View Full Version : Considering Buying a 535i

12-10-2004, 11:59 PM
I'm considering purchasing a 1988 or older 535i,could anyone give me any information on problem areas,upgrades,etc.

12-11-2004, 12:56 PM
they are known for electric gremlins. I had a 533i, and sunroof, blower fan, and other things just randomly stopped working... Engines are bullet proof tho.

12-11-2004, 09:37 PM
i've heard of rough idling problems,the only one cause that i've heard for this are the fuel injectors are there any others?

12-14-2004, 03:36 PM
as long as its a 5spd or one with a solid auto trans... the autos arent really that strong... like was said... bullitt proof engine... ive had no probs with the elec stuff...

Lee in Ottawa
12-16-2004, 10:38 AM
step up a few years and buy mine inseats *wave* http://maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45822

12-20-2004, 05:45 PM
The E28 535i is the perfect car for a turbo... low compression.

12-21-2004, 09:02 PM
does anyone on here know of any for sale?85-88

12-22-2004, 06:59 AM
step up a few years and buy mine inseats *wave* http://maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45822

High milage scares me.

12-22-2004, 09:22 AM
High milage scares me.

If the car was maintained properly, and has records and/or receipts to prove said work, you shouldn't stray from a higher mileage car.

Compression & leakdown tests tell wonderful stories...

For the money you save, you can immediately put that back into the car for any needed repairs.

2 cents only.


12-22-2004, 09:31 AM
I live in Alberta, doing leakdowns and compression tests isn't exactly easy to do...

I've yet to go through the airport security without getting stuck while they ask me what a vaccuum guage is... Or make me show them it works (cause you know, I can suck and blow enough pressure to make it move... or stick my lips on a greasy vacuum hose)...

They'd think the dial was a bomb or something.

Edit - Oh, and on Alberta cars, rust is almost non-existant...

Most of our 1970s cars have less rust than your 90s out east.