1991 BMW M5

The E28 M5 that Carter wrote up the other day was a nice piece of kit. But the E34 remains my favorite version of the M-powered 5-series. Sure, it was heavier than it’s predecessor. But even with the additional heft, the dynamic chassis and dialled-in suspension setup meant it was still a spritely, potent car. It was also subtle, distinguished from lower models only by a few, discreet M-badges, restyled lower valances and unique alloys. That’s no bad thing. Super sedans should be understated, in my view, and the conservatively styled E34 was handsome then and remains so now. That understated exterior conceals a glorious, screaming 3.6 liter inline six, replete with six individual throttle bodies, a motor that was good for just over 300 hp when new.

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Year: 1991
Model: M5
Engine: 3.6 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 111,000 mi
Price: $22,500 Buy It Now or Make Offer

1991 BMW E34 M5
NICE SOLID ORIGINAL CAR
JET BLACK
SILVERGREY NAPA LEATHER
RARE 4 PLACE SEATING WITH REAR CONSOLE & AIR
ALL POWER OPTIONS
NO ACCIDENTS!! ALL VIN STICKERS ON PANELS
ALL STOCK NO MODS
M REAR SPOILER
BEAUTIFUL THROWING STAR WHEELS
COMPLETE MANUALS WITH SOME SERVICE RECEIPTS
CARFAX IS CLEAN & SHOWS GOOD SERVICE HISTORY
CAR SHOWS ITS AGE WELL
WILL CONSIDER QUALITY TRADES UP OR DOWN
PLEASE CALL 239-707-4416
Car is sitting in Cincinnati Ohio at the moment it can be delivered there or Florida or ship anywhere at buyers expense

This particular example presents nicely in Black (Schwarz II) over a Light Silver Gray leather interior. The car looks clean inside and out, is noted to be stock, and has been outfitted with an M-Tech II steering wheel and rear console box in place of a third seat in the back, making for a 2+2 seating configuration. Flaws visible in the photos are limited to some peeling of the vinyl inserts on the door cards, and a slight sag in the headliner toward the rear. A lip spoiler has been appended to the rear deck lid; I assume it’s aftermarket.

The asking price of $22,500 is ambitious. To be sure, E34 M5 values have been on the rise lately. But that’s probably a little too high for a car with over 100k miles. Also, the ad copy suggests that the car’s maintenance records are incomplete. That’s a shame. The S38 motor is robust, but needs conscientious care and regular servicing to ensure that it remains so. A lack of complete records may serve to bring the price down a bit.

– Craig

2 thoughts on “1991 BMW M5

  1. Beautiful car. I owned a ’91 M5 in silver but I would have preferred black. Also, I love the throwing star wheels. Mine had parallel mags. It may have been the best car I ever owned. Ran perfectly; not finicky. Tremendous power; always a major thrill to get the revs up in 3rd gear. Only drawback was the transmission ratios for in-town driving. Car requires a lot of shifting in traffic, which is not too pleasant. But for driving good curves on a country road the stability and traction, along with uncanny ride comfort, has not been surpassed by any car I’ve owned since. I know the engines can go 200,000 or 300,000 miles. All the systems – brakes, suspension, cooling, steering, are tremendously strong and well-engineered. Comfortable for long trips, fabulous visibility, but no sports car shape to attract the wrong kind of attention on a freeway or Interstate. Perfect Q-ship. Another thing: these cars tend to be owned by engineers, airline pilots or machinists. There aren’t many around that haven’t been well maintained. The Yahoo chat group for E34 M5s was one of my main sources of entertainment and communication during my pleasant years of M5 ownership.

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