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Old 11-19-2009, 09:30 AM   #1
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My Ride: '01 330xi
Trying to find a car for my parents

Looking for some advice. My dad is clinging to a 1990 Taurus that is being eaten alive by rust. 300,000+ miles, engine is stong, transmision is ok, but most of the other systems are failing, plus the rust is starting to eat into structural components of the body and frame. My parents are currently looking at an '01 Acura CL with 164,000 miles. I told them if they can get it for cheap, say $2k, go for it but be prepared to rebuild the auto tranny because that generation CL and TL have horrible transmission problems. All four brakes and rotos need replacement, UCAs need new balljoints, and a couple other things. Interior and paint are in good condition.

This morning I found a '95 525i right down the street from a friend's house back in Cincinnati-

150k miles, auto trans, asking $2995. Looks clean but I'd like to know if any of you folks have info on common problems with this generation 5 series that my parents should be asking about. Thanks!
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