In Reply to: 530i/535i quandary posted by Mike Scheer on January 03, 2000 at 15:51:29:
:I have owned both (manual trans). The 530i pulls like a freight train at the top end and could pull past the 535 after 140mph. The chip upgrade was more effective in the 535. The big six had a different driving characteristic and did not need to be wrung out as much as to get the same performance. My wife and I drag raced each other at our abandoned airport road and we could each beat the 535 with the 530 no matter who was driving. The 535 always got the jump but the 530 would scream past at the finish line (est. 1/2 mile run). The V8 was more reliable but since I do my own work this was not an issue. We kept the eight longer than the six because we liked it better (personal preference). We now just have the 525iTA and the stick shift days are over for now.
You have a tough decision because both cars are great. You should drive each car and you will probably decide which driving characteristic fits you best. Good luck. Jim
: I am trying to decide which of these to get. Any 530i I consider will have a new short block. The main argument in favor of the 530i is that I can get a certified/pre-owned one; not a bad thing having a warranty to cover all the minor electrical gremlins we see in BMWs. In favor of the 535i are the virtues of the classic big six, including durability and effective sharking. (It is my impression that sharking the 530i is less effective.)
: Any and all informed opinions on the relative merits of the two cars are welcome. Thanks.
: Mike Scheer