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#1 (permalink) Old 12-01-2004, 01:32 PM
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Hey Guys/Girls,

New to the forum here and I'm looking for some suggestions/help in making a decision whether or not to purchase a 1994 BMW 530i.

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3.0 V8
178,000KM - never winter driven, mint condition
No rust, absolutely in mint condition, you could eat off the motor, thats how clean it is.
Red exterior and black leather interior
BMW Performance Upgrade package
- 17 inch Racing Dynamic Rims (Part of BMW upgrade package)
- upgraded Brakes and Suspension (BMW upgrade package)
- BMW body kit (upgrade package)
- Lowered (upgrade package)
- Upgraded BMW exhaust (upgrade package)
- Fully loaded interior with 6 CD changer, dual zone climate control, power everything, sunroof, headlight washers, ASC
- 5 Speed manual
- New Fuzion performance tires

Sale Price: $9,900 CDN

I have pics for this car but I'm not at home, will do it later tonight.

I have taken the car for a test drive...it is absolutely fabulous on the road, plenty of power and it hugs corners like a son of a B!tch! haha It sounds wonderful and looks beautiful. It was work $65,000 new in 1994, so it was a pricey little bugger. The dealer I'm buying it from actually sold the car new to a Gynocologist.

I'm just wondering if anyone has had any problems with this car and if anyone has any suggestions on what I should be looking for in terms of things to watch out for. I don't want to have any surprises 6 to 10 months down the road as I understand any car thats 10 years of age needs some things done to it no matter how well the car was kept.

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You definately need to have it checked out - pay them for an insepction even if they say they already did one. It's absolutely crucial. Also the v8s back then had issues - you need to find out if the block has ever been replaced under warranty. You do NOT want a nikisil block, you want an alusil one. Research this extensively, you dont want to be stuck with it.

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You definately need to have it checked out - pay them for an insepction even if they say they already did one. It's absolutely crucial. Also the v8s back then had issues - you need to find out if the block has ever been replaced under warranty. You do NOT want a nikisil block, you want an alusil one. Research this extensively, you dont want to be stuck with it.
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Thanks for your reply. How would I know that block is in fact an alusil one? Do I need to take it to a dealer to figure this out or can I do this by simply doing a visual inspection of some sort?

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Buy a 95 540, man!

With a six speed!
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Buy a 95 540, man!

With a six speed!
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I f I could find one in Southern Ontario as good condition as this 530i I would consider it!!

I'll post pics tonight....this car is sweet !

No to figure out if has the alusil block on it...

Dig it!
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Originally posted by Scotty Dangles+Dec 1 2004, 03:45 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Scotty Dangles @ Dec 1 2004, 03:45 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Johnathan_Hess@Dec 1 2004, 04:41 PM
Buy a 95 540, man!

With a six speed!
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I f I could find one in Southern Ontario as good condition as this 530i I would consider it!!

I'll post pics tonight....this car is sweet !

No to figure out if has the alusil block on it...

Dig it!
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I'm fairly sure the alusil/nikusil problems were only associated with the 4.0 V8s, not the 3.0s.

I'd double check if I were you, but I'm confident I'm right.
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Description:
3.0 V8
178,000KM - never winter driven, mint condition
No rust, absolutely in mint condition, you could eat off the motor, thats how clean it is.
Red exterior and black leather interior
BMW Performance Upgrade package
- 17 inch Racing Dynamic Rims (Part of BMW upgrade package)
- upgraded Brakes and Suspension (BMW upgrade package)
- BMW body kit (upgrade package)
- Lowered (upgrade package)
- Upgraded BMW exhaust (upgrade package)
- Fully loaded interior with 6 CD changer, dual zone climate control, power everything, sunroof, headlight washers, ASC
- 5 Speed manual
- New Fuzion performance tires

Are you sure that's a V8??? I thought 530i is an inline 6 not a V8

As for the car problems in the future, don't expect problems except for regular maintanance. Check the brakes/rotors and the L.E.D display board lights. They usually go out arounf 75/80K MILES

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Highlights for the 1994 530i model:

1. The then new 3.0 V-8 with four overhead cams, four valves per cylinder. This engine is very similar to the 4.0 V-8 introduced one year prior to this one in the 740i and 740iL

2. What SpOrky is referring to, I believe, is the cylinder walls which were created by depositing a layer of nickel on the aluminum (galvanic action) Instead of the steel cylinder liners. I think such technology was introduced to the BMW motorcycle engines prior to the 5 series. And The nickel problem was solved so quickly by BMW to avoid further rashes. As SpOrky said, I would double check on the repair history through the dealers record just in case.
3. This engine did feature chain-driven camshafts and it did Employ four knock sensors two per bank.
Note: the problem with the nickel is related to certain type of Gasoline and it was more prominent in England.


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Highlights for the 1994 530i model:

1. The then new 3.0 V-8 with four overhead cams, four valves per cylinder. This engine is very similar to the 4.0 V-8 introduced one year prior to this one in the 740i and 740iL

2. What SpOrky is referring to, I believe, is the cylinder walls which were created by depositing a layer of nickel on the aluminum (galvanic action) Instead of the steel cylinder liners. I think such technology was introduced to the BMW motorcycle engines prior to the 5 series. And The nickel problem was solved so quickly by BMW to avoid further rashes. As SpOrky said, I would double check on the repair history through the dealers record just in case.
3. This engine did feature chain-driven camshafts and it did Employ four knock sensors two per bank.
Note: the problem with the nickel is related to certain type of Gasoline and it was more prominent in England.


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Thanks for the warm welcome!

I will take everything you guys said and apply it to my final decision!

Now for the fun stuff....here are pics of the car, let me know what you think![attachmentid=15733]
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Any comments on the pictures?? Is this car worth getting??

Thanks
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It's definitely worth getting, especially considering its condition and the intelligent modifications: rims, front and rear spoiler, etc.

Grab it, man.
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Looks sharp!
As Jonathan mentioned, the modications make the car even more appealing.

billB,
Thanks for the clarifications on engines. I should know that!!
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Yeah, I wanna throw on the same exact front and rear spoilers on my e34, but I also like the completely stock look.

Makes it more of a sleeper.
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