1992 BMW 5 Series 525i e34 2.5 petrol from Lebanon


Strong car, well built, not like today's cars, even new BMWs


Coolant sensor when I bought the car.

Rear right central lock at 125000km.

Coolant radiator has a little leak, had to be changed to a new one "behr" at $157.

2 front shock absorbers when purchased.

AC air filter.

General Comments:

The car is amazing. I enjoy driving the BMW, especially the e34.

Very solid build, everything is good quality from inside-outside, except the door panels, so I had to put some glue on it.

Mine is a very clean car. Still looks like new.

I always do services on time (oil change, filters...) and everything has been going very well for almost 3 years, and is still going well.

I like the dashboard lights, like a plane.

The BMW has a presence and unique personality of its own. Mine is black and looks very nice.

I intend to keep it for 5 more years, and expect it to do well. Then I'll buy the next generation e39.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2009

1992 BMW 5 Series 520i 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Brilliant cars when they're working, but I got a lemon


Torque converter was replaced for a leak - $900

Fuel Pump died - $125 DIY

Gearbox failed - Didn't bother replacing.

General Comments:

Absolutely brilliant handling and ride comfort

Engine seems to be pretty reliable

Transmission failure annoyed me quite a bit, but I would buy another BMW. I think I just got a lemon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2009

20th Mar 2009, 07:38

You can't call a 14 year old car with almost 250000 Kilometers on the clock a lemon, if you want new car performance - buy a new car.

1992 BMW 5 Series 520i 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


A great driving experience


Replaced all six ignition modules.

Fitted platinum spark plugs.

Mass air flow meter replaced three times, initially bought cheaply second hand because of BMW's exhorbitant price, however the most recent acquisition is a reconditioned unit with a two year warranty versus BMW's 1 year factory warranty.

Water pump, still functioning but had a slight weep, so I replaced it.

Sunroof had some small rust spots where the rubber seal joins, I also replaced that with a second hand unit, exactly the same colour and perfect.

Replaced electric window switch central module.

Ignition lock failed, had to replace key barrel.

New windscreen, lots of chips caused by poor Australian roads.

Front brake rotors have been replaced twice in 4 years, hopefully the Brembo brand I recently purchased will live up to their good name, also replaced the front pads at the same time.

Front shocks have also been replaced, one unit was leaking after a very rapid 13 hour drive from NSW to QLD; Bilstein gas shocks currently fitted are proving to be very nice to work with.

General Comments:

I have owned over 30 cars since obtaining my licence in the mid 70's, from Fiat's, Rover's, Mercedes, Peugeot's, Toyota's and even a Cadillac; every time I think about moving on from the BMW (I have also had countless test drives in late model vehicles, I'm sure the salesmen are on to me!!), I just marvel at the smoothness and solidity of the 5 series, the more I re-invest in this car the less likely I am to sell it, components just seem to last such a long time. Everything I have replaced had been performing for over 16 years, so I really have nothing to complain about; I only wish that I had been able to experience this car from new, but the $70,000 price tag was well out of reach. I still smile when that exhaust crackles on acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2009

19th Dec 2010, 13:26

I own a BMW 520i 1992 model. Ever since I bought it in 2009, I have really enjoyed the performance. Apart from its keyless entry, I also liked its power window and engine capacity, along with its fuel consumption.

1992 BMW 5 Series 525i Sport 2.5L straight 6 from UK and Ireland


When it went it was good; it just very rarely did for any length of time!


Head gasket.

Rear differential.

Auto gearbox.

Engine management computer - twice!

Radiator - twice!

General Comments:

Looks good - even now.

Very quick & handles well for a big car.


BMW GB servicing is poor. Fine if you drive a nice brand new M3, but anything older than 5 years and they don't give a stuff.

Parts are staggeringly expensive... you pay for that badge!

As you can see.. they break OFTEN!!

In terms of reliability and servicing, this is without a shadow of doubt the worst car I've ever owned. For that reason I will NEVER, EVER buy a BMW again. My old basic Ford Escort was a better car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th August, 2007