1995 BMW 525i (E34)

EN­GINE 2494cc/6-cyl/DOHC POWER 192bhp@5900rpm TORQUE 184lb ft@4200rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 141mph 0-60MPH 10.6sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 27-31mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed auto MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 46,820 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Clasic Cars For Sale - Theo Ford-Sagers

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The en­gine and trans­mis­sion are in fine fet­tle; quiet dur­ing gen­tle driv­ing, pulling strongly on de­mand and de­liv­er­ing am­ple surge into the up­per revs. The gear ra­tios shift up and down smoothly, and the brakes bring the car to a firm halt. The small amount of steer­ing wheel shimmy at higher speeds is ex­ac­er­bated when rid­ing over rough sur­faces, po­ten­tially indicating a worn bush. The only other flaw was an oc­ca­sional whine from the power steer­ing pump when ma­noeu­vring at slow speeds.

BODY­WORK CHECK

We found hardly any cor­ro­sion on this re­cent Ja­panese im­port – just a small spot on the boot lid and a lit­tle sur­face rust in­side the filler cap. The sills ap­pear to have been re­painted re­cently, there’s a scuff on one rear whee­larch and some small chips in the off­side front wing. All the lamps, glass and ex­te­rior trim are good. The chrome trim has lost some of its orig­i­nal lus­tre, but the over­all pic­ture is ex­tremely smart. The slightly kerbed al­loy wheels are fit­ted with match­ing Toyo 215/60 R16 tyres with about 80 per cent of their tread re­main­ing.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The grey cloth seats, car­pets and head­lin­ing are all spot on and there’s no sig­nif­i­cant wear on ei­ther the steer­ing wheel or hand­brake gaiter. The dash­board is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion – aside from some warp­ing around the pas­sen­ger airbag – and is still fit­ted with the orig­i­nal BMW ra­dio/cas­sette player. All of the equip­ment – which in­cludes an auto-dim­ming rear view mir­ror, elec­tric door mir­rors, ex­te­rior tem­per­a­ture dis­play, cli­mate con­trol and a boot-mounted CD au­tochanger – seem to be in work­ing or­der. The off­side rear elec­tric win­dow doesn’t ap­pear to be work­ing, how­ever, and the elec­tric mir­rors are a lit­tle creaky in op­er­a­tion.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine bay is nearim­mac­u­late. There are no signs of bodged re­pairs, the oil and flu­ids are clear and to the cor­rect lev­els, the elec­tri­cal ter­mi­nals look clean and undis­turbed, there are no signs of any leaks, and only small spots of sur­face rust in the lower re­cesses. The car comes with lit­tle ser­vice his­tory (which is nor­mal for a Ja­panese im­port); its first and only MoT cer­tifi­cate since reach­ing the UK in­cludes ad­vi­sories for pit­ted brake discs and a de­te­ri­o­rated brake hose. DVLA pa­per­work au­tho­ris­ing its reg­is­ter­ing in the UK is in­cluded in the sale.

THE CCW VIEW

This 5 Se­ries’ few im­per­fec­tions don’t pre­vent it from feel­ing like a lot of car for the money. Low-mileage – an in­di­cated

75,350km – UK E34s in this sort of con­di­tion are rare in­deed – a coat of un­der­seal would be wise while the car is still un­sul­lied by the Bri­tish cli­mate.

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