been looking around for a used 5 series, e34 touring wagon, well
maintained, but not much luck in my neck of the woods (DC/MD/VA).
During my searches I have come across some other 'deals':
1992 325i, auto, 63k miles, one owner, local trade in at a Honda
dealer, asking $6000 USD, clean car fax. The only negative thing I
could find on this board about this car is the plastic water pump and
to get it replaced.
Then am coming across from mid 90's (1994/95) 525i's with about 100k
to 120k miles or so, in the $7000 to $8000 range, clean carfaxes, some
2 owners, others 1 owner. I could probably talk them down to the $6000
I'm driving a '03 325ci now and looking for a second back-up car/
winter car. Any thoughts about the above two 'deals'?
On Jun 12, 11:39 am, email@example.com wrote:
That's an early E36 325i? They're generally considered to be
inferior to the slightly updated 93 on and that should be reflected in
the price, which it isn't by the looks of it. Mid 90s 5 series
should be cheap as chips.
Be aware that the older ones might not come with traction control etc
if you're concerned about that. But it all varies depending on the
country of market.
"Deals" is putting it politely. The asking prices are far far too much.
Our '91 525i is worth only $2000-$2500. I wouldn't pay much
more than $5000 for a '94/'95.
My brother bought a cherry '94 325is 4 years ago for $6000. The '92
is worth less. In addition, '92 was the first year (if it's a 4-door) of
the E36, and they had many problems.
ok, I'll skip the '92 325i then....I'll keep looking for a touring
wagon or check out some of the 94/95's 525i ....
well for private party, perhaps $5000 would be the ideal price but if
you are buying it from an independent dealer, they will always tack on
an additional couple thousand to make a reasonable profit....I'll look
for private party than scour the indie dealers and try to talk them
down to about the $5000 mark...
Theres a load of mid 90's E34 tourings in the UK, i have one, done 10k in
less than a year in 2x 3k trips around europe. I bought it for your $1200
with FSH but 260,000 miles. its been fine for me.
Only thing now is, its got a lumpy tick over and stalls sometimes before i
pop it into A unless i give it a bit of gas....trouble is for 20 years i had
really old simple 70's cars ,its how i like em....im not used to all these
electronics and computer things on cars, even on a 15 year old car..
Mine is thirty around town, but on a long run steady its good, even doing
130mph laiden in Germany...just a shame it doesnt handle well or look as
good as my salloon, hence its going.
As you say water pump...but im new to BMW's, less than a year, i had a 520
fail with a water pump, this one has been fine (so im guessings its been
replaced) as my first went at 160k with the water pump, and i have just
bought a nice black salloon 525 for eq of $600 that i suspect needs it
changing as it overheats, that has got 170k on the clock.
Heard the ones with self leveling susp can cause problems...not sure how,
but mine has SLS.
Ok these cars are great for long runs, i can do a thousand miles in a day
and not feel too tired.
I had to go from my 77GT Celica, the baby mustang cos of my bad back, but i
could open a bonnet on those and not get lost....
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