okay even though i am pretty familiar with the newer BMW's i just wante dto know of any common problem area that might be specific to the older 5 series. i mean i know fo the common problems with most of the other old cars: oil pan gaskets, timing belts, etc. but i was just making sure there wasn't anything that is specific to the E12's. my dad is wanting to buy a 535 for like $500 and we already know that it will need tires, radiator, and thrust arms and bushings. which all that is no prob. i have acess to a shop so it won't be anything a saturday can't take care of.