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Old 10-14-2011, 10:17 AM
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Hello fellow bimmer enthuz.. I recently purchased a 89' 525i, it has 154,xxx on it. In decent shape (i think). Was a craigslist find, was asking $1250, paid $1050... Needs shocks, was informed by mechanic doing alignment, that ball joints are gone! So wondering if thats the problem, and not struts... Also having a prob with the gauges and lights in the gauges.. They worked fine, then three days later, I see the needles jumping and some working sometimes.. Then the lights went off.. this is my first bimmer, any help would be appreciated, I am a d.i.y'er .... thanks in advance :-)



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Old 10-14-2011, 11:05 AM
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Front end rebuild.......upper and lower contol arms, the entire arms, as the ball joints are not replaceable. Tie rods, sway bar end links. Basically everything up front that has a ball joint and/or a bushing. Could cost $300 to $1000 depending on quality of parts and your DIY level. On the cheap is FCP in house brand for about $300. Some quality issues with premature bushing failure, some people use their stuff but insert powerflex bushings in the control arms. On the higher end is meyle HD or Lemforder(oem replacement). If you never want to deal with bushings again, get lemforder parts and put in wokke or moosehead bushings. Alot of options but I can guarantee that is your issue. Do you have any shimmy or vibration from about 50 mph that ends around 65 mph? Do some google searching on this topic. Good luck and congrats on the purchase.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:20 PM
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Appreciate the info, not too much shimmy, except for the breaks, but car wants to veer off to the rite and back left at times, whether I'm fast or slow.. Anything on the cluster lights and needles? Already checked fuses...

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Old 10-14-2011, 01:32 PM
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Appreciate the info, not too much shimmy, except for the breaks, but car wants to veer off to the rite and back left at times, whether I'm fast or slow.. Anything on the cluster lights and needles? Already checked fuses...

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Sounds like just front shock cartridges. There are quite a few threads here on the cluster maintance and repair for the late 80s cars.

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Old 10-15-2011, 10:20 AM
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Thanks l_dog. So replacing front struts today, and lower ball joints for now.... Still can't figure out, or find posts about cluster issues.. Well, I found two, one never said what the fix was, and the other was because of a low voltage battery... Can someone direct me in the correct path??

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Old 10-15-2011, 02:55 PM
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:05 PM
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Your on the right path- http://www.bimmerfest.com/searchresu...x=17&y=10#1270
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:20 PM
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check the cluster if you open it up you might fing some broken capacitors or mabey some cracked solder joints.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:15 PM
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Ok thanks, found a fuse that was out, so cluster lights back on and gauges work a lil more often but still blank out on me.... Gas gauge more often than the others.. Can someone tell me, every time I start the car, is there supposed to be a cluster check?? I turn the car on, and after about 15-20 sec, the gauges go all the way up, and back down.... Also is there something I'm missing about taking the struts out?? Pulled assembly out, used the allen wrench and 19mm to loosen bolt after closing the spring, and couldn't get the bolt to budge....:-(

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