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Old 05-14-2017, 07:31 PM
525ishvdowsoul 525ishvdowsoul is offline
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Restoration of my 525i back to its glory days

So I was wondering how much will it cost me to restore my 1991 525i engine and transmission only if I do it my self..?

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Old 05-15-2017, 08:45 AM
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Moved your question to our E34 forum. What are you looking to restore?

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Old 05-15-2017, 09:07 AM
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Moved your question to our E34 forum. What are you looking to restore?

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Actually the entire engine and transmission

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Old 05-15-2017, 10:08 AM
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So a little more info might help,

1. What is wrong with the engine?
2. What is wrong with tranny? Auto or manual?


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Old 05-15-2017, 10:54 AM
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So a little more info might help,

1. What is wrong with the engine?
2. What is wrong with tranny? Auto or manual?


Andy
It overheated..I just changed the radiator ,fan clutch, water pump, and valve cover gasket and now the next step will be the head gasket but sense it's already in the 200k miles I was thinking maybe i should just over haul it
2.the transmission is a automatic for some reason it's losing power

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Old 05-15-2017, 01:26 PM
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200,000 miles is not bad. Do you know if the head gasket is blown? Or just guessing?

With the tranny do you mean it is slipping? If so you could always do a manual swap.


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Old 05-15-2017, 01:40 PM
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200,000 miles is not bad. Do you know if the head gasket is blown? Or just guessing?

With the tranny do you mean it is slipping? If so you could always do a manual swap.


Andy
Actually I already did the compression test my 2nd and 4th had the lowest pressure we did a wet test also and the same 2nd and 4th turned out bad so the head gasket is the problem and yes it's is but not as much it's just starting to slip and the Manuel is what I might stride for but not sure yet

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Old 05-15-2017, 04:09 PM
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May be you can help me. I am looking to buy a 1991 525i. Did they come with power seats?
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:18 PM
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All U.S. E34 came with power seats. Only real differences was heated or not heated.


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Old 05-15-2017, 04:28 PM
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Yes mines are powered but with no heater

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Old 05-15-2017, 06:07 PM
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Thank you Andy. I for got 1 important fact.
The car I am looking at is Right hand drive.
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:19 PM
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I have a 93' 525i with 193,000+ miles on it and it needs a tune up but still runs good, pay attention to bigger prob's like the rearend bushings, etc., i dont know enough about the engine to say wether or not to rebuild the motor or just do the head gasket.....still learning my self ! this is my second BMW but the first one that im old enough to appreciate !first one was a 91' 318 in high school and i beat it to death and moved on....lol

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Old 05-15-2017, 07:20 PM
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Thank you Andy. I for got 1 important fact.
The car I am looking at is Right hand drive.
If you have the vin, maybe one of the vin decoder sites will tell you whether or not that specific car came with power/heated seats.

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