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: Need advice on buying 1992 525i

11-15-2008, 06:31 PM
Looking at this 1992 525i sedan, 5 speed manual, 208K miles on the clock.

A coworker currently has it parked at a repair shop which wants $2500 to fix the clutch and the power window motor and maybe a tune up. (It's Wash D.C. areas which explains high prices) I can do all of these things myself. I think the coworker wants a token price for it or else will have it donated, and the shop wants it out from its parking lot.

My question is what would be a good offer for this 525i considering the work involved.
Or is this project not worth messing with?

The engine initially ran rough after a month of non-starting but then smoothed out, the exhaust seemed rich but no white smoke. I don't know how good compression is or anything like that. The motor has 208K miles on it.

The body seems pretty good with no major dents or rust.
The interior is poor but I am more concerned with mechanics than cosmetics.

I couldn't take very good pics but here is the best I could do.

11-15-2008, 06:37 PM
It looks like a nice ride. Not sure of the price though. Should clean up pretty easy. Somehow I think 2,500 for 208K is a little bit steep, given the current condition. Let's see what the othe more senior people think.

Regards and good luck,


11-15-2008, 08:14 PM
Sorry, I should have been more clear. The repair shop wants $2500 to fix it. The owner wants to sell it "as is" to someone else, for less.

11-15-2008, 08:40 PM
Looks like a lot of cleaning and fixing for a blue, cloth seat E34. I would pass unless he let it go for $500 or less. Can't go too deep in it because the $$ involved to make the car nice will exceed the value of the car QUICK. Track rat? Perfect car for racing...that would be a good idea.....

11-15-2008, 09:12 PM
Would $300 be a decent offer?

attack eagle
11-16-2008, 04:04 PM
you know that car has the most desirable transmission of any e34 (possibly any bmw, period!) ever produced, right?

it has the zf310z, same s the 95 M3, and is capable of handling 500 ftlbs of torque.

You could sell the tranny swap (everything including diff and pedal box) for a grand or more, and the engine+ wiring for another five hundred to an e30 swapper, even if you didn;t want the car.

$1200 is a fair price.

far to nice a car to part out though.

Easy enough to change the interior.

11-16-2008, 07:56 PM
Thanks for advice.
How much would it cost to replace the entire interior with something nice, leather? Presumably from a junk yard car.