1995 BMW 3 Series 325IS M50B25 2.5L from North America
Great car for the money
Nothing aside from while getting an oil change at a local jiffy lube, they recommended I flush the coolant, so I had them do it. They somehow screwed that up, costing me $300 to replace the thermostat and fan clutch (which was weak, and had to come off to get at the thermostat, so I had that replaced while in there).
Driver's seat frame is broken, so the back leans to the right. No problem, just prop it up with something.
I picked the car up for $500 at a local auction with 182,000 miles on it. When I got it, performance wasn't great, so I bought a chip for the ECU from Turner Motorsports. I HIGHLY recommend the chip for better power and mpg's. Great year round car, just make sure to have good tires and keep traction control on in the winter.
Engine is strong, and with the chip will rev to 7000rpm, where it still pulls! 5 speed is very smooth and easy to drive, clutch feels great. Gets around 23mpg city, and 28 highway.
I've been driving this car hard for several months and about 13,000 miles without a problem. Whether you're just cruising around or racing all night, the car is just great. Very impressive for a 2.5L.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th May, 2009
29th May 2009, 06:38
A coolant purge and fill that they performed on your vehicle cannot cause the thermostat and the fan clutch to go out. That is impossible!! The mechanic that told you that, wow. I would recommend a new mechanic.
19th Jun 2009, 23:25
They used suction on the cooling system to remove the old coolant, causing the thermostat to fail. The fan clutch had to be taken off in order to get to the thermostat, and it was a bit weak, so I replaced it. But if it had not been for having to take it off, I would not have spent the money to do it.