2002 BMW 525i Touring

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In the world of five-door haulers, two of my favorites are the E34 and E39 5 series Tourings. If you didn’t go the Audi Quattro route, these were the estates for the sporting person, with available manual transmissions and smooth inline-6 and V8 powerplants. This 525i Touring for sale in Miami comes not only with a full service but the almighty third pedal, sure to grab the attention of parents out there who shy away from the thought of a minivan or SUV.

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1993 BMW 525iT

Wagons are our thing here at GCFSB, and even though our second installment of Wagon Week just ended, we’ll always throw in a favorite five door in the mix here and there. Shortly after Audi introduced Quattro and turbocharging to the wagon formula, BMW decided to take it’s 3 series Touring idea up one notch bigger with the E34 5 series Touring. Available with a number of engines, including a fire-breathing M5 variant that was verboten for US customers, these haulers became the darling of the well-to-do leisure set. This 525i Touring for sale in Florida isn’t perfect, but for someone looking for a solid base that needs a few finishing touches, this would be a prime candidate.

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Year: 1993
Model: 525iT
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 89,000 mi
Price: $6,500 Buy It Now

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1993 BMW 525i TOURING WAGON Low miles 89K great condition

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Selling my 1993 BMW 525i Touring wagon with only 89K original miles, in great mechanical and cosmetic condition. I bought this wagon from a family who had it as a third car in Miami Beach, and did not have much use. I have extensive work history for the car.

After buying this wagon earlier this year, I had my mechanic (German Autos in Pompano Beach) go over everything, spending over $2000 to make suspension repairs, tune up, etc. I bought a set of 16” BBS – BMW wheels from a 740i, which are the same style as the OEM, but in 16”, better looking than the stock 15”. I had the wheels refinished.

I had the car professionally painted, spending over $2,000. (see picture below while the wagon was being painted). This wagon comes with the hard to find roof rack crossbars. Seats were re-died, door panels fixed and re-glued, new emblems, new clear side markers and turn signals, some new moldings, etc.

Engine and transmission are perfect. Air conditioner is ice cold, front shocks are new, rear will need to be replaced as they are getting soft, but the car rides fine. New battery, original radio/cassette working, all gauges work, all lights work, new wiper blades (3), even the windshield washers work great. Car starts quick, perfect idle, shifts very smooth, and the temperature is always normal, even in hot Florida weather.

I did not finish the restoration, as some health issues changed my plans. The sunroof is all there, but not operational. The rear section of the headliner needs replacing (all included, even the material to do it), and the trim for the rear hatch was cracked, and I bought a replacement that has to be painted gray and installed.

The car needs nothing to be driven anywhere. Very reliable, impossible to find in this condition. Cruise control works, all power windows work, power locks, etc. The rear license plate area was painted black to match the European version. The rear decal is from the Autobahn.

I bought a set of clear inserts for the taillights, which would need to be installed to eliminate the amber from the taillights. (see next to last picture for an European clear taillight example to get an idea of how it looks like). These are no longer available anywhere.

I have invested over $8000 in this car, and countless number of hours. It ins not a perfect, showroom car, but a great example of an E34 Touring Wagon. These wagons have a special cult – like followers. Classy, reliable, easy to maintain. Again, not perfect, as it was my work in process, but very good looking and reliable. Open to reasonable offers.

No international buyers. Wire transfer or cash payment upon pick up. Payment in full within 7 days of auction end. No checks, no exceptions. All funds must clear before taking possession of the car. Sold as is, no warranty of any kind. You are welcome to inspect and test drive the car, or send someone to inspect it. I have made every effort to describe the car to the best of my knowledge and assume no responsibility for any omissions on description.

I would not hesitate to get in this car and drive it across the US. However, do not expect a brand new, $80K BMW. This is a special car for a special crowd, those who know and like it. I am losing lots of money at my buy it now and reserve price. If you have any questions, please send me your contact information and I will contact you.

