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?
The only thing that I would add to the prior post is to be aware that the 2.7 liter "eta" engine (hence the "e" designation after 528) has a timing belt. While this is not a bad thing, I have encountered several 5 series over the years who had the belt break due to not changing it at 60,000 miles or sooner, sometimes resulting in engine damage. The problem is not the engine damage, but the fact that it is never properly repaired. This is fairly uncommon, however, but I am telling you because it could be one of the more expensive things to repair on that car. Otherwise it is a sound vehicle, and $3000 is a good price if the physical condition is good.