It’s surprisingly difficult to find a clean, low-mileage E34 5-series. I should know: I recently bought one myself. AlthoughÂ IÂ eventually found aÂ nice example, I had to wade through a lot of sad and tired carsÂ beforeÂ finding it. That’s a shame becauseÂ theseÂ areÂ among the mostÂ attractive and well-balanced cars produced by BMW inÂ recent memory. TheÂ design neatly bridges the angular, four-headlight era with the softer,Â moreÂ rounded periodÂ to come in the late 90s,Â and is likely to beÂ looked back upon as a classic. The styling isÂ purposeful, handsome and unmistakably BMW.Â Even the hot versions, the 540i M-Sport and the M5,Â are only distinguished from the lower models by subtly modified bumpers and side skirts, leaving owners of baseÂ models, like myself, able to kid themselves that they are driving something a bit more special than they really are. TheÂ finely weighted chassis makesÂ the car feel surprisingly throwable and sporty for an executive sedan; ifÂ theÂ equivalent car from Mercedes, the W124, is built for autobahn cruising, the E34 is well suited to driving the back roads.
But unfortunately, aÂ lot of theseÂ have already been driven into the ground.Â EveryÂ now and again however aÂ nice one pops up, like this mint condition example for sale in Canada and eligible for import into the US.