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#11711 of 12737 1995 530i purchase
Feb 26, 2007 (9:54 pm)
I am contemplating buying a 1995 530i with an auto trans that has 121000 miles and what I consider all the bells and whistles. The only BMWs I've owned were a 71 2002 and a 74 3.0cs. I haven't kept up on BMW issues concerning the newer cars. Can anyone enlighten me on any issues with the mid 90s 530i's and the 95 model year in particular? Thanks in advance for helping the new guy on the block
#11712 of 12737 Re: 1995 530i purchase [dutch8]
by kyfdx HOST
Feb 27, 2007 (10:00 am)
The '95 530i has a 3.0 litre V-8 engine (unlike the inline-6 from the later 530i models).
The mid-90s V-8s had a lot of problems with internal components (Nikasil cylinder liners?). Also, the auto trannys from that period were problematic.
I wouldn't touch this car, unless it was a one-owner with extensive service records. If all the repairs and fixes have been done, it could be a nice car. Otherwise, it could be a money pit.
#11713 of 12737 Re: 2008 5 Series [bruceomega]
Feb 27, 2007 (10:15 am)
They were in the current issue of the BMW magazine. Saw it at Border's books this past weekend.
But here is a shot I found... the doors are different, and it is using the shift lever from the new X5.
#11714 of 12737 Re: 1995 530i purchase [kyfdx]
Feb 27, 2007 (9:55 pm)
Thanks very much for the information kyfdx. I spoke to someone today that said the same thing about the trannys and to steer clear of the V8s. I've always liked the in-line sixes. Seems like an E28 in good shape might be the best way to go if one wants to have a Bimmer on a budget. Thanks again.
#11715 of 12737 Re: 1995 530i purchase [dutch8]
Feb 28, 2007 (6:24 am)
"Bimmer" issue number 57, April, 2006, has a 1975-88 5 Series Buyers Guide article.
#11716 of 12737 Re: 1995 530i purchase [dutch8]
by kyfdx HOST
Feb 28, 2007 (10:29 am)
They did offer a 6-cylinder that year.. the 525i.. Only 168 hp, if I remember correctly... Pretty nice rig, if you can find one with a stick..
Or.. look a little earlier in the '90s, and pick up a 535i with a stick... That is the big inline six.
#11717 of 12737 Re: 1995 530i purchase [530ir1150r]
Feb 28, 2007 (1:27 pm)
Thanks 530ir1150r, ordered that issue.
#11718 of 12737 Re: 1995 530i purchase [kyfdx]
Feb 28, 2007 (2:00 pm)
Thanks kyfdx, Doesn't look like I'll get that article suggested by 530ir1150r from Bimmer mag real soon so what do you think of the earlier '90s automatics? If they are the same as the one in the '95 I'd better strongly consider going back to a stick. Thanks again
#11719 of 12737 Re: 1995 530i purchase [dutch8]
by kyfdx HOST
Feb 28, 2007 (2:13 pm)
I think any BMW automatic, up until the E39 might be trouble prone.. But, the E28 versions didn't have the bad reputation of the E34s...
Depending on the mileage, any early E34 will probably have already had the tranny rebuilt, by now... That wouldn't worry me nearly as much as one that was supposedly "trouble free", until now..
#11720 of 12737 2008 BMW 5 series pricing
Feb 28, 2007 (2:14 pm)
528i = $44,300 MSRP with Auto Trans reflecting a price decrease of $475 over 525i
528xi =$46,500 MSRP with Auto Trans reflecting a price decrease of $475 over 525xi
535i = $49,400 MSRP with Auto Trans reflecting a price increase of $625 over 530xi
535xi= $51,600 MSRP with Auto Trans reflecting a price increase of $625 over 530xi
I think this just made the job of choosing a 5 series easier.