Welcome back to Week in Review, where we recap the last few weeks of vehicles we have featured:
All posts tagged 5 series
While Enthusiast Automotive Group always has plenty of drool-inducing eye candy available, it’s cars like this 528 that catch my eye. As a lower-end model, the 528e was used for its efficiency and road-manners, making it an unlikely target for preservation. That’s why this 1988 with under 50,000 miles is so unusual, considering most of these are used up and retired, if not junked entirely. Someone loved this car, and it shows – the extensive paperwork, accident-free history and original details like floor mats and the factory sound system are all evidence that the previous owner recognized what a good car they had, and saw no need to modify it for drifting events or paint it flat-black in pursuit of being “unique.”
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW 528e at Enthusiast Automotive Group
The E39 is a classic, handsome car that may well go down in history as the quintessential 5-series. The wagon was merely an extension of the good looks and capability, multiplied when they saw fit to drop the smooth M62 4.4 liter V8 in it. Manuals were available but extremely hard to come by, and while that would certainly be preferable, an automatic is well-suited for highway and family-hauling duty. With just 84k miles, this luxury wagon is roughly the same price as a VW Jetta TDI wagon of similar vintage. If you’re not too worried about gas mileage, I know for certain which one brings more comfort and speed for the money.
Click for details: 2002 BMW 540i Touring on eBay
The low mileage E28 BMW M5 that Nate wrote up last week got me thinking again about what kind of cars would fill out my collection if I struck it rich. Certainly it would be an M5, but which one? As sharp as the original M5 is, I’m still distracted every time I come across an E39 M5 in my travels. Much like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this is the sports saloon that is just right for me. It straddles the line nicely between modern and classic, packs a punch with the V8/6-speed manual combination and has just the right amount of aggression in an almost perfect sized package. Apparently I’m not the only one who finds this car to be “just right” given the values we’ve seen for these Munich monsters.
Both E39 M5s we’ll look at today are 2003 examples, the first being this sinister looking black example for sale in Maryland with just under 30,000 miles on the clock.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 BMW M5 on eBay
The Euro’d E28 M5 with just 62k miles Carter wrote up last week went for a reasonable $21k, showing that the market for M5s is strong but not skyrocketing. Extra-low mileage examples are few and far between, and today’s 28k-mile example is being sold by the notoriously high-pricing Enthusiast Auto Group. Forum guesses put the price as high as $80k, which may be what EAG is asking but is not what they’re going to get. While it certainly looks like a sheltered, sub-30k mile creampuff, the door-card speakers are a strikingly bad choice. Low mileage is great, but without full originality I don’t see the point.