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#1 (permalink) Old 10-05-2003, 03:16 AM
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I am very much a newb when it comes to BMW's. Heck as of right now I dont even own one yet but I have a few Questions about BMW's first off ahow many miles can one drive up to before the engine for capoot? and what do you all think of this

1990 BMW 525i i

Price $4488

Mileage 131868

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Body Style Sedan

Doors Four Door

Engine 6 Cylinder Gasoline

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Fuel Type Gasoline

Drive Type 2 wheel drive


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Well, reguardless of the car, that's ALOT of miles on the car. But considering how old the car is I could understand. I'm not sure how it will hold up though, sorry.

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those miles arent that bad except, i think a 1990 525 has the 2.5L M20 (12v SOHC) engine. if you could find a 1991 you would get a 2.5L M50 (24v DOHC) which would have more power and would probably outlast the M20
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Well can i rpelace the engine in the 1990 with a 2.5L M50 (24v DOHC)? If so what kinda cost are we talking? O and what would get the best gas mileage the 12v SOHC or the 24v DOHC?
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yeah that mileage isnt bad for a 1990

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Well would it get better gas mileage compared to a 93 ford explorer (i would hope it does even though the explorer does OK..kinda...)?
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Well...my personal opinion, When it comes to owning a BMW, gas consumption is not an issue. It's all about looks, performance and handling. You pick the model and price to your budget, you go get what you want! I would think someone who is concerned about gas mileage would be happy with a protege or civic.

Having said that...BMW's typically are not that bad with gas consumption. I would even say they do pretty well with the performance they deliver compared to many other gas guzzlers that don't come close to a BMW's handling and performance.



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O trust me gas is not big issue i know BMW's are for looks and performance why u think i want one and not a civic. But knowing if a BMW is a gas gussler or not is a big part of it i think. But thx for the heads up.
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ive heard those M20 525i's are really under powered. try to find a 1991 or newer, it wont be that much more expensive, has an extra 20hp, and will probably be more fuel efficient than a M20. i would guess around 22 city and 30 highway mpg on a M50 525 manual. a auto will probably be slightly less efficient (if any).
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Yeah I decided to get a 91 or newer seeing as how they dont cost much more as you said and have more power. Only bad this trying to find a 91+ 525i manual is quite a task it seems found one but is Auto. I would just like to thank you all for all the help and info you all have given me.
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Hey Guido,

I checked ebay and there are 4 1991 525i's but they are all autos. Here's one which is a 535i...you might want to take a look, $5000+++plus


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Hey!

i recently bought a 1990 525 auto with 120k.

Before i bought it, i drove quite a few of them. A couple of 90s, a 91 and i think a 93.

I think if you found a 525 and you like the way it drives, etc. go for it, there really is hardly a noticeable difference between a 90 and a 91. I get around 20mpg.
The car .... is somewhat underpowered especially when accelerating from a stop, but after 30 there really doesnt seem to be a problem at all.

I think if your looking for more power and thats why your holding off, i would strongly suggest a 535i. now those are powerful, especially with a stick.

hope this helped out some.

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man my 1975 bmer only has 140000 k compared to your 1990. i thought i had alot of k but i guess it aint that bad. also i got a really sweet deal on it and i only paid $500 canadian dollars for it and all it needs is minor engine work and a new muffler. EVERYTHING on this car is original too. lets just hope it lasts awhile B)
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