1990 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.4 litre from North America
Nightmare with leather
I bought it for $3,000. I loved it!
Then within a week, I hated it.
Failed to start at grocery store. :0.
Developed a very rough idle, very quickly.
Overheated in a parking lot while picking my mother up from work.
Trying to sell for 1,500 to buy another Toyota or Honda.
Extremely comfortable seats.
5 speed manual was a blast!
Chick magnet! Girls hit on me all the time! Made my girlfriend very upset.
Complete nightmare! Gas guzzler and EXTREMELY UNRELIABLE, FAILED ME TWICE WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF OWNERSHIP.
I am happy for this experience, I now have the knowledge to NEVER BUY BMW EVER AGAIN.
If you drive a reliable car, with a sad interior or exterior, and want a status symbol BMW, please, invest into your reliable car, get it painted, get it reupholstered! NEVER BUY BMW UNLESS YOU LOVE WORKING ON IT CONSTANTLY.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th August, 2011
I think your opinion may not be completely accurate, considering your car was over 20 years old. Hondas and Toyotas from that period are not going to run flawlessly either, no car that age will.
Yeah, it seems like you bought a piece of junk that was on its last legs, don't blame BMW for that. Even a high end car like a BMW needs maintenance and upkeep.
I dunno about 20 year old cars not running right; I own a Horizon that runs like a clock as long as the fuel doesn't get low; at that point it'll stall sometimes.
Update: So after fixing the overheating (bad thermostat) and the extreme coolant leak (radiator hose was loose: cut and reattached) I almost wish I could rewrite the review. Oh well. I still hate it, no AC and rough idle, not the cars fault though. And to all who say "you bought a car that was 20 years old, what do you expect?" I say this: Yes, I bought a car that was 20 years old, has maintenance records, and was OK'd by a mechanic from a European auto shop, yes I expect it to be perfect! For at least more that 7 days! But so far, a month into ownership and no other issues.