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Guys, I'm trying to find a good condition e28 M5 but dont know how to judge a good one from a bad one.
Any advice will be truly appreciated :M5thumbs: :1: :)
 

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John P. Reyes said:
Guys, I'm trying to find a good condition e28 M5 but dont know how to judge a good one from a bad one.
Any advice will be truly appreciated :M5thumbs: :1: :)

I'm not a mechanical expert and I have an E34 rather than an E28 but one good way is to make sure that the car has full documentation, I mean everything! Anyone who has bothered to do that is likely to have taken pretty good care of his car.

Best of luck hunting as the E28 is increasingly rare.

:cheers:

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vadas1 said:
I'm not a mechanical expert and I have an E34 rather than an E28 but one good way is to make sure that the car has full documentation, I mean everything! Anyone who has bothered to do that is likely to have taken pretty good care of his car.

Best of luck hunting as the E28 is increasingly rare.

:cheers:

ralph (vadas1)
Thanks Ralph.:thumbsup:
You are dead right about the e28 becoming rare. I live in the Philippines and I'm hoping to complete the M5 line. I took delivery of the E60 4 months ago and decided to acquire all the M5 models at their last year of production.
It's a tall order here as there are only a few that were imported. Most likely I'll have to source in Europe. Thanks again.:)
 

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The usual "used classic" rule applies - buy the best you can find and afford, forget any idea of searching for a particular colour/trim spec.

I spent about 18 months looking for mine in the UK (there were 187 UK-spec cars built). Patience will be essential.

Whilst quite well made for the era, the youngest is now 18 years old: weak structural points are sills (especially around the jacking points), doors (hinge area and bottoms), front wings and the floor where it joins the sill at the front. Check for wet carpets. Steel sunroof panels can rot through. Rear wheel arch edges are also prone. Rot may be hidden on a car with the M-Technic body kit. At the rear, corrosion can start around the number plate lamps and the light clusters - the rear of the car gets covered in exhaust deposits due to the shape.

Parts - especially trim - can be expensive and a windows-out respray will cost a lot of money. Bringing even a good car up to nearly-new condition will always be a costly exercise and could easily cost more than the car is worth.

Parts availability has been good in my limited UK experience but some of the more specialised trim items peculiar to the M5 are now NLA or hard to find.

Many (most?) cars have covered a big mileage - there is a thread on this website on this very subject.

There are not many about but there is a red (right-hand drive) car advertised here in the UK at the moment for £12,000 which has only covered 70,000 miles - the current owner has had it since it was 11 months old and it is still serviced by a BMW agent. Whilst I haven't actually seen the car, it sounds very promising - I was speaking to the owner earlier this evening - if you would like to know more, send me a PM.

US values seem a little higher than UK, I'm not sure about mainland European territories.

Kind regards

Mfiver
 

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Thank you all for your input. Makes my hunt a little easier. :)
 
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