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Re: Looking to buy a 535i 5 speed, a few questions (archive)

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Posted by David S. Vukovich on December 24, 1999 at 21:09:19:

In Reply to: Looking to buy a 535i 5 speed, a few questions... posted by Andrew on December 23, 1999 at 00:10:29:

: I have an 87 325e auto, that I really dont like. The engine has no guts at all, and it only revs to 4800 RPM. Not exactly high performance hardware if you know what I mean. The engine would be ok if I had a manual tranny, but I have an auto so driving it is like torture for me, as I love a good stickshift. I am going to sell the car and buy another used Bimmer, one that has a five speed. I really like the e34 535i's and the prices I have seen are very good. My other option is an e30 325i w/a 5 speed.

: My questions are pretty simple. What do I need to look out for in buying a used 535i? I know the engines and trannies are pretty strong, but its always the little things that cause the most trouble. How do these cars hold up in general over the years? My E30 has held up very well, and I constantly thrash it to get the most of its miniscule performance. I also plan on adding some performance mods to the car, so what kind of performance can I expect from various mods?

: Thanks,
: Andrew Barczak

I waited to find my 89 535i, 5 speed for over six months. I bought it in May 96 w/78k on the clock and shelled out 16k. The 3.5 motor is definitely the way to go. It is damn near bullet proof! I now have 160k on it, but no longer use it as a daily driver. (I was fortunate enough to get a company car!)
I bought mine off a lot in Harrisburg, PA called Bavarian Enterprises and I would highly recommend this place to anyone.They are an independent dealer who buys and sells high line imports. He usually has some of the older cars that BMW dealers don't want on the lot. He has a full service department, in fact, I drive 90 miles one way to have my car serviced because I really don't trust any shop in the Philadelphia Metro area. These guys even let me bring my own parts!!! The guys name is Bill Kutt and his # is (717) 234-1231.
I can't say alot of things out of the ordinary have gone wrong, I just replaced my rear CV joints, as they were starting to vibrate at 60mph. The rear transmission output shaft leaks on these, but as long as it was well taken care of, and you can trace maintenence records, it's a great car. I've done alot of modifications to mine and wouldn't part with it for any amount.
Good Luck in your search.

David S. Vukovich
89 535i Sharked

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