View Full Version : 97 528i $9700 - Should I buy?

08-24-2004, 11:23 PM
This is my first - Hello everyone! I'm a newbie to this forums and to the 5 series.

I looked at a 97 528i that has 121K. The body is in very good condition no door dings, rust or faded paint. From looking at the main. records, everything was done properly. The tranny was first rebuilt but still had problems, I was told it was replaced by a new. I know about this year over heating. I drove the car for over 14 miles and the temp never got to or over the middle.

I got the price down to $9700... should I go for it?
97 White 528i
Traction control

Thanks in Advance

08-25-2004, 12:00 AM
I don't know what the going rate for 5 series in the states, I picked up my 98 540i for $27,000cdn, they now sell them about just over $20,000cdn,

the price you mention for that year & mileage seems about right

08-25-2004, 12:16 AM
Thanks for the reply. The kelly blue book price is $11700 for private party price. Is there a common problem with the 97 528i?


08-25-2004, 12:19 AM
I'm not really sure, I have a 540i, I only know about 540 problems :D, you can ask anyone with the 2.8L motor about that

btw Welcome to the Max community

08-25-2004, 12:27 AM
Thanks glad to be here... hopefully 528i owners will respond.

Btw this won't be my first BMW. I had a 88 750il, lowered exhaust and a chip. Sold it 4 years ago. Doing research on the net has change drastically since then.

08-25-2004, 12:31 AM
most 5'er owners on this board has 540's or M5 if you run into any engine problems you are better off asking the people with 3series 328

08-25-2004, 12:51 AM
Oh and check out www.bimmerforums.com, I've seen a few 528i buying info threads on there.

08-25-2004, 01:00 AM
I've read the 2.8 motor was good. I'm not look into the motor but the whole car in general. I know it's really guttless compared to your 540 but right now I'm not caring about the power because it's for the wife =). I want to make sure it's realiable with no known problems.

Don't get me wrong but I love HP... My 71 Datsun 240z does low mid 12's.

EFI Turbocharged


08-25-2004, 11:16 PM
very nice, the car looks mint, what kinda numbers is that beast producing?

08-25-2004, 11:25 PM
the only thing ive heard of being problematic are the trannys, they seem to fail... otherwise, good choice :)

08-26-2004, 04:17 PM
Also check roadfly forums.. biggest on the net arguably.


08-27-2004, 01:51 AM
Thanks for the reply's!!! I ended buying the car. The tech at Bavarian Professions in Berkeley check over the whole car. I ask the tech to give me the condition it was in from 1 - 10... 10 being the best. He said it was an 8.

The wife's happy, suprised her tody.

Btw the Z was pushing 273 hp to the wheels before I swap the front mount intercooler for a bigger one, put bigger injectors and increase boost. Pull more tunning on the stand alone computer. Car only weighs 2300lbs.

08-31-2004, 09:48 PM
When my dad was younger he used to have a 240Z (black) and a 280Z (yellow). He could probally tell you more about it then i can, but I know he loved those cars to death, but unfortunately the 280Z was involved in a car crash up in Muskoka many years ago and hasnt been around since.

08-31-2004, 10:22 PM
My wife really likes the car and my father inlaw doesn't believe the got the car for $9700.

Sorry to change the subject a little.... here's more pics of the 240z.

09-01-2004, 02:13 AM
opps forgot links http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/rsotto@sbcglobal.net/my_photos

09-01-2004, 09:56 AM
my god that 240Z is beautiful:eek:

I think the 240Z is one of the only cars that has looked good in every generation of production.