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Maintaining a 30+ year old BMW
528e in original condition and making
selected modifications with supporting
text and photo documentation
BMW CCA Local Events - 2013
6-series 19-spoke TRX wheel used
as spare as 205/55-16 is too wide to fit well.
VIN No. WBADK7301D7955481
This 30+ year old 1983 528e is
mechanical modifications have been made as identified
in the Maintenance and Modifications History document, available here.
Fully optioned with
the exception of heated seats, this BMW was built October 1982 (31 years old Oct. 2013) and includes these
factory and dealer installed options:
- Pearl Beige
Leather Interior (manual 'Comfort' seats)
- On-board Computer
(12-button/2-switch LED display)
Streering Wheel (from 533i)
- Sun Roof Air
Deflector (dark brown tint)
- BBS Front Spoiler
(BBS Typ. 21 10 013)
- 390mm wheels
and TRX tires, including spare tire.
These are the E24 6 series 19-spoke wheels, not
the 18-spoke type C wheel used on the 533/535
with Michelin TRX tires.
- Limited Slip
- Fog Lights
w/steel guards (Bosch)
- Saphire Blue
I am the original owner,
having leased this new 528e from Evergreen BMW, Frederick, MD, in April 1983 for a closed-end lease agreement
price of $24,000 ($49,090 in 2012 dollars) and then purchasing the vehicle at the end of the 48 month lease in March 1987, for $10,455 ($21,364
in 2012 dollars). The April 1987 appraised value was $14,750 ($30,170 in 2012 dollars), so I made out okay purchasing
it. If you are new to auto leasing, I suggest you read this first, before you enter into any lease agreement.
Here is a full listing
of the Maintenance and Modifications History (last updated April
8, 2013) performed on this BMW since day one, in .pdf format. It was updated
as changes were made. Invoices and receipts for all labor and parts since day one, including
a copy of my original 1983 GE business auto lease agreement and 1987 GE bill of sale, are now in the possesion of the
The fuel mileage has been recorded
since June 2004, when this web site was created. It's life time average was 26.15 MPG, with a low
of 22.1 MPG (minimum 20.1 mpg) during ECU chip testing and a high of 30.5 MPG (maximum 32.3 mpg) during a 1392 mile
trip. All fuel mileage is calculated by dividing miles driven by gallons pumped. The OBC numbers are not used, as they are
not accurate, showing better than actual MPG on this OBC, by 3 to 7 percent.
This 1983 528e is considered one of the finest original condition
528e 5-speed models on the east coast, including very effective mechanical upgrades, by my fellow BMW owners and friends who know
BMW CCA Member 81836
National Capital Chapter