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E28 (1982 - 1988)

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Old 07-05-2008, 07:49 AM
kevintlin kevintlin is offline
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535is advice

Hey everyone, I am looking at an e28 and was hoping for some advice. It's an 88 535is, salmon silver on (trashed) pacific blue leather. The car has 200k miles on it and exterior/engine appear to be immaculate and fully documented. I am planning to use it for my daily drive which is about 50 miles each way. Are there reliability issues with this model, at this mileage? Also, how hard would it be to track down an oem pacific blue interior replacement, in good shape? Thanks for any additional feedback beyond my questions.
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:42 PM
jimoreno jimoreno is offline
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Well, as any used car start by asking any prior service history records. Make sure that the engine runs good and it has been serviced well. These engines are built like tanks but as any engine it needs maintenance. Make sure that the oil has been changed and the valves have been adjusted. The best thing would be to get it inspected by a BMW mechanic but in lack of that a through inspection is on order. Check the following items:

1- Make sure that the car doesn't "shimmy" around 55 to 60 MPH. If it does it Upper Control Arm time and the good ones go for about $120 each (just parts).
2- Make sure that eveything electrical works
3- Interior wise you can get another interior (used in good shape) or replace the seat covers.
4- You didn't mention it is an automatic or manual transmission. Auto's tend to die eventually from their A clutch pack failure. Manuals are robust and the clutch probably has been replaced.
5- Check the tires to see if they are the metric ones (TRX). If they are you'll need to replace the wheels and tires.

I got mine as a dily driver also and besides fixing the small items they are great cars made to be enjoyed!

Good Luck!
Jimmy Moreno
1995 530i
1986 535i
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