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Old 10-22-2011, 09:17 AM
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Question for you 535 gurus out there

I have a friend who has been looking for a manual transmission E34 535. She previously had a 92 and it got smacked and essentially totalled.

She came across a low mileage 89 model and was going to consider it. She spoke with her mechanic who told her that the engine in the 89 was not the same engine that was in her 92. He said that the one in the 89 was known to have a lot more problems.

I thought that the entire E34 535 series here in the states had the same M30 engine

I went to Wikipedia and was totally confused by the information because it said that two different engines were used for the E34; the M30B30 used in the 88-93 models and the M30B35 used in the 88-93 models

Can someone with first hand 535 knowledge shed some light on this perplexing question? I don't want my friend to miss out on the 535 that she found.

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Steve
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:23 AM
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Unless it has been imported from over seas, all E34 535's got the M30B35. There was a 3.0l M30 across the seas available and I'm not exactly sure about it's reliability vs the B35. So I'm willing to bet there is some miscommunication going on and the 535 is being mistaken for a 530 with the 3.0l V8. Which is known to be more problematic than the M30B35 obviously. Either that or the mechanic is tripping and doesn't know anything about how bullet proof the B35 is.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:53 AM
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Yeah, a agree with you. I just didn't want to lead my friend down a road to a bad motor. I know this mechanic and he really knows his stuff. I wonder if he thought that she found a 91 525 because he mentioned something to her about a timing belt, and as we all know (and I know that he knows as well) the M30 doesn't have a timing belt, but the M20 that would be in an 89 525 would have it.

I'm betting that he just misunderstood what car she was looking at.

Thanks Mike.

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