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!
Purchased the car basically as is, but it's been a bit of an albatross since I got it back from Cali.
First I lost a fog light to a semi re-tread on I-80 at 2am, then I lost the fan belt (i.e. water pump belt) 7 miles from home on a 1500-mile trip, and now, a head gasket.
However, with he suspension mods it has, there is almost NO body roll... and I like it!
525i Wagon converted to 535i with 5-speed manual transmission. Approx. 220HP, 250 lb/feet of torque. Around 3800 pounds of German steamroller.
1.8L I4, 138hp, 2.5lb-ft, 5-spd, weighs about 3000lbs with me in it.
5-speed manual transmission
Koni / Eibach suspension
OEM Short Shift kit
16" E60 Wheels
19lb Lightened Flywheel
Bosch Design III Fuel Injectors
3.91 LSD, 330i Rear Brakes, E36 M3 front brakes and Bilstien struts, Race Springs, Manual Vader Seats (M3 Sport seats), HIDs, HID Fogs, 95 M3 Double-Spoke 1 17x8 wheels, SatNav/DVD player and LOTS of negative camber
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