In Reply to: 1989+ 535i vs 1991+ 525i posted by Art on March 24, 1999 at 13:12:47:
: I'm asking these questions from the perspective of a possible future purchase. The only BMWs I have driven (short test rides) are a stock 1989 525ia (slow and floaty) and a slightly tweaked 1988 M3 (nice). I found a web site somewhere that said 535i with 5 speed did 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds. How does that compare to the 1991+ 525i? How about the 1989-1990 525i? I drive a 9 year old Integra now (no vtec) and I am _almost_ content with its acceleration, so I don't need a rocket-ship or anything. Of course there is more than just 0-60, but I'm just curious about that for now. Thanks.
I'm looking at and comparing 525/535s myself.Besides the hp/torque differences,the 535 has the acclaimed "big-six" engine(supposed to be "bullet-proof") which has a timing CHAIN-the earlier 525s(89-92?) have BELTS.I dont think I'd be "un-happy" with a nice 525...but if I get my druthers...it'll be the 535..... Scott.
ps;happy hunting !! pps; I think both models had some teething problems in the first two years(89-90),most prominentley with the OBC's.