Posted by Ben on August 14, 1998 at 18:32:37:
In Reply to: 535i (91 to 93) posted by ///MJ on August 14, 1998 at 15:12:40:
Yes, please don't forget the 1990 535i's! See comments below:
: 1) Are all three years (91-93) about the same in performance and reliability? Is there a best year?
In 1991, some improvements to the electronics were made that may make them more robust in the long run. But I haven't had too many problems with my '90. Never had the motherboard failure (knock on wood), but my HVAC "sword" may be on the fritz.
: 2) Are there any particularly problematic area (i.e. the water pump or the motherboard... etc.) that we should be aware of??
You know about the motherboard. Loose steering/shimmy can be caused by worn thrust arm bushings or control arm ball joints. Rear subframe bushings tend to go out too, but these aren't as big a deal and won't really affect normal driving. Someone else has reported waterpump problems but I'm on the original at 123K miles!
: 4) How about pricing? I have seen 91s at $13K to $19K, 92 haven't seen any, and 93s at $21K-$25K.
: One particular car is in FL (93 with only 48K miles) is going for 23K. Does that sound reasonable?
These prices sound fair. I wouldn't pay more than $21K for a 535i though, especially since 540i's are selling for low 20's now too.
: 7) What are the normal service intervals after 48K miles?
: service I?
: Service II?
: Transmission Service?
Really depends on the previous owner's driving style and your expectations/requirements. I would go ahead and do an Inspection II after buying the car anyway, regardless of mileage, unless it was done in the past 8K miles.
: Your guidance, experiences, remarks, comments, jokes, opinions, even flames will be appreciated.
Do get the Jim C chip. It made a world of difference. Not just performance-wise, either. The chip really helped the car feel better putzing around town and it's smoother all around.
1990 535i SHARKED!!!