Well, my 92 is up to 225K km. True it does take some looking after... such as lower ball joints, tranny mounts, starter motor, ac fan resistor, gas tank sending unit, front shocks, coolant expansion tank service, and a few other things. The next time something major goes, I'm going to the Honda dealership.
One thing must be said however, this car handles very well in skids (heavy, but very balanced in weight distribution),stops on a dime and gives 9 cents change, the ac blows ice cubes and is a comfy sports sedan to drive.
Keep in mind, high end german cars are not ideal cars to drive into the ground, when they get old, you'll spend a lot keeping any of them going.
I have owned a 1992 BMW 535i with a manual transmission for the past 15 years. It has only 110,000 miles on it. I have had a few minor problems, mostly electrical, but other than those, the car has been very reliable and drives great.
My 1992 BMW 525ix SE, saloon manual, RHD is bleeding me dry!
To date, new master brake cylinder (£10 quid at a breakers yard), new front wishbone units (£400 quid a pair!), three new radiators (£10 quid each at breakers yard)
The dash is playing me up, I can't get the speedo, temperature, rev meter or fuel gauge to work.
BMW have quoted me £850 quid for a full service!! Ha ha.
On the plus side, she drives like a dream, the body styling is unmatched with anything BMW has offered to date (in my opinion), so I guess my car is horrendous to maintain, but I think it is worth it!
Oh yes, and £3400 pounds on a metal up re-spray, and both rear seals cut out and new ones welded in. Phew!
I have a 1996 N reg E34 525IX touring (estate) and I have been quoted £380 for a full service inspection II as of 11th April 2011, no idea why you were quoted £850.
Anyways you get what you pay for, and I got a nice car for very little money. Due to petrol prices, my car came with 10 months MOT and 4 months tax. I paid £425 cash, however it does need disc and pads, a full service and a little TLC.
Me neither. Look I have a BMW 535I 1992. The only difference is that mine is customised. It is an awesome machine. It has a 3500 motor and 450 HP, the car is just perfect it is a little old, but it is awesome. I also have a Porsche Cayenne, 2010. You probably don't believe this, but the BMW has more gadgets than the Porsche.