Low-mileage 1988 BMW 528e


The long, low and mean add-ons of the 535is and M5 are what initially drew me to the E28, but after having spent so much time with it admiring the unique lines I find myself caught by even the most bunk examples. Yesterday a car in my mirror caught my eye, a car that came out of the factory exactly like this one. As it passed, I was a little sad that the paint was entirely sun-damaged, but still sent the owner some “I like that you drive an E28!” vibes.

While that car showed a hard life left in the sun, this car has no such history. Inside and out, this tan-on-tan base model 5er looks like we’re still waiting for the 90s to arise (or sink in, rather…). It’s yet another example of how nice it can be to soak in a completely original and well cared-for 80s car even when it’s not the rarest or fastest. This is certainly neither of those things, with the efficiency-before-power Eta engine and a slush box, but it would still be a joy to drive and own.

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1983 BMW 528e


My E28 predilections clearly tend towards the special-edition, but I’m down with exceptional examples of pretty much any 80s BMW – even the most basic. Here we have a 1983 528e that is in the “sweet-spot” of just over 100k miles. This seems to be the mileage where a lot of owners who lovingly cared for their old cars decide it’s time to pass it on. A tan on tan ETA-engined BMW could be taken as bland, but I see it more as a lovely time capsule that highlights the outstanding simplicity of the E28.

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1986 BMW 325e

It seems as if the E30 3 series is turning into the Miata all of a sudden. It’s the answer for everything automotive. Fast, reliable, fairly cheap to insure and fix and also fun. It’s also affordable, although, with the advent of the M3 becoming the next best thing, even more lowly E30s are exhibiting an increase and popularity and thus prices. It’s no surprise, as the chassis dynamics and, in certain models, power, is hard to beat in such a compact package, especially considering how long ago these cars were built. This 325 for sale in Colorado isn’t the hot E30, but with the 5-speed manual you’ll get the most out of the 2.7 liter eta engine.

Year: 1986
Model: 325e
Engine: 2.7 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 141,000 mi
Price: $5,500 Buy It Now

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This car is in exceptional condition. It’s been garaged it’s entire life and it really has barely seen winter. I’m sad to see it go, but I’m moving to Florida and we’re not going to be able to haul multiple vehicles across country. I’ve replaced the muffler, rear BMW emblem, shifter knob and leather sleeve, some interior plastic paneling (had to be imported from Germany), idle control module, interior door handle trim, and the center console unit. I’ve also just purchased an vacuum fit vinyl dash skin all in effort to restore it to it’s original state. I’ve also recently had the windows tinted. There was one wear spot on the driver seat, but I had a friend who does leather working make a patch…looks sharp. I get 26-30 MPG. It has a programmer chip. The odometer says 111,000 but it’s 30,000 off (the instrument cluster was replaced) so really it has 141,000 miles. It has some very minor scratches and a few small dings, but all in all it shines like a mirror.

It has power locks, mirrors, and antenna all in working order. Original houndstooth interior is in excellent condition. It has a manual sunroof (it can be cranked to tilt or to completely retract). The previous owner also installed a new stereo. It has a full size spare. Original aluminum alloy rims. Bavarian Motor Sports mats. It also comes with a car cover and rubber winter mats. The summer tires are in great shape…barely used. This car comes with an additional set of OEM bottle cap alloy wheels as well as winter tires that I have only used one season. Never smoked in!

Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

This certainly isn’t the hottest setup you can get when it comes to an E30, but this car is well enough preserved that you could certainly enjoy it on a regular basis or do some mild modifications and have a little bit of on-track or autocrossing fun. For an E30, $5,500 almost seems like a bargain nowadays, but remember this is the more economy minded 3 series. If you could possibly work a deal and get the price closer to around $5,000, you’d be hard pressed to find a better built car, more fun car for the money.


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
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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.