I feel bad for the E34. It’s probably a decent car underneath that now-familiar sheetmetal, but I just don’t think most enthusiasts’ blood gets pumping for the plain-jane straight-six equipped 5ers. This Florida example looks super clean, with low mileage and the desirable 5-speed, not to mention lots of recent maintenance and one-ownership history. But here’s the rub: even with such low miles, one bumper-bash later and your insurance company is totaling it. And at this juncture, the non-Motorsports E34s just aren’t at the level of becoming weekend-only vehicles. However, similar to the E28 we featured a few days ago, even a low-spec model can look like a bargain in 20 years’ time. Or, you could buy it cheap now and just enjoy effortless highway cruising.
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The E34 M5 is one of those pieces of fruit that’s not quite forbidden, but perhaps it should be. Cheap to buy but expensive to own, I always wondered if the price of admission was worth it compared to a 540i with the V8 and a third pedal. Personally, I can get into the mystique that comes with owning an M car: it just feels special, whether deserved or not. However, there’s nothing wrong with the sounds of a storming V8 with the classic E34 body wrapped around it. This example has had some recent maintenance items addressed and the pesky SLS suspension has been swapped out for conventional Bilsteins. Is the M-badge worth it? You decide.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 BMW M5 on eBay
I recently had the opportunity to ogle a similar car at my mechanic’s shop. Same color, too, with the identical wheels. I surprised myself at how much I liked it – helped greatly by the M-Technic body kit and the Throwing Stars – and it gave me great pause when considering what I thought of as “future candidates” for daily driven transportation. So many of these cars seem to have the replacement engine block that many of them are still in fine form (and effectively low-mileage) and ready for years of silent, exclusive, Motorsports-blessed transportation. This car, with its still-functioning adjustable suspension and Alusil block with less than 50,000 miles, is ticking a lot of the right boxes for yours truly.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW 540i M-Sport on Kansas City’s Craigslist
Red can be a hard color to pull off well on a big sedan – they sometimes end up looking like the Fire Brigade’s car. But there are some notable exceptions; Red C4 Audis, for example, look particularly spectacular when well polished. Another car that seems to stand apart from other large red rides is the E34 BMW. Just look at this M-Sport model in Hellrot – it’s a brilliant example of how to do the lines of a car properly. I really wish BMW still made sedans in this mold; it was the first step in cleaning up the U.S. specification bumpers into a well-unified design and I’m not sure that they’ve done much better since. While last week I wrote up a E34 M5 that most people seemed to like, today’s example answers at least one of the complaints of those that didn’t with the M60 V8 packed under the hood. Otherwise, this car is as close to a M5 as one could get in 1995:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW 540i M-Sport on eBay
How much rarer can an E34 get? As I’ve dug deeper into E36 ownership, I’m amazed at the variety of colors and options BMW’s Individual series made possible. This Avus Blue 540i was already a desirable 6-speed, V8-equipped car before the highly-desirable exterior color was added to the mix, along with a Buffalo Leather interior that appears flawless. If the seller’s claims that this was originally a BMW promotional vehicle are true – well, this would be the one to own if an M5 is out of the question. And given the lower operating costs of a 540, this car is almost more appealing than an E34 M5 given it can go toe-to-toe in the rarity department. Avus Blue is one of the most popular colors of the E36 M3 lineup, and if I owned one in that shade, I might give serious consideration to having the ultimate combination of highway cruiser and weekend warrior.