What should I do with my 1998 BMW 5 series? Junkyard?

Asked by May 28, 2017 at 05:31 PM about the 1998 BMW 5 Series 528i Sedan RWD

Question type: Car Selling & Trading In

It was my fathers car and now it isn't running and hasnt been used in years.
Should I sell it to a junkyard or is it valued more? If memory serves me right,
the issue with it is a small piece in the engine which the labor would cost an
arm and a leg to fix to get to where the piece is. It was also in two accidents in
the past. What would this car be worth?

5 Answers

32,525

Scrapyard won't give you much at all for it. You can sell it off as parts or a fixer-upper for a better return.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
75,575

I agree. Offer it for sale as a project car and see if someone is interested. It's almost 20 years old so there may be some interest. Since it IS a BMW I'd ask $1250 or best offer. Anything over $250 (scrap value) is a good price. My Nephew had one of these cars several years ago. They are nice cars! Good luck with it!! HTH. -Jim

25,045

If the interior is really nice, you are likely to get a higher price... What does it look like on the inside? Other than that, maybe you could donate this to a local trade school who needs a car to work on?? Or maybe a high school provided they still have auto shop classes?? Don't know if auto shop classes still exists in high school?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
70

A fixer upper is probably best. It is more likely too specialized for a high school shop class, although you could take it as a deduction on your taxes. If they don't have a BMW computer, they aren't going to get much satisfaction out of working on the car. I have a 1998 M3 with 196,000 miles and the only problem I have is getting the correct parts for the "M". It still runs good, but they keep sending me "i" parts. They are different. The parts I am having trouble with right now are the correct springs to replace the struts. I will eventually find the parts, but for a school it may take too long to find the correct parts.

Hi I own a 2000 love it much. I'm learning How to fix little problems its starteing to give me, so its going in storage so I can do a tune up. struts ECT, So if I was you hold on to what your father left ok, , it takes time and money, but in the long run its worth it. good luck

Your Answer

5 Series

Looking for a Used 5 Series in your area?

CarGurus has 16,357 nationwide 5 Series listings starting at $995.

ZIP:
Get More Money for Your Car
Be seen by 20 million shoppers. Create Your Free Listing

BMW 5 Series Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,240
  • #2
    Michael Branan
    Reputation
    820
  • #3
    Robert Charlson
    Reputation
    700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 3 Series
1,140 Great Deals out of 33,940 listings starting at $1,209
Used BMW 7 Series
120 Great Deals out of 5,191 listings starting at $2,995
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
540 Great Deals out of 21,525 listings starting at $1,999
Used BMW M5
6 Great Deals out of 534 listings starting at $8,500
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
728 Great Deals out of 25,923 listings starting at $1,995
Used Audi A6
142 Great Deals out of 7,658 listings starting at $1,800
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class
111 Great Deals out of 7,437 listings starting at $1,200
Used BMW M3
33 Great Deals out of 1,852 listings starting at $5,495
Used Honda Accord
838 Great Deals out of 87,588 listings starting at $1,444
Used Audi A4
246 Great Deals out of 12,067 listings starting at $1,450

Used Cars For Sale

2016 BMW 5 Series 528i Sedan RWD For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 132 listings starting at $21,599
2015 BMW 5 Series 528i Sedan RWD For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 492 listings starting at $17,982
2014 BMW 5 Series 528i Sedan RWD For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 378 listings starting at $14,994

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.