1993 BMW 5 Series 525 TDS Touring 2.5 turbo diesel from France
Reliable, comfortable workhorse, respecting its age
I replaced the alternator belt assembly - cheap parts.
E39 wheels were 2mm too large for the E34 hubs, so placed spigot rings to get rid of the vibration.
Replaced the aux fan.
Tried to fix failed electric windows/sunroof/ central locking, but no progress so far.
The car is still amazing for its age. It is a comfortable long distance cruiser.
The economy is not bad, considering its age (7.5 to 8.5 l/100km), and it still really moves when you want it to. It can easily maintain 130 - 140 km/h uphill when fully loaded.
Definitely get the TDS version, as it has the intercooler.
Parts are cheap, and most maintenance can be done yourself as there are not too many electronics.
Apart from the electrical gremlins, this car does what it is supposed to do, and is reliable, comfortable and bulletproof. Just another proof that the less electronics you can have in a car, the better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th February, 2011