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BMW 5 Series 1978

The 1978 BMW 5 Series range of configurations is currently priced from $2,400.

The 1978 BMW 5 Series carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1600 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

BMW 5 Series 1978 Price and Specs

The BMW 5 Series 1978 is currently available from $2,400 for the 5 Series 520i up to $4,840 for the 5 Series 528i.

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BMW 5 Series Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
520i Sedan 2.0L Leaded 4 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
528i Sedan 2.8L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,800 $4,840
528i Sedan 2.8L Leaded 4 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
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BMW 5 Series 1978 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the BMW 5 Series here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Should I buy an electric car now or later?

    It’s definitely true that the march of new-car technology is making big changes to the cars we’re being offered almost on a monthly basis. So, if your current car is just three years old, it might be worth holding on to it and waiting for the next big thing to arrive in showrooms. Certainly, by trading-in at just three years, you’ll pretty much max out the depreciation you’ll suffer in financial terms.

    But by waiting, you might find that you can buy an electric vehicle and be able to tap into newer and better infrastructure that will be in place in another few years, rather than put up with the relatively sparse charging-station network currently in this country.

    At the moment, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid is a pretty good way to go, provided you use the vehicle mostly in an urban setting, rather than long-distance freeway journeys where the hybrid tech is less advantageous. A hybrid is not exactly future-proof, but it’s a good next step for a lot of Australian car-owners.


    As for what brand is best, the tech is getting better and better as time goes by, so it’s likely to be build date rather than brand that will determine the efficiency of the vehicle in question. That said, car owners can’t hold off forever when it comes to upgrading, so for the moment, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid is a logical next car. We’re particularly impressed by the current-model Toyota Camry which is good value to buy, a classy driving experience and offers hybrid fuel efficiency in the right environment. Such cars will be a lot of Australian families’ first hybrid, and rightly so.

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  • Why is the coolant system on my 2004 BMW 525i losing pressure?

    Did you replace the coolant tank because the vehicle was losing coolant in the first place? If so, there’s a chance that even though the coolant tank is brand new, there could be a leak from somewhere else in the system (that’s allowing the system to lose pressure, as you’ve identified). Possibilities include the radiator itself or even a head gasket, not to mention any one of a number of plastic fittings that control the flow of coolant to the engine and the car’s heating system. But don’t rule out the simple stuff, either; even the humble radiator cap or loose hose-clamp can allow pressure to leak from a cooling system.

    The problem with a lot of imported cars is that they tend to use lots of plastic components in their plumbing systems. As they age (and at 16 years old, your car is hardly in the first flush of youth) these fittings and couples become brittle and can begin to leak or even fall apart altogether. In colder climates, these plastic bits and pieces don’t present the same problems to the same degree, but here in Australia, our hot-climate heat-cycles are not appreciated by some makes and models. Combine that with a modern, pressurised cooling system, and you have yourself a problem.

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  • BMW 535 2011: Using fuel additives

    I can’t see any reason for using a fuel additive, particularly as you use high-octane fuel.

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  • BMW 5-Series 2006: Where is the oil tank located?

    Oil is added through the cap on the rocker cover on top of the engine, fuel is added through the filler cap on the right rear quarter panel. If in doubt check the owner's manual.

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BMW 5 Series 1978 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 1978 BMW 5 Series are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1700mm x 1425mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the BMW 5 Series 1978 Dimensions  include 1420mm height, 1690mm width, 4620mm length.
BMW 5 Series Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
520i Sedan 1420x1690x4620 mm
528i Sedan 1425x1690x4620 mm
528i Sedan 1415x1700x4620 mm 140 mm
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BMW 5 Series 1978 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 1978 BMW 5 Series is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The BMW 5 Series is available with the following fuel type: Leaded.

BMW 5 Series Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
520i Sedan 2.0L,Leaded,4 SP MAN
528i Sedan 2.8L,Leaded,4 SP MAN
528i Sedan 2.8L,Leaded,4 SP MAN
528i Sedan 2.8L,Leaded,3 SP AUTO 10.8L/100km
528i Sedan 2.8L,Leaded,3 SP AUTO 10.8L/100km
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BMW 5 Series 1978 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 1978 BMW 5 Series will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the BMW 5 Series vary from 14x5.5 inches to 14x6 inches.

BMW 5 Series Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
520i Sedan 14x5.5 inches 14x5.5 inches
528i Sedan 14x6 inches 14x6 inches
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BMW 5 Series 1978 Towing capacity

The BMW 5 Series’s towing capacity ranges from 1200kg to 1600kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

BMW 5 Series Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
520i Sedan 2.0L,Leaded,4 SP MAN 1200kg
528i Sedan 2.8L,Leaded,4 SP MAN 1600kg
528i Sedan 2.8L,Leaded,3 SP AUTO 1600kg
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