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John
06-03-2001, 03:04 AM
Hi,<br>Just bought a '89 535i, 3.5 liter 6, 5-speed manual with 169k miles. <p>What should I expect as far as reliability? I don't know the history on it. I traded in my 1993 Ford Bronco (v-8, 109k miles) basicaly straight accross for the Bimmer at a local used car dealer in Sacramento, CA.<p>I paid $6,000 for it - very nice condition. I liked the fact it looked virtually the same to a '94 sitting right next to it (for much more $$ of course). This is my first European car.. Please help. Thanks.

FLIP
06-04-2001, 11:51 AM
<br>Wrong forum, your car is an E28 5 series. Check ou the E28 forum for answers to your questions.<p>Adam Wilson<br>'81 528i<p><i><br>Hi,<br>Just bought a '89 535i, 3.5 liter 6, 5-speed manual with 169k miles. <p>What should I expect as far as reliability? I don't know the history on it. I traded in my 1993 Ford Bronco (v-8, 109k miles) basicaly straight accross for the Bimmer at a local used car dealer in Sacramento, CA.<p>I paid $6,000 for it - very nice condition. I liked the fact it looked virtually the same to a '94 sitting right next to it (for much more $$ of course). This is my first European car.. Please help. Thanks.<p></i><br>

Jim Eagan
06-04-2001, 02:55 PM
<i><p>Wrong forum, your car is an E28 5 series. Check ou the E28 forum for answers to your questions.<p>Adam Wilson<br>'81 528i<p><br>Hi,<br>Just bought a '89 535i, 3.5 liter 6, 5-speed manual with 169k miles. <p>What should I expect as far as reliability? I don't know the history on it. I traded in my 1993 Ford Bronco (v-8, 109k miles) basicaly straight accross for the Bimmer at a local used car dealer in Sacramento, CA.<p>I paid $6,000 for it - very nice condition. I liked the fact it looked virtually the same to a '94 sitting right next to it (for much more $$ of course). This is my first European car.. Please help. Thanks.<p><br></i><br>

Drew Zacharda
06-05-2001, 01:42 PM
Check the E34 message board. There are lots of good helpful people over there. Also, be sure to check out <a href="http://www.bmwe34.net">www.bmwe34.net.</a> Sounds like you got a very good deal -- 535i 5-speeds are not easy to find.<p>Drew Zacharda<br>'94 530iT<br>'87 528e<p><br><i><br>Hi,<br>Just bought a '89 535i, 3.5 liter 6, 5-speed manual with 169k miles. <p>What should I expect as far as reliability? I don't know the history on it. I traded in my 1993 Ford Bronco (v-8, 109k miles) basicaly straight accross for the Bimmer at a local used car dealer in Sacramento, CA.<p>I paid $6,000 for it - very nice condition. I liked the fact it looked virtually the same to a '94 sitting right next to it (for much more $$ of course). This is my first European car.. Please help. Thanks.<p></i><br>

FLIP
06-05-2001, 01:47 PM
<br>Oops, I stand corrected. Keep forgetting that '89 was the first year of the E34.<p>(sulking)<p>Adam Wilson<br>'81 528i<br>

Joe
06-07-2001, 10:45 PM
Well, you should have talked to "US" first! $6000 could be a very good deal or a very expensive deal!<p>BMW's (Bimmers) especially a 535i were not cheap when new. Unfortunately, the people (including myself) that can afford them now, might not be able to afford them!<p>Buy a Bentley E34 Manual PRONTO! JOIN the BMW CCA PRONTO! <p>Look for a BMW independant shop (the BMW CCA can help with this). I was taught that a good BMW mechanic will OWN a BMW-good rule!<p>Maintenance is extreamly important! The fact you bought such a car without records...DON'T ever do that again!<p>There are a few areas that a good tech will no to look for.<p>Front end problems<br>Cooling system problems<br>(Head gasket)<br>Shocks<br>Dash computer boards<br>The list goes on....<p>These are NOT maintenence free cars, BUT they very rewarding to own and drive.<p>Good luck, and welcome!<p>Joe<p>1993 SC400<br>1992 535i<br>1987 535is<br>Hi,<br>Just bought a '89 535i, 3.5 liter 6, 5-speed manual with 169k miles. <p>What should I expect as far as reliability? I don't know the history on it. I traded in my 1993 Ford Bronco (v-8, 109k miles) basicaly straight accross for the Bimmer at a local used car dealer in Sacramento, CA.<p>I paid $6,000 for it - very nice condition. I liked the fact it looked virtually the same to a '94 sitting right next to it (for much more $$ of course). This is my first European car.. Please help. Thanks.<p></i><br>

Norwood S. Wilner
06-10-2001, 07:42 PM
For 6K why not take a chance? These cars are selling for something like 15% of their replacement (new) cost. THere is no perfect 89 car, records or not. I'd say, have fun, take a chance, you might get a great car for the money. Or, maybe you'll but a few K into it. So what.<p>I just bought an 88 535i 5spd, 115k, for 4K with absolutely no records and known (and unknown) defects. About a thousand dollars later, to the tune of brake master, clutch master, guibo, fuel leaks, headrest motors, steering box tightening, brake rotors and pads, ac recharge, and other stuff, it is teriffic! Hard to see how one could go wrong, especially considering the price of the comparable new car.

Lars PNW 82_528e
06-11-2001, 12:30 AM

Gordon
06-27-2001, 02:18 AM
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