Monday, September 22, 2014

2k: Just Getting Broken In: 1986 BMW 535i e28

The E28 generation BMW 5-series may not have been the first 5-series launched to the public, but it looks, drives and feels miles ahead of the E12 and much vintagy-er than the E34.  The M5 version has already become a collectible, but if you are looking for a simple 535i, now couldn't be a better time to pick one up for cheap.  Find this 1986 BMW 535i offered for $2,500 in Berkeley, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

This E28 535i has 250k miles on the odometer, but the seller claims to have put 40k on her in the past year.  This probably means the car is well sorted, because that is a metric ton of miles to put on a 30 year old BMW.  However, if you don't mind replacing the odd wear items (guibo/flex-disc, shifter bushings, suspension rubber) these cars will be happy to cruise long distances, all day, every day.

You can expect decent performance from the 189 horsepower 3.5 liter inline-6 and 5-speed manual gearbox.  With any luck this vehicle is equipped with the commonly selected limited slip diff option. 

See a better cheap sedan for the family man?


  1. Needs interior pics. Looks like a great driver, much rather have this than some late-model Camry or Mazda6 identican even if I did have to throw a few grand in a maintenance kitty.

    Needs Euro bumpers.

    When the big six finally goes away you can decide whether you want to part it or adopt the universal solution and stick in an LS3.

  2. I guess there is always something to learn, and DT provides opportunities. I had to Google "guibo/flex-disc". Wow, the last time I saw one of those was on the driveshafts of a Mini in the 1960s. I thought they were extinct after that time. Thanks for giving me some clever knowledge to drop around someone's garage.

    1. You will see it spelled 'guibo' but the correct spelling is 'giubo'.

    2. As do several other manufacturers, including Mercedes-Benz and the Mercedes-derived Chrysler platforms. In addition to allowing a small amount of driveline misalignment (angular, not axial) they damp drivetrain vibrations.

      Interestingly, not everyone puts them in the same place; the BMWs I'm familiar with use a guibo at the transmission output, with a single-Cardan in the middle and then a CV at the rear.

      The Chrysler 300 and W210 Benz use a CV at the front, a single-Cardan in the middle, and a giubo at the rear.

    3. Fleetwood T. BroughamSeptember 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      Yup....just changed one on my wife's Porsche Cayenne too....they're still alive and kicking.


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