1990 BMW 5 Series Reviews - Page 4 of 8

1990 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.4L 6 cylinder from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.4L 6 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired204000 miles
Most recent distance216000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

BMW E34- the best car EVER!!

Faults:

Replaced alternator.

Replaced front and back emblems.

A/C needs recharging.

Driver's seat is worn.

Windshield sprayers need replacing.

Needs new water pump.

Cruise control linkage is broken.

Car vibrates slightly @ around 63MPH, but stops around 70MPH.

General Comments:

I LOVE THIS CAR!! For being 17 years old, it was a steal! Of course it has a few dings and needs a little work, but nothing major. I purchased it last year for $3500 dollars and was lucky enough to get the 5-speed manual transmission. (I found out later that only 5% of E34s are manuals.) When you get it in fifth, it just keeps on accelerating! Great on long trips, you'll hit 85mph and not even know it. The gas mileage is not too bad. (17mpg around town, 24-26mpg freeway) Shifting to first gear is a bit clunky and difficult sometimes, but you get used to it. The suspension is excellent, it's difficult to lose traction. Parts are a bit pricey but not hard to find. It's fairly easy to work on. (Me, my boyfriend and my best friend do everything, no problem.) Mine still has the stock stereo, it's not so good with handling bass though. I LOVE the 10-way adjustable seats, power windows/mirrors/sunroof, among the other controls that tell you how much fuel is available, your average speed, the temperature outside, current mpg, and screw the little check engine light...it has a little strip underneath the gages that tells you exactly what is wrong with the car. The windows are nicely tinted. I think I'll be a fan forever! I can honestly say that I much prefer this older 5-series to the new ones. I'll be a fan forever! (My next car will be a 3-series convertible.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2007

1st May 2007, 06:43

The vibrations at 60 to 70 mph can usually be fixed with changing the thrust arm bushings, the best is to buy those for the 750i, they also fit and last longer and also improve handling a little.

Overall, it`s an awesome car. I have 2.5tds version and also love this car, it`s made like a car should be.

1990 BMW 5 Series 525i M20 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission M20 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired222000 miles
Most recent distance224500 miles
Previous carKia Sephia

Faults:

Brakes and rotors changed.

Need to recharge A/C.

Timing belt, water pump, and belts are changed.

Oil pan gasket changed.

Some wear on the driver seat.

Front stabilizer rods changed.

Cleaned injectors.

Messed with oxygen sensor, engine light is comes on and off, but no hesitations or start up problems.

Tiny leak on exhaust pipes, barely hear it.

Broke the plastic intake elbow, plastic drys ands cracks.

Not as quick as my '84 533i, but that car had a stopping problem anyway.

General Comments:

Very easy car to work on, did everything myself.

Wish it had more room for rear seats.

Love it on highway, very smooth.

No problems with timing belt, its easy to change and lets you have a closer look to your engine every 40-50K.

Car stops very stable and quick.

I get 23mpg combined.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2007

1990 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired251000 kilometres
Most recent distance251800 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Nice car, but over rated by people

Faults:

I have replaced the fuel tank, rear brakes, coil springs, lkm module, and various tune up items. Minor rust has been repaired on the bottom of fenders, aroung the fuel door and door sills. Just getting the bugs worked out for my wife to drive.

Interior (navy leather) showing a little chaffing, but in good shape.

General Comments:

The car handles well for a stock vehicle.

The power is nothing to go crazy over, but is OK.

The cabin fit is good. I am 6'4", 280lbs.

The original Arctic Blue paint is like new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2006

26th Feb 2007, 05:38

An m30 engine mated to a slushbox does NOT automotive viagra make.

You'd be far more impressed with a 5 speed example.

6th Apr 2008, 21:06

I have a 1990 535i with 220,000+ miles on it. It has a 5 speed manual transmission and I love it! Parts can be a bit expensive, but so are all parts for other cars. I replaced the water pump, radiator and battery. The car had 189,000 on it when I bought it. Still looks good after all these years.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 23 reviews