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Old 10-20-2008, 01:52 PM   #16
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I am tempted to have it inspected. I'll see. If its still for sale when I am back in the area by the end of the week, I'll have it looked at.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:33 PM   #17
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If you are looking for a good reliable DD with a bit more luxury than an E30 then you can't go wrong with an M50 (91 and up) 525 with a manual transmission. It will not be a powerhouse but will treat you well and, with regular maintenance, cost you very little. There are quite a few non abused lower mileage ones around for $3-4K.

The problem with the car you are looking at is it will always be a frankenbmw. M5 headaches without the resale value. Maybe you will get lucky and find a well maintained motor. If this is the case I would suggest that 95% of the asking price equals the value of the motor.
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:14 PM   #18
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Without any experience I cannot say that the motor is in top shape. It looks and sounds good. Pulls smooth. But then again, I don't know what to listen and feel for. I didn't notice any significant tick or uneven idle.
I appreciate the input zubbie. I have a question tho, do you have more pictures of your wheels? What are they, I can look them up?
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:48 PM   #19
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I'd love to have a real M5 but I don't have the $.
This deal I'm looking at is more in my price range(included is the cost to get on the road and service). If the deal looks too sour or is gone before I'm ready, I'll just dump more $ into my IXs.
If you can't afford a $12k M5, there is no possible way you can afford to maintain an S38.
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:22 PM   #20
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If you can't afford a $12k M5, there is no possible way you can afford to maintain an S38.
I don't need a $12k M5. Its not that I can't afford a 12k M5 its that I don't want to spend that much.

Plus I found exhaust valves at $60(APW) and intake valves at $60(BavAuto). Clutch master for ~135(elite) and slave for ~57(elite) and timing chain at $105(APW).

What do you see a price being for a decent 89 525 with a good M5 motor and trans(170k) swapped in, everything else stock?
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:23 PM   #21
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A high mileage motor is about 3-4K.
A low mileage motor is about 5-6K. A fresh rebuilt one is about 6+$.
Take it from there.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...mZ370098338235

Keep in mind you don't get any of the other "Authentic" M5 bits.
There was a M5 clone on ebay a few months ago for about 6K.
I would pay, if it is in mint shape, about 6K for the car.
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Without any experience I cannot say that the motor is in top shape. It looks and sounds good. Pulls smooth. But then again, I don't know what to listen and feel for. I didn't notice any significant tick or uneven idle.
Sounds to me like the car sound s pretty solid... If you know someone familiar with BMW's in general from that era (he doesn't have to be an M5 expert, but solid mechanical BMW knowledge) and he thinks it's good to, I don't see much to worry about.

The only thing I would suggest is to ask the current owner what maintenance has been done on the car/drivetrain and for the documents supporting that it has been done (receipts for parts, etc). If he can't give you that, then I'd say plan on doing the important stuff once you've bought the car right away so you have piece of mind.

Other then that, don't let people scare you.
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Without any experience I cannot say that the motor is in top shape. It looks and sounds good. Pulls smooth. But then again, I don't know what to listen and feel for. I didn't notice any significant tick or uneven idle.
I appreciate the input zubbie. I have a question tho, do you have more pictures of your wheels? What are they, I can look them up?
Wheels are Rondell 58's staggered 17X10 rear, 17X8.5 front.

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http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...&postcount=342
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:31 PM   #24
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Thanks zubbie. they looked familiar.

I am going to try to have it inspected when I can get the time this week.
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Plus I found exhaust valves at $60(APW) and intake valves at $60(BavAuto).
Sure, you can also find a Testarossa for 10 grand:
http://nashville.kijiji.com/c-Cars-v...QAdIdZ70624712

That kind of approach will fly with a Civic or with a 325 but the reason OEM S motor internals cost a lot of money is not the branding.
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so, did u buy the car??
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Old 11-16-2008, 10:39 PM   #27
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no, waited too long. But it did have the same Rondells as above but in 18". They made me drool a lot. Full M5 suspension and brakes. Oh well. Bought another IX instead. Happy.
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