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This Service Manual covers BMW 520i & 5201 Lux; 1990 cc BMW 525e & 525e Lux; 2693 cc.
Does not cover 525i or revised range introduced June 1988
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
* Step-by-step procedures with hundreds of illustrations and photos
* Written from hands-on experience using common tools
* Colour spark plug diagnosis and bodywork repair
* Quick and easy fault diagnosis sections
* Wiring diagrams
About this manual
The aim of this manual is to help you get the best value from your vehicle. It can do so in several ways. It can help you decide what work must be done (even should you choose to get it done by a garage), provide information on routine maintenance and servicing, and give a logical course of action and diagnosis when random faults occur. However, it is hoped that you will use the manual by tackling the work yourself. On simpler jobs it may even be quicker than booking the car into a garage and going there twice, to leave and collect it. Perhaps most important, a lot of money can be saved by avoiding the costs a garage must charge to cover its labour and overheads.
The manual has drawings and descriptions to show the function of the various components so that their layout can be understood. Then the tasks are described and photographed in a step-by-step sequence so that even a novice can do the work.
Introduction to the BMW 520i and 525e
The BMW 520i was introduced in October 1981 and the 525e in June 1983. Both models are manufactured to fine limits and live up to the BMW reputation of quality workmanship. The 520i is fitted with a 1990 cc six cylinder engine and the 525e with a 2693 cc six cylinder engine. Both engines are of single overhead camshaft, in-line type with a light alloy cylinder head and cast iron cylinder block. The camshaft is driven by a toothed belt. The 520i is fitted with either a manual gearbox or automatic transmission, whereas the 525e is only fitted with an automatic transmission.
Both models are absolutely conventional in design and should present no problems to the home mechanic. The only area where some extra caution is advisable is in the electronic engine management system and fuel control system.