1994 BMW 5 Series 525i SE estate 2.5 from UK and Ireland
Superb car, built to the highest quality - that's a BMW!
The guy I brought the car from was absolutely useless, didn't want to know about problems with the car even when it was under warranty.
Let's start with the transmission, automatic gearbox was cream crackered when I brought the car, I couldn't tell on the test drive as I didn't take it very far. The car insisted doing 60 mph in second gear, this sounded dreadful.
Then, the air conditioning was coming out hot in the middle of summer, it was basically bloody useless.
Then the double sunroof packed in 1 year after I brought the car, just after the warranty ran out. The guy at the garage didn't want to know, of course. I went to my BMW garage and they told me it would cost £1200 to fix, so I have disconnected the motor.
Apart from those problems, the car is great. The guy at the garage fixed the air conditioning and the transmission, I knew he didn't want to, but I just kept arguing with him.
The leather seats are total luxury.
Full electrics, loads of speakers dotted around, great sound.
I had a bit of trouble finding the button for the total closure, but I got there in the end.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th August, 2001
9th Jan 2002, 08:48
I know what you mean about that total closure button, very tempremental!
23rd Jun 2003, 06:22
I am seeking advice rather than placing a comment. In Jan 2003 my car, a 525iSE, had an oil service at BMW garage and within six months the dash is flashing low oil warning message. The car has done only 82000 miles, it's an L reg and has a full BMW service history. Since the service, in Jan 2003, only 5000 miles has been clocked in the car. My question is should the car be running low in oil so soon after an oil service? I am pretty sure there are no leaks.
Secondly, when I first start the car there is a ticking noise, from the engine, which lasts for few seconds than it ceases. I was told this could mean the tappits needs adjusting. Again my question is for a car of such quality should the parts be mal-functioning so soon as the car has only done 82000 miles?
Feedback would be appreciated.