.

The car's defroster is awful and takes forever to work. The heated seats are amazing too.

I was expecting a lot more car for the money than what I really got..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2011

1st Feb 2011, 06:17

To be fair, at 18 years old and 150,000 miles on it, you should expect a few things to be wrong with the car. Generally the 5-series is a reliable car, but like any car that is only true if it's looked after. But at your car's age and mileage, you have to realistically expect there to be problems.

1993 BMW 5 Series E34 525i 2.5L

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5L Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

The car is great, it pays for itself and will out live any car on the road

Faults:

Electric seats do not recline properly.

Rear end whining.

Shaky front steering that only needed tightening.

General Comments:

Reliable car that is great on gas (25mpg average).

This car is expensive to fix, but there is no need because it never breaks.

Every single part on this car is original; even the clutch with 160k miles on it.

Great handling and performance isn't bad; I've smoke many Hondas and other small cars.

Fully loaded stock, and BMW has many great little features that on American cars you would pay a lot of money for.

Overall, the E34 is an awesome car that does not break, and you can expect it to start up everyday and not have a problem.. it just requires regular tune ups like every other car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2008

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews