2nd Gen. BMW 5

E28 Personal Review

2y ago


1987 BMW E28 Arguably the one of the most beautiful 80s German sedans. The E28 has a suttle but perfect external design starting with the slightly aggressive forward-leaning kidney grills, round quad headlights and a stance that invites you to peal around corners with a fair amount of body roll. As a daily driver your gas mileage is good and even comparing to some modern hatchbacks, getting a combined average of 21 MPG.

 The body sits below ones hip but the tall green house and skinny pillars give amazing visibility, looking over the hood from up high. Performance is weak in the realm of horsepower unless you're luckily shifting through the gears of your M5. Although the E28 lacks horsepower it try's makes up in torque with the Etta version getting 170 ft-lbs. Even shifting from Park to drive in automatics, and feeling the car sit back made you feel in tuned and as if you were ready to launch. The easy to work on inline-6 is what built BMW.

The late 80s and early 90s where a pentacle in BMW history, before the brand was plagued with complicated electrical systems and hideous design changes (specifically 2004-3012~). Although problems with the coolant & electrical system where the E28 weaknesses it still remained a dependable and simple vehicle. Although BMW E28 is not as luxurious as the Mercedes of the day and as powerful as some of the American sports cars. The E28 model was offered in a wide variety of configurations enabling the driver to have power, efficiency or a mix of both. The E28 was a suitable sports car that preserved European styling and utility.


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Comments (3)

  • I have owned 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation 5 series (both the E28 and E39 being M5s). The E28 remains the best!

      2 years ago
  • I love E28!

    3 years ago, I picked up a rust-free, low mileage 525i in Lachssilber.

    A joy to look at, a joy to drive!

      1 year ago
  • It's super easy to work on and was mostly mechanical not how they are today with all the electronics

      2 years ago