1988 BMW 528e

The year 1988 marked the end of the road for the E28 5 series. BMW sent this car off in style with a one year only special for North America, the M5. The rest, as they say, is history. For years, this moniker has come to symbolize the pinnacle of sports sedan performance. While the M5 was lighting up the streets (and press), the rather lowly 528e continued on into the final year of E28 production mostly unchanged. This was the economy model of the range, with a 2.7 liter inline six with smaller ports in the cylinder head and a revised cam. For 1988, BMW increased power by a modest 6 bhp by adding special pistons and the cylinder head from the 535i motor.

This 1988 528e for sale in California may not be the big dog M5, but it is in remarkable condition and has service records from the day it was purchased. In addition, the 5-speed manual gearbox would make this a good long distance cruiser or efficient commuter vehicle.

Year: 1988
Model: 528e
Engine: 2.7 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 105,026
Price: Reserve auction

1988 BMW 528e on eBay

This is a 1988 BMW 528e with 5 speed manual transmission in original Salmon Silver and Burgundy interior. I am the second owner. I bought this car in 2001 from the original elderly owner who’s wife drove it occasionally. He said she never liked the car because it was manual. When I purchased it it had 42,500 miles on it and was in a fantastic condition. The paint had faded a bit so I had it color-sanded and painted in original Salmon Silver. From 2001 to 2007, this was my daily driver. In 2007 I bought a new BMW and retired this 528e for occasional use only, always intending to keep it forever. The mileage at the semi-retirement was 91,000. Since then I have driven it for fun and to keep the fluids circulating. It now has 105,026 miles.

Throughout my ownership I have kept up with everything mechanically and cosmetically. The car is rust free. It has been serviced regularly by independent BMW specialists in West Los Angeles.

Major repairs include:
• Timing Belt replacement and service at 42500 and 82000 mi.
• Clutch replacement at 76000 mi.
• Water Pump replacement at 82300 mi.
• Rear shocks replacement at 91300 mi.
• Clutch Master Cylinder replacement at 95000 mi.
• Last front brake discs and pads replacement at 96000 mi.
• Last rear brake pad replacement at 95800 mi.
• Muffler replacement at 100200 mi.
* Air Conditioning service and recharge at 103900 mi.
• Oil was changed every 4 – 5000 miles.
• Several valve adjustments, cooling system flushes, brake fluid flushes during my ownership.

The car runs perfectly and strong. Steering is tight and responsive. Transmission shifts tightly and smoothly.

• It has always been garaged its entire life and the paint is still in excellent condition.
• There are minor rock chips that have been touched up. There are no dings or dents.
• The chrome parts are in good or excellent condition.
• All rubber parts are in good or excellent condition.
• The bumpers have been re-anodized at 75000mi.
• All lights work.
• Comes with later model 15″ BBS wheels. The tires have 25% treads left.

Engine compartment:
Engine compartment is clean but not detailed like a show car. The trunk is in excellent condition and comes with a full set of original tools, jack and a spare tire.

• Never been smoked in.
• All the leather is in excellent condition. No rips/tears.
• The dash has a few cracks as shown in photo which is the only flaw I know of.
• Comes with Nardi Classic 390mm (15.25″) wood steering wheel with trim ring, BMW horn button, and hub adapter. The original steering wheel is included.
• All swithces work.
• Radio and cassette works. The Antenna works.

It has an alarm and has been upgraded to remote keyless entry using existing actuators. Comes with 3 original keys with 2 remotes and a master key.

All manual, all literature that came with the car are included.
Copies of ENTIRE service records dating back to when the car was purchased by the original owner are available.

More photos can been seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/typpo1/sets/72157632785878780/

If you have been looking for a first generation 5 Series BMW, you know what my car represents. I have loved this car, enjoyed it, and taken care of it like a treasure.

$500 deposit through Paypal is required immediately upon auction close. Balance payment in cashier check or wire transfer within 7 days. Local pick up in Culver City 90230 is more than welcome. Shipping is a sole responsibility of the buyer.

This 528e has had A LOT of bidding interest so far, rather remarkable for one of the lesser loved E28s. But, even though this car has the economy motor, I’d suspect we’re going to see big numbers here. Last summer, we featured a 1988 535is with the Euro bumper conversion that fetched over $17,000. That car was certainly an outlier, but given the direction M5 prices are headed, I wouldn’t doubt that there’s an E28 enthusiast out there willing to pay around $10,000 or so for this tidy 5er.


1985 BMW 528e w/ M30 swap for sale

Reader Jaymes forwarded us his buddy’s listing from the MyE28.com 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 MyE28.com

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!


Two Uber Low Mileage 5’ers in Portland

I’ve had lots of inquiries about my newly acquired 1985 e28 535i, but these two 5’ers have similar condition but super low miles to boot. Ride in style in either of these two examples for less than $10k!

1980 BMW 528i For Sale in Portland (46k miles, $9k)

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quote from Craigslist Portland:

1980 BMW 528i, this car is amazingly clean with only 46,xxx original miles. All original except for the stereo which has been replaced with a sony explode(although I have the original stereo and it will be included). 5 speed manual, 2.8 liter soch I6 engine w/ 169hp and 170lb-ft torque @ 4500rpm,power sunroof, power windows, vacuum locks, leather, A/C that works great, Bosch L-Je-tronic fuel injection. This bimmer has spent its entire life in a garage and every service record on this car has been kept. The leather interior is in beautiful condition being as since the car was purchased the driver and passenger seats have been covered with sheep skins. The headliner is in great shape as well. I cant say enough about how clean this car is. email or call me with any questions or if you would like to see more photos.

1986 BMW 528e For Sale in Portland (59k miles, $7800):

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quote from Craigslist Portland:

This car is immaculate and clean. It generates compliments. 59,000 original miles. The color is called “bronzit” – original BMW factory paint color which is a metallic silvery goldish color. This car has always been garaged and well cared for. The paint is immaculate. The interior is immaculate. The engine and transmission are excellent. It has been regularly serviced and maintained. Some features of this car includes: automatic transmission, power windows and doors, sun roof, AC, original leather with no tears, immaculate factory floor mats, newer tires, battery, and alarm system. Everything is factory original with the exception of the addition of a car alarm, and a new Am/Fm Cassette player. Recent service maintenance have also been performed. For those of you who are collectors of classic cars – it comes with the original owner’s manual and also a complete set of the original BMW tools located in the truck of the car.

Both of these cars are already modern classics and in lovely condition. Why buy a $10k Kia when you could pick up one of these beauts for less and arrive with much more presence at the same time!


1985 BMW e28 528 in White with Many Upgrades

Matt emailed me literally 5 minutes after I spotted his car for sale on Roadfly asking if I’d post it up. Of course I’d be happy to I replied. Especially one that has seen as much love as his has! It features a rebuilt motor, new paint, and a very long list of subtle performance upgrades that make this car look like a bargain at only $4500.

Matt’s e28 528 For Sale Page, also listed on Roadfly:

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While there are some personal touches on this car I would likely change myself, there is no denying the amount of mechanical work, thoughtful upgrades, and overall condition of this car. Good luck with the sale Matt!

Update with message from Seller:

This car was a personal passion for few years in which I tuned and followed the E28 blogs to make the Ultimate E28. basically it’s done and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Time for a new project. Any enthusiast would be more than thrilled with this car. Anyone wanted to comment or ask about the work is welcome to call me [withheld, please follow links above for contact information.]