Find out the full background of any BMW E28 with the help of our dedicated BMW E28 VIN decoder.

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How to Check BMW E28 VIN Decoder?

The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) for a BMW is a distinctive 17-character code exclusive to every BMW automobile. This identifier is not only unique to each vehicle but also encodes details about the vehicle’s model year, type, engine size, and additional characteristics, making it an essential tool for identification and information.

The VIN of a BMW E28 can be located in various places on the car such as:

  1. On the dashboard on the driver’s side, which can be seen from outside through the windshield.
  2. The jamb of the driver’s side door.
  3. In the engine area, either on the firewall or the radiator support.
  4. On the car’s registration and title papers.

By following these steps, you can easily access a wealth of information about any BMW vehicle, ensuring a deeper understanding of its heritage and features.

The BMW E28 is the second generation of the BMW 5 Series, produced from 1981 to 1988. It built on the success of its predecessor, the E12, by offering improved performance, more advanced technology, and increased comfort. The E28 was available with a variety of petrol and diesel engines, catering to a wide range of performance and efficiency preferences. Below is a table summarizing the key engine variants offered in the BMW E28 lineup.

BMW E28 Engine Overview

Model Engine Code Configuration Displacement Power Output Production Years
518 M10B18 4-cyl, 8-valve 1.8 L 90 hp 1981–1984
518i M10B18 4-cyl, 8-valve 1.8 L 105 hp 1984–1988
520i M20B20 6-cyl, 12-valve 2.0 L 125 hp 1981–1987
524td M21D24 6-cyl, 12-valve, Turbo 2.4 L 115 hp 1983–1987
525e M20B27 6-cyl, 12-valve 2.7 L 122-129 hp 1981–1987
525i M30B25 6-cyl, 12-valve 2.5 L 150 hp 1981–1987
528e M20B27 6-cyl, 12-valve 2.7 L 122 hp 1981–1988 (North America)
528i M30B28 6-cyl, 12-valve 2.8 L 184 hp 1981–1987
533i M30B32 6-cyl, 12-valve 3.2 L 182 hp 1983–1984 (North America)
535i M30B34 6-cyl, 12-valve 3.4 L 218 hp 1985–1988
M535i M30B34 6-cyl, 12-valve 3.4 L 218 hp 1985–1988


  1. The 524td was BMW’s first diesel model for the 5 Series and one of the first turbocharged diesel cars available, showcasing BMW’s innovation in diesel technology.
  2. The 525e (called 528e in North America) was designed for efficiency, using a high-torque, low-revving engine to reduce fuel consumption while still providing adequate power for comfortable driving.
  3. The M535i, although not a full Motorsport division model like the later M5, was a high-performance model that offered sportier handling and styling cues, setting the stage for the M5’s introduction.
  4. The E28 M5, introduced in 1985, became the fastest production sedan in the world at the time, powered by an enhanced version of the M88/3 engine, but is not listed in the table as it’s often considered a separate model due to its unique positioning.

The BMW E28 5 Series is celebrated for its classic design, durability, and the driving experience it offers, making it a beloved model among BMW enthusiasts and classic car collectors

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