As GCFSB has grown in the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in reader mail saying they found their car through our site. Last week, we were notified that a 1995 540i M-Sport we featured late last year found its way into a GCFSB reader’s hands, with an interesting road trip that followed. The new owner, Mike, recapped the experience for us below.
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The ascension of the E30 M3 and subsequent increase in value of both the E28 M5 and E24 M6 have underscored the incredible value of the lone early 1990s BMW M survivor, the E34 M5. While purists may complain that the E34 was heavier and a more dulled experience than the E28 M5, I’ve always found the E34 to be an even better representation of the M experience. M cars were all about stealthy performance, and in my mind the E34 is the most stealthy M car produced. Another reason I like the E34 versus the E28 is the introduction of more colors than just black – in this case, this E34 is the same color combination as the first M5 I ever sat in; silver with grey leather:
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While generally I find myself looking at C4 Audi S4/S6s and thinking they’re an amazing deal right now, it’s hard to not feel the same way about the E34 M5. If the E28 was the unloved M from the 1980s for some time, more recently we’ve seen a surge in E28 prices that are starting to pick the “original” super sedan up in price. In some cases, clean versions of the E28 M5 are now trading for more than their sister in a prettier dress that has traditionally carried more value, the M6. In even more rare cases, some have surpassed the values of the market-darling E30 M3. Where’s the M deal to be had now, then? Even if the driving experience was dulled slightly by some added weight and luxury with the E28′s successor, the E34, the retention of the great drivetrain coupled with some refined looks wasn’t all bad. In my opinion, the E34 is a very worthy replacement for the E28 – and a strong alternative to the S4/S6 market which is also beginning to tick up slightly. Check out this first year Brilliant Red example:
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The E39 M5, for all its amazing performance and quiet aggression, is fairly ubiquitous, especially here in top-of-the-line hungry Silicon Valley. The E34 M5 has its detractors, but it is still a rare, fast, and attractive sports sedan that will hide from those who don’t know and is searched for by those who do. Today’s comes from an owner who clearly knows his stuff and has enjoyed the car for 16 years while making (mostly) tasteful upgrades. The performance pieces all make sense and it’s surely a hoot, giving the singing inline-6 more juice and the chassis greater ability to hang with it. It has covered a lot of miles, but there’s always the chance that this is one of the “extra-special” S38s that can go for 300k+ miles. There’s also the chance that it’s not, meaning it’ll need a rebuild in the next 20k miles, and that’ll set you back nearly its current list price. The price is right though, and the owner is indeed being completely reasonable.
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A few months’ ago, I got wind of E24 Alpina rotting in a salvage yard in northern New England. Despite trekking across broken roads and through desolate towns, my excitement was tempered by the words, “We crushed that years ago.” Damn near crushed my soul, those words. This 1989 Alpina B10 is a far happier case of preservation and meticulous ownership, right down to the original floor mats and a rear seat that appears unused. Some pundits call it “…one of the best turbocharged engines ever”, and with 360 b.h.p. on tap, there’s plenty of power to go around. Despite a projected cost to develop of $3.2 million (in 1980s dollars), the B10 established the E34 chassis as one of Alpina’s greatest successes in its history, and this car is an impeccable specimen with only 41,000 miles. If you have to own one, it’s hard to go wrong with the one up for grabs at 4Star Classics.