1991 BMW M5

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Contrary to the waves of criticism heaped upon the E34 M5 as being less raw and special than the E28 and not as incredible-in-every-way as the E39, the second-generation super sedan has a lot going for it. The E34 didn’t deviate from BMW’s strengths – sharp lines and an inline-6 remained – but it is decidedly more modern in both looks and amenities than its predecessor. While the E34 brought the ability to purchase M5s in North America in a variety of colors, this M5 is done à la Canada with black covering the exterior and interior. Both have been redone recently, helping it look extraordinarily sharp as it approaches 200k miles. Small aesthetic modifications make for a unique package, highlighted by an Alcantara headliner inside while the 5-less ///M badge is an unfortunate choice and more readily indicates a pimped-out 525i than a hand-built special. The stock wheels (which come with the car) and chrome kidneys would be more my style, but the E39 M5 wheels look more appropriate than usual as a retrofit.

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Year: 1991
Model: M5
Engine: 3.6 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 184,962 mi
Price: No-reserve auction
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Very rare vehicle here! 1991 BMW M5 5spd manual transmission. This vehicle is fully restored to almost perfect condition. All service records and books with receipts are available since purchase date. All body panels have vin number stickers on them. No accident, no rust or corrosion. No fluid leaks or mechanical issues. Runs and drives very well. Shocks are converted to Bilstein and H&R spring kit. Exterier fully redone 2 yrs ago professionally(over $8k spend on paint work and new seals, trims, moldings , lights, etc). Also recently interier is redone with suede headligner and front seats and door panels with leather. New suspension bushings, a/c recharge, oil service and oxygen sensor replaced recently. Vehicle comes with original 5spke wheel set as well. No low bidders please. Vehicle belongs to bmw service shop owner so bid with confidence.

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With the reserve off and a feeding frenzy of bidders, this attractive but high-mileage M5 is looking to get a pretty strong price for the seller. Allegedly a BMW service shop owner, we can hope that the engine has received as much love as the visible parts, but pushing 200k on an S38 will always be a bit of a gamble. The mileage seems to be the only real concern to put a ceiling on the bidding, which looks like it could reach well over $15k by the time the auction ends. The winner will get a very clean E34 that looks more modern than most and shines a light on the days when manufacturers still saw simple and beautiful as complementary terms.

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4 thoughts on “1991 BMW M5

  1. I bought my E34 M5 which is just as good condition last October for $9500. The biggest difference? A new factory S38? In retrospect, I got a hell of a deal.

  2. I put 300K on my E34M5 w/o a rebuild, valve work… And it ran a amazing, w redline hit every time I drove the car. The motors are bullet proof and robust, it’s all the other stuff that drain the wallet!!! leaks, suspension, AC…

  3. Funny-looking aftermarket headlights and taillights- the headlights look like they have halos in them as well. The front seats’ upholstery does not match the rears- look at the obvious difference in stitch pattern- the rears look factory.

    It is amazing that if you really did spend $8k on a paint job, you would make the effort to photograph the car in good light with a decent camera to show off the quality of the work. These photos look like they came from a cell phone camera- you can’t tell much at all. The current $13.5k bid sounds like above top dollar, FWIW.

  4. This guy has been trying to sell this thing FOREVER. Its been on CL and their dealership site for at least 3 years. Price keeps climbing too. I’ve seen it in person and it does look nice, but haven’t driven it nor given it a real inspection. Like the rims, but don’t like the lights.

    I’ve heard the owner is wishy washy when it came to selling it. Their little dealership is on a circle with a bunch of other small mechanics/body shops and they work on some higher end cars.

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