After loads of research, I narrowed the field to a 94 or 95 BMW 525it. Found a white '94 525it from a 2nd owner private party with 117K and newer transmission with receipts and warranty (for 2 1/2 more years or 30K more miles). Bought it for about $6K. This thing is SOLID. I went from an Altima to this. Talk about enormous difference in all aspects of build quality, performance, handling, braking, everything. I have 2 small kids and feel very safe driving this fairly heavy wagon around. I think this series looks better tan the new wagons. And the 2.5L V6 is bulletproof - tried and true. I've done some preventive maintenance but other than that this thing has been problem-free since I got it.
Styling, ride, safety, leather, status
Radio is pretty wimpy but I'm not complaining since it has a 6-disc changer in the back. Be prepared to spend a little $$$ for upkeep and PM. I expect 8-10 years faithful service from this vehicle.
I have owned this Beemer for almost 5yrs
It has taken me to a level never
dreamed of with 40 other cars, trucks.
It is more like my airplane
construction quality. Solid ride, no
expense except maintainence to 116000
mi. 29 mpg Hy all day on PLUS. Paid
$19k in '98 w/36k mi...can't find
Starts to -30F, no repairs, breakdowns;
incredible manners everywhere... 190hp
explodes during passing...good accel'n.
in 3d gear. Interior is Lear Jet
I had been keeping my eyes open for an
import station wagon, and happened
across this beautiful car. I
absolutely love it--by far the best
driving car I have ever owned and the
styling is classic -- people usually
think this car is newer than '94, and
it has almost 150,000 miles on it! A
couple of things to watch out for in
buying a used one: check to make sure
the transmission has been rebuilt or
replaced--there are apparently a lot
of problems with this particular
model. You also may need to invest in
new control arms in the front end if
they haven't been replaced already --
the bushings apparently get worn.
Great steering and ride,
supercomfortable Seats, Sunroof,
additional space (from wagon), comfort
and stability at high speeds
If you are a jack rabbit starter, you
better get a 535 or 540. This is a
heavy car, and takes a little time to
get rolling with just the 2.5L engine.
Smooth as butter though, and it does
accelerate well for passing etc. once