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i wasn't really planning to pick up another e28 just yet, but my son came across a CL ad that sounded too good to be true.

one owner, an elderly orchestra violinist who cared for this car as if it were his first born child. everything ever done to the car was documented, including gas fills, and MPG in between. i've never seen an E28 in this kind of shape. every panel is laser straight, and the only real flaw is the cracked dash :(

i'm currently on the fence as to whether i should go ahead and swap in a 5sp trans, or leave it original, considering the condition.

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Great car - truly a "one of a kind". Keep it totally stock !!
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OK, it has 47,000 miles, but will you enjoy it more with a 5 speed?


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Do the swap. You won’t alter anything permanently and can always return it to 100% original.
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Beautiful ride.
I find that modifications are a slippery slope. How good is your self control to make it more (and more) enjoyable?
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But why make it live any longer with an auto tragic? It is not like it is a one of kind, We as humans try an make things better, we do not always succeed, but with this you will.


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It would be too good for me. I'd have to do a 5 speed conversion, then surely an e to i would follow. It's too nice to modify, but I wouldn't be able to leave it alone.

Regardless, treat it to a 5 speed. It's not like a matching numbers 63 split window Corvette or anything. And it would make it a better car.
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What a great deal! I was tempted to buy only to get it on BaT to see just how much it would go for! Glad it ended up in good hands!
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Mike W. wrote:It would be too good for me. I'd have to do a 5 speed conversion, then surely an e to i would follow. It's too nice to modify, but I wouldn't be able to leave it alone.

Regardless, treat it to a 5 speed. It's not like a matching numbers 63 split window Corvette or anything. And it would make it a better car.

My sentiments exactly. For a cherry like that I would have picked it up for what it is or waited for one in poor condition that would benefit from my tampering...

Good luck and keep posting.
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At the end of the day, it's a bronzit 528e, regardless of mileage. Do whatever makes you happy. The 5-speed conversion is definitely way more appealing to 99% of people. I wouldn't think twice about it.
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Hope to see you and the car at 5erWest a week from Saturday! Beautiful car. Black interior makes the car.
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austin8753 wrote:At the end of the day, it's a bronzit 528e, regardless of mileage. Do whatever makes you happy.
Yeah what he said no matter how much time or money you put in to it that's how people will see it as. Ask me how I know.
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LeiseyJr wrote:
austin8753 wrote:At the end of the day, it's a bronzit 528e, regardless of mileage. Do whatever makes you happy.
Yeah what he said no matter how much time or money you put in to it that's how people will see it as. Ask me how I know.
This is unfortunately a very true statement. Be sympathetic to it, but a 5 speed will not ruin it in any way. You can always keep the auto and it's associated parts in a storage crate if you feel the need.
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Nice. Do the 5-speed. Get the paint ceramic coated now.
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A little update.

More to come.

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I’m so glad to see this fixed.
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Man, it was getting to be a nightmare with the insurance company, and them wanting to declare it a total loss. I threatened to file a complaint with the Oregon Insurance Commission and they changed their tune in less than 20 minutes.

The repairs were done at Burnside Collision in Portland, and they’ve been taking great care of me and the car. The payout for damage was enough to cover the repair and euro bumper swap, minus parts. Luckily I had a spare door laying around and they were able to repair the rear quarter without replacing it.

I should be picking it up today, and hopefully dropping it off with Austin next week for the 5sp swap.

My 535is went to the paint shop last week for a full respray, and the seats were just redone. (Salmon silver on Cardinal red)


I’ll post updated pics soon.
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wkohler wrote: Oct 25, 2020 12:55 AM I’m so glad to see this fixed.
^ This.
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What happened to it? I must have missed something.
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Back in July I was T-boned by somebody running a red light. I fought with the insurance company over the value of the car and whether it should be declared a total loss.
The damage really wasn’t that bad but I had to hire two independent appraisers to finally get the insurance company to stand down.

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Some old-school hammer and dolly bodywork saved the day, and the shop threw in the euro conversion for no extra charge.
(Did a killer job)


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Needs a little cut and buff.

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I think there may be only one nicer Bronzit E28 on the planet. ;-)

I don't recognize that front spoiler. Where'd that come from. I probably should know, but ...
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Always good to get that first broadside out of the way. Now you can do the manual swap without hesitation. Looks great and I think the value increased with the euro treatment vs original.
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cek wrote: Oct 27, 2020 6:51 PM I think there may be only one nicer Bronzit E28 on the planet. ;-)

I don't recognize that front spoiler. Where'd that come from. I probably should know, but ...
That’s just the stock early euro valance.
I’ve got a nice pfeba spoiler but I’ll probably just sell it.

I’m curious about the other nice Bronzit! I did see a super clean 535 recently with some very tasteful mods. is that yours?
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