Manual Box: 1999 BMW 528i Touring

BMW started producing their 5-series executive class sedan way back in 1972, but it wasn’t until 1991 that they added the wagon version, which they called the touring.  And if you ask certain minimalist dudes/ladies around the world they will claim that the 90s BMWs offered the best combination of simplicity, usability, and non-computer aided driving experience.  Find this 1999 BMW 528i Touring offered for $2700 in Crown Hill, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1999 BMW 528i Sportwagen, titansilber with grey Dakota leather. 5 speed mt, premium, sport and winter packages, basically everything except navigation and the slide out loading deck. I flew to Kansas to buy it in 2003 as it was the lowest mileage manual transmission available in the US. It was serviced at BMW Seattle until the warranty expiration at 50k and at independent BMW shops since. We have spent approximately 12k on maintenance and service over the years. Currently has 152k miles, fairly low mileage for the year. 

The Good:

-Rare 5 speed.

-Sport and premium packages.

-Adult owned, BMWCCA member.

-Runs great and doesn’t burn oil.

-PNW car, no rust. 

-Recent maintenance includes new front brakes and rotors, new battery, complete replacement of the cooling system, water pump with metal impeller, radiator, hoses, expansion tank etc. 

-Recent detail, interior is in excellent shape. 

The Bad:

-Rear gate doesn’t latch completely so it rattles.

-Needs valve cover gasket as there’s some oil leakage onto the exhaust manifold, this should be addressed right away.

-Headlights are foggy and auto height adjustment doesn’t work. Bulbs are fairly new. 

-Clutch needs to be bled.

-Front shocks are due at this mileage, they were replaced at about 80k as I recall. 

-Registration has expired.

The Ugly:

-This has been our family car for 14 years. Road trips, kids, dog, etc. While it has been well looked after until recently it is a city car and has suffered a few parking lot dings and indignities, all easily visible in the pics. All panels and glass are all original with the exception of the windshield which has been replaced. Tailgate was repainted by in 2001 by the previous owner due to a scratch from a shopping cart. 

-Deferred maintenance as listed above. Car has been infrequently driven over the last year and a half and will need some TLC to get it back into solid shape. 

Priced at $2700 firm due to the work required. It’s a very solid car overall and with some time and effort I’d expect the new owner would be able to get at least another 75k out of it. She has served us quite well, now it’s your turn. 

No brokers please, I don’t need any help selling the car. 

Please email with any questions, typical CL ploys cheerfully ignored. 

We’re in Crown Hill/ Ballard area.

See a better way to go wagon and never go back?