1986 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.5L inline 5 from North America
These are the junk of BMW
The first thing to go wrong with the car was the fuel pump relay, that happened 10 minutes after I got the car.
The second thing was the water pump.
The third was the clutch; I got that replaced and it cost a great deal of money, because the disc exploded into a white powder.
200 miles after I got the new clutch in, the input shaft snapped on the tranny, and then the ball joint broke and put me in the ditch.
I love BMWs, but these cars are crap.
I would not recommend buying one at all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th July, 2007
12th Jul 2007, 04:09
Sounds like you bought a lemon.
14th Aug 2007, 19:44
Sounds like he bought a junker and now blames it on the 20 year old vehicle that was probably never maintained, and that he thought he was getting a great deal on, compared to the other ones costing more $$$.
My 524 came with all service records from new, and was superbly maintained. Guess what, it cost me more than a lot of them out there, but has been a gem. The most expensive BMW or Mercedes you will ever buy will likely sell for $1,000 or less.
21st Jan 2009, 12:37
Yeah, I'm sorry but I owned 2 identical 535 5speeds and these were the toughest cars I've ever had... This guy bought a piece of crap. At 19 and 21 years old each when I had them, I put 25,000 on EACH car in a year. I was taking trips @ 1,000 miles each way with not a single breakdown. Yes, the cars had minor problems but they're fricken old and were never meant to be garage queens!!! There is NO better car you can pick up for less than a few grand that can do what this car can.
18th Jan 2010, 08:04
I've had an '86 535i for 5 years. Bought it for $1,100 with 179,000 and now has 288,000. Still runs strong and is a pleasure to drive in every way, and a very tough and reliable car.
Many long trips, most notably 1000 miles Boston to St. Louis loaded to the gills in 90 degree heat, then back - no problems.
Have spent about $1000 a year on regular maintenance and repairs. Suspension work, water pump, rear axle right side have been the only big items.
23rd Mar 2010, 05:58
I've got an '86 Bimmer. 535i... been in my family since new. 237500 miles and goes great. Chronic problems with the relays, but once you know where they are, it's just a pop of the hood and replug.