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Autotrader Find: One-Owner 1986 BMW 528e With 350,000 Miles

Here’s something you never really see: a 1986 BMW 528e — which, in itself, is pretty rare — offered by the original owner. It’s listed for sale in Huntsville, Alabama, by a private owner who purchased it new in Munich in June 1986 with BMW’s factory delivery program. Oh, the memories.

First, a little overview. This 5 Series comes from the model’s “E28” generation, which spanned the 1980s. The 528e model was different from the “i” models of the time period, as it was said to be more efficient, with a lower-revving engine to improve gas mileage; a similar engine was also offered in the 3 Series, and the model was called the 325e. The 1986 model year was near the end of the line for the E28, as it was replaced for 1989 by the E34.

As for this particular car, the Carfax report seems to verify this owner’s story; though it doesn’t go back to 1986, all reports to Carfax show the car in Huntsville, Alabama, with one single owner and no changes or sales. It seems this car was lovingly owned by that single owner for 32 years and over a whopping 350,000 miles, and now they’ve decided it’s finally time to move on.

The asking price for this 528e is $3,500, which seems like a reasonable figure for a well-kept, one-owner car — though, surely, the mileage will turn off some shoppers. The manual transmission, however, is a plus, even if it’s paired to the “more efficient” powertrain. Overall, this car is certainly a curiosity — and it’d be hard to imagine parting with a vehicle after 32 years and 350,000 miles. Find a BMW 528e for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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