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1983 BMW 5 [E28]

1983 BMW 5 [E28] in This Is England '86, TV Series, 2010 IMDB Ep. 1.02

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE

1983 BMW 5 [E28]

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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G-MANN UK

2010-11-16 18:39

jonas a, can you tell us what the numberplate says?

dsl SX

2010-11-16 18:40

Poverty spec 518i or 520i.

130rapid PL

2010-11-16 20:42

dsl wrote Poverty spec 518i or 520i.


If you think the wheelcovers instead alloy wheels mean something, you're wrong. :sun:

Alloy wheels for beefer versions of E28 wasn't obligatory.

dsl SX

2010-11-16 21:02

130rapid wrote Alloy wheels for beefer versions of E28 wasn't obligatory.

Possibly not, but UK BMWs usually had higher equipment levels than GDM, and these wheels look very plain.

130rapid PL

2010-11-16 21:10

Usually rich customers added many options for their 525i and 528i. :D

However you could buy 535i with basic equpiment, (e.g. steel wheels), no central door locking, no electric windows and boot lid badge cancelled even.
Link to "www.realoem.com"

The most probable is some cheaper version E28, agree.

an_unusual_eye US

2010-11-17 01:10

130rapid wrote

If you think the wheelcovers instead alloy wheels mean something, you're wrong. :sun:

Alloy wheels for beefer versions of E28 wasn't obligatory.


it's always been intriguing how they (BMW) differed their options vs. limitations by market. in the U.S. ~ for the E28 ~ the 524td and 528e all had the 14" bottlecap alloys (after the 1982 release year, where the 528e had the BBS style mesh 14" wheel), and the 533i and 535i models all had the TRX 390 alloys. many of the "i" cars were later retrofitted with the 14" wheels from a lower model (or E34 15" wheels) by owners that didn't want to replace another set of TRX tires at $250 each. the only E28 cars i ever saw with hubcaps in the states were an occasional random car that had drifted in from canada, or a northern car that had been fitted by an owner (through the parts department) with a set of "steelies" and caps, in conjunction with a seasonal change to winter tires. i suppose that for the states, BMW may have been trying to conform to the american way of the 80s where option packages had pretty well obliterated the line by line ordering process that was so common in the 60s. sad in a way. i would have loved to have a stripped 3.5L E28.

Ingo DE

2010-11-17 12:49

130rapid wrote
However you could buy 535i with basic equpiment, (e.g. steel wheels), no central door locking, no electric windows and boot lid badge cancelled even.

There is a plausible answer: less weight to reach a higher top speed. ;) I've read that in an article about a Mercedes 300 SEL 3.5. The writer asked the owner about the strange combination of powerful engine, with none of the popular extras. His main reason for buying this car was driving fast. As fast as possible. Sunroof, Aircondition, electric window-winders, etc. would have cost weight and make the car slower.
A logical reasoning for me.

-- Last edit: 2010-11-17 12:50:11

130rapid PL

2010-11-17 13:16

an_unusual_eye wrote it's always been intriguing how they (BMW) differed their options vs. limitations by market.


Not many customers knew something about "Inividual" BMW program, I suppose. It has the long tradition.

tali UK

2010-12-21 21:57

Alloys were standard from 528i -so this could be 518/520/525i/525e
Later LUX spec 518/520 gained alloys

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