In Reply to: 1989+ 535i vs 1991+ 525i posted by Art on March 24, 1999 at 13:12:47:
I got a '90 535i 5-speed for $9k w/registration. I had to do the clutch within the 1st month, but it's nice now. That car is a BEAST. Now, I used to drive a '97 Honda Accord (2.2l 4 cyl), and I bought this thing, and my insurance DROPPED $400+/year!!! It's an awesome car, but it is going to cost more to maintain than your Acura, but _WELL_ worth it. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty, that's what these cars are all about. Buy a Bentley manual, which ever car you get. I found the cheapest place to get them is at www.barnesandnoble.com . The $50-60 you spend is about an hours worth of labor, so if you can fix anything, it pays for itself. You have come to the right place, be sure to bookmark this page. Everyone is *REALLY* helpful, and surely someone will have encountered/ can diagnose any problems you come across. Enjoy!
'90 535i 5-speed
: 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.