1991 BMW M5

I always feel as if the E34 BMW M5 gets lost in whole BMW Motorsports lineup, as it followed the original E28 M5 and preceeded the E39 M5, which, for good reason, enthusiasts fawn over. Over the past year though, while I sift through listings of potential vehicles for this site, I’ve grown to appreciate the E34 M5 more and more. It captures that mix of classic and modern BMW styling so very well; while it looks mild, it will deliver massive thrills if you step hard on the loud pedal. With E28 M5 prices rising and good E39 M5s still concentrated around the $20,000 mark, the E34 is an M5 that is accessible to many and lacks little, with the amazing 3.6 liter inline six cylinder engine good for 307 horsepower in North American trim. This E34 M5 for sale in Kansas comes with all books and service records, a low 50,000 miles on the clock and looks the business in this black on black color combo.

1991 BMW M5 on eBay

1991 BMW M5 Black with Black leather interior, Like new, always garaged, Never driven in the rain or snow. Only 50,686 original miles. All service records, books and original window sticker. Upgraded wheels. Also comes with original tires and wheels. See pics. Engine hood repainted to cover stone chips from highway driving. Before 1993, the left front fender was replace due to a minor parking lot incident. Drives and looks new. Car is completely stock, No disappointments!

Deposit of $500 is due within 48 hours, paypal only. Balance is due in full within 10 days, we will accept cash in person, bank check, or wire transfer. Paypal will not be accepted for the balance due. Vehicle will be released when full payment is received and all funds are guaranteed. Car is advertised locally, we reserve the right to cancel at anytime.

As much as I like the later throwing star alloy wheels that appeared on E34 M5s from 1992 on, the M-parallel wheels are a great upgrade on this modern classic. Well kept E34 M5s with under 100,000 miles tend to hover around the $10,000 mark these days, with exceptional examples reaching into the $15,000 to $20,000 territory. Anything above that tends to creep into later, E39 M5 territory. My only problem with this car is that it isn’t closer to me. But that’s probably a good thing, especially my wallet.


1988 BMW 535is

Last week, Nate featured an impossibly mint 1988 BMW 535i with Euro market fascias, updated BBS Style 5 wheels and a stunning color combo of Alpinweiss over Cardinal Red leather. After 51 bids that car sold for $17,455. As a follow on to what could be considered a high water mark for non-M5 E28s, here is a nice example of a similar vintage 535is. The is designation added an M5 front and rear spoiler, sport seats and a stiffer suspension. While this car for sale in San Diego has over 100,000 more miles on the clock than the car Nate sourced, it has nevertheless had a high level of care lavished upon it.

1988 BMW 535is on eBay

1988 BMW 535is. This is the third e28 I’ve owned and in my opinion represents the pinnacle of the e28 line. This car is a genuine “is”, not an imitation, with full documentation from when new. The 535is was only produced in 1987 and 1988, a beautiful example of the classic shark-nosed BMWs from the ‘80s. The “is” sport package includes the m-technic front air dam and rear spoiler that came on the 1988 M5. It also includes 12 way power adjustable sport seats and sport tuned suspension. You can tell the ’88s from the ’87 model year by the body colored mirrors, similar to the M5. This car has the best interior/exterior color combo in my opinion: diamond-black-metallic exterior (diamantschwarz-metallic) over black leather interior.

Compared to the M5, it’s a much less costly option, all parts are completely interchangeable, and you aren’t compelled to keep the originality of the M5 intact. For instance, the motor can be swapped with a newer M30B35 motor easily and cheaply. That being said, this car is completely stock, except for reversible cosmetic upgrades like the wheels and lowering springs. All numbers match: doors, trunk, hood, even the engine. No accidents, and a clean title. All electronics and mechanicals work, including the power headrests, AC, odometer, rear defroster, cruise control, onboard computer, radio, ABS, power windows and door locks, retractable antennae, everything.

