BMW E28 528i

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Nick1984
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BMW E28 528i

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I have been reading a lot on this forum, so now it is time to make a own topic about my car.

Excuses for the language faults, i can speak English but typing it is something different. :lol:

My name is Nick, and i live in Belgium, 33 years old.

My first car was a E28 518, the second an E28 518i, then an E21 320, an E46 320d, and from then of only cars from my work... So after the BMW's only boring cars.
3 Years ago, i decided to buy again an E28.
What i wanted was a solid rust free car, M30 powered, black paint and a sunroof.

After 2 weeks of searching on the net, i found one, faster then i ever could imagine :D

This is the car 3 years ago when i bought it:

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@ home a complete inspection of the car:

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Nick1984
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Re: BMW E28 528i

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The option list:

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After claying, polishing and a lot of cleaning:

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Then the first thing i changed on the car where the wheels, i found a set of RG wheels, alpina style

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Every year we make a trip to the Alpes with some mates, because the car drove like a boat, the suspension needed to be changed.
I chose for the Bilstein and H&R combo.

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I changed also the clutch.

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There was an Supersprint muffler on the car, cool sound! but i wanted the look of the original tail pipes. Zo i welded original tail pipes on the supersprint muffler.

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Then a big maintenance

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sail_or_drive
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Re: BMW E28 528i

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Your English is fine, you car finer still. thanks for posting this, I really like the color.
Nick1984
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As you can see on the spark plugs, the mixture was way to rich! After playing with the air flow meter (found something on the net to adapt it) i got it right.

The car was now ready for a 5 day trip to the Alps, this was in September 2016

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Nick1984
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And of-course pictures of the trip
Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Swiss/Italië/Austria/Germany/the Netherlands

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The last 300 km of the trip, the engine was running on 4 cilinders, but i could make it home, the brakes and the engine had an hard time those 5 days :cool:
But i was very pleased with the suspension and driving characteristics of the car!
Nick1984
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And some more pictures of the trip...


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Nick1984
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The reason why the engine was running on 4 cylinders was a blown head gasket between cil 5 and 6.
I also changed one valve because it was not 100 % Straith. So cheap fix for another year of fun :D

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Nick1984
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@ this time we are in 2017, to be continued :cool:
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Great looking car, highly optioned too.
I'm buying a 528i and look forward to finding out how it feels.
Cheers
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Great looking car and great photo story. The trip to the Alps looks like a blast.
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Neat car. Are good E28 hard to come by in your area?
GoNoles
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Car looks great, what a terrific find.
Nick1984
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Tiit wrote:Neat car. Are good E28 hard to come by in your area?
When you pay enough money it is easy ;)
Seriously, to find a good car is not that easy, rust is here the major problem.
Because i am a technician and i didn't want to do some body work, i really wanted a good solid base to start with.

Thanks for the other replies!
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In 2017 i didn't changed a lot on the car, i think the only thing i did was mounted an original BMW radio

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And of course another yearly Alps trip :cool:

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Nick1984
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It was a great road trip, but there where some things i wanted to upgrade for the trip this year.

First the brakes, i bought a set of E34 M5 brakes, plug and play :lol:


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then i finally had to make some centre caps, because i couldn't find anything for the RG wheels

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Aluminium, polishing and clear lacquer

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Nick1984
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The next thing was an audio upgrade.

I had the option BMW Sound system, but the quality was not that good any more.
Because i wanted the original looks, i searched the correct speaker dimensions and installed an under seat subwoofer under the passenger seat.

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On the last picture you see an AUX connection with a switch, after a lot of searching on the net, i found a way to make an input on the original radio.

The seats where "painted" black again, it is really amazing how good the result is, i never thought that painting leather could give this result.

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Now it was time to do some decent mechanical upgrades

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The diff before

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the diff after, the LSD changed from 20% to 40%

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Drive shaft refurbished and balanced.

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And because i had already an Supersprint muffler, i made the complete exhaust line supersprint... not cheap :oops:

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Nick1984
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Then just because i thought it was cool, remote control

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I found also some NOS rear bumper parts, so i made it complete and changed the bumper.
New left tail light, because of a crack, and new hood isolation

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Nick1984
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Re: BMW E28 528i

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The last one for today, a teaser for the next post ;)

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The 3.5 Alpina engine from a E32 with Dbillas throttle body's...
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:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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I like your style man!
Nick1984
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The next update

2 years ago, i could buy a special engine, it was a 3.5 Alpina from a E32 B11.
The guy from who i bought it told me that it had 80.000 km, the E32 where the engine came from was total loss.
So it was a big gamble for me, the engine didn't run for almost 10 years... i took the risk :)

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When i started to dismantle the engine in Januari this year, everything looked fine, so happy me!

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I aqua blast every aluminium piece, cleaned the block, and did a proper respray of all the metal parts.

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The engine supports i ordered from E28goodies.com

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When i want to fit the Dbillas Throttle bodies, the shape didn't match, so a lot of "grinding" to make them match 100% for a good flow.

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Nick1984
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because photo's tell more then my bad English

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Nick1984
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Starter and generator refurbished, injectors cleaned an tested, new waterpump etc.

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Nick1984
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Re: BMW E28 528i

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The engine fitted in the car, but still a lot of work to do...

- coolant reservoir does not fit
- servo reservoir does not fit
- i need to mount an oil cooler somewhere
- bigger radiator with electric fan
- make the wiring loom fit the fuse box
- find a place for the ignition coil
- change cable for throttle bodies
-...

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535i radiator with SPAL fan

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the difference

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Supersprint spaghetti mounted

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i used the old M30B28 flywheel

The original Alpina control unit (Bosch DME 1.3)

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mounted on the original place

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wiring loom modifying


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