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Rob featured a similar 1993 525iT for Wagon Week that just sold for $2,651. That car had 153k miles on the clock but presented, cosmetically at least, just as well. I’d suspect $6,500 is a bit reaching when that sort of money, or not much more, will get you into a later E39 Touring. Probably somewhere around $4,500 to $5,500 would be a more reasonable figure. The perfect jumping off point, then, to build the E34 M5 Touring clone of my dreams…

-Paul

Wagon Week: 2002 BMW 525i Touring

Walking home from work the other day, I spotted an E39 Touring on the street, which happened to be a 525i with a 5-speed manual. It was completely stock, resplendent in a dark blue metallic and I thought “has BMW ever had a more pleasing design than this Touring?” Even with lower mileage, these E39 Tourings are used car bargains nowadays, if you have the nerve and wherewithal to maintain them properly. This 525i Touring 5-speed manual for sale in Massachusetts is originally a California car and looks to have lived a well-cared for 150,000 miles.

Year: 2002
Model: 525i Touring
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 153,092 mi
Price: $7,900

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After eight great years (I’m the second owner), it’s time for me to move on and hand over this beauty to someone who will continue taking good care of it and enjoing driving it as much as I did. Relevant info: Exterior: Titanium silver Interior: Gray leather Options: ZPP, ZSP, PDC, Xenon Birth certificate (look here for the complete option list): http://www.bmwarchiv.de/vin/gd50411.pdf

Mods: – Autodim mirror (wasn’t available on 525s at that time) – Seat heater retrofit for driver’s seat (passenger seat is wired, but has no heating pads) – Euro armrest with slide and storage – Euro taillights with clear blinkers (works great with silver color – just look at the photos) – Euro mirror glass driver side – Bluetooth TCU retrofit for handsfree phone calls (complete OEM functionality, including voice dial). – No mechanical mods. First owner had it from April 2003 to September 2005. The car lived in Carlsbad, CA. I bought it sight unseen (well, I had some photos actually), flew there to pick it up, put it on a truck to Boston, and then drove it daily for eight years. I’m selling it only because I felt I needed a change, so I moved to an X5 a couple of weeks ago.

This two owner car has me thinking: at what point does mileage become a concern? Sure, the E39 isn’t the most simple of vehicles when it comes to mechanicals and electrics, but I’d hesitate just to throw something like this away when it got old, especially given the cosmetics of this particular car. Who knows how much longer manual transmission wagons will be around, as every year that passes the third pedal becomes more of a oddity than a common option.

-Paul

1992 BMW 525i Touring

BMW’s first experiment with the estate vehicle in this country came in the form of the E34 Touring. Seldom seen on the roads these days, these were handsome cars that had a unique double length sliding sunroof. This particular example represents the first year the Touring was available in North America, and it has the later twin cam, M50 inline six which produces 192 horsepower. Here is a well kept example for sale in Tacoma, Washington.

1992 BMW 525i Touring on eBay

Recently top end of engine was rebuilt. New head gaskets etc. 146,000 miles.

Body and paint are exceptionally nice. No rust or rust repairs. The body and paint are well above average with only a few minor rock chips/scratches. The body is extremely straight. The interior is original and in very good condition. It has the rare double sunroof that works. Power windows and auto door locks. It can be driven anywhere. Must see to appreciate! Will consider trades.

I’m a big fan of estate cars and this BMW looks really smart in black. For the year, the mileage isn’t too out of the question and given the top end was just rebuilt, this hauler has some more life left in it. It’s a shame that more of these weren’t sold here in the US, because they offer the same great BMW driving experience with added practicality.

-Paul

1977 E21 BMW 325i Widebody

This 3 series is w-i-d-e. The car shows a lot of work inside and out. The engine is from a 1990 525i and it has been mated to a 5 speed manual. The interior has some aftermarket stereo work that is a bit dated. The outside shows some age as well with the fiberglass needing some cracks sealed and painted.

This car needs some cleanup, but will turn heads as is. Folks who sell their cars and do things like leave boxes of parts sitting in the trunk or have the shift knob mounted upside down, should not be surprised when bidding doesn’t meet their expectations.

Mileage is unclear on this ride. Bidding is up at $5,300 with no reserve. Would make a nice cars and coffee driver.

~Evan