Much of the work has been performed by La Jolla Independent (a very reputable local BMW restoration shop). Only the best quality parts have been used. Receipts dating back to the original owner are included. Also included is the original owner’s manual and documentation, including the window sticker. The original BMW model year brochure is also included; a beautiful publication that includes the entire e28 line for 1988.

The car has a lot of miles, but there is plenty of life left. These engines and cars can run for well over 300k mile. The M30 motor is considered one of the best 6-cylinder motors ever produced by BMW, or anybody for that matter. Plenty of power and torque. This car doesn’t burn or leak a drop oil. And as you may know, German cars of the 80s are hugely over engineered, they just don’t make them like they used to. Nearly everything is stamped W. Germany, even the wires are extra heavy gage compared to today’s standards.

Exact numbers are unknown, but according to sources, total production for both years was only 2,714 cars for the American market, two-thirds of which were 5-speed manuals. If the numbers are equally divided between each year, only 1,018 5-speed cars were produced for 1988. These numbers are less than the official production numbers for the M5. Rare indeed. The e28 is becoming more and more collectible. Now is your chance to grab a great one, at a great price. LOW RESERVE!

Some of the upgrades include:

The car has been lowered by 1 ½ inches all around and Bilstein sport shocks are installed on all four corners. The rear springs are adjustable and have six positions to choose from. It’s currently set on the middle setting. Genuine BBS “Style 5” basketweave 17 inch rims. 235/45/17 rubber all around with 90% wear left.

European front headlights with yellow “French-look” high beams (film can be removed easily). European rear headrests. M-technic steering wheel.
Front seats, front headrests, and rear headrests have all been professionally recovered in original BMW leather. Rear parcel tray has been recovered.
Limited slip differential w/ stock 3.25 ratio (came as an original equipment option on these models). Car was professionally repainted in the original color by a previous owner. Paint is in great shape. The Getrag 5 speed manual shifts well with Redline synthetic/conventional mix as recommended by La Jolla Independent.

The brank master cylinder has been upgraded to a larger one from an ’88 735i. I also have front and rear brakes from an e34 535i, but these are not installed. Included in price! Easy upgrade. Overall the car is in fantastic shape, exceptionally clean inside and out. The motor starts and runs great. It has a new Bosch air-flow meter. Recent catalytic converter, passed CA smog. I have a lot of spare parts if interested. Over 20+ mpg on the freeway. Factory original Blaupunkt stereo. Tinted windows.

I also have a Yakima rack that holds two bikes or one bike and one surfboard. I have never installed it on this car, but it fits perfectly and can be purchased for addition $$$. Rust: the only rust I have found on the car is a small area on the rear outside wheel lip (passenger side), and on the lower left corner of the trunk’s rain channel. This car is always garaged or covered.

Around $5,000 to $7,000 should buy a very good example of a non-M5 E28 these days. But, as we saw with the last E28 we featured, the right around of modifications and provenance has the ability to shoot these sedans into the price stratosphere. Even though this car has been well kept up, mileage will of course be a concern going forward. Still, this car presents extremely well and hasn’t been obscenely over modified. For the right price, I’d still give it a go. My problem is, I’m not sure which one I like better: the white 535i which just sold, or this one. Both are equally attractive in my book.


1991 BMW M5 with 27,000 miles

There have been a few nice E34 M5s featured on GCFSB lately, but here is one of the lowest mileage ones I’ve come across in quite some time. A one owner example with full service records, it is for sale due north of Baltimore.

1991 BMW M5 on eBay

1991 BMW M5 in pristine condition. Car has had one, non-smoking owner, garage kept…brilliant red exterior shines likes new! Silver leather interior is in excellent condition. No wear or damage anywhere on or in the car. New Michelin tires. All service records available.

It appears this is a fairly unmolested example of an E34 M5, as the original wheels with the cooling fin wheel covers in tact. Many owners swapped these out for the later “throwing star” M-System II wheels. A bit more of an expanded description and detailed pictures would have certainly been welcome. My only question is with a car like this, how could any owner resist not driving it more than 27,000 miles over the last 20 years or so? I, for one, couldn’t resist such temptation.


