1986 BMW 5 Series 528e 2.8 liter straight-6
The Ultimate Driving Machine!
More than a few critical sensor failures.
3x engine oil leaks.
Radiator needed replacement.
Interior component issues.
Needed a new stereo at 95,000 miles.
This was the very first BMW I bought. It was the best car I have ever owned thus far. The mechanical functions were excellent. It's what a German car should be like. It was solid, and drove like a tank without compromising performance. The suspension was excellent. The engine was spectacular.
I did have several issues with electronic components.
Some of the auto seat adjustment functions failed just after 100,000 miles.
The stereo was useless at 95,000 miles.
I had several issues with mysterious oil leaks.
The radiator needed to be replaced at 99,000 miles.
Many interior components were coming apart.
Then I had a mysterious water build up in my trunk. Neither my dealer, shops or myself could figure out where the water was coming from (not rain water...).
Despite some problems, this BMW performed. It was what a German car should feel like. I regret selling it after 166,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th July, 2013
The mysterious water leak in the trunk was usually the result of worn gaskets/seals around the tail lights. I had the problem with mine, and finally locked myself in the trunk while my wife ran a garden hose over the car. There was the slightest trickle that came from the lower edge of the light. Once the gasket(s) were replaced... NO MORE LEAKS!!!
Now that's marriage.