Used BMW 535i review: 1988-1993
The reality of life is that very few of us have the money to buy the luxury ‘Benz, BMW or Jaguar that we might wish to own, simply because they are too expensive compared to Joe often on the street. But going back in time with an older model and owning an unattainable car from one of these great companies could be a real possibility.
One such vehicle was the BMW 535i which was released in the late 1980s and remained on sale until 1993. In the days before the ‘M’ Series, the 535i was the performance king in the local area. of the Bavarian car manufacturer.
Today, it has been lost in the crowd with the large number of sports BMWs already released, but a recent chance to meet up with an acquaintance who bought one for a large pair is a reminder of What can be purchased in very limited quantities.
535i is the leading model in the E34 5-Series line that appeared here in 1988. Except for the sharp appearance that has surpassed the following BMW models, the E34 is an elegant, bragging classic four-door vehicle. Beautiful lines and proportional proportions.
It was a great look when it was new, and it’s still a nice car to this day when there are still many cars on the road as a testament to the appeal of its styling. It’s hard to imagine that more than 20 years have passed since it was launched.
The E34 range has been expanded, extending from the modest 520i 2.0-liter to the popular 2.5-liter 525i and 530i 3.0i to 535i sport sitting on the tree. Then there’s the first 540i and M5 engines, both pushing the 535i into the background, but for a year or two, 535i is the king of the road.
The E34 platform is highly rated with independent suspension at the rear and front, strong power steering and powerful four-wheel disc brakes. At the front, it has a 3.5-liter single-cylinder camshaft engine that boasts a fuel injection of 155 hp at 5700 revs and 3.5 Nm at 4000 revs.
BMW offers a choice of 5-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic transmission, with the final drive through the rear wheel in the traditional style of BMW. Standard features are air, central locking, fog lights, power windows and radio / cassette audio.
An executive model was available with alloy wheels, cruise and electric sunroof. There is also a 535is model available with electric mirrors, deflection control and limited traction.
IN THE STORE
The key to enjoying the thrill of driving an old car is to buy well, and there is a simple rule to follow when buying: conditions, conditions, conditions. To find the best car in the best condition, you need to shop, shop and shop.
BMW service specialist John Heckrath of Heckrath Engineering Services thinks that the 535i is a great car to own and drive. The engine is very strong and has little trouble; The only warning he gave was that they could cause trouble for cylinder heads if they were hot.
The main reason why they can get hot is due to the damage of the plastic container in the radiator, a common mistake with this 5-Series model. If the temperature gauge goes beyond the scale, you should not keep driving it, disaster will wait if you ignore the signs of trouble.
Brakes can be costly to replace if necessary to make a vehicle walkable; Expect a $ 1,000 bill to rebuild all brakes with new rotors. The suspension bushings, especially the front caster bushings, don’t wear out so listen for noise when braking, but the caster bar isn’t expensive so it’s not a big deal.
Electricity may be a problem; Things like electric windows and fireplace controls are known weaknesses. Check the operation of all systems to determine if anything is not working and may need repair. The body stands up well, and does not rust, and the paint does not fade at any rate.
Inside the trim part can also check the time well and the dash is not easy to crack, but some small decorative parts eventually do not peel off and the foam in the headlights may crack over time. But a car with more than 200,000 km will continue to grow in the future if well maintained.
ON THE ROAD
Get in the driver’s seat of the 535i and you immediately feel right at home, the controls are easy to fall into the hands and the dial lets you know all you need to know without any extra information you have. Be on the cars later.
Start six cars smoothly and hit the road and you are quickly brought back to an era when the engine was the vehicle’s true heart. Despite its athletic character with many old grunts, the 535i is actually a high-speed cruiser and at home on the open highway.
The smooth and sweet six-speed motor rotates with great mid-range response to pass easily. When required, it will run to 100 km / h in 9.5 seconds and cross the 400 meter stand distance in 16.5 seconds.
It also handles with confidence, although it is a fairly large vehicle. Steering response is quick and accurate, handling nicely balanced and predictable, while the ride is firm but comfortable.
IN A CREDIT
535i was born before the widespread use of airbags, but it is a basic motorcycle with a solid body and a sensitive, well-balanced chassis, giving the driver a chance to avoid collisions. If it lacks the passive safety of airbags, the 535i has an important active safety provided by ABS.
AT THE PUMP
Ask anyone about 535i and you’re likely to be told that it’s a gas dealer. That is its reputation and it is a person who makes a lot of money there. 535i should not be purchased if you are concerned about fuel consumption; This is a high performance car and it will use quite a bit of fuel.
An on-road test at launch gave it back 11.9 L / 100 km, which is not too bad, but it can quickly blow out 14 L / 100 km or more if the hose is regularly used. open with enthusiasm.
. Elegant classic style.
. Smooth six-cylinder engine.
. Sports performance.
. Thirst if impelled.
. Expect high mileage.
. Service record must.
An oldie but a goodie. Buy right and you will thoroughly enjoy the thrill of driving one of the great people from the old era.