BMW 5 Series Review from Greece

1984 BMW 5 Series 518i e28 1.7 petrol

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 kilometres
Most recent distance338999 kilometres


Just perfect


Battery replaced at 130.000km and 300.000 km.

Alternator rebuild at 200.000km.

Wipers motor rebuild at 280.000km.

Seat fabric worn at 250.000km.

4 gear transmission replaced by a 5 gear one, just to gain 5th. 180.000km.

General Comments:

The vehicle is a limo.

Build like armored. No rust no problems.

Fantastic brakes even without ABS.

Handling can cause heart attack when wet and tires are worn out. Perfect when dry.

Didn't even change bulbs in headlights!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2004

11th Aug 2010, 14:35

I agree, we had a 518 83 E that had 200,000 miles on it and still ran perfect; what a car.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review