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Old 10-13-2012, 02:39 PM
Drew's525i Drew's525i is offline
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New owner of a '93 525i

I paid 2k, and it's got 220k miles and an autotragic, but out of all the BMWs, and all the cars that I looked at in my budget, it was the best on short notice, replacing a Chrysler New Yorker. Hahaha. I was hoping to wind up with a BMW but figuring I'd be bringing home a Honda by the end of the week, but it just didn't work that way. My drive home was pretty fun, I had to meet the guy way out south, and got to take some nice curves.

I'm planning on a few things as it stands. Cooling system overhaul, fluid changes across the board (I've been advised that I can drain and fill the tranny, but not flush it), and then suspension refresh and brake refresh. Once the auto goes, I'll hopefully have a rebuilt 5 speed ready to be swapped in, and then maybe down the road I'll find a second M50 to rebuild and then turbo.
The headlights have been updated, I'm not sure to what exactly, but they're pretty awesome.

I have one question, I got the VANOS motor, right?

Anyway I'll shut up, here's some pics.





















btw, that puddle is from where my New Yorker's transmission went out. The line blew. Fluid everywhere. Would have cost at least another 100 over this car to fix that crappy car, so I figured I'd get a better car to start with that doesn't need immediate money infusion.

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Old 10-13-2012, 07:29 PM
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Hi and welcome.

It would help if you posted a picture of your engine bay. We can't tell if you have a vanos motor otherwise, although, considering that its a 1993, it probably has.

Please read the important sticky threads at the top of this list for tried and tested advice on what to do for your new ride for both maintenance and upgrades.

Importantly, please change the fuel pump, fuel pump fuse, fuel pump relay and crankshaft position sensor on your car with new OEM parts even if the existing ones look good. These are very common failure items on our car unfortunately leading to too many no-start problems. They go unexpectedly and without forewarning, and when they do, they leave you literally stranded anywhere. Sell the old parts off or keep them as spares.

The only time you shouldn't change these items is if you have reliable evidence that they were done sometime in the past 4 years.

If you take my advice here, you will likely have no show stoppers to worry about.

If you wish to be absolutely safe on no-start situations, please either have your starter rebuilt or put in a new one, and purchase a spare working red label 325/525 dme* off ebay for around $70 and keep it in your trunk permanently after testing it on your car. If you sell the car, you can always sell off the DME for the same price. These are the only other no-start situations that we've observed on these forums. Fortunately, they are not common at all. However, since the car is dirt cheap to begin with and these solutions are not that expensive, we are here to help you avoid unnecessary work and expense, and since you seem to know your way around cars....why not ? You are driving a 20 year old car without warranty, and unless you are retired, it doesn't pay to have such problems. And all the extra work that you're doing contributes to your car's resale value (keep receipts) and your peace of mind trust me on that, its real important.

Good luck.


rgds, Roberto

* This assumes your car does not have the EWS immobiliser system installed, if it does, a red label DME will not work without disabling the immobiliser system, that's a whole other thread entirely).

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Old 10-13-2012, 07:35 PM
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Nice looking e34! Looks well kept- did you get all the previous repair receipts? I like your plans- catch up on maintenance, then aesthetics, then a turbo build. Has the tranny fluid been done before? If not, and if you don't know if it has, I wouldn't recommend it since it will do more harm than good (unless you have a 5-speed ready to go now).

Looks like you are in need of some door trim- I have some if you're interested.

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Old 10-13-2012, 07:39 PM
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Hmmm. I thought I posted a welcome, but it didn't show up so, Welcome to the Fest.

Very nice E34 you have there. Your headlights are called "Smileys" and are much sought after here in the states. Glad to have a new member.

And yes, you have the vanos M50 since it is a 93. You don't have to worry about EWS on your car (be very thankful for that).
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:15 PM
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Hi and welcome.

It would help if you posted a picture of your engine bay. We can't tell if you have a vanos motor otherwise, although, considering that its a 1993, it probably has.

Please read the important sticky threads at the top of this list for tried and tested advice on what to do for your new ride for both maintenance and upgrades.

Importantly, please change the fuel pump, fuel pump fuse, fuel pump relay and crankshaft position sensor on your car with new OEM parts even if the existing ones look good. These are very common failure items on our car unfortunately leading to too many no-start problems. They go unexpectedly and without forewarning, and when they do, they leave you literally stranded anywhere. Sell the old parts off or keep them as spares.

The only time you shouldn't change these items is if you have reliable evidence that they were done sometime in the past 4 years.

If you take my advice here, you will likely have no show stoppers to worry about.

If you wish to be absolutely safe on no-start situations, please either have your starter rebuilt or put in a new one, and purchase a spare working red label 325/525 dme* off ebay for around $70 and keep it in your trunk permanently after testing it on your car. If you sell the car, you can always sell off the DME for the same price. These are the only other no-start situations that we've observed on these forums. Fortunately, they are not common at all. However, since the car is dirt cheap to begin with and these solutions are not that expensive, we are here to help you avoid unnecessary work and expense, and since you seem to know your way around cars....why not ? You are driving a 20 year old car without warranty, and unless you are retired, it doesn't pay to have such problems. And all the extra work that you're doing contributes to your car's resale value (keep receipts) and your peace of mind trust me on that, its real important.

Good luck.


rgds, Roberto

* This assumes your car does not have the EWS immobiliser system installed, if it does, a red label DME will not work without disabling the immobiliser system, that's a whole other thread entirely).
I don't believe they were changed out, so I'll definitely put that on my to-do list!
I need this car to be running at least another 5 years so this is definitely stuff I'll get done, thank you. I'm pretty sure the starter hasn't been replaced or rebuilt. I don't have repair receipts. The owner told me he hadn't had the car not start ever in his six years of owning it, so, while I can't bank on that in the future, it does give me some idea of what hasn't been done. Lol.

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Nice looking e34! Looks well kept- did you get all the previous repair receipts? I like your plans- catch up on maintenance, then aesthetics, then a turbo build. Has the tranny fluid been done before? If not, and if you don't know if it has, I wouldn't recommend it since it will do more harm than good (unless you have a 5-speed ready to go now).

Looks like you are in need of some door trim- I have some if you're interested.

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I don't know. Guess I'll just roll with the transmission then, hope it lasts a while.
When I have some money set aside for that, I'll definitely hit you up, thanks man.

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Hmmm. I thought I posted a welcome, but it didn't show up so, Welcome to the Fest.

Very nice E34 you have there. Your headlights are called "Smileys" and are much sought after here in the states. Glad to have a new member.

And yes, you have the vanos M50 since it is a 93. You don't have to worry about EWS on your car (be very thankful for that).
I will take you at your word on being thankful for the EWS, since I don't know what's negative about it.

Just drove the car around for about 2 1/2 hours. For getting on the throttle some, I was surprised at how much gas it used. My '95 New Yorker would've guzzled closer to a quarter of a tank in that situation, compared to an eighth of a tank.
I love how this car drives, and it revs awesomely. 2-6k RPM is just fun.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:19 PM
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I will take you at your word on being thankful for the EWS, since I don't know what's negative about it.
What I meant to say is be glad that your car does not have it. EWSII came out only on the 95 models and it can create a HUGE headache when it or the DME fails
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It's Deja Poo - as in, I've heard this **** before.
Steve

Calypso Red 1992 525i with 200K miles

1991 735i - Sold
1992 525i - Sold
1995 325is - Sold
2000 528i - Sold

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Old 10-13-2012, 08:21 PM
Drew's525i Drew's525i is offline
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Lol, it's been a long week. I'm dropping words everywhere.
Thank you.
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