Just finished this car: The BMW wagons were never available in the US with the 3.5l "Big 6" engine, and they were never available with a manual transmission. I decided to fix both of these problems at the same time and build my idea of the ultimate practical daily driver. I took a 525iT wagon with a blown tranny and swapped the engine and tranny from a 535i 5-speed sedan, while rebuilding the suspension and a few other things in the process.
With the 4.10 gears, big motor, and the suspension, this thing is deceptively quick and a real sleeper of a wagon!
My parents bought this car used in 1985. I acquired it just a few years ago and it is my daily driver. It now sits at about 170,000 miles. And it still has the original clutch, can you believe that? And that is even after surviving the high school years of my brother and me.
525i Wagon converted to 535i with 5-speed manual transmission. Approx. 220HP, 250 lb/feet of torque. Around 3800 pounds of German steamroller.
2.7L inline 6
Sunroof wind deflector
Fog light guards
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