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1985 BMW 528e w/ M30 swap for sale

Reader Jaymes forwarded us his buddy’s listing from the forums for this unique 528 project.  It’s been through a few owners and iterations as is thoroughly documented in the ad, and while it has definitely been a work-in-progress, it looks to be fairly well set-up for driving at the moment with great potential if you’re looking to continue the project.

It started life as a standard 528e and stayed that way for most of its 25 years, staying with the first owner until 2001.  A friend of the seller bought the car in 2004 and apparently let its condition slip a little, so when the current owner bought it in 2008 it was ready for a refresh.  The seller sounds very thorough and honest, coming clean about the few rust spots but assuring the reader that it’s still better than the vast majority of E28s.  Since then he’s done some work inside and out, highlights being Euro bumpers, an M30B34 swap with a 3.23 LSD, and some suspension work.  It’s not a beauty queen, but it’s no ratrod either; I like the style of rugged aggression.

1985 BMW 528e/M30 for sale on

At $4000, there’s plenty of fun to be had here.  The seller seems to have his head on straight when it comes to E28s and Bimmers in general and I like what he’s done to it so far.  My main reservation is that, despite a thorough and detailed ad, I can’t quite tell how much the car is going to need in the near future.  Swaps always sound to me like there will be significant work in the future to keep it all square, but perhaps it’ll be no more work than any other 25 year-old BMW; I just don’t know.

I like the look, the power, and the price, but it’s up to you if the work is worth it!



  1. Bob Salter
    Bob Salter July 10, 2010

    That’s a real car to pound on. It would Make a great first car for some handy teen who is resourceful.

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