All it takes is three words to evoke the essence of BMW’s engineering philosophy that dates back at least the last 50 years: Ultimate Driving Machine. BMW injected a fun-to-drive demeanor into every car it manufactured in the last few decades, and its luxury-appointed sport sedans were no exception.
“The car runs and drives great. Fully serviced, ready to enjoy,” the listing states.
Launching in 1988, the E34 chassis 5-Series was a successor to the E28 and was offered in both sedan and wagon variants. This E34 sedan from 1991 is a “sleeper” in the sense that it combines executive luxury looks with a five-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential, and a sport-tuned suspension with front and rear stabilizers. After all, an engaging driving experience and luxurious appointments don’t have to be mutually exclusive features.
This 535i is presented in stock form with exception of a modern Kenwood sound system with added connectivity for Pandora, Apple CarPlay, and additional inputs. For its time, the 5-Series was a well-appointed sedan, offering dual-zone climate control, heated and power-adjustable sideview mirrors, an electric sunroof, power windows, and cruise control. Every 1991 535i was also pre-wired for a CD player and a cellular telephone – features that were on the cutting edge of technology 30+ years ago.
The E34 was offered with a long list of available engines throughout its lifetime, including an inline-four, a straight-six, and a V8. This example comes with an M30B35 straight-six that was rated at 208 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque when new.
Despite showing 241,000 miles on the odometer, this 535i’s motor is well-sorted according to the listing. Recent work under the seller’s ownership includes replacement of the tires, rear brakes, fuel injectors, spark plugs, and distributor cap and rotor. In addition, the suspension received new strut mounts, Bilstein springs, and struts. “There has been extensive service to get the car back on the road,” states a printed listing of services items that accompanies the listing.
The window sticker accompanying the ad shows a suggested retail price of $44,555, which translates to $94,756 in 2022 dollars.
That makes the seller’s asking price of $13,500 or best offer a relative bargain!
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