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1988 BMW 735iL Great Driver NO RESERVE

Make: BMW
Model: 7-Series
Type: Sedan
Trim: iL
Year: 1988
Mileage: 244450
VIN: WBAGC4315J3315973
Engine: 3.4L Gas I6
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: gasoline
Drive type: RWD
Vehicle Title: Clean
Item location: Ijamsville, Maryland, United States

1988 BMW 7-Series iL Additional Info:

1988 BMW 735iL(E32 chassis)

  • Documented one-owner for 30 years(1988-2018), ~245,000 miles, clean VA title

  • 6-cylinder M30 engine, 5-speedautomatic transmission

  • Cirrus-blau (189) exterior, Indigo (0228) interior

  • Long-wheel base with powerreclining rear seats and the usual list of options (heated/powerfront seat, power windows, power locks).

  • Alpine CDA-9885 StereoAM/FM/HD/CD/Sat with Sirius satellite module installed and active.

  • Aftermarket Beyern 17”x8”wheels, matching Continental Extreme Contact/DSW 245/45r17 tireswith >50% tread remaining.

If you are near Frederick County Maryland 21754 and would like to see the car in-person, you can call or text me at 301-458-0454.

More photos at:

This is a pretty cool car and in remarkable condition for it's age. Starts easily, shifts smoothly.Not as fast as the 750iL (V12) version, but it's not slow and the M30 engine is considered much more reliable. No smoke from the exhaust and no fluid leaks. I've put close to a thousand miles on it with no problems other than the minor issues listed below. Interior is 8/10.Leather seats are a bit dry but in remarkable shape for their age –just one separated seam in the rear. No cracks on the dash, wood trim is all present with some minor cracks. Older (~2012) re-spray is showing it's age, but paint is still very presentable. Brake pads and rotors are in good condition, as are the hoses and belts. Original floor mats in OK condition are included in the sale, as are the owner's manual and all service records.

Speaking of service records, this car has the most amazing service history of any car I've owned, with only 1 owner for the first 30 years of it's life. The BMW service book show the original owner's name* and dealer service stamps up through 72k miles, and then the records from independent BMW specialists start. Most of the service and repairs from 1998 through 2018 were done at European Service Center in Leesburg VA, and the receipts total over $70,000 - yes, $70,000! Talk about “spare no expense!” The last receipt (BMW of Sterling, January 2018 at 242,076 miles) was for $2,118.50 and included a new water pump, coolant hoses &clamps, and coolant level sensor. The AC compressor, condenser and hoses were replaced and the system converted to R134 in 2016. The list goes on, and on, and on...


  • Oil Pressure Sensor error message – oil pressure is actually OK, but this warning message shows up about every other start-up – I actually had to start it 4 or 5 times to get the error message shown in the photos. It's apparently is a common problem with a couple possible causes; seehttps://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2308741-E32-750i-04-88-Check-Control-Error-Oil-Pressure-Indicator-solved. If the sensor really does need to be replaced, at least it's a cheap part ($26 at FCP Euro:https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-oil-pressure-switch-genuine-bmw-12612367061).

  • Paint is presentable, but the clear coat is starting to peel in a couple of spots - worst spot is on the hood (see pics).

  • Separated seam (~5 inches) in base of left rear seat leather (see pics).

  • Driver's power seat controls are a little wonky – forward/back works easily but you have to fiddle with the seat back tilt switch to get it to work. The seat memory buttons still work fine.

I'm a private seller, not a dealer, and this is a 32 year-old car. In 1988 people wore acid-washed jeans, Rick Ashley's “Never Gonna Give You Up” was at the top of the charts, and this car was sold new for ~$65,000. While the first owner replaced just about every damn part on this car, some of the replacement parts are now older than my adult children. It's an old car, and things go wrong with old cars. I've listed all the problems that I know of, but there but there maybe others I don't know about. (Translation: Sold As-Is/No Warranty)

Terms of Sale:
Deposit of $250 via PayPal (or cashin-person) due within 24 hours after the end of the auction. Balance due within 7 days of auction close, paid by cash or certified check.(I will accept PayPal for final balance with a +3.5% charge to cover the fee.) Car is located in Ijamsville, MD in my home garage. Shipping is buyer's responsibility, but I'll help with logistics. Car must be picked up or shipping within 14 days of auction close.

* In the Google Album photos of the service records I've blanked out the original owner's full name and address to protect his privacy. You can see all the documents in-person to verify the ownership history.

On Mar-13-20 at 04:05:51 PDT, seller added the following information:

Not sure it makes much difference in terms of values, but according to AutoCheck there may have been an odometer swap at some point. Title is NOT brand (see Google Photos album, says "actual" under mileage), but please consider this car true miles unknown (TMU).