This 1994 BMW 530i E34 Touring is equipped with the 3.0L V8 engine. This example had its block replaced at BMW of Seattle in 2007 with a new Alusil block and the seller has added 60k miles since with no issues. This generation of engines was affected by failures in their Nikasil cylinder liners from the factory which was the reason for the engine replacement. The car has some minor electrical issues detailed below but is reported to be a reliable driver with all recent services due to failed seals and plastic parts not replaced during the engine rebuild, along with MAF/O2 sensors. Extensive service records are included along with documentation back the seller’s father’s purchase of the car in 1994.
Metallic green paint is a mix of original and repainted. The seller notes that the hood, grille and lights were replaced two years ago when a FedEx driver backed into the car in their driveway, and the paint appears to be a good match for the original paintwork surrounding it. There is a paint blemish on the roof where a bike came off the included factory roof rack and impacted the body, which was hastily touched up. Several dings are present in the right rear door, visible above.
Bodywork appears straight in photos, though the seller notes that a few pieces of the exterior trim are bent in places following attempted break ins. A wiring issue is noted on the hatch glass, while both switches for the hatch latch and glass work, the glass will not stay open on its own without manual assistance. Some chips are noted in the windshield and the windshield washers are not working.
The light colored interior shows well for the mileage. The original stereo has been replaced with an iPod compatible Alpine, though the original has been retained with the correct security code for easy re-installation. Several interior issues are noted, including a stuck cargo net, dead backlight on the heater dials, sagging headliner around the speakers, missing rear seatbelt surrounds, A/C will not hold a charge, and an in-op power sunroof which rattles at speed. The airbag system is throwing codes, though the module is good per the seller.
Carpets show well in both the cargo area and the cabin, though the seller does note some evidence of bike grease on the rear upholstery.
Shortly after acquiring the car from his father in 2007, the car came back with a poor compression test indicating deterioration of the Nikasil cylinder liners. The seller had the Nikasil-lined block replaced with a new Alusil lined short block at BMW Seattle in 2007, and the car is said to have been mechanically solid since over 60k trouble-free miles. This generation of BMW V8 was affected by failures in the Nikasil cylinder liners due to the high sulfur content of US fuels. Seller claims the original automatic transmission still shifts smooth. As-is the only noted mechanical issues are a slow leak in the left valve cover gasket and brake fluid at 4% moisture. The hood shaft is said to rub when opening.
This 530i has been in the seller’s family from new except a period from 2010-2012 where he sold it to a friend and subsequently purchased it back. Extensive records are included with the car including the original window sticker, and service records back to the date of purchase. A gap in the records is noted in 2003-2005 when the car was in PA with the seller for college. An OEM bike rack system, Bentley manual and a set of snow chains are also included.