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Re: 1988 528e price (archive)

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Posted by Rob Levinson on August 25, 1999 at 22:18:10:

In Reply to: 1988 528e price posted by chet on August 25, 1999 at 22:05:24:

: I'm goin to look at a 1988 528e this weekend with
: 135k on it, and it sounds like it's in very good
: shape, all power options and black leather interior.
: I may be able to get it for 3k. If all systems are go
: and the body is decent, is this a good price, a great
: price? I'm pretty knowledgeable about cars but have
: never owned a beamer and am a little nervous about
: expensive repairs, though I know my share of backwoods mechanics around here who really know there stuff ..
: any insights, encouragements, discouragements?


: thanks
: chet

That sounds like a very good price for a typical-mileage car. The '88 528e is unique in that it is the only E28 with Motronic 1.1, the first of the adaptive DME (computer).

Things to look for that are typical on an E28:

1) Front-end shimmy from worn control arm bushings, center link, and/or warped brake rotors. Will be most noticeable when braking between 45-65mph. Can be expensive to replace all the parts, figure $1100 at most (inlcuding shop labor) for everything. It's rare to find a car that doesn't have some shimmy... it can be eliminated, however, and is not a deal-breaker.

2) Rust behind the front wheel arches... this can start to get expensive to fix.

3) Rear subframe bushings, visible in front of the rear wheels. Bad onese seperate and you'll experience a floatiness or clunking in the rear end. Not too bad to replace.

4) SI (Service Indicator) lights in instrument cluster - often work improperly, can be reset (if circuit board is okay) or repaired for around $200.

5) HVAC (fan and air conditioning) fan speed control.

Other than that, it's a solid chassis. The motor is very reliable (although slightly underpowered - don't expect a rocket).

Good luck with it, let us know if you get it!

- Rob Levinson




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