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Old 05-06-2013, 10:12 AM
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1983 or 1985 528E?

Hello,

As a potential BMW newbie I'd appreciate any advice you veterans could give me.

I'm looking at two possible 528s, both appear to be in great condition and well-maintained. On both the paint is good and the water beads up, and no dents or scratches or rust. The aluminum wheels look good and the tires have even wear.

The 1983 528E has approx 150k miles (odometer no longer works) and has a few problems:
- The ride seems really bouncy - new shocks and/or struts needed?
- The wiper switch works correctly in the fast position, usually correctly in the normal position, and not at all in the intermittent position
- The turn signal does not shut itself off when making left turns
- The right turn signal flashes but very rapidly
- The rear defroster does not work
- The owner showed me how to switch from A/C to heat - by moving the position switches on each of the vents. Seemed a little odd.

Any rough ideas of the cost of fixing these items? Asking price is $2,500 and negotiable.

The 1988 has approx. $110k miles and no obvious problems except the interior lights do not work. The ask on this is $3,500, also negotiable.

Are these prices in range? In general is 1988 preferable to 1983 (other than it's five years newer)? Are there things to watch out for?

With neither car is the present owner is the first owner, and only records from the last couple of years are available for each.

Thanks!
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:18 AM
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1983 or 1988 528E

The title in my original post was wrong. The the two 528Es are a 1983 and 1988 (not 1985).

Thanks again in advance for any advice on purchasing one of these!
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:08 PM
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are either of them manuals? The 88 is a super eta, so it should be a bit faster.

with the turn signal sounds like a light bulb is burned out, and the switch is broken. So not to bad to fix. with the ac/ heat sounds like a problem.

With no interior light for the 88, could be light bulbs or a bad wire.


Andy
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:41 PM
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Turn signal switches and minor electrical problems should be pretty easy to fix, and common issues with these cars. Be ready for that and suspension issues too. I prefer to buy a car that sometimes needs suspension work because after I'm done I know I will have a nice firm and safe setup for a long time. If you like working on cars, an E28 is a great car to own, but if you have to pay someone else to do the work, you will probably not enjoy it very much.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:43 PM
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BTW, the interior lights is very likely part of an "SI" board issue, a very common annoyance that is covered very well at the www.Mye28.com forum.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:51 PM
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Andy,

Thanks for your reply.

Both are automatics; a 5-speed in either case would be even more tempting.

In theory I like to work on my cars, but with a fixer-upper house and a few acres to tend (and a bunch of kids too!) somehow time runs out quickly!

Are the heat/AC systems complicated, e.g. expensive to have repaired?

Jim
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:53 PM
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Catso,

And thanks for your replies.

Good point about the suspension and knowing what you have. But I assume some expensive repair bills there, or not necessarily?

Sorry - you made the comment about liking to work on cars! See earlier reply to Andy.

Jim
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:34 PM
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Andy,

Thanks for your reply.

Both are automatics; a 5-speed in either case would be even more tempting.

In theory I like to work on my cars, but with a fixer-upper house and a few acres to tend (and a bunch of kids too!) somehow time runs out quickly!

Are the heat/AC systems complicated, e.g. expensive to have repaired?

Jim
I don't think most repairs will be very complicated or expensive, especially if you DIY. There are also lots of used and rebuilt parts available that can help if you are on a tight budget. You will need to get a Bentley's E28 service manual. It's invaluable.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:40 AM
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I am happy to help with parts, I part these cars out. I am getting a 88 528e this Saturday. So if you need something I can most likely get it.


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Old 05-07-2013, 05:03 AM
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Andy and Catso,

Thanks again. If I decide join you in BMW ownership I'll be back!

Jim
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:55 PM
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I am happy to help with parts, I part these cars out. I am getting a 88 528e this Saturday. So if you need something I can most likely get it.


Andy
Keep me in mind if you get a nice rear bumper. I've been looking for a nice one.
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