In Reply to: I am thinking of buying a 1985 528e, need Opinions posted by James Murphy on January 30, 2001 at 23:51:00:
I am thinking of buying a 1985 528e. And I am looking for opinions and things to look out for.
I am pretty handy when it comes to working on cars and I know that buying a car this old, it will need work from time to time.
This is what I know about the car
1985 528e, repainted (same bmw color) 5 years ago, 168k miles, automatic tranny, new front brakes, alternator,power steering, head rebuilt, never in an accident. The owner mentioned that sometimes there is a slight driveshaft vibration and priced a rebuilt? driveshaft for $400 locally.
Any opinions and or feedback, good or bad is welcome.
first:look out for the automatic gearbox in this car, they tend to head south forever after around 150,000 or so miles
2: the front suspension in the e28 5 series cars tends to be a pain in the ass. you will hear of the thrust and control arm bushing problems inherant in all these cars. they shake when you apply the brakes, which feels like warped rotors.
3. find out why the head was done... the M20 is a very resiliant engine. was it neglected? or was it just a freak occurance?
4. the drive shaft is showing signs of a bad or wearing out center u-joint. this does warrent replacing the drive shaft since the joints are pressed in, unlike the old ford type. $400 is reasonable.
5. check out the way that the car idles. is it smooth or rough? these cars love to not idle right, and it can sometimes be a harrowing experience trying to diagnose the problem correctly as well as making it difficult to keep money in your wallet.
6. the 528e is a great car. usually very reliable. they ride smooth, they have moderate power... if you want more, find nice 535i, and if that isn't enough then go and find a ///M5.