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Re: I am thinking of buying a 1985 528e, need Opin (archive)

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Posted by Scottie on January 31, 2001 at 02:32:52:

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:

Non-obvious expensive E28 Items
Auto tranny (tend to fail at 120-160k), driveshaft ujoints (vibration when accelerating through 25mph, wobble at high speed), steering box (looseness at center even after adjusted), front control arms (shimmy on deceleration), worn springs/shocks (oily shock shafts indicate worn shocks), torn half shaft boots, rear subframe bushings, front subframe cracks at steering box, wheel bearings front or rear, frozen front calipers, oil sprayer loose, oil consumption/poor compression (perform a leakdown), a/c not working (convert to r134 - $$$), sunroof cable broken, door hinges worn (sqeaks over bumps), ABS not working (slam brakes hard over slick surface to check), rusty exhaust (if aftermarket, check brand. Some people use cheap parts when they know they are going to sell their car), brake cylinder/booster bad/leaking (on big sixes check brake fluid replacement history), TRX wheels w/ worn tires (metric tires are expensive figure $750 for new trx tires or about a grand for new 16 wheels and tires), timing belt on baby six (should be replaced every 60k).


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