Hello all, possible new owner, '91 525i, what to look out for?
Hello all, my uncle is the second owner of a '91 525i. He got into a little drinking and driving trouble and he will not need this car for 10 years or so. I am thinking about purchasing it for a drive around town toy. If you are know a bit on what to look out for on these cars it will help me with my purchasing decision.
A few months before the pull over we will call it the car had a oil/water mix and the hard gasket(s) were replaced and both systems cleaned out. The car has been driven 4 or 5 times since then and the pull over happened. The car has not moved in a year and a half.
I have driven the car a couple of times since he purchased it four years ago. It has around 97K miles but the body looks like it was just driven off the show room floor. It is white with tan leather interior that is perfect except for the drivers seat which has two 3 inch long tears in it. I would want to get that replaced if I did purchase the car.
Once while driving it the lights went off at night, a few seconds later they came back on and everything was find. I am sure on occasion my wife will be driving it so I will want to have that taken care right away, whatever the problem may be.
There is a heat shield under the car that rattles from time to time but I have never been under the car to take a look at it although I know it is right under the front part of the cabin.
If you guys know of anything I should look into before spending 1800 dollars on it please let me know. If I purchase the car I am sure I will be on these boards quite a bit doing little things like converting the audio system over to a PC (since I work in the PC industry) and may even go as far as doing some engine mods. My last "toy" car ended up with a Formula Atlantic engine in it and hit 155 on a highway ('86 MR2).
Your help is appreciated,
Hardware Editor, Avault.com