Our beautiful

1981 BMW 7 SERIES E23 (733i) for sale!
$6,000

This is a fine specimen of a car. We bought her about three years ago and have loved every minute of it! Sure there’s been some minor roadside repairs, but what do you expect of a car this age!? We’ve always taken care of her, changed fluids regularly and kept her shining clean.

Want to read up about the car? Here’s the Wikipedia link!

I believe the car was a top-of-the-range model back in the day, with some awesome features including:

  • Central Locking

  • Electric windows

  • Electric Sunroof

  • Full Leather seats

  • Air Conditioning

  • Automatic Drive

  • Rear Wheel Drive

  • Full Spare wheel

  • Built in toolkit!

  • Cruise Control

  • Automatic Drive
  • Rear Wheel Drive
  • Full Spare wheel
  • Built in toolkit!
  • Cruise Control
  • Central Locking
  • Electric windows
  • Electric Sunroof
  • Full Leather seats
  • Air Conditioning

Good bits

The car only has 193,000KM on the clocks. Very low for a car of its age! It drives really well, automatically going up through all the gears with smooth transmission. The brakes work well (although pretty squeaky!). The interior is pretty much immaculate. The leather on the seats has general scratches/wear that you’d expect from a car this age, but there are no rips or tears in the leather. It has an aftermarket stereo and the (original?) speakers work well with it – AM/FM + CD player. The exterior of the car is spectacular for it’s age. A few minor chips and scratches in the paintwork but only if you look very closely. It does have one area of rust peeking through but very minor.

The car has a lot of original parts that are often lost with these old cars – including the original jack, spare wheel, and almost complete toolkit that pops down from the trunk!
All in all, great looking and functioning car.

Not so good bits

There are a few minor/easy to fix issues with the car. It recently ran out of battery when the alternator cable corroded. I’ve replaced the cable but it still runs out of juice after a while. It may need either a new battery – about $100 from Canadian Tire, or a new alternator – $290 from Lordco. Luckily both the battery and the alternator are accessible and easy to replace, but I just don’t have the time to take a look at them. As mentioned the brakes work very well, but are quite squeaky, some new brake pads should remedy this. The exhaust has been patched up at certain places, it works and sounds absolutely fine but if you were buying this car to restore to perfect condition, you may want to replace it. At some point along the lines, we lost the key to the ignition. We’ve had a new key cut to fit the doors, but couldn’t get the ignition out to cut a new key for that. So the ignition has been drilled out and a dummy ignition installed on the left side of the steering wheel. New ignitions are easy to find on ebay and are not expensive, but again, lack of time has prevented us from installing a new one. The car still starts and functions with the fix.

The A/C is questionable – heat works really really well, but cold air is maybe not as cold as it should be. At least compared to newer vehicles. We’ve also never figured out how to work the cruise control, it’s not very intuitive and seems to just speed up. This is something I really wouldn’t use anyway so never put the effort into figuring it out!

Other than that, it has a few random sounds here and there and a fuse will go once in a while, but all of this is more than expected with a car such as this – it’s part of the fun and character of owning a true classic!

Location:

Coutrenay, Vancouver Island

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