1995 BMW 5 Series 525 iT Wagon V6 from North America
Dreamy money pit - stay away
Where do I begin?
Transmission failed 144,000.
Headliner completely detached 144,000.
A/C died 130,000.
Leatherette seats cracking 130,000.
Shocks replaced 124,000 & 154,000 ALL AROUND.
Radiator replaced twice.
I must have acquired a lemon - this BMW has been a money pit from Day 1. :(
LOVE the ride, so comfortable it's addicting. Has spoiled me completely.
My mantra for this car has become "Oh my God, what NOW?"
Sadly, will sell soon in utter defeat. Transmission was not fixed properly 1st time around by the shop.
But oh, the ride!!!
Maybe someday I'll try again with another BMW. The handling of this 1995 feels better than the 2002 I test drove last year.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th October, 2010
No offense, but I hate it when people write reviews like this. Somebody buys a 12-year-old car with 125,000 miles on it, and is surprised that it is not as maintenance-free as a brand new Honda would be.
While these cars are known for problems with cracking their radiators, all the rest of what you describe is just the result of age/neglect and how the car was driven.
Are you really complaining about the cracks on the leather seats after 12 years and 155k? Leather dries out and cracks if you don't take care of it. Did you ever bother to TAKE CARE of the leather seats with a leather conditioner like you are supposed to??