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Old 10-31-2006, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1994 540i Prepurchase Help

Evaluation a 1994 540i for purchase, I have an older E30 but know little about the 5-series.

After a once over the car appears to be in near mint shape, 80K miles, very well cared for.

Potential issues for this year and make (such as timing belts, etc.)? Things to look out for and check before purchase?

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Read up on the Nikasil issue, has the engine been replaced yet?
A good symptom for this is a poor/rough idling.

Also check the records to see if the radiator, waterpump, oil separator has been replaced. Power windows in those years tend to have sticking issues.

They run on timing chains.
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I second the issue with the power windows. Since I've owned mine (1 year), I've replaced 2 motors already. If the ride feels rough, check out the thrust arms on both front and back.
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