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Old 03-29-2012, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking at 1985 528e - thoughts?

I have been searching for a good conidtion, reliable BMW for my fiance to cruise around town in. I found a 1985 528e and was hoping to get some insight from the experts. Details: 175,000 miles, AT (required, as future-wifey can't drive MT), black/black, e31 wheels, H&R Springs/Bilstein Sport Shocks, Conforti ECU, A/C conversion to, 7 series front control arm bushings, head gasket replaced in 2007, top end overhaul in 2007, cooling hose/thermostat replaced 2007. There is no rust and both exterior and interior look fantastic. If it was 100,000 miles, I would buy it instantly, but with 175k, I'm looking for some input.

Asking price is $3495, I would probably try to get it for $3000.

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I'd buy that. Get all the service records for the work done. A head gasket is replaced when the engine is over heated. Make sure the person doing the work is qualified because sometimes it can damage the head. An 89 with 175k? Make sure that's legit. I have 262,000 on my 98 and it runs fine.

$3,900 is really high IMO. You could get a much newer E36 sedan or coupe for that money. Even $3,000 theirs nice E36's. I've see. Some guys get great ones for $700.
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