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E28 (1982 - 1988)

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:06 AM
seandiddy seandiddy is offline
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Hey all, first time posting here. I'm looking to get into the world of BMW automobiles and am looking for a good starter. I've been tempted over the last few weeks to pick up a late model 3 or 5 series, but I'm drawn to the older boxy car style as well. I'm looking at a local craigslist add for a 533i w/186,000 miles for $2200. Body, paint, and interior look straight in the pics. Is this a decent price? How ungodly expensive/difficult will an engine rebuild/swap be if needed. My understanding is this car should have an M30 engine and I've tried to find out how many miles people have squeezed out of them, but I haven't found very many estimates or examples. I'm guessing it is approaching the end of it's cycle though. Any guidance on specific issues I should look for with this car?


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Old 01-22-2014, 12:49 PM
joem52002 joem52002 is offline
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I sold my 1984 533i with 275,00 miles and it ran well.
Many other parts to consider though.
Have a qualified mechanic look at the car, especially if he is familiar with BMW's.
Well worth the cost before a purchase.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:10 PM
John in VA John in VA is offline
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There are owners over at http://www.mye28.com/index.php with >300K miles on their M30s.
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