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Old 01-16-2008, 08:42 PM   #1
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Buying a New car. BMW??

So I sold my Jeep cherokee yesterday and now I have $3000 cash for a new car.

I can't afford to make payments on anything right now, so whatever I buy needs to be $3000 or less.

I've been looking online at autotrader/craigslist and have found a bunch of nissans,toyotas,hondas, etc. but i've also found quite a bit of BMW's.

What is everyone's thoughts about something like a 1992 525i or 735?

I love the way they look and I know they're really nice inside. But how reliable are they? Anyone ever own something similar?

It would be nice to get a sweet looking car like that for that cheap.

Any input is much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:32 AM   #2
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Re: Buying a New car. BMW??

had a 91 525i, great car, loved it. Just make sure you get it checked out before you buy it, they are the devil to repair, expensive as all hell...
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Re: Buying a New car. BMW??

Just FYI, the 525i (AT) 1990~1995 use a GM transmission (4L30E), so maintenance on the transmission would be slight cheaper. Reliability, well, since it's a GM transmission made for imports, so not so great.
The 735i (AT) has a BMW transmission (ZF4HP22), maintenance on these transmissions can get pricey and hard parts are somewhat hard to find. lotta dealer only items.
Basically, a BMW will cost you when it comes to maintenance and repairs, but they ride nice and fairly reliable.
If you're looking for information on automatics, shoot me a message, I have a decent amount of experience since I sell automatic transmission parts to shops.
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Re: Buying a New car. BMW??

I drive a 1987 325i convertible with 202,000 miles and love it.
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