The BMW E28 5-Series was made between 1981 and 1988. It replaced the BMW E12 in 1981 and was replaced by the BMW E34 in 1989. E28 Production started in July 1981 and ended in December 1987. The E28 was still sold in North America as a 1988 Model Year car while Europe received the E34 in early 1988. A limited edition model was also sold in South Africa from mid-1987 to the end of 1988. All North American specification E28s (1982–1988) were comprehensively equipped. Power windows, central locking, air conditioning, power sunroof, cruise control, alloy wheels and fog lights were standard. In addition the 533i, 535i, 535is and M5 came standard with leather upholstery and on-board trip computer.
Leather upholstery and an on-board trip computer were optional on the 528e and 524td. From 1985 All E28s sold in North America had ABS Brakes as standard. Some 1985 535i's were equipped with power seats. From 1986 All E28s sold in North America had power-adjustable front seats as standard as well as an upgraded stereo.
The big six engine found in the 528i, 533i and 535i/is models is known as the M30. The M30 is a 12-valve SOHC inline six-cylinder design. It has seven main bearings, four camshaft bearings and a rocker arm type valvetrain. US M30's also came equipped with cast aluminum acoustically tuned common plenum intake manifolds and single throttle bodies. Unlike the M20 it has a chain-driven valvetrain. Its larger dimensions allow for a longer stroke and larger bore, which makes for almost 3.5 L displacement in later engines. Both 533i and 535i M30 intake manifold from 1982 to 1988 had a "3.2/3.5" casting. During the new intake manifold's development a 3.2 L version existed in Europe and the US, and a 3.5 L in Europe. When the 3.4 L versions came out a year later in Europe, the casting was not changed. The 3.4 L was introduced to the US in 1985. 1988, was the last year this manifold casting was used in the E28 535i and 535is. A new style intake manifold was designed for the new 3.4 L. The casting read "3.5", but it was still 3.4 L (3430 cc). For the US, the 735i and the 635 csi were the first to receive the new M30 in 1988.
The 535is featured a sport suspension and interior and exterior modifications. The 535is was available from 1987 to 1988. It incorporated M5 styling cues: front air-dam, rear spoiler, and sport seats.
This very nice example has been restored from a rust free original with new paint, new front seat leather, dash cap, and lots of mechanical work. Most everything works in the car with the exception of the Power Headrests, the A/C blows Ice Cold. While a high mileage car its obviously been well cared for, and it runs perfectly with no smoke from the exhaust. This is a pretty rare car although I haven't been able to find the production numbers, but it isnt your everyday E28. This car is a good bet for future appreciation, its nearly AACA eligible, and just the thing for reliable long distance drives.