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z0mb13
12-13-2003, 04:47 AM
my family in jakarta, indonesia owns a v8 530i.. it is the old model (the previous 5 series before e39) I wonder what the 0-60 numbers are..

Nick325xiT 5spd
12-13-2003, 04:51 AM
It has about the same power as the current 3.0 I6.

So pretty good, but not great.

Alex Baumann
12-13-2003, 05:05 AM
Actually it has less power than the current 3.0 Liter. (218 hp)

0-100 km/h in 7.7 seconds, top speed 235 km/h.

Chris90
12-13-2003, 07:19 AM
I drove a '95 530i 5 speed once, it was a sweet car - fast too - like 0-60 in 6.6 sec if I remember the specs. Really nice V8 sound, and pretty quick - it's actually a revvy V8, not a torque monster. I'd love to get one as a cruiser - but the gas mileage sucks.

z0mb13
12-13-2003, 03:31 PM
oh and its a manual too!! :)

SARAFIL
12-13-2003, 03:38 PM
I drove a '95 530i 5 speed once, it was a sweet car - fast too - like 0-60 in 6.6 sec if I remember the specs. Really nice V8 sound, and pretty quick - it's actually a revvy V8, not a torque monster. I'd love to get one as a cruiser - but the gas mileage sucks.

With the exception of a few situations, I'm pretty sure the 6-cyl 530i does everything just as well (or better) than the 8-cyl 530i did. A V8 engine of such small displacement doesn't make much sense, especially when BMW is known for their awesome inline 6-cyl engines. Add the reliability/engine block issues with the old 530 and 540, and I have no problem saying that BMW did the right thing ditching the small V8.

z0mb13
12-13-2003, 03:41 PM
BMW still makes a "small" v8, which is the 735 using v8. I think they make this for asian markets so the car is cheaper (since some of the taxes is based on engine displacement)

Nick325xiT 5spd
12-13-2003, 03:48 PM
The 3.6L V8 is available in both Europe and Asia.

SARAFIL
12-13-2003, 03:51 PM
The 3.6L V8 is available in both Europe and Asia.

The 3.6L is significantly larger and more potent than the old 3.0 liter. It's an entirely different situation.

F1Crazy
12-13-2003, 05:28 PM
There is no doubt that the best engine for E34 was 3.5 liter I-6, I think it had M30 designation. Too bad there are not many around anymore :(

z0mb13
12-13-2003, 06:06 PM
was this M30 for a 3 series???

F1Crazy
12-13-2003, 09:21 PM
was this M30 for a 3 series???
No, I don't think it was ever used in 3 series cars, M20 was the engine of choice for 3 series.
M30 came in different sizes: 2.8, 3.0, 3.3 and finally 3.5, produced from 70's all the way to 1992. 3.5 liter version of M30 was used in M535i as early as 1979.

Chris90
12-14-2003, 06:19 AM
No question, but 3.0L V8 sounds awesome, so it's a sweet car - plus you can get them for like $10k or less. But yeah, the block issues and poor gas mileage make it a difficult buy. Might as well get the E34 540i 6 spd if you're gonna buy one. Or an M5.

With the exception of a few situations, I'm pretty sure the 6-cyl 530i does everything just as well (or better) than the 8-cyl 530i did. A V8 engine of such small displacement doesn't make much sense, especially when BMW is known for their awesome inline 6-cyl engines. Add the reliability/engine block issues with the old 530 and 540, and I have no problem saying that BMW did the right thing ditching the small V8.

ZBB 325Ci
12-14-2003, 07:22 AM
There is no doubt that the best engine for E34 was 3.5 liter I-6, I think it had M30 designation. Too bad there are not many around anymore :(

I know where one's at -- there's a '90 535i sitting in my brother's garage. It belongs to his godfather who moved to Indonesia about a year ago. My brother is under strict instructions to drive it twice a month (but only for a warm-up loop, then a few miles at various speeds and back to the garage).

This car was an ED car in '90 -- spent a full 6 months in Europe before being shippped back. Interestingly, it was a replacement for a '72 Bavaria that the godfather had since new (and was in immaculate / better than new condition when he sold it after the e34 made it back to the US). This e34 is also in pristine condition -- I last saw it about 16 months ago and you'd never guess it was 12 years old at the time -- no dings, flawless paint, and an immaculate interior.

Anyway... I get first dibs when its sold! But that probably won't be until at least 2008!!!

F1Crazy
12-14-2003, 08:47 AM
Nice :thumbup:
Is it a 5 speed?
How many miles on it?

ZBB 325Ci
12-14-2003, 08:51 AM
Nice :thumbup:
Is it a 5 speed?
How many miles on it?

Yes, its a 5-Speed... Don't know exactly how many miles are on it. He used it as 1 of 2 daily drivers and as his road trip car, so its probably low-mid mileage for its age --- probably around 60-80k miles (but that's purely a guess). Probably less than 1k miles on it in the last year...

ItchyNScratchy
12-14-2003, 03:05 PM
Had the v8 530 1995...definitely wouldnt recommend it at all
because of the nikasil problem.
The sulfur in our gasoline was eating away at it and caused air to leak out of the cylinders... :tsk:

F1Crazy
12-14-2003, 03:27 PM
Didn't all the problem cars receive new engines with alusil?

SARAFIL
12-14-2003, 05:23 PM
Didn't all the problem cars receive new engines with alusil?

If the engine has been replaced, then yes. However, not all the engines failed during the warranty period (or the extended warranty window that BMW offered owners). Also, many cars still have not had the repair done, because it was slow forming or the owners were oblivious to the signs. I wouldn't buy one without knowing the engine has been replaced by now. However, I don't plan on buying an E34 at this point, so that is irrelevant.