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Old 11-28-2012, 05:59 PM
amk42092 amk42092 is offline
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Question 525i sedan help

Hey all, I'm interested in buying a 95 BMW 525i with 160k miles. It's in close to perfect condition and has all service records and such. I got it inspected by a BMW mechanic and the main issues are the clutch felt a little high (according to the service reports, it's still the original clutch) and that the throttle body was missing a pipe and leaking oil into the engine compartment. I'm not especially mechanically savvy, so I couldn't tell you the exact hose or it's function, although it was a small connector coming from the throttle body, at the lower right that was supposed to run somewhere underneath the engine. The mechanic said it wasn't a major concern to him. Ironically, this is the part I'm worried about. Replacing the clutch was estimated at 700-1000 dollars, something I'm able to pay right after driving it off the lot, if neccesary. The mechanic estimated replacing the missing hose at 500. This is a bit much, so my question is are hoses and such replacable with some DIY action, and does anyone happen to know the hose I'm talking about? I previously owned a Honda, and did most the minor repairs and maintenance on my own, but going from a familiar Honda engine (H22) to a European build is a little daunting. How easy are they to work on, compared to a Honda? ( Replacing parts, oil changes, etc. ) Thanks for the help and sorry for the wall of text!
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:18 PM
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Hi AMK,

The hose sounds like a $25 part and can be diyed. $500 is a con job even by stealer standards !

The clutch should run you max $200 including the oil and should take up to 2 hours labour to change .

Get hourly rated quotes from other workshops.

Try to identify the hose from the sub diagrams here and post up the part number and direct link :

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.d...id=47404&hg=13

This would be the main diagram : http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.d...3&mospid=47404

You can google with just the part number alone to get prices for a specific part. That includes the clutch :

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.d...3&mospid=47404

Damn, just checked, your clutch is like $140, that's cheap ! Oil would run you another $20 max. And he wants $700-$1000 to change this out for you ? I think he's planning on having a very merry christmas indeed !


You have reminded me of something I need to post up. Can you wait for 1-2 days before confirming this sale ? You're going to want to read that before you go further and I can't write it up right on the spot now.

Please do take some time to read through the maintenance sticky at the top of these forums first.


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Roberto

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Old 11-28-2012, 06:26 PM
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If the clutch pedal is the incorrect distance from the firewall (10 inches +/-) you can adjust the pedal distance. Get the Bentley manual for the e34, most of what you will need is in there.

I had Honda's.... over 25 years ago. I went German as soon as I could and haven't looked back. You will not have any trouble working on a 525. They are quirky but easy to work on. Parts are pretty easy to come by used and new.

Buy it, way better than any Honda, and I like Honda's
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:57 PM
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Thanks for the quick replies guys! As to the specific part, I looked under the sub categories and couldn't find one that seems right. However, it's hard to say since I don't have the engine in front of me...and really, that cheap? I knew the parts cost, but isn't replacing a clutch and flywheel a pretty labor extensive job? I had to get the clutch replaced in my 98 Prelude and it was about the same. But I suppose I could wait a couple days, the cars a 5 speed and those don't sell that quickly around here. Then again, with it being in the shape it's in, I wouldn't be suprised if the next person to come along scooped it up. I just happened to be on craigslist when he posted the ad, and looked at it first thing the next day (today). And snowsled, the clutch pedal, from what I recall, was less than 10 inches from the floorboard.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:00 PM
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I guess I should reitterate, the mechanic said the clutch felt high on mileage, as in not grabbing very well and needing to be replaced soonish, not phsyically high off the floor!
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