In Reply to: Reliability of E34 V8's posted by Steve on July 30, 2001 at 05:12:52:
-brake pads/rotors just changed once in 120k miles
-clutch changed at 92k only because the engine was out; transmission shifts like the day it was new
-water pump changed just once; radiator original
-a/c condensor changed once (my bad; shorted out when I drove through a flooded street)
-radio out once for internal repair
-new front struts at 80k; rear struts original
-just replaced thrust arms / bushings and tie rods at 118k (elective - could have deferred another 20k)
-complete exhaust system, cats, oxy sensors, etc are all original
-inside and outside looks like a new car. No one can believe it has 120k miles.
You are wise to go for a 5 speed; obviously more fun, with the benefit of being far more reliable than the automatics for the long haul. If you find an Alusil 8 in good shape, go for it! The nice thing about them compared with 535i's with similar mileage, is that the engines will typically have a lot less wear in them... a 535i with 120k miles has that much on the engine too, vs a car like mine with same indicated miles but only 28k on the engine. You'll be greatful at 200k...
We are considering purchase of a manual transmission 530 or 540. We have read mixed reviews regarding the reliability of the E34 V8's as compared to the E39 V8's and the 6 cylinder cars (E34 /E39). What is your experience? Also, how costly is maintence and how is fuel economy? Would appreciate any info. Thanks.
'98 528i Sport 5spd
'90 325i 5spd