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#1 (permalink) Old 07-20-2004, 07:22 PM
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I have an opportunity to purchase a 1995 525i with 100,000 miles. I am looking for some feedback in terms of durability & upkeep. I am in sales and will generally put 30-45K miles a year on a car. I am slightly concerned with the expense of upkeep and reliablity.

Can anyone give me some advice on this car based on your experience?

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So within 2 year you might have 190K miles? 3 years...235k miles?
Since your expenses are tax deductible, maybe it's worth it to work through all the replacements you'll have to do. Maybe it's not because of the time involved.

Anyone else own this car with lots of miles?

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Considering a 95 has a engine newer than my 90, I can't really comment on it...

If the car was maintained well, it should run for at least another 100000 with no problems. Except for the normal maintenance, suspension is the weakest part of the car... control arms and such wear out after about 100,000 miles, but if they have been changed you have nothing much to worry about (plus those parts are not that expensive).

Other than that I don't know what to tell you... A whole bunch of us here have 5 series cars from 89 to 95 with well over 150 thousand miles... some even over 220k miles and they never had any major problems.

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I'm pretty much of the same opinion..........if the car has service records that reflect good servicing you should be quite ok.
Consider the Ford taxis that run in Sydney Australia.......those blokes get 500,000 kilometres out of those old Ford six cylinder donks..........the quality and build of BMW has to be a long way ahead of those ! I think you will get alot more life out of the car you are thinking about buying.
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Thanks for the feedback so far...

In terms of maintetance, other than regular oil change, etc. what other regular scheduled service should I plan to budget for to maintain this car for another 100K miles?

Also, I know this can vary from car to car, but are there "typical" things that will begin to wear out that I should be ready for?

Sorry for such elementary questions and I appreciate your feedback

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Here's a link to what you may be looking for<---click here.

Be sure and have the car checked by a dealer, the AAA or independent certified BMW mechanic (if there is such a thing).

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Great Information - Thanks so much!
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Go for it. I put at least 30k on my cars. No reason to buy new car. Before you payoff the loan, got to buy another car. Used cars are the best. Let somebody else pay the depreciation and you buy the car.

As far as problems on 95, 525i. I brought one 4 months ago. I have replaced front struts and Radiator. Runs like a charm. I enjoy every bit of it. I don't know the previous owners history on this car. So I got tranny serviced. Just to be on the safe side.
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Could anyone tell me how much it costs to have your struts replaced? I am thinking about getting a '95 525i for myself B)

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Could anyone tell me how much it costs to have your struts replaced? I am thinking about getting a '95 525i for myself B)

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around 400 bucks each. total of 800.

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