1992 BMW 5 Series 525i SE 2.5 straight six from UK and Ireland


The ultimate driving machine!


Coolant level sensor failed at 98,000 which resulted in the car beeping whenever I turned it on. 15 pounds in bits and ten minutes under the bonnet fixed it.

Brake pads wore out at 100,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is the only car I've driven which can deliver both gentle, smooth Sunday afternoon driving and still let you drive like a boy racer when your mood changes.

The handling is better than the Peugeot 306 I used to own which is surprising since it weighs three times as much. Although you feel a little isolated from the road sometimes.

It eats up motorways and I have found myself going for four hours without a break before now.

Servicing was expensive to start with, but since finding an independent specialist is probably the same as any other car.

The interior is very well laid out and made to a very high standard. Not a rattle or squeak from anywhere, which is better than a lot of brand new cars. The only downside is the number of ways you can adjust the drivers seat, which means it can take a while to get comfortable.

Try and get an SE, then you get lots of goodies on board like leather seats, on board computer and alloy wheels.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2005

1992 BMW 5 Series 520i 2.0 M50B20 (inline 6 cylinder, 24 valve, petrol) from Lithuania


The ultimate driving machine: fast, comfortable, but expensive to maintain


The stock exhaust was rusted badly when I just bought the car and had quite a lot of holes in it. The smell and sound of exhaust gasses were quite noticeable inside the car, so I had to replace all the exhaust further than catalyst. Paid ~ 200€ for a new one.

Oxygen sensor failed at 214.500 km which caused unstable engine running. Payed about 60€ for a new NGK sensor. The original one would have cost 230€.

Changed front shock absorbers at 219.000 km.

I wasn't able to turn the ignition key to start the engine one evening and discovered that the ignition lock (not sure what it's called in English) is stuck. I managed to repair the fault myself, however.

The thermostat failed at 222.000 km causing the engine Would cost about 15€ for a new one (Wahler). I'm still considering whether to change it by myself or at the service station.

Other than that just the ordinary wear and tear.

General Comments:

When I decided to buy a car, I already knew that it would be a BMW 5 series. And I must say that I'm not disappointed with it. It's a fantastic car! No other car has that drivers soul like a BMW. And 5 series E34 is one of the best cars the company has ever made.

The interior is quite comfortable, seats have a good side support while cornering and everything is organized very well and easy to reach. You feel like inside a German World War II plane in this car. Fantastic feeling!

There's not too much room for legs at the rear seat for a business sedan, but it's OK as long as there's no more than 2 people sitting at the rear. There's plenty of space at the front. The trunk is quite roomy too.

The M50 inline 6 engine is the best! It's a bit underpowered at low revs, but after 3000-3500rpm the acceleration is awesome! 150 h.p. is just enough for this sedan, but I think that 525i with it's 192 h.p. is an optimal choise. M50's with VANOS that came from september 1992 should be even better.

Handling is excellent, the car handles like on tramway rails. Steering is balanced very well: the slower you drive the more responsive it is, so you always have a good feeling of the car. But you should take care and drive carefully during winter on slippery roads because of the rear wheel drive. Good winter tires are recommended.

Maintenance of this car is quite expensive: the majority of spare parts cost more than on other vehicles, but I think it's worth it.

I can't say that the fuel economy is excellent, but it's adequate. It "eats" about 14 liters per 100 km in town and about 8 liters on the highway.

The other good point is that it's not too complicated to do a lot a repairs and maintenance jobs by yourself. You would spare quite a lot of money doing it yourself. But if you don't feel confident in your mechanics abilities - DON'T.

The car is quite reliable, though sometimes I wish it to make a bit less "surprises".

Overall it's a beautiful, comfortable, fast and serious sedan. A real joy to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2005

6th Feb 2007, 13:42

I have just read the most useful car review I have ever seen on the web.

Balanced comments.