1988 BMW 5-Series

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Its a keeper even after 20 years. by An MSN Autos Consumer on 04/16/2008. Trim: 1988 BMW 535is, Owned more than 10 years.
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Pros: 535IS has the looks of M5 without the cost. This car has "shark" like nose found on current F1. Wow a 20 year old car was ahead of its time. I have over 275,000 miles since bought new. Same engine, same transmission without any overhaul. What a reliable engine and powertrain.
Cons: Very low front spoiler. Turning into driveways too fast will cause some rubbing on center and corners and will chip off the paint. I have the optional 390mm rims and tires are expensive to replace so, check your tires for signs of uneven wear.
Overall review: If you like the looks of older desgin BMW then the 5 series is the way to go. Much more room then the 3 series.
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Excellant Drift Car by Kieran on 12/12/2011. Trim: 1988 BMW 535is, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: Super fast for an old car, extremely reliable if you look after it, very easy to maintain, cheaper than people make out (buy from overseas), very good acceleration, very well built everything feels solid and well thought and will always turn heads of JDM drivers who wish they went Euro.
Cons: Fuel consumption, some parts are expensive, rego and insurance in australia is a little bit extra and some parts will be on the way out.
Overall review: Got this car at the moment, excellant car to drive. Just dont crash it, don't overheat it, dont over rev it and you will have the car for atleast another 5 - 10 years with good preventive maintance. Make sure wheels are balanced and in line! Make sure coolant is topped up and using a good anti corrosion. Don't over rev it, you will warp things and you dont want a blown gasket, trust me. Don't let it over heat, ever. Change oils and keep up with stuff like tranny oil, diff oil, steering oil etc...after 20 years a tranny oil needs a decent change! Don't bother so much with messing with performance parts like cams and performance heads or plugs. Just run basic stuff through it, its a fast car, but dont go overboard its not worth it. I highly reccomend this car to anyone looking for a cheap bmw thats got more power than skylines, supras etc...you will destroy most imports. Good luck
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An oldie but goodie! by Ducman53 on 06/27/2011. Trim: 1988 BMW 528e, Owned 6 years.
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Pros: I actually own a 1985 528e with a manual transmission. I purchased the car well used (~240k miles) and spent most of my time bringing it up to speed and performing mods to it. I owned one of these things (a 1988 528e) when new and always loved the car; so, when I wanted a project car I purchased one of these about six years ago. Although it is not fair to compare a 25+ yo car to a new one, this car continues to appeal to my distinctive side. It is engaging to drive, handles well, looks collectable, gets great gas mileage, and is still well enough rounded to take trips or have fun on the back roads
Cons: Horse hair cushions in the seats are really different and most folks would find the new car smell missing due to this factor. However, the seat cushions do hold up well due to this material. The a/c system is only okay in stock form as the venting is minimal and the fan speeds insufficient by today's standards. Parts availability is still decent but beginning to lessen with time. Some common items have become NLA but there are substitutes available.
Overall review: This car is a joy to drive. Fun, reliable, and comfortable to drive every day. Too bad BMW has lost its way with many of their current models waivering from what made them great cars. My e28 even has a spare with full wheel spare to boot.
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The ultimate sleeper by 87 Landshark on 06/11/2009. Trim: 1988 BMW 535i, Owned 10 years.
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Pros: Exclusivity, dependability and its a blast to drive. I've owned my 535i for 10 years and I can't imagine driving anything else. This one's a keeper.
Cons: Repairs & Parts can be costly, but most things that go are regular maintenence items that are to be expected. Once you hit over 150k driveline & suspension bushing should be replaced. The engine's are bulletproof and can easily exceed 300k without any major work if maintained right.
Overall review: Even though its over 20 years old its more dependable than my fiance's toyota and definitely more engaging.
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535i - Excellent driving machine by Azure on 04/11/2004. Trim: 1988 BMW 535i, Owned 4 years.
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Pros: Still very fast even after 16 years, interior is comfortable, noise level is sporty, but not too loud, nice and tight, a pleasure to drive on the twisties.
Cons: Aftermarket parts (if you're into that sort of thing) are pretty scarce.
Overall review: Would buy another, great car.
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