'87 BMW 535is | Manual | LSD | Fresh Paint

1987 BMW 5-Series 535is

Technical specifications of BMW 5-Series 1987

Price: -
Item location: Layton, Utah, United States
Make: BMW
Model: 5-Series
Type: Sedan
Trim: 535is
Year: 1987
Mileage: 164500
VIN: WBADC8407H1721890
Color: Black
Number of cylinders: 6
Power options: Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Tan
Options: CD Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof
Vehicle Title: Clean
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Car description

I've decided to sell my driver/project to finance another project. Today was the first time I've driven the car in 8 months (was deployed overseas for a while) and it reminded me how much I love this thing. Every time I drive this car after I instantly regret the idea of selling it. It's not easy for me to put this up for sale but priorities are priorities.

I purchased this vehicle in a three years ago from California with a blown head-gasket, paint was scorched and with diving board bumpers.

First order of business was tearing into the engine to get it running correctly. I pulled the head off, had it inspected/tested and resurfaced. Also, had a valve job done including seals. All parts used are listed below. It ran like a champ afterwards.

Next up was getting rid of the automatic. All parts listed below were changed in the process. New clutch, resurfaced flywheel, rebuilt slave and master cylinders, u-joint driveshaft, new motor mounts, trans mounts, CSB and guibo. The auto gearing on the LSD with the 5-speed is a phenomenal combo.

Stripped it down for paint and had it redone in Diamond Schwartz. Fairly good paint job, only a couple imperfections (some VERY faint tiger stripes on hood, sanding marks under the clear in a spot or two) but you'd have to look very close to see them. It's obviously not a "Concours" car, more like a VERY good-looking weekend/daily-driver on the outside. Tons of new gaskets. Door handles and trim was powder coated black. Classic Euro Parts repro euro bumpers were painted to match the body. Also, added Euro headlights/grill. M5 valance, fogs, turn signals and lip. Blacked out chrome in rear lights. New roundels.

No trades or payment plans. Cash only.

The reserve is generously low.

Offers accepted for early termination of the auction but lowballs will be ignored.

Shipping at your expense and arrangement.


1987 BMW 535is

Diamond Schwartz


5-Speed Manual (swapped)

164k (may go up a little as I love driving the thing)

OEM LSD Rear Diff

Rebuilt top end

Paint 3 yrs old

Almost ZERO rust

Not so great:

- Sport seats leather isn't good. They're currently covered with vinyl covers.

- Rear seat is black (I'll include the stock beige rear seat, it's a little tattered but useable)

- Dash isn't good. Currently has a dash cover

- Slight PS/Hydroboost leak. Barely noticeable but in full disclosure.

- Exterior temp sensor busted. Replacement sensor included.

- Antenna mast busted by a car-wash. Motor works. Hole is plugged up. I'll include a new mast.

- M5 Fogs have cracked lenses. Can't really notice but in full disclosure, they're not perfect.

- Idles a TINY bit lumpy but these engines aren't known for their smooth idle. Every M30B34I've owned has idled the same.

- A few little things here and there but overall a VERY solid, great looking, great driving, great running car.

The good:

- Freshly detailed (literally hours ago from posting this). The detailer's steamer broke so he wasn't able to clean the engine bay so please keep in mind the engine wasn't cleaned unfortunately. It's a little dusty from sitting for a while.

- A/C blows cold (recharged with R12 with a new drier)

- TONS of new parts

- Drives amazingly

All items below installed at 159k. A few were mentioned above. I used genuine BMW parts as much as possible (or as much as made financial sense). I have a spreadsheet with all part numbers used and the purchase source located:


Pilot Bearing

Crankshaft Seal Shim

Bolts - Clutch Pressure Plate to Flywheel

Transmission Cross Member

Hose - Reservoir to Clutch Master Cylinder

Flywheel Bolt

Crankshaft Seal

Spring for Throw-out Bearing

Pivot Pin for Throw-out Bearing

Distributor Cap

Ignition Rotor

Fork Lever

Valve Cover Gasket

Exhaust Manifold Gasket

Flex Disc for Driveshaft

Rear Crankshaft Seal

Driveshaft Center Support Bearing

Clutch Release Bearing

Oil Filter; Cartridge Style

BoschSilver Spark Plugs

Door Lock Cylinders

Shifter Arm Bracket

Clutch Slave Cylinder Repair Kit

Clutch Master Cylinder Repair Kit

Head Gasket Kit

Head work (Inspected/tested/surfaced/valvejob'd/ect)

Motor Mounts

Exhaust Manifold Studs

Exhaust Manifold Nuts

Exhaust Studs

Exhaust Nuts

Head Bolts

Thermo Valve

Injector Rebuild/Flow Service

Injector Plugs

Manifold Heatshields

Center Console (Used)

Shift Boot (Used)

Exhaust Hangers (Front)

Exhaust Hangers (Rear)

Coolant Level Sensor

M5 Fog Lights

Roundel (Front)

Roundel (Rear)

Roundel Grommet (4)

Selector Shaft Seal

Reverse Light Switch

Output Shaft Seal

Euro Bumper Mounts

Front/Rear Euro Bumpers (Reproduction Fiberglass)

Euro Signals

M5 Lower Valience

Headlights H4/H1

Euro Headlights

Windshield Weatherstrip (F)

Windshield Weatherstrip (R)

Windshield lockstrip (2ea)

Window Lower Strip (RL)

Window Lower Strip (RR)

Window Lower Strip (FR+FL)

Foglight Covering Right

Foglight Covering Left

All New Headlight Hardware

Headlight Bucket Powder Coat

Door Moulding F/L

Door Covering F/R

Door Covering F/L

Door Moulding R/L

Door Covering R/L

Door Covering R/R

Door Covering R/L

Euro Front Valance

Coolant Temp SensorLeather Shifter Boot

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