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Old 05-05-2009, 04:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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'89 525 (e34) possible purchase

Hi Everybody,
There's an '89 525i being sold locally that I'm very interested in. It's got 101k miles, the interior and exterior are both in fantastic condition (better than my 97 Infiniti, go figure). The suspension feels so...freaking...good, I can't believe it. This is my first experience driving a BMW, and I'm impressed, even by a 20-year old.

However, all is not well. First, the stereo readout has the letters "rode" (It's possible the 'r' is a 'c', but the lights are going out?). You can't do anything with it. I'm guessing it's something like the battery was disconnected, which would require code input, am I right? This leads me to another issue - when starting the car, it felt a little hesitant. I'm not sure if this is an 80's car thing, but it cranked fairly slow. In my experience, this has been a battery issue in other cars I've owned. Once started, it seemed mostly fine. Idling at first was a little rough, but not alarming. Shifting into reverse/drive took a good second, from park. It wasn't a rough shift, just slow. Then the final issue; the car seemed dog-slow. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but I'm coming from a 97 I30 that has a very, very responsive gas pedal. Pushing the 525 pedal about halfway resulted in slow, parking-speed movement. If I had to estimate the 0-60 time, it would probably be somewhere in the 13-15 second range. Is this normal? I realize it's probably going to be a little underpowered at ~165hp for it's size, but this seemed really slow.

Anybody have an idea on what kinds of repairs/costs I'm looking at here? Are these common, easily fixed issues? Or, is there anything I should specifically look at? I'm not yet terribly handy with a car (I've done brakes/rotors/wheels, that's about it), but I'm looking forward to getting the service manual and taking care of the car myself, if I'm not looking at too many expenses up front.
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