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Old 05-24-2004, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey i'm looking to buy a 1990 525i and just wondering if there are any usual problems that i should be aware of. Any help would be great thanx.
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Ok...

MAIN problems are:

sway bar end links, shock mounts, control arm bushing, muffler...
other than that, the cars are pretty damn solid.

If you hear clinking under the car while driving, its sway bar links ($100)
If you hear a clunk over bumps INSIDE the car, its shock mounts ($50)
If you feel a wobble or a "shimmy" at 55mph , its the control arm bushing ($300)
If the car is excessively loud, its most likely the muffler ($300)

They are pretty reliable, and not TOO bad to maintain.

How many miles and how much $$ is the one your looking at?
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as sporky said, the main problem with these cars is that suspension parts go if the car is older... but then it handles better than most cars it's size, and even some smaller ones.

if the engine and tranny have been maintained they have been known to go over 300k without any major problem.
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Im actually getting a 1990 525i, this week and I heard that they are really solid cars. So good luck in your search for it.
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