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I am a novice also... (archive)

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Posted by Al on January 26, 2000 at 13:26:58:

In Reply to: Re: Read the archives posted by DD on January 26, 2000 at 09:42:04:

I am trying to find a 535i stick in california.

As with any new model, there are some quirks but nothing significant. I am still researching more. The past two 535i I have seen have had transmission failures...either these things are extremely sensitive or the cars I saw were abused.

It strikes me odd though that the majority of owners I saw were really anal about records/maintenance that the latter could not possibly be true. Too little sample size to draw any conclusions but I am keeping my eyes open.

The engines on both these cars were tight...probably one of the sweetest and smoothest single cam engines BMW has manufactured. They have a timing chain which reduces the burden of cost and engine failures. It is gonna be awhile before I can comment on ownership. For the time being try to get reacquainted with the service records of potential sellers and look at what the typical maintenance cost are like. The archives are quite explicit about this.

Not cheap but I think considering what you will be driving worth it. These cars have a lotta soul. Begin getting acquainted with the aftermarket/used parts/"private party parting out their car" market. I think it will be key in reducing the cost of any problems encountered e.g., SI Board at the dealer is $800..salvage yards take $250 with exchange (asking).

Good luck,


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