Mechanic Owned: 1999 BMW 528iT Wagon – SOLD!

Aug 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

August 17, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

While it may seem like just yesterday BMW offered a plethora of estate-bodied models, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything in its current lineup that is low and long. That’s why this 1999 BMW 528iT originally listed in August 2021 on Craigslist in Annapolis, Maryland, is such a score, as it belongs to a BMW technician and appears to be in excellent shape despite having over 200,000 miles on the clock. The seller claims it needs nothing and he is asking $6,500. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide shows us that the asking price is a touch above the “High” retail of $5,050, but that may not take into account the scarcity of a clean long-roof 5-Series.

It truly is a shame that BMW has all but abandoned the wagon marketplace in the states. Of course, so have many manufacturers, but it seemed like BMW was committed to keeping a spot open in the lineup for its estate-bodied models. But we all know what happened: the rise of the crossovers, and SUV-like vehicles that didn’t really do anything a wagon couldn’t already do, except they handled worse and didn’t take kindly to modifications. Sway bars on a wagon? You just turned a family hauler into a corner carver. On a crossover? You just wasted $300. The E39 5-Series remains one of the most classic generations of BMW’s great mid-sized sedan, and enthusiasts place the rare wagon-bodied models in the same regard as a manual transmission-equipped sedan with the factory sport package.

This wagon may have high miles, but if the listing is accurate about it being owned by a BMW technician, I wouldn’t let the odometer reading sway me one bit. This car presents incredibly well for having 200K on the clock, with tan leather seats in amazingly good condition and a backseat that looks like it’s never been sat upon – and don’t forget the rear cargo bay that likewise appears spotless. The 528iT rides on classic BBS RX wheels, which is one of the best signs that an enthusiast owner has been in charge of this E39’s upkeep and improvements. The listing shows clean paint with no obvious damage, and it’s one of the first ones I can recall where the headlight washers are still attached to the bumper! Throw in the all-red taillights and what looks like a modestly lowered suspension and this technician-owned 528iT looks like an excellent buy at the asking price. Good luck with the purchase if you pursue this gorgeous 5-Series wagon!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1999 BMW 528i Touring Wagon. Two owners. 207K. Owned by veteran BMW mechanic. Fully serviced and needs nothing. Current MD inspected.

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