1991 BMW M5

I still have M5s on my mind. Who can blame me? These are quite possibly the best sports sedans ever to roam the planet. I will say that I’m partial to the first three generations of M5s, as I feel the last two have lost the plot, both in size and complexity. This E34 for sale on the BMW Club Classifieds is a tasty looking number, with only 7,500 miles on a comprehensive engine rebuild. The adaptive suspension has been ditched in favor of a Dinan setup. I could go both ways on that; yes, it isn’t stock but more than likely it would offer greater reliability over the long haul.

1991 BMW M5 on BMW CCA Classifieds

Sunroof, power windows, locks & seats, Dinan suspension (airbags deleted), BBS wheels, 7.5k miles on complete engine rebuild (new pistons, rings, bearings, all seals, belts, clutch, pressure-plate, flywheel reconditioned, over $12k in parts & labor), ice cold a/c, factory spare never used, new Lloyd floor mats, non-smoker, no accidents, absolutely no rust, most receipts, beautiful. Willing to trade for a nice pre-’74 2002.

Normally I don’t like my M5s modified too much, but I like what this owner has done to this example. The BBS RC rims works well and with the color, give this car a butch look. With the cost of the repairs, this owner isn’t making much of a profit. The price is a little on the high side for an E34 M5, but who knows These might be the next vintage M cars to take off in value, following in the footsteps of the E30 M3.


2001 BMW 530i Sport 5 speed

The E39 BMW 5er needs no introduction on this website, being a favorite of the writers of this blog and readers. The M5 is probably the most poured over E39, however, between the entry level 525i and the V8 engined 540i/M5 versions stood the 530i, which offered BMWs ubiquitous 3.0 liter inline six producing 228 horsepower. Enthusaists often hold this version in highest esteem, since the weight savings of the inline six over the V8 improves handling while sacrificing little in performance. The following example on Craigslist near Washington, DC has some tasty M accessories, three pedals and not too many miles under it’s belt. The aftermarket wheels are also rather tasteful, unlike some accessorized E39s I’ve seen.

2001 BMW 530i Sport on Craigslist DC

2001 530i Sport, Premium and 5 Speed. Titanium Silver, grey leather interior. 77K miles. M Sport suspension, M steering wheel and trim. I’ve taken really good care of this car and can document with lots of maintenance records. Installed the OEM (no cheap kit) M-Tech front and rear bumpers, along with a Magnaflow exhaust. Rims are 18″ Monet New Age with Sumitomo HTR ZIII performance tires with lots of tread left. Also has Premium package — Xenon headlights, Park Distance Control, top of the line Montana leather, DSP sound system. 

Here’s what Bimmer magazine had to say in April 2008 — “The manual gearbox 530i Sport has always been our favorite E39, as it has ample power and more nimble handling with none of the V8 problems.” Look around – manuals don’t come on the market very often. Get yourself a classic BMW made before they became more software than car.

A neighbor of mine owned a 530i, albeit with an automatic transmission, but even so, in dark metallic gray, there is just a seriousness to this sport sedan that epitomizes what we all love about BMWs and dread about the latest iterations cranked out of the factory in Munich. I’ve driven a 525i and 540i, both with manual transmissions. Both were fantastic to drive, the 525i light on it’s feet but lacking a little bit of top end power, the 540i brutish, but the handling was just a tad compromised. From listening to the critics, it would seem that the 530i mirrors the famous story of “The Three Bears.” It’s the one that’s “just right.”


1991 BMW M5

Of all the generations of M5s that have come and gone, the E34 is my favorite, even over the considerably faster V8 powered E39. The current E60 never did anything for me and it remains to be seen how good the upcoming F10 will be. The E34 just embodies the peak of BMW styling mixed with their fantastic, breathed on straight six engine. Here is a relatively low mileage 1991 E34 out in the midwest. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but generally looks sound.

Up for auction is a rare 1991 BMW M5. These cars were handbuilt in Germany and there are not too many around these days. The car has 89,000 miles, is a two owner car, and has full service history.

