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Old 10-30-2013, 02:31 PM
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So I was thinking of buying my uncles 1989 525i for $1,200. he bought it just recently for $500 and bought about $700 worth of parts in there, not too mention a lot of time. i was just wondering if it is worth the buy. My biggest concern is that it has 358k miles on it. would that be an immediate problem?
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:18 PM
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More details please, condition of the body interior. How about the mechanics? Auto? Any issues you know about? There must be a reason he got it so cheap......
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:38 PM
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The leather on the seats is ripping like leather will but I have a relative that can fix that. And the computer seems to be dented. As well as where the control for the sunroof is, that is falling. I don't know of any issues with the auto, I drove it and it seemed fine.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:37 PM
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Anybody know if this would be worth the $1,200 maybe some less? The thing that really worries me is the 358K Miles on it.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:03 PM
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Thats why i asked about the auto tragic trans, most go out at half that. If i runs good, looks decent, drives well, it may be worth that. Depends how many are in your area, if you don't see many online i would say it is a foot price. Pics tell a thousand words, put a few up if possible and we can judge much better.
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Engine stone cold - fan clutch engaged
Engine at normal operating temp - fan clutch disengaged (easily stopped with the newspaper)
Engine above normal operating temp - fan clutch engaged
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:35 PM
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It's a manual Tran.

http://imgur.com/a/nTBld

that's an album of pics of it. mostly the interior problems.
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:53 AM
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Its a bit of a hard call, it looks like it would clean up nice with some serious elbow grease. It may be worth that. Just depends on what you are willing to spend. I think it would be worth it, or 1k if you could talk him down.
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So a synopsis of a normally operating fan clutch:

Engine stone cold - fan clutch engaged
Engine at normal operating temp - fan clutch disengaged (easily stopped with the newspaper)
Engine above normal operating temp - fan clutch engaged
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:38 AM
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The 358k miles certainly could be a problem. Have you tested the engines compression? Which parts did your uncle replace? That engine has a timing belt that requires replacement every 60k miles. The suspension rebuild will be $1000, the cooling system $1000, new used interior $500-1000, paint???? Other repairs????

These are great old cars, do not get me wrong. They require extensive upkeep. You can go a long time if properly maintained with all up to date maint items. I would suspect there is still unfinished work to be done though at that age with those miles.

It is also the least powerful 5 series offered in this country making it less desirable on re-sale. IMO, it is still a $500 car, and you better have 3-4 times that much budgeted if you want to make it a reliable daily driver.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:28 PM
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IF you can get it for $1000, it would at least be a decent daily beater, but I would not spend much on it in terms of improvements, since these cars are nearing 30 years old
and are not worth much to begin with. You will in another $1000 for parts and labor that will not add much in value, for just routine maintenance. Still, I see lots of cars for that
price that would make a cheap DD, one that if it craps out, you can just walk away....
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:47 PM
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Anyways around me at least i could find a nicer one for 1500$ or so needing much much less work..

M20 e34s nearly have died out.. But it is a manual and there for worth keeping..

Its all about what you kind find there and what its worth to you..
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:34 AM
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Buying within the family can be difficult to deal with sometimes. Just depends on what happens with the car. I'm just sayin...
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