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Re: 1989 535i pros and cons??? (archive)

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Posted by Karl on December 26, 1999 at 07:59:40:

In Reply to: 1989 535i pros and cons??? posted by Mark on December 25, 1999 at 09:13:29:

: I have found a '89 535i with 120,000 for $7,500 and am very interested in finding out how much this car differs from the '90, '91,'92 &'93 models. I can't really swing the $13-16k for the newer models. I have an '86 535i with 230,000 miles and am getting the feel it is time to move on.

: Any info would be greatly appreciated.

: thanks,
: Mark (Boston)

I have had an 89 535i for almost 3
years and it has never had any of the electrical problems mentioned on this board. Interior front door panels do come separated on
these cars and have to be reglued.
The only mechanical malfunction
has been a door lock spring. With
Dinan suspension, Autothority chip and UUC shift kit this is the
most reliable car I have yet owned,
with pretty amazing performance for a 2 ton car. I am certain that in the N.Y. area I can easily sell
mine for twice the money of the one you are looking at, so if it can
withstand the scrutiny of a specialist mechanic, you are looking at a very good deal. When
I bought it I put a lot of money into things like a new exhaust,
guibo, tires, fan clutch, full Inspection II, compression and
leakdown test. To reiterate, the most important thing you can do is find
a great mechanic who specializes in these cars and give it a very
thorough look. Also, the build date of mine was November 1988.
Check the plate when you open the driver's door. Good Luck!

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