1990 BMW 5 Series 525i 2.5L M20 from North America

Summary:

Great car to live with.

Faults:

Replaced brakes and control arms at 60,000 miles.

Timing belt replaced at 72,000 miles (should have replaced at 50,000 just didn't get around to it, old belt looked great-no cracking and lots of tooth left). Replaced belts, hoses and water pump at this time just for peace of mind, not really worn out, but easy to do since the car was apart to change the timing belt. Also replaced the cam seal, rotor and distributer cap, again just for peace of mind, not leaking or broken.

Passenger side rear wheel bearing replaced at 83,000 miles.

Some dash lights burned out, replaced all.

New battery.

Brake light bulbs replaced.

General Comments:

Very solid car. Still tight and rattle free at 100,000 miles. Everything still works, electric windows etc. Some rust along door edges where the rubber strip fits over the bottom of the doors. The rest of the car is rust free.

Very comfortable, leather seats show no wear.

Ride and handling are excellent.

Could use more power, the old M20 is reliable, but...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2005

1990 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.4L from Iraq

Summary:

Awesome

General Comments:

BMW 535i is the most impressive car I have ever driven.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2005

13th Oct 2005, 10:24

I have bmw car 535i I love this car because this car give tp me all what I want I want to thank bmw company.

1990 BMW 5 Series 525i SE 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

The Ultimate Cruising Machine

Faults:

So far, virtually nothing.

Slight vibrations from the front end when driving at around 70mph- it stops around 80mph.

Can't seem to tune the radio to receive AM stations- can't find the aerial!

General Comments:

I've had the pleasure of owning this car for two weeks now, and it has lived up to its name as the "ultimate driving machine", and some say, the best BMW ever made.

The truth is that the handsome old E34 5-Series, especially in the form of the 525i, is still better than some manufacturer's current cars.

I was lucky enough to find a one-owner, low-mileage car and it shows. The car has been immaculately kept and the interior is absolutely spotless.

My car has the M20 "Small 6" engine, which is cambelt, rather than chain, driven.

It drives beautifully, both a very refined and smooth cruiser in and around town, and given some space, put your foot down and it really goes. The engine sounds great. A real pleasure to drive.

The 4-speed automatic transmission shifts effortlessly and has a manual, sports and economy mode, depending on the driver. Brakes very responsive and assuring. The handling is dynamic and entertaining, especially around bends, and the steering direct and precise.

It's a supremely comfortable car, especially for long distances, for both driver and passengers and the ride quality is great.

Quality, as you would expect, is really top-notch everywhere and the car is meticulously assembled, down to the last detail.

Despite being 15 years old, it really doesn't look anywhere near that age, and still has great road presence as well as kudos, and the styling has matured elegantly.

For a car of this size/age fuel economy is good.

A lot of quality car for GBP £1300!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2005

9th Jun 2005, 08:37

Welcome the the world of E34 ownership, they are amazing cars. The aerial for you car is built into the rear screen, two vertical elements.

1990 BMW 5 Series 535i M30 from North America

Summary:

The best car ever made

Faults:

Nothing, really. Some wear and tear items.. I had the suspension replaced and put in performance shocks/springs. I also had to change a front left control arm. The transmission is good for 250,000 miles.. a miracle of engineering, really. The car runs great; it doesn't burn oil, and the compression is like new. I just love it.

General Comments:

It's the perfect car. Stylish, safe, comfortable, performs well, handles well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2004

26th May 2005, 11:53

Hi, Your comment is very useful, I own a 1993 Acura Legend Coupe, but I have just found a 535i, 1993, Silver with black leather interior. It is in good shape, with only 55,000 miles. I only have one question before I make my decision: How is your MPG in a 535i automatic??

Thanks.

Miguel.

15th Sep 2005, 10:07

I have a 1990 535i auto, and I get 16 MPG city with a light foot, and 22 MPG on the highway at a constant 70mph.

Replacement parts vary in price; some are more than American cars, and some parts are less, but if you are replacing parts, it may as well be on a great car like the 535 BMW.