It’s not too hard to find high-mile, weathered examples of E28-generation 5-series BMWs listed for sale. The tricky part is finding upmarket versions, especially if you want one in decent cosmetic condition as well. In terms of enthusiast appreciation, the E28 sedan is very much appreciated, just like its little E30 brother. So if you’re trying to keep on the lower end of the range for these cars, you’ll either need to put up with a smaller engine, mechanical issues, or cosmetic problems. From all appearances, today’s car appears to have more items in the “pro” column – check out this 1984 BMW 535i for sale for $3000 in Danville, CA.
Black paint looks nice and glossy, with the seller acknowledging some fading on the roof and other unspecified blemishes. It definitely has some needs: there’s no heater, it’s time for a timing belt (ha!), there’s a 3-inch crack in the windshield, and its emissions test is due. That said, the odometer only shows 150,000 miles – do whatever you can to verify this, as for the price you’d normally expect somewhere in the 200s. The car is (too) low on Raceland coil-over suspension, but that can be fixed by adjusting it, and while the straight pipe probably sounds great initially, it seems like it might be tough to live with in the long run. Wheels are Style 19 from an E39 540i, and will look good once the stance is fixed.
Here’s the surprise – an interior with no visible cracks on the dash and no visible splits in the seats. It’s not a great angle, but what you can see is in great condition, and speaks to the mileage given. Among the other positives are a refurbished cooling system and aftermarket anti-roll bars. It’s not totally clear what engine is under the hood – top-end North-American market 5-series came with an M30B32 engine in 1984 and would have been designated 533i, with the 535i only appearing the following year. Even with the ambiguities and mechanical needs, this car looks to be a very good start – what would you do with it?