The E28 BMW 535i is one of those classic 1980s sedans that can be picked up for cheap, run forever and can be a blast to drive. In 1981 BMW combined a large inline-6, rear wheel drive, optional limited slip diff and manual transmission to create the first in a long line of luxury 5-series sedans. Find this 1986 BMW 535i e28 5-spd for sale in Willow Glen, CA for $1,800 via craigslist. Big thanks to tip from Jeffrey L.
This E28 BMW 535i looks in fair shape for the asking price and features “tucked” bumpers which look tidy and more Euro compared to the standard OE USDM cow catchers. By tucked, we think the seller may mean that the bumper shocks have been punctured and compressed, bringing the structural beam closer to the body. If so – that’s certainly a cheap/free way to improve the looks, but of course the crashworthiness will be compromised.
The 535i is powered by the M30B34, a 3.4 liter 12-valve SOHC inline-6 that puts out 182 horsepower. This one looks like it has been serviced reasonably well. We do spy a junkyard flappy-door MAF sensor (pink paint dot) in addition to the open element K&N style cone air filter.
Inside this E28 is in decent shape for an $1800 car, it certainly isn’t perfect and according to the seller the “radio works…kinda.”
We spy a hitch receiver or a bizarre looking aftermarket exhaust pipe – we hope is it s a tow setup as something like a 535i will tow a few desert toys or a moderate U-Haul trailer without breaking a sweat.
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