5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)
I found a 1983 BMW 533i in great shape for $900. Before I buy it, I am trying to find out what some of the areas are that I should keep a close eye on with this car. I am a fairly well skilled mechanic and have already looked at all of the usual suff(Engine bay, no leaks, little rust, very clean interior, no rust on shock toweres, etc.). Any common wear items that are known for this car would be great to know before I put it up on the lift.
1983 BMW 533i
Full options list(Appears to)
Bosch Motronic EFI
Has Bilsteins on it
Thanks A Lot!
Any tuning tips would be much appreciated aswell, I plan on making this into a raped beast!
Just to satisfy your interest, I know nothing about the E28 533. As you indicated you your other posts, you have already found the answer to your question. I welcome you to share your newfound knowledge about E28's and I will gladly add it to the sticky above where I have buyers info on the E39.
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1999 528i 5 Speed, Sport Package, Confortti Software, Racing Dynamics Front Lip Spoiler and Rear Apron, Supersprint Muffler, Angel Eyes Upgrade.
I used to own one but an automatic.
1. Check the engine seals for leaks (esp. the front ones)
2. Let the car idle and watch the temps. Old BMW's are notorious for overheating!
3. Control arms. (bushings are prone to failure)
4. Michelin TRX's. (metric tires, very hard to find and expensive to replace. You will have to buy new wheels)
5. Cylinder head gasket tends to "sweat" not exactly to the point of leaking but indicates a problem down the road.
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