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Mixed feelings
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By tnnative
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1994 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan


Review

After 2 plus years of ownership this has been a car I still love to drive. However, the cooling system has been a series of expensive repairs... Radiator, oil radiator, thermostat, water pump, head gasket, hoses. Otherwise a reliable car other than normal issues they all seem to have (upper door trim comes loose, easily diy fixed). I've researched these tremendously, and the 3.0 liter v-8 seems to need many parts replaced between 100-130k miles. My BMW mechanic informed me of this, however, so there were no surprises. A great highway car, very quiet up to 80 mph. Good a/c (replace the filters, makes a huge difference if they haven't been maintained).


Best Features

handling and performance are wonderful...solidly built and it shows at this age.


Worst Features

the v-8's I've owned (2) both had very similar issues between 100-130k miles with engine cooling system, be prepared for those expensive items, otherwise a great automobile


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Still Owns the Road!
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By JBoff
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1994 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car four years ago and I have not had any major problems with it. The car was cared for very well. Maintenance is the most important part of owning this car. It is not a real car unless you have to take care of it. This is a car that I will have as long as possible. I would not trade it for anything (maybe an M5). This car has a timeless design and I still get compliments on what a good looking and beautiful car it is. I think the AC Schnitzer wheels really improved the appearance. I love the handling and the very very quick and secure response . The car will stop on a dime, has been very useful a couple of times. Living in CO the snow is not a problem with this car.


Best Features

I love telling people that I have a V8 that gets 24+ mpg, with over 160K on it, in everyday driving conditions. The intimidating look it has when it comes up behind another car on the highway and its ability to make cars move over.


Worst Features

The adaptive trany sometimes seems to confuse it's self. Thos makes for some hard shifts once in a blue moon. The glass head and foglights tend to crack somewhat easy with road gravel in the winter time.


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Excellent Sedan
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By Kenneyu
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1994 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan


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I purchased the 530i from a private party used with 117k miles on it. It was well maintained and has exceeded all expectations I had for this car. Just a fantastic 3.0 eight cylinder engine. Great ride and gets 20 plus mpg.


Best Features

German Ride, smooth engine, brakes.


Worst Features

A bit more power


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The 1994 530i V-8 Auto..In Alpine White
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By DixonMillerRN
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1994 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan


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I inherited my 1994 530i V-8 when mom upgraded. Sheepskins on the seats REALLY preserve the leather. No visible rust save on door edges where 1-2 mm. spots peek through. The car drives quite well and you have to remind yourself that it is actually 10 years old. The road "feel" is GERMAN solid. It shines in handling, avoiding accidents opposed to merely surviving one, & surprise stops/lane changes. It'll bring you home alive no matter how bad the road conditions/other drivers may be. This car is a classic of understatement and abhors the idea of being 'pimped out'.MAINTENANCE is key.Overall, this car may not "rock" but it is rock solid.


Best Features

Low-profile image makes for discreet displays of wealth while driving. It also won't attract jealous types who enjoy vandalizing the really BIG pretty cars ( 7-series, Benz S-Class ). The car also performs like a wolf in sheep's clothing


Worst Features

An A/C system that can defeat the humid climate in Florida and the Deep South..The compressor doesn't do a bit of good in traffic unless the car is going over 40 mph. A/C may not be a big issue in the forests of Germany but it gets HOT in the USA.


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94 BMW 530i
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By stc
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1994 BMW 5 Series Sedan 530i 4dr Sedan


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This car is the perfect size. Has been extremely reliable. 17MPG city, 27 MPG highway. No major problems at all.


Best Features

Exterior styling, smooth engine.


Worst Features

Cupholders, better lumbar support, more legroom in rear seats.


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