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Old 08-25-2003, 10:55 PM   #1
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What do you think about e28 M5?

hi guys.. i'm pretty sure I want a project car on the side or maybe something to play around during the winter time and I find that the older M5's is in my price range.

I want to know what you think about them
what are things that I need to consider?
what do I expect to replace and maintain?
what are the common problems?

I'm looking at maybe circa 88 M5's. I know Terry will have tons to say about this

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Old 08-25-2003, 11:06 PM   #2
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i think they are pretty nice. definately the nicest e28
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Old 08-26-2003, 02:05 AM   #3
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The e28 M5 is the father of M5's. its the car that started it all, and its build to LAST, IF maintained properly. I can go on and on, but ur not looking for history:

Here is some things that you definitely need to check out, that go on ALL e28;s

1) Front arm bushings (mine were gone about 300$ labour/parts)
2) Rear Guibo's (mine were gone, about 120 per side labour/parts)
3) Head gasket (if the car was BEATEN like mine was, ur not onl looking at an head job, but an entire rebuild, which costed my car's previous owner just a little under 3K to do.
4) Rad/thermostat/etc. E28's tend to have overheating problems.(mine did, and reading some other e28 boards, others do too.(let the car idle for some time to see if it overheats
5) LSD (apparently mine had it but it was ****ed)
6) Bearings like to go as well(about 200 a side)
7) ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS and thats A MAJOUR one with the e28's and old 7 series. Anything from small things like lights saying that ur break lights dont work (when they do), to ur auxhilaryu fan going, sunroof going, ac going etc (happened to me, and 250 $ later, NONE Of them worked.)
8) rear springs tend to corrode and break when doing hard ornering/donuts/ burnouts etc (not that this happened to me )
9 Cruise control
10) Sluggish shifter (from years of wear, and no replacing of the rubber components)
11) holes in the floor (just about anywhere)
Theres more, a lot from experience, and a lot ive read, so ill post them as they come to mind. actually, i wouldnt mind coming to look at those cars with you. M5 ARE NOT something you want to neglect REALLY looking at....... So let me know...
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Old 08-26-2003, 05:03 AM   #4
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e28 m5 as a project car??
i don't think so
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Old 08-26-2003, 05:47 AM   #5
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it will be in the shop more than the streets

get an E30 as a project car
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e28 m5 as a project car??
i don't think so
and why not?
Theres MANY M5 project cars in europe, and theres a few here in canada. just ask randy....True, it will cost you a fortune to do or get the slightest thing on it, aftermarket parts are not that available, but its all in good fun....
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Old 08-26-2003, 01:54 PM   #7
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With M bodykit that was stock on M535i, nice wide rims and nicely lowered the E28 is just sooo hot! Even with just the bodykit it looks great
Does it have those ugliest in the world us bumpers and if so then new bodykit is a must because those things are absolutely hideous

But other than that the E28 is a real drivers car, plenty of power and no traction control or any of that bs, much better feeling to the road than E34 for example

E28 is THE shit!
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E28 is THE shit!
and im still kicking my self in the ass for not getting one instead of the e30;;;;;
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hell ya, i like the older bmw.. specially the e28 M5 and the 635CSi. What i meant by project car is something I would like to keep inside my garage and restore it. This is not a one night stint rather than years of fixing up till I get what I want.

Terry what do you mean by can't find any parts/aftermarket. I search google and they have tons of em with free shipping. Even Dinan has some mods for the e28 M5
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Jeff, I think you have too much money lying around, you should just invest in the "Gamite needs more mods" fund. I heard the payout is excellent..









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Jeff, I think you have too much money lying around, you should just invest in the "Gamite needs more mods" fund. I heard the payout is excellent..









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Heheh, I need more funds for my crazy habits
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Old 08-26-2003, 09:25 PM   #12
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535is

1987-88 is what I'd buy. Originally $10K less than an M5 and since there were only 600 M5s shiped to the US and probably not half that many into Canada, you should be able to actually find one find one. If you're serious talk to Don at Autotrend.
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hell ya, i like the older bmw.. specially the e28 M5 and the 635CSi. What i meant by project car is something I would like to keep inside my garage and restore it. This is not a one night stint rather than years of fixing up till I get what I want.

Terry what do you mean by can't find any parts/aftermarket. I search google and they have tons of em with free shipping. Even Dinan has some mods for the e28 M5
a lot have been discontinued. trust me, ive asked around quite abit. It also really depends on what exactly ur looking for.
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I am seeming to have absolutely no trouble finding worthwhile parts for my e28. Mine is only be an eta, but the 535i or m535 should be even easier to pick up stuff for being more performance oriented from the factory. Give it a shot, I shopped around for months before I finally decided on an old school 5er, and I am glad I waited to find what I wanted, because I absolutely love this little piggy.......even if it is an eta......(for now....mwahaha)
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