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Okay, so here it is: I'm looking at 2 BMWs. The first is in my home town of Baton Rouge. It is an '88 535is with a 5-speed, black-on-black, in near-perfect condition with 116k miles. The second car is in New Orleans, and is a '95 525i, also with a 5-speed. I haven't seen the second car yet, and the classified ad didn't give much information about it.
I like the slightly lower, side-skirted look of the '95, but the '88 has the larger engine, and I would like to eventually wrangle some increased performance out of my car. I have looked at bodykits to lower the profile of the '88 with side and rear skirts and a front spoiler, and the AC Schnitzer kits I saw were tight, but very expensive (follow this link to get an idea of the look I'm going for: Ron's "Red 5"). Therefore, my questions are: which car should I get, and if I got the '88, what could I do to give it that aforementioned look cheaply (i.e what kits or other solutions are there that I haven't seen)? Thanks for the help.
Wellt he body kit looks liek the e34 M5 kit, so i bet you could find it cheaper. I recomend you look at the alpina kit which is very clean, on the car. Another very modern aggressive body kti choice is they Reiger (or riegeri always spell it wrong) body kit.. i would take the 95 because it is newer. the 535i to my knowledge would have less horsepower than the 525i. Because in 88 they were usign like 170 hp engines in their 3.5 liter while in 95 they have upgraded their m20 engine to M50 by then to about 190 horsepower..so not only is the 525i newer, but it is more pwoerful, which i bet you did not expect.
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