Now the car is not concourse ready but a nice example for someone who wants an everyday driver or too spend a little time on it and make it perfect. The car has spent its life in the midwest so there are a couple of spots were rust has formed on the bottom of the doors and the door seams(see pics). Has had some paintwork (20 year old car), all panels are original except it does have a r-dot hood.

Mechanically the car feels very solid and strong. The transmission has no syncro issues and the clutch feels tight and it pulls hard, the car starts right up and the engine is strong. I do have a extra set of snow tires and BBS rims that do come with the car that in my opinion look better than than the factory wheels(forgot to take pic).

The interior is in good shape for a car of this age but does need some work to be perfect. The drivers bolster is torn and missing a chunk of foam. the rest of the seats are good but could use a dye job. The rugs are clean. All power options seem to work fine.

The asking price is hovering right around the clean retail mark at $10,000, however, knock a grand or two off the price and this would be a decent value. The one thing that puts me off is the light colored leather. I had a friend with a 1992 325i with the same interior color and as it ages, it looks awful. Too bad it’s not a darker gray or black. Still though, a solid looking example of one of the M division’s finest.


2000 BMW 525iT 5-speed

For many enthusiasts that read this blog, the E39 BMW 5 series is revered as the consummate sport sedan before BMW went crazy with i-Drive and funky styling. The fact that E39 series sedans are readily available with manual transmissions in both 6 cylinder and V8 format makes them even more attractive to enthusiasts. But when is the last time you saw a 5 series wagon with a manual transmission. And one with less than 60,000 miles? Here’s one available in Pennsylvania.

The seller states:

2000 BMW 528iT Wagon, 5 speed. Sunroof, leather, heated seats, BMW Dealer serviced.

Given the cost of SUVs these days, this 5 series wagon offers a nice combination of style, utility and performance for a very reasonable price. Given what these cost new, this is an immense bargain and the proven mechanicals should provide years of blissful service. If I needed something more commodious than a sedan, this car would get my vote.


2000 BMW 540iT

With the popularity of the BMW X3 and X5 these days, the BMW 5 series wagon has taken a backseat to the sport utility vehicle craze and, it was recently announced that the newly revised F10 (we’re not using the E prefix anymore) 5 series wagon will not be coming to the US. Instead, we’ll be left with the newly developed 5 series Gran Turismo, which, from what it appears to me, is trying to be a sedan/SUV/wagon all in one. Whatever it is, when I saw it in person, it just didn’t work for me. It’s too big for my tastes, which is sadly the case with most new cars these days.

Let’s take a look at simpler times, when you could have a good, honest BMW wagon with a V8 and rear wheel drive:

The seller states:

2000 BMW 540iT Wagon, Sunroof, 6-CD Changer, Alloy Wheels, Remote Start, Navigation. 66,992 miles

With no reserve, the bidding is still under $10,000, which is a steal for a car with this much hauling capacity and power. Just the thing for that trip to the Hamptons. And an even bigger question looms: will the Hamptons embrace the Gran Turismo as much as they have the 5 series wagon in the past?


1976 BMW 530i, 43k original miles

Critics will most certainly be abuzz with the introduction of a new 5 series this year, so let’s take a look back to where it all started, the E12 chassis. This particular example is a very complete, very mint condition example of the range topping 530i model.

The seller states:

Up for auction is our 1976 BMW 533I with 43k original documented miles! We have all the service records to back it up. This vintage bimmer has always been stored properly in a climate controlled garage. A few years back it had a mild make over, new paint, mild engine overhaul, as well as a transmission overhaul. The previous owner was very meticulous, and wanted keep this rare find up to standards. Everything was done professionally. The interior is all original, and is literally like new.

The seats, carpet, and dash are in great shape. The headliner has some discoloration, but is still in good shape. My favorite part of the car is the tool kit. It has the original German tools from day one, and they are in great shape as well. As you can see in the pictures, all the chrome is in great shape. This is a very well preserved piece