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Old 12-06-2004, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,
This is my first post. I've just purchased 1989 525i. It looks very clean with one owner and 107k miles. I'm picking it up in two days. Now my question is: Am I buying a big problem and how to check the car over at the deal making?
The body looks spotless, but I'm not sure about the other parts of the car?
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have you had a chance to drive the car yet? suspension work on these cars isnot cheap. if you have bad control arms it can be quite pricey to get them fixed. i would ask the seller what he has had done to the car because you are buying a car with the right amount of miles in which the suspension parts could be ready for new parts. I learned all this the hard way. ask about the timing belt. again ask the seller what he has had done to the car because with the amount of miles your car has it could be ready for a lot of problems. lots of people dump cars around 100k beause of problems.
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check for shaking at 55-60 mph - if it does shake you probably need new control arms which is a few hundred

check that it's not overheating. if that temp gauge crosses the middle mark at all chances are that it is overheating; if it's been doing it for a while, the head might be on its way south.

other than that, if it's auto check that it shifts smoothly -- the trannys in those are not the smoothest so dont get scared of it being louder/harder on shifts than a tranny on a new taurus or something.
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and if u can get ahold of service/maintance records, see if the timing belt has been changed. it should be changed every 50k miles. the valves open far into the cylinder on the m20 (engine thats in the car) and if it snaps its ruined completely.
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I've got a hold of the dealer and he says that the car was in for regular maintenance only, nothing extraordinary was changed, that included timing belt. I'm planing on driving it home 500 miles I hope the timing belt won't snap on me. I will get it changed when home.
I understand I should check:
1. suspention - drive at 55mile/hour look for shaking
2. smooth shifting (don't be too concerned about it being louder)
3. overheating
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