In Reply to: Buying '89 535i 190K 5 sp What to look for? posted by David on September 01, 2001 at 11:12:04:
Forgot to mention. Manual gearboxes suffer from 5th gear idler wear at high mileage. Symptom loud clatter from rear of engine area when you turn the engine off and it all comes to rest.
Noise eliminated if clutch depressed when turning engine off. Very expensive to fix noise but mine has done it for 30k no problems. UK specialist breakers say they all do it so don't replace with Second hand gear box.