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| Originally posted by Shane001@Jul 25 2005, 05:44 AM |
Hi im considering buying a second hand 1994 BMW 530i V8, the car is beutiful throughout , Leather, a/c, cd player, climate control, traction control and spotless alloy wheels. But i am concerned about the miles, it has done 163,000 miles , however it starts fine and sounds great.
How long do these cars last? what kind of mpg do they do? are there any common faults? Also what BHP do they have as it may cause high insurance?
Help with any of these questions would be much appritiated
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| Originally posted by Shane001@Jul 27 2005, 09:20 AM |
Im from the Uk, im a bit frightened by the MPG 13mpg in town!!!
I'm now instead considering a 525i any suggestions on what to look for??? or MPG??
(i didn't buy the 530i as the p/ex for my current car ,a boring 1997 VW Passat TDI, was so low , the guy at the garage is a ****** )
Thanks for the replies
| Originally posted by ///M Power@Jul 27 2005, 02:03 PM |
Yeah whta's this 13 mpg ferrari status gas milegae you mentioned?
My 89 e34 525i has not been havign any gas mileage problems. I get 18-19 city and 21-22 highway according to my OBC (which i use frequently).
The M20 engine has been said to be near invincible as long as you maintain it well. Theres one weakness to the M20 and that's the presence of a timing belt instead of a chain. Replace the belt once or twice a year and you're engine wil last you forever. Im goign on 277,000 miles on my car now, which reminds me I need to change my belt!
| Originally posted by sp0rky@Jul 25 2005, 11:18 AM |
I don't know where you are from, but you also want to make sure that the car has an alusil engine block, not a nikisil one. Check it's past maintenance records, etc.
The nikisil blocks commonly had the most problems in the US and with age they just got rougher and rougher and lost compression slowly until they didn't work.
Generally it's not even a problem anymore, but there are a handful out there that are still crapping out today.
BMW was replacing the engine blocks free of charge so it should have been replaced.
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