"If you are fortunate enough to find a well maintained 535i, get it!! I bought a 1990 with only 130k miles and it has been great! The only problem we've had in 15k miles is the crank sensor working itself loose. Other than that, we've done routine maintenance and upgraded the wheels/tires to 16". We get a lot of compliments; most people can't believe it is a 1990. The original BMW paint lasts a long time. When choosing a used car over 100k miles, I would choose this one first."
"Got the car (94 525i) for great price and couldn't be happier. It's dark green with brown leather. Neighbors applaud me for "classing up the neighborhood." Car has an awesome look and stance. Could go for a few cup holders and maybe a little better acceleration. But once she's cruising, it's a pure joy."
"my stepfather bought this car in 1993 and drove it until 1 year ago. He tried to sell it for $1800 with no luck. After giving it to me with 240,000 plus miles I slapped on some tires, a fresh air filter, oil change and cd player. I drive it almost every day and have taken it on trips of 3 to 4 hours. This car is a beast. Smooth as silk at 80 plus mph, 27 mpg and just an all round classic."
"This car is my high school sweetheart. This was the first car I bought when I first started driving in high school. Its been 6 years later and shes still the best! The frame is all steel so I feel really safe in it. Great on gas. All I suggest is maintain it and it will take care of you. I do my own oil and filter change with full synthetic oil every 3-4 months (Will make the engine last longer), brake pads, ect. One problem with these model I heard is the coolant/ radiator. Mine went bad so I replaced it and now its even better!"
"I have owned my late production 95 525i for nine years. Purchased with 52K, now at around 110K. Very few problems. Just keep up on the maintenance (including auto transmission flushes) and use good synthetic fluids. It will run FOREVER! Great highway mileage (around 28-30 at 70-80mph). Snow tires on all four corners transforms it into a winter driving dream!
Have only been forced to go to the dealer for service once since owned. Still draws many compliments due to proper upkeep. Peake Research reset tools and Bentley manuals can guide you through just about any problem.
I would trust this car to go anywhere! Proper preventive maintenance is the key!"