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Hi,

I'm looking to purchase a 1987 535i with 200,000 miles on it. The car currently does not start. I was informed by the current owner that it is because of the crank angle sensor, which needs replacing. I have not seen the car yet but I wanted to ask if this is a common issue for this car? Or, is this pretty rare and could potentially mean something more serious is wrong with the car. I know that I need to look at the car in terms of what the issues are, however, if I know that this is somewhat of a common issue then it would put my mind a little at ease.

Thanks in advance.
 

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It is common that this sensor or the other sensor (TDC) are worn and not working.
But, as it is a 5 minute job, i would buy both new or used and check if these are the culprit before buying,

Alessandro
 
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