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The Ultimate Pre-owned Driving Machine
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By Whipp
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1994 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan


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WOW, WOW, WOW.... What a great vehicle and a workhorse. I feel lucky to have the purchase. Fun to drive and is fast, handles well. Do your due diligence and you will be rewarded. Wanted a second vehicle (mini-van is primary) to bounce the wife and I around town for errands. This fits the bill. Not cheap to own... but preventive maintenance goes a long way. Use a real BMW mechanic and go on-line to the BMW forums and you will really enjoy the car.


Best Features

Speed (crazy v-6 on a small frame) and handling, blowing doors off around corners (stock too).


Worst Features

More space for seating in the rear.


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Mixed feelings
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By tnnative
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1994 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan


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After 2 plus years of ownership this has been a car I still love to drive. However, the cooling system has been a series of expensive repairs... Radiator, oil radiator, thermostat, water pump, head gasket, hoses. Otherwise a reliable car other than normal issues they all seem to have (upper door trim comes loose, easily diy fixed). I've researched these tremendously, and the 3.0 liter v-8 seems to need many parts replaced between 100-130k miles. My BMW mechanic informed me of this, however, so there were no surprises. A great highway car, very quiet up to 80 mph. Good a/c (replace the filters, makes a huge difference if they haven't been maintained).


Best Features

handling and performance are wonderful...solidly built and it shows at this age.


Worst Features

the v-8's I've owned (2) both had very similar issues between 100-130k miles with engine cooling system, be prepared for those expensive items, otherwise a great automobile


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Great road car
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By Nice Drive
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1994 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan


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BMW does a great job with their suspension. Road feel is superb. Goes around corners fast and flat. Classic styling still looks great. Has all the nice features you expect in a car of this class. The 4.0 V-8 has a lot of power, but can cruise on city streets at 35 mph or on the freeway at 65 mph (if you can restrain yourself). When I drive my 540i, I feel like I'm treating myself to a nice car. The V-8 does drink premium, so be careful with your right foot. Also, make sure you have plenty of $$ for all the maintenance and repairs these cars need. I feel it's worth the extra money to be able to drive such a fine sport sedan.


Best Features

Handling, steering and performance are world class. The interior is very nice - you can feel the German influence, but it has a nice luxury feel also. I upgraded the stereo and it's fantastic! Car looks great - looks fast while sitting still.


Worst Features

The transmission has a major issue with the valve body. Also, the nikasil block problem gives BMW a big black eye. I've had to replace quite a few parts and the normal maintenance is very expensive - either pay now or pay more later!


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Great old car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Nick
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1994 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car used with over 200k on it, and have driven it almost 20k since. A few minor problems, nothing major but the car is 14 years old. Car is powerful, A/C is ice cold, and the trip computer is accurate. Lots of technology in this car.


Best Features

Power.


Worst Features

Better aftermarket parts support.


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525i a great reliable car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By RickP
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1994 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan


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People said BMWs were expensive to maintain, but not this one. So far, only routine oil changes, shocks & other normal wear items, and an extremely reliable, low cost, and fun to drive car. Gets about 30 MPG on highway, 23 around town. Everything works on the car.


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