Five Series Survivor: 1983 BMW E28 528E 5-Speed – Sold!
By the early 1980s BMW continued to gain a following in the U.S. and the larger five-series sedan helped solidify that success by being a larger alternative to the company’s popular three-series. Fuel economy was a concern during this period, so in addition to the first diesel offered, BMW also launched the fuel economy minded 528E such as the three-owner survivor example listed on Craigslist in Chesterfield, New Jersey where the current caretaker is offering it for $4,900 but is open to trades. Researching the NADA Guides Classic Car Valuation Tool confirms the current caretaker has his 528E priced within the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $2,700, $3,725, and $4,950, respectively.
BMW produced the second generation E28 5-series from 1981 through 1988. The U.S. version initially offered only the inline-six 3.3 liter petrol engines until 1983, when the 524td model became the first BMW car to be powered by a diesel engine. For those customers not wanting to deal with diesel but desiring better fuel economy, BMW offered the 528E, which relied on smaller 2.8 liter displacement, Bosch L-Tronic fuel injection, and taller gearing to provide better fuel economy at the cost of all-out performance. The E28 was also the first 5 Series with the center console angled towards the driver and to be available with anti-lock brakes.
While not the more desirable 533i offered during the same period, the five-speed manual provides the ability for the next caretaker to enjoy driving this well-handling, slow sedan fast. While the leather interior appears rip-free, the light color could use a re-dye to help the condition inside match the survivor quality of the exterior. Otherwise, this is a classic five-series that will gain you easy acceptance at your next RADwood event. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“For sale or trade is my 1983 BMW 528e 5 Speed. The car is in great condition, and is all original.
I am the third owner of the car. The first owner was a wealthy old couple from Greenwich, CT who had the car from new until the end of 2017. The car was garage kept in that time. The second owner had the car from the end of 2017 till August of 2018. The car was parked outside under shade for that time. I bought the car in August and have kept it in a garage since. I drive the car at least once a week to keep it running.
It has the original M20B27 motor. The car had its’ timing belt replaced by the previous owner in 2018. Should be good for another 3 years. The engine runs flawlessly, and has never let me down. The transmission is a 5 Speed manual, and shifts smoothly. The suspension is in very good condition, and it handles great. The car drives like a slightly larger E30. The tires are Bridgestone, and only a couple of years old, and still have a lot of life left in them since the car is not driven much. The car currently does not have a muffler, I was planning on installing one, but liked the sound without it.
The paint is original, still very good condition as you can see from the pictures since it was kept in a garage for most of its’ life. The color is Baltic Blue, and it was only offered in the 1983 model year, so it is a pretty rare color. No real big scratches, although there are couple of small scratches throughout the car which can very easily be polished off. Overall, the paint is in incredible condition, especially for a 36 year old car.
The interior is leather, and it is also in pretty good condition. There are no rips in on any of the seats. The headliner is in good condition. All the electronics, the windows, sunroof, check control panel, work beautifully. Fuel gauge, temp gauge, speedometer, tachometer all function as well. The original radio was functioning alongside with the speakers, until I put a cassette in it. The eject button doesn’t work, so in order to use the radio you would either have to figure out a way to take the cassette out, or replace the stereo.
Feel free to text or email me with any questions you have. The price is $4900 obo. I am open to trades, so if you have something cool, let me know!“
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