1990 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: Amazing Teuton

1990 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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535i Sedan (3.4L 6-cyl.)

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Amazing Teuton
By SemperUbi on


1990 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan


This is a great car. Despite its age, it holds up well. Ours is a 1990 Bronzit (BMW-speak for gold) auto; the slushbox is perhaps the car's only fault. It is a crime to bipass the BMW stick. Anyway, it has 208 hp, but feels like much more. Roars back and forth between CT and NYC in 2 hours (we live on the eastern side of CT) easily. Has never had any major problems. May or may not require the timing chain done; better to do it than face the risk. Reliability has been totally spotless. As Yuppies start to sell these in favor of more haute couture cars, these become great buys. Destined to be a classic.

Best Features

Power, panache, undoubtedly the most beautiful BMW ever created, lots of fun to drive, comfy on long trips. Well laid out. Not difficult to drive. Everything feels quality; even the air vent bezels feel solid. Typical Germanic.

Worst Features

They seem to be unaware of the fact that rear seat passengers do, in fact, have legs. Gear positions on autobox do not light up at night. Timing chain question. Getting up there in years; you never know where a used one has been (we got lucky).
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