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Old 03-16-2005, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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[attachmentid=19760] I need help- I'm looking at a 1984 533i M5-want to decode vin to make sure it's an M5- can anybody lead me where to look?
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[attachmentid=19760] I need help- I'm looking at a 1984 533i M5-want to decode vin to make sure it's an M5- can anybody lead me where to look?
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You just said it was a 533i - so how in the world could it be a real m5? look at the registration - is it registered as "M5" or "533i" ??
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Old 03-17-2005, 03:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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easy, a true M's vin begins with WBS ( for 3 and 5 series. not 6 or other odd balls)

but an even easier method is me telling you its not because they didnt realease the M in the US till 09/86 and ended is 11/87
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Cool Some History to help.

1982-1984 533i e28
1984-1987 535i e28
1986-1987 M5 was made.
You should be able to tell quickly by stepping on the throttle. The 533i was the 535i's "little sister". If that does not convince you then look under the radiator the 533i does not have an engine oil cooler.
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look at the cam cover, the M5 is a twin cam motor as opposed to the single cam M30 motor.
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Did you buy it?? i'm assuming it wasn't what you thought since last reply was Feb! unless your still driving it around!! So fuuunnnnNNNNNNNN
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