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Old 06-01-2014, 08:40 AM
Ridikas Ridikas is offline
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Found a 1990 E34 525i for 1500$

Hey guys i found a E34 right by my house forsale. It has 215,000 miles on it with a auto tranny, the tranny is original as far as the owner knows. It needs some sensor on the rear brakes replaced and a airbag sensor replaced. It did overheat once and the water pump was replaced. Should I be worried about when it overheated?Body is in great shape and doesn't look like its leaking any fluids. I did see some grease that was under mid way under the car in the pans, didn't smell like oil just grease. Interior needs some tlc but over all the hunter green paint is fantastic! What should I counter offer him?


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Old 06-01-2014, 08:04 PM
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I got a 540/6 for 1,900
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:38 AM
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Hey guys i found a E34 right by my house forsale. It has 215,000 miles on it with a auto tranny, the tranny is original as far as the owner knows. It needs some sensor on the rear brakes replaced and a airbag sensor replaced. It did overheat once and the water pump was replaced. Should I be worried about when it overheated?Body is in great shape and doesn't look like its leaking any fluids. I did see some grease that was under mid way under the car in the pans, didn't smell like oil just grease. Interior needs some tlc but over all the hunter green paint is fantastic! What should I counter offer him?


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No airbag sensor on this car. Several things will set the warning, among them disconnecting any part of the SRS system with the ignition on. There is a "slip ring" which transfers the power to the airbag, these fail with some regularity. The airbag will not deploy with this failure.
There is a brake wear indicator, all $4 worth that should be replaced when the brakes are done if the light was on. This tells me the owner either hasn't replaced the brakes or if he did was too cheap to replace the sensor or not clever enough to twist the wires together in order to extinguish the light.
Yes, I'd be worried about an overheat as well as 215k on the trans. It is worth -0-, perhaps less, if it needs engine work from an overheat. This car deserves an inspection by someone knowledgeable.
My advice is keep looking, too many red flags. Folks who are content to drive around with dash warnings on aren't usually good at caring for the car.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:49 AM
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No airbag sensor? Then how does it know when to deploy?
does the '90 not have the two orange boxes (crash sensors) on each front fender like my '93?
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:21 AM
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I got a 540/6 for 1,900
imae34driver is right. My e34 525it wagon was 1400 with 170,000 miles. Planing on getting a 530i 5pseed for 1100 with 136,000 miles, guy wanted 1500. High Mileage is great, but it depends on whether the car was taken care off during those 200000 plus miles.
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:20 PM
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I'm with Ross1. If you don't know wrenching get someone who does to check the car over. Any one who drives round with dash lights on hates their car.
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