Monday, October 27, 2014

5k: Clutch Equipped E32: 1988 BMW 735i 5-speed

In 1986 BMW launched its second version of its top-tier luxury liner 7-series with the E32 model.  The E32 generation is a subtly styled sedan and BMW continued to push the 7-series as the luxury car for the 'sporting' driver by offering it with a manual transmission in the 6-cylinder models.  Perhaps some bankers wanted their chauffeurs to get a left leg workout, but we doubt many we ordered with the 5-speed, making one a rare treat today.  Find this 1988 BMW 735i 5-speed offered for Camarillo, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Sean S.

The E32 7-series will handle like a plus sized version of the BMW 5-series, which was never exactly known for being light on its feet.  However, if you think of the big BMWs as a precision version of a classic American muscle car, it suddenly doesn't seem that bad.  All of the controls have a certain amount of heft, but the entire car feels planted, like a muscle car with a stiffened chassis and proper shock damping.

If you want a clutch pedal in a 7-series, you'll need to make due with the M30B35 inline-6 (208 horsepower and 225 ft-lbs of torque).  See another manual transmission sedan for the plus sized family?


  1. Nice car, but he'll have to find the right buyer.

    1. I shudder to think what could happen if he sold it to the wrong buyer.

  2. I love the manual transmission filter on CL

    1. You know I always enjoy saving a few bucks...but I still buy my filters new...

    2. It is smart to use the tranny filter on CL personals as well.

    3. Unless you like a stick in your hand while you're blowing trannys.


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