1984 BMW 5 Series 533i 3.4L 6 cylinder from North America




I purchased this car from a friend that said his son had blown the engine. I was willing to replace the motor. But all it needed was a battery and radiator.

Since then I have replaced the starter, alternator, ignition switch, carrier bearing, and muffler.

This is by far the best car I have ever owned. I have put 60 plus thousand miles on this car for less than 3k, including tires. I have taught 2 new drivers in this car. She still turns heads.

Most of the parts are guaranteed for life.

I want to have this car until death.

General Comments:

Easy to work on. Fun to drive. Reliable. Good MPG.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2013

1984 BMW 5 Series 533i 3.2 from North America


Great, reliable, solid car


Exhaust system.

Water pump.

Transmission seal.

Shocks & struts.

Oil pan leak.

Flywheel sensors.

Torn leather on drivers seat.

Cracked dash.

Various electrical gremlins.

General Comments:

This has been an outstanding car. I bought it 10 years ago with 80,000 miles for $5000.

I drove it for 3 years before giving it to my daughter to learn to drive with. We then gave it to my oldest second daughter to learn to drive. We then gave it to my youngest daughter to learn to drive. My wife now drives it.

It has been through heck and back with 3 new drivers, but still runs great. Trying to decide if I should keep it and fix it up, or sell it. Engine is still strong, as is the tranny.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2009

9th Nov 2009, 12:37

Keep it simply for what it is. Why would you want to sell it?

1984 BMW 5 Series 533i 3.2 from North America


Has good power and road manners


Water pump.



Alternator (2).


Pressure plate.

Fuel pump.

Rear main seal.

Muffler (2).

Fan clutch.

Heater thermostat.

Instrument panel battery.

Temperature sensors.

Air meter.

Idle air control valve.

Fuel injectors (2).

General Comments:

Car had been neglected before I bought it.

Has Bilstein struts, which ride and handle well.

Slotted rotors and ceramic pads make the brakes very powerful.

LED trip computer, A/C, and sunroof work, and have never needed a repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2009

1984 BMW 5 Series 525e 2.7 from North America


The ultimate driving machine


Water pump, radiator, thermostat casing, seats are wearing down (leather).

General Comments:

This is the best car I ever bought so far. It is built like a real car. High fuel efficiency vehicle and dependable. The engine is intact and so far so good. If you ever have the chance to buy one, buy it, you won't regret it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2009

1984 BMW 5 Series 520i 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand


Great car for its price. Look after it, and it will go on!


The car is in great condition with full service history, electric fuel pump makes a never ending buzzing noise, have been told that eventually will need to replace but it will get a lot louder before its needed. The radio still drowns it out in the front.

95 kph and upwards it gets the meanest shakes (driving under this). It's a dream and feels like a great cruising car.

Runs on premium unleaded. Or adding the additive; same price in the end. I'm lazy so just use premium.

Her name is Daisy cause if you don't drive her right she lets you know. Changing gears at the wrong time will leave the person behind you in a small cloud of light grey smoke.

Drivers seat is worn and it seems most 5 series are of this year, but it is still not bad to sit on after you get used to the springs in your ass.

Heater doesn't work. Could be very simple, haven't had it checked, will get it going for summer when it's very useful.

General Comments:

Fantastic car to drive, fuel is pretty good, I forget when I fill it up around 2-3 weeks BTW fills. Driven everyday.

I enjoy her drug dealing look and dark shark front.

I have not had any problems starting her in the morning, first time every time.

Big boot.

She can move if you want to push it. Can leave it in 2 and 3 gear till you're on 100kmph and then the overdrive in 5 makes fuel not so much of a problem.

Handling is OK; for her age this car is a rock. I don't see any reason to get a new one. I don't think she will ever stop. Battle on little Beemer!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2008