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lvan
01-27-2006, 04:00 AM
Recently the price on the last year E34 (1995) have gone down. What do you guys think about 1995 530I M60B30 (small V8)? Are they worth taking a look? Thanks
I think as it goes for reliabilty the 1995 525I is the way to go?



Iv

*th-up*

propr'one
01-27-2006, 04:04 AM
from what i know (which is rather limited) the m50 powered e34's were rather reliable.

but you and i both know you're getting a 540. so quit kidding yourself:D

lvan
01-27-2006, 04:11 AM
Nah it's just that 530/525s look less abused to me. I just need something to beat around (reliable).

I think I can move up to manual since I raped that Rsx Type S lol.

cisco911
01-27-2006, 09:47 AM
From what I hear and have seen, the small BMW V8 530 is not a reliable engine. I've know a couple of people that have owned them and once it gets with some kms, the engine just goes. Could be because of maintenance issues as well, but I think they are just not reliable. Ff your buying a 1995, its got 10 years on it so it will have a good number of kms on it, so its risky in my opinion. The bigger V8 540 is better, but it is still the old engine (4.0 not 4.4), which people say also goes with higher kms. Something about the coating on the sleaves going away and losing compression, but don't quote me on that. If I was in your shoes and really wanted an E34, 525 or a 540 with low kms and both would be 5 speed to avoid auto tranny gremlins, but I would not even consider the 530. Just my 2 cents.

Gamite
01-27-2006, 11:06 AM
the 540 and 530 suffer from the same nikalsil problems. But supposedly the gas is better now, so if you find one that still has good compression, chances are its not going to happen.

Maxim
01-27-2006, 07:43 PM
Stay away for old V8s...

lvan
01-28-2006, 12:37 AM
I was thinking the same thing. I will stick with manual 525I. I think Manual 525 is the way to go but they are rare in manual version.(I think)

lvan
01-28-2006, 12:59 AM
1995 525i car market is a strange thing. Some of them go for $5k and some of them $10k. What would be fair deal? Thanks

cisco911
01-30-2006, 10:41 AM
1995 525i car market is a strange thing. Some of them go for $5k and some of them $10k. What would be fair deal? Thanks

This all depends on the quality of the car(kms, body, maintenance). I believe that is is very hard to find a 525 with low kms and those bodies have rust issues. So if you find one with a mint body and low kms(make sure they are original) then it would be worth the higher money, but not 10k. I would say 8.5 to 9 tops for a good car. But you are right, the 525 market is strange with fluctuating values.

Gamite
01-30-2006, 11:55 AM
if you're really lookign for the power of a 530, get a 535i, its the same in terms of power.

for 540's and 530's, all you have to do is a compression check. If it checks out ok, the car has been lucky and hasn't suffered from nikalsil. just be sure to use good gas in it, and u should be good to go.

lvan
01-30-2006, 04:24 PM
Thanks gamite. The only reason why I prefer 525 is because they are newer and not costlyto run like 530s. After 1993+ there was no more 535i. 1owner ,dealer serviced 525/95 would be a nice find.

Gamite
01-30-2006, 07:07 PM
well the thing is, personally, i don't feel that the 2.5L is nearly enough to haul the heavy e34 body around.

lvan
01-30-2006, 11:57 PM
Agree on that one.

///Maluco
01-31-2006, 09:28 AM
535i is the way to go!

Striker
02-01-2006, 10:25 AM
if you're really lookign for the power of a 530, get a 535i, its the same in terms of power.

for 540's and 530's, all you have to do is a compression check. If it checks out ok, the car has been lucky and hasn't suffered from nikalsil. just be sure to use good gas in it, and u should be good to go.

True, so true.

Striker
02-01-2006, 10:35 AM
535i is the way to go!

Agree 100% The third generation m30 b25 engine is claimed to be one of the strongest engines BMW produced and known as the tank in Germany. A friend of mine has an e34 535i and that car made impress the shit out of me, power and handling.

I like how the engine ran and the power it had so much, I bought one and will be installing it into my e30 325is.

The major issue they are know for is a slight leak from the timing chain cover. I pulled it apart for him, sealed it and it vwas fine after that. He also had an oil pan leak which I also removed and resealed for him.

Here is a pic of Buddy's car,

and this one.

Gamite
02-02-2006, 04:03 AM
I blew up my first M30 engine :)

Striker
02-02-2006, 09:48 AM
I blew up my first M30 engine :)

You destructive, car beating, high revving physco :D how did you manage that?

What happened, was it an e34 m30? The e34 has a rev limit at 6200 RPM I think. If it is an e34 m30 engine it will be the first time I heard of someone blowing up a naturally aspirated e34 m30 engine.

Gamite
02-02-2006, 10:45 AM
I had a loose turning rod, and it eventually bore its way through the engine block.


Yeah I know, its a really rare case. and yea, it was on my 92 E34.

Striker
02-02-2006, 11:22 AM
I had a loose turning rod, and it eventually bore its way through the engine block.


Yeah I know, its a really rare case. and yea, it was on my 92 E34.

Wow that probably p!!ssed you off. That's the first time I heard about an e34 m30 doing that. Just your luck, I go through the same crap sometimes when it happens to no one else except me :mad:

lvan
02-02-2006, 03:10 PM
That 535 is very clean. If it had wide grill it would look better.

Striker
02-02-2006, 04:36 PM
That 535 is very clean. If it had wide grill it would look better.

Probaby, but the owner wants to keep it original, at least externally as he bought a Mark D chip from me.

He is a very meticulious person. Believe it or not, he checks the weather forecast before taking that car on a long trip and if it gets wet and dirty, he would take it home and regardless of the time hose it down. Man I pray nothing happens to that car, that guy would have an instant heart attack if it did.

One thing I like though, he drives it like a BMW should be driven, he cares and maintains it but won't pamper it.

Striker
02-02-2006, 04:44 PM
Gamite, I was just browsing your site and realised that my e34 buddy sent me your pics. Thats a really nice e34 you have as well. He would probably like us to hook up with you on our next TO trip.

Like Sheba, whish the thumbnails were bigger.

Gamite
02-03-2006, 05:11 AM
Personally I like narrow grill over wide grill.

Striker, thanks for the compliments. Who is your friend? Lee? Black E34?

Striker
02-03-2006, 10:20 AM
Personally I like narrow grill over wide grill.

Striker, thanks for the compliments. Who is your friend? Lee? Black E34?

No, it's not Lee, but I do know him and his brother Jesse.

My buddy with the black e34, the pics I uploaded, is Greg. He bought the car about three and a half years ago.