1985 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.5 from North America
A solid car, but not cheap
-TRX wheels and tires headache.
-Front end work.
-A ton of warn bushings and ball joints throughout the suspension.
-Trans synchros are warn, sometimes the gears grind or don't engage.
-Car overheated, 2 thermostats later problem solved.
-Adjust valves every 10k miles.
-Wipers are funky on intermittent mode.
-Fuses were all corroded and have to be replaced.
-Oil pan gasket.
-Some vacuum leaks.
This car taught me that there is no such thing as a $2,000 car. Although that is what I paid for it, the bills soon started piling up and now total over $6,000 for the car and repairs. In spite of this the car is in excellent condition for its age and mileage. I have yet to find a ding on the body, and it was painted a year prior to me purchasing it, and it looks great. The biggest problems were the exhaust (it was the original system) and the tires/wheels "TRX nightmare". The exhaust was around $1500 and so where the wheels and tires. (both had to be replaced as TRX tires are $300 each). Other things have been minor and are to be expected for age/mileage. They just add up to a lot and don't expect that you can get away with letting little things slip or you'll end up with a car fire or a major repair bill.
Basically, I love the car, and I expect repair costs to drop significantly in the near future as the previous owners did not make many repairs to the car during the 3 years they owned it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th July, 2004