In Reply to: Re: 88 M5 vs. 90 535i posted by JakeS on July 01, 1999 at 20:41:30:
How hard is it to swap out the 6 in the 535 and replace it with the V8???
: Depends what you want. The 535 will be nicer to drive everyday. Much more refined in many ways - it's a newer chassis generation. Less expensive to maintain. You won't miss the extra power unless you track or autocross.
: The M5 is better for the track. It's rougher in many ways - remember this is all relative, my M5 is far more sophisticated than my Plymouth Voyager - and more expensive to maintain. Sometimes. Shared many parts with the E28 535, but different shocks, springs, sway bars, brakes, master cylinder, radiator, motor mounts, water pump yada yada yada.
: The M5 will keep a greater portion of its value for longer. But that's years away.
: If (when) you need to rebuild the engine you can spend $10,000 with little trouble for a rebuilt S38 (Metric Mechanic, Korman etc). For that kind of money you could swap out the big six from the 535 for a 3 or 4 liter V8 from a newer E34. Then you can go very fast. :)))
: I love my M5. I never wish I had bought an E34. But I found a '94 530 for my Dad and it's a great car, I wish I had one of those too, as my wife's car. Then I might get to drive the M5 more often.