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s scott
01-18-1999, 02:53 PM
Would like some advice on a 89 535i, 5 spd--int/ext in excellent cond, 157,000 one owner miles with all service records from date of purchase. Spoke with the original salesman and service manager where car was purchased, they both said that original owner was meticulous with his cars, always doing anything that was remotely needed. I can buy the car for 7800 which includes a 12 month 15k mi. drivetrain warranty. <p>I was wondering if anyone could give some advice on the life of these cars and if they feel that it is a good deal.<p>I would appreciate any and all help with insight on this car.

Joe Mazza
01-18-1999, 07:16 PM
I have a '90 535i with over 187,000 miles, all mine. Best car I ever had. No probs at all except for a slightly warped head caused by my driving too long after a water pump failure and overheat at about 167K miles. (Morale: Shutdown ASAP after an overheat!!) All fixed now and good as new.<p>I have NO desire for an E39. It couldn't possibly measure up to my E36 with that beautiful big 6.<p>One note of caution, however. '89 was the first year for the E34... Teething probs were a possibility.<p>Joe<p><i>: Would like some advice on a 89 535i, 5 spd--int/ext in excellent cond, 157,000 one owner miles with all service records from date of purchase. Spoke with the original salesman and service manager where car was purchased, they both said that original owner was meticulous with his cars, always doing anything that was remotely needed. I can buy the car for 7800 which includes a 12 month 15k mi. drivetrain warranty. <p>: I was wondering if anyone could give some advice on the life of these cars and if they feel that it is a good deal.<p>: I would appreciate any and all help with insight on this car.<p></i>

ron
01-18-1999, 10:58 PM
<i>: Would like some advice on a 89 535i, 5 spd--int/ext in excellent cond, 157,000 one owner miles with all service records from date of purchase. Spoke with the original salesman and service manager where car was purchased, they both said that original owner was meticulous with his cars, always doing anything that was remotely needed. I can buy the car for 7800 which includes a 12 month 15k mi. drivetrain warranty. <p>: I was wondering if anyone could give some advice on the life of these cars and if they feel that it is a good deal.<p>: I would appreciate any and all help with insight on this car.<p></i>The key is a meticulous owner and the service records, the miles shouldn't scare you. The guy who i have work on my car, when i dont do it myself, claims he's seen the 525/535 engines go upwards of 250k without any MAJOR work. Key word is major, you will still have to keep after it. The bosch sensors and misc stuff doesn't last forever, but the engines are pretty much bullet-proof. I live in the Richmond VA area, and you can't touch a 535i here for less than 10K, even the higher mileage ones...doesn't matter what the book says. SOunds like a good buy, especially with the warranty. Best of luck Scott-They are GREAT cars, and just think about the alternatives for $7800,..Escorts, Neons and Hyundais, oh my!<p>ron <br>89 e34

Jon Brush
01-19-1999, 08:40 AM
I agree that this sounds like a good deal with the warranty. Is this a dealer warranty? It would be a great idea to get the name and phone # of the original owner just to check out the service history and get a sense of his/her car care style.<p>In terms of the car itself: The '89s are known for having bad instrument panel circuit boards (I think that's what they are called) which cost ~$1K if I'm not mistaken. This may already have been replaced on this car after this many miles/years. But it would pay to check carefully and maybe get a new one if possible. Otherwise all I've noticed is the usual front end thrust arm bushing issue which you should have checked when your independent BMW technician goes over the car for you. Good luck!<p>Jon Brush<br>'92 535i 5sp 67.5 K<br>: Would like some advice on a 89 535i, 5 spd--int/ext in excellent cond, 157,000 one owner miles with all service records from date of purchase. Spoke with the original salesman and service manager where car was purchased, they both said that original owner was meticulous with his cars, always doing anything that was remotely needed. I can buy the car for 7800 which includes a 12 month 15k mi. drivetrain warranty. <p>: I was wondering if anyone could give some advice on the life of these cars and if they feel that it is a good deal.<p>: I would appreciate any and all help with insight on this car.<p>

m3niko
01-19-1999, 07:04 PM
I have an '89 525i with 120K miles, and it's been great. A 535i with 157K miles is nothing; those engines can last a real long time. I'd have no problem buying such a car, especially for the price you found it at. Go for it!<p>Nick<p><i>: Would like some advice on a 89 535i, 5 spd--int/ext in excellent cond, 157,000 one owner miles with all service records from date of purchase. Spoke with the original salesman and service manager where car was purchased, they both said that original owner was meticulous with his cars, always doing anything that was remotely needed. I can buy the car for 7800 which includes a 12 month 15k mi. drivetrain warranty. <p>: I was wondering if anyone could give some advice on the life of these cars and if they feel that it is a good deal.<p>: I would appreciate any and all help with insight on this car.<p></i>


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