Thursday, April 2, 2015

Seller Submission: 1988 BMW 735i E32 5-spd

The E32 generation BMW 7-series is a classically styled big beast of a machine, thankfully free from all Banglized design elements and available with a clutch pedal. The design (credited to Ercole Spada and Hans Kerschbaum) is stately and understated at the same time, and has aged quite well if you ask this guy (but who asked anyway!!).  Find this 1988 BMW 735i E32 5-spd offered here on eBay currently bidding for $2,550 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Lebanon, OH.  Seller submission from Walter. 

This E32 features prominent classic BMW kidney grill -- these are the narrow kidneys of the inline-6 powered cars, V8/V12 examples got wider kidneys that look less like kidneys and more like lungs.  Many owners have performed kidney transplants over the years, but if my eye does not deceive me, these are original size.  


The 735i is powered by the M30B35, which is a classic BMW inline-6 rated at 208 horsepower and 225 ft-lbs of torque.  The M30 is thankfully free of drive-by-wire silliness and is simple to maintain if you've got a good tool set. 


 Per the seller this is a list of items replaced within the last 9,000 miles with receipts:

    Alternator
    Radiator
    Plugs, cap, wires
    Rear subframe bushings
    Battery
    Windshield
    Front Struts
    Rear Bilstein HDs
    Control Arms
    Tires
    Wheels
    ABS Units
    Drive shaft mount
    Crank Sensor
    Starter Motor
    Various lights, bushings, exhaust hangers, and other small parts


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7 comments:

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  2. super nice - big car, 5-speed, modern-ish safety, minimum of doodadery - checks all my boxes

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  3. I am a huge fan of these....the upside is that in the US, 1988 was the only year that you could get the manual transmission. The downside is that (in what was to become a 7 series tradition), there were numerous "first year" teething problems, and most of them were electrical on the e32. With that said, after 27 years of apparently thoughtful ownership, those bugs should have been mostly repaired, but caveat emptor. My personal choice in an e32 would be a 1992 735il with the final year of the big 6. I'm as much of a manual transmission fan as anyone, but reasonably indifferent when it comes to an autobahn cruiser like this that's just meant for covering the miles in comfort.

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  4. There is, if you wanted to plot it out, a chart of BMW mechanical design vs BMW material quality vs BMW ergonomics and aesthetics.

    The late '60s/early '70s cars - the E3/E9 and E12 and maybe the 1602/2002 - scored very highly on the aesthetics/ergonomics and even the material quality but not quite so good on the engineering, particularly in US-market smog control form.

    The next round - the E28/E30/E32/E34 - probably scored the best average.

    Then you get the E36/E38/E39/E46 - they moved the ergonomic/aesthetic needle up, and mostly the platform engineering needle up too, but the material quality fell.

    This car needs a good lookover, but it's a good powertrain, a good platform, it's just down to the physical condition of this particular example.

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  5. There is, if you wanted to plot it out, a chart of BMW mechanical design vs BMW material quality vs BMW ergonomics and aesthetics.

    The late '60s/early '70s cars - the E3/E9 and E12 and maybe the 1602/2002 - scored very highly on the aesthetics/ergonomics and even the material quality but not quite so good on the engineering, particularly in US-market smog control form.

    The next round - the E28/E30/E32/E34 - probably scored the best average.

    Then you get the E36/E38/E39/E46 - they moved the ergonomic/aesthetic needle up, and mostly the platform engineering needle up too, but the material quality fell.

    This car needs a good lookover, but it's a good powertrain, a good platform, it's just down to the physical condition of this particular example.

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  6. Any way to get Walter's contact information?

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  7. FTB. I agree with you on all counts.

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