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1987 BMW E28 535i M-Look w/Manual Restoration $22k invested West Coast Car

1987 BMW 5-Series 535i M-Look/Sport 5-Speed Manual

Make: BMW
Model: 5-Series
SubModel: Manual M-Sport
Type: Sedan
Trim: 535i M-Look/Sport 5-Speed Manual
Year: 1987
Mileage: 182,500
VIN: WBADC7405H1716505
Color: Blue
Engine: 3.5L
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Tan
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Safety: Anti-Lock Brakes
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Costa Mesa, California, United States
Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats

Description for BMW 5-Series 1987


1987 BMW 535i M-Look (E28) Manual

Cosmetic and Suspension M Package

Fresh Repaint/Over $20k Invested

Heated-Power Sport Seats

Stock #0892

VIN #WBADC7405H1716505

182,500 Miles

Cirrus Blue Metallic (189) on Natural Tan Leather Sport Seats

5-Speed Manual Transmission

Straight and Dry West Coast Car

Clean and Clear Nevada Title

No Accidents/Clean AutoCheck Background Report

The E28 body style of the 5-series was launched in 1981 and lasted until 1988. Later in the production run, the 3.5L engine was introduced in various forms from the M5, 535, 535iS, and M535i. Each of these had different packages of performance and cosmetics. This example was originally ordered as a 535i and was delivered new by a BMW dealer in California. For the first 20-years of its life, it lived in Northern California with what we believe to be the 1st owner. It was then sold to another local enthusiast in 2007.

This 2nd owner decided to do a restoration on the car as well as give it more of an M5-look. Either the local BMW dealer or Palo Alto Bimmer performed most of the work. Well over $20,000 was invested on the following items:

New windshield with factory BMW Sekurit part

M5 front and rear control arms

M5 front and rear Bilstein sport shocks/struts

European H4 Hella headlights

M5 front spoiler with Hella fog lights

Upgraded 17" BBS RC090 17x8/factory E39 BMW wheels (2 sets)

M5 full power front seats and rear seats

New factory dashboard

New seat belts and clips

Upgraded Alpine radio with satellite

New side mirrors

Rear view mirror with map lights

All new rubber seals throughout the car

M-steering wheel

Short shifter with leather M shift knob

Replaced all water and power steering hoses

New water pump and radiator

New alternator

New brake master cylinder

New clutch kit

Replaced all brake pads and rotors

Also, Eurotech in San Carlos, California performed a full glass out repaint of the car in its original factory color. This was a high quality bare metal repaint.

In 2015, it was sold to a Northwest enthusiast/collector. For the last couple years, he has used the car as a part-time daily driver and put on about 4k-miles. During this time, he invested nearly $5,000 on the following services with a top local BMW specialist:

Replaced misc. light lenses

New electric seat switches and seat wiring harness

Engine tune-up/service including spark plugs, air filter, and fuel filter

Brake system flush

Complete new factory exhaust system, catalytic converter, and hangars

New engine sound pad

Oil service

New Pirelli winter tires

Transmission and differential fluid flush with Redline

Cooling system flush

Custom Coco floor mats

Furthermore, the following services were just performed within the last 6-months/500-miles:

Replaced clutch slave

New clutch master cylinder and clutch hoses

Fresh oil service and filter

New wheel center caps and wrench

Crank position sensors

Main and fuel pump relays

New exhaust tips


Repaired idle control valve

It is clear that each owner truly loved this BMW and gave it the proper care. The exterior looks fantastic. The paint has a great shine to it and has minimal signs of use. There are a couple spots on the trunk and passenger c-pillar where tree sap has etched the paint (see pics). There is also a chip on the sunroof and slight scratch by the trunk lock (see pics). The original aluminum bumpers are in very good shape. All the glass is in great shape as well. The BMW/BBS 17" wheels show light signs of use and are wearing new Pirelli winter tires. The spare set of BBS wheels (see pics) are available for an additional fee. They are exactly the same as the silver ones on the car, but have gray painted centers and are wearing older Michelin tires. The chassis is very dry with no signs of damage or rust. There is a leak from the hydraulic brake booster that is also shared by the power steering. The system operates fine, but if the car sits for a while, it will leave a small puddle.

The interior is equally as nice. The M sport seats look great and show minimal wear. There are no tears or rips. The dash is perfect with no cracks or warping. The headliner has a small tear on the sunroof panel as well as some discoloration on the C-pillars (see pics). The door panels and carpet look very fresh. All the gauges function properly including the computer. The A/C blows extremely cold and has been recently serviced. The window switches and sunroof all work. The rear windows are slow to go up. The multi-function power seat buttons all work except the passenger side headrest. Also, the thigh support buttons do not operate on either seat. All the interior and exterior lights operate properly. The heated seats also work.

This 535i drives fantastic. It starts easily and idles smoothly. The power feels great with excellent low-end throttle response. The car feels incredibly agile for a 4-door sedan. The steering is precise. The brakes have excellent bite with no fading. The shifting is smooth with no grinding or slipping. This BMW would be a perfect "everything" car: vintage tours, car shows, daily use, or even spirited backroad driving.

This E28 comes with extra keys, many service records, original tool kit (freshly restored tools), owner's manuals, jack, and original spare.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or
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This vehicle is sold "as-is" with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $65 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. The information is based on our own research and statements made to us by the previous owner(s). To the best of our knowledge, the above information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.