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From digest.v7.n430 Mon Oct 13 17:30:05 1997
From: Pat Donahue <>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 1997 16:07:36 -0400
Subject: Re: 93 535i

> The local BMW dealer has a 1993 535i, 5-speed, in great
> condition and with 60,000 miles. They're asking $23,900. Any advise
> or things to look out for?

That's getting pretty close to the price of an M5.

Things to look out for are the steering box and play (actually, the shaft to the steering wheel has a collapsible coupling that frequently makes it feel like a lot of play -- little buyer's tip ;^) ).

Check for an aftermarket battery under the back seat without the proper attached vent hose -- that'll cause some problems.

The E34s seem to have more than their fair share of interior door panel bubbling.

There's a shift detent spring retaining plate that warps and causes tranny oil to leak onto the tranny mounts (don't forget them when you replace the plate). The tranny output shaft and shift shaft seals tend to break down and leak too.

Note that if you see all those things wrong it isn't a big deal, but if you're in replacing the seals you might as well get a new guibo into it and the M5's is bigger, better, and fits.

  • -- Pat Donahue Vienna, VA '91 M5 4GTFUL '72 MGB 8LYFGR&
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