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#1 (permalink) Old 12-01-2004, 01:07 PM
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Hi all,
first of all i'll introduce myself, My name is Shawn and i currently live in Germany. I'm stationed here with the U.S. Army been here almost 3 years.
I ran accross this board surfing for info about a potential purchase. Through word of mouth i found a 1991 BMW 525I U.S. Spec. It was purchased new by the owner and has all service documents with is. It has nearly every option except auto trans. currently has 134,000 miles on it. which from what i've read that really isn't alot. My first question is how many miles can i expect to get out of this car before major overhaul? what is average mileage for a 91 525? I looked this car over quite well and only saw a few blemishes in the exterior and the only things in the interior is the heater fan control knob was broken and the d/s door leather near the handle was peeled back. drives very nice and has great pickup. didn't get it on the autobahn yet to test there. i checked stateside price on kelly blue book and gave it a good rating and it came to 4,010 dollars. i figured since it's here in germany i offered 3,500 cash. Her husband is in Iraq so she said she would get the OK from him first. What do all of you think about this?
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If it was well maintained, expect the engine to last a little over 200k miles.. Check for any oil leaks into the spark plugs.

Maintenance is a little on the high end... Maybe cheaper in Germany!

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If it was well maintained, expect the engine to last a little over 200k miles.. Check for any oil leaks into the spark plugs.

Maintenance is a little on the high end... Maybe cheaper in Germany!

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200K huh, not too bad. when i first got to germany i had a 1990 325I with 289,000 KM when i sold it and it's still going strong, last time i talked to the owner it had close to 330,000 KM. thanks for the tip to check the plugs i'll do that. talked to the lady selling today, her husband hasn't called her yet so guess i have to wait a little while longer while the 3,500.00 burns a hole in my pocket.
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Hey doc welcome to the Forum. I just sold my 1986 325eS with 231123 miles on it. Wasn't exactly going strong but I got it to the dealer under its own steam
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One question:

Why are you buying a US spec in Germany ? Seems like it would be much more expensive since it's more rare over there.... plus they have a limited top speed of 130 mph as opposed to unlimited Euro Spec. And as far as I know they have less power than the Euro model of the same year/engine.

It should last well over 200k miles if it was maintained properly.... hell, my 90 (with a weaker engine) has 162k on the clock, and for the last 10k it's been driven very very hard.

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I have 2 us spec 525i's a 95 and a 93, both with close to or above 100,000k on them.

Honestly though dude, if you ARE in germany, go find yourself a euro spec, It will probably be fairly cheap. and when you bring it back to the states, you can say that your 525 is better than the next guys 525i.

Also, in my mind, auto trans isnt a "feature". At least in my book.

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Euro specs are alot cheaper yes, but the ways you have to go to get it capable to be shipped using Army shipping are a little stupid. I've been looking for a decent us spec for a while when i ran accross this one. another thing, most BMW's that are already in the Army registration system have been passed around quite a few times and show alot of use. this one has many advantages, well taken care of, already easily shipped due to it being us spec, and it's in my price range.
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well, if you insist.

If possible, look into 3rd party shipping... If thats allowed.

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make sure you mod the hell out of it while there... much cheaper.

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