Monday, August 22, 2011

1984 BMW 520i - A European E28 In Its Purest Form...

This is not your usual North American 5 Series.

The North American E28s were sports / luxury sedans. They came equipped with everything you'd expect to find on an expensive 1980s German sedan; a sunroof, power windows and locks, A/C, cruise control, sport wheels, etc. They also came with engines that ranged from 2.7 liters on up to 3.5 liters. (And, for a couple of years, a 2.4 liter diesel.)

In Europe, however, you could get a fairly plain E28, and that's what this car is.

This is a European 520i. It has the 2.0 liter version of BMW's M20 engine. It has manual windows and locks, manual seats and no air conditioning. The seats are cloth and the dashboard is very plain. The only options are a sunroof and a trailer hitch. It's an E28 in its purest form.

While it doesn't have all the luxury touches of a North American E28, it does have a few things not found on the NA cars. First and foremost are the European bumpers. These look 100 (1000?) times better than the federally mandated diving board bumpers we got here. It also has a factory fire extinguisher (cool!) and rear fog lights.

This car is a driver quality car. It's in nice shape, but not perfect. The body has a small amount of rust and a few dings and scratches. The radio doesn't work and the antenna is broken. The dash has a typical E28 crack in it. It's biggest problem is the instrument cluster. According to the seller, "the temp sensor works; everything else is either inaccurate or inoperative, including the odometer and speedometer." You won't find one in a local junkyard. If you want to replace it, you'll have to get it from Europe.

This would be a really neat car to own, just because it's so different from everything else you see in the US. Being a BMW you could use it everyday, but its best use is probably as a fun weekend tourer.

This is a legal, privately imported car. (It came from Canada.) The seller, a JaCG reader, has a title and all relevant importation documents. Located in Seattle, WA, click here to see the ad on the BMW Car Club of America site.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not so easy to get in touch with the seller... Need to establish a membership, then I think wait approval to post a reply...

graham said...

You can also contact the seller via the mye28.com website...look in the For Sale forum, no registration approval required.

dave said...

Hey all great point! please feel free to contact me at e28 at g93 dot net

Just A Car Geek said...

Weird. I logged out of the BMWCCA site before I posted this car, just to make sure that if you weren't a member you could see the ad. I could still get to it.

Harv said...

Hmm...

If I didn't have my 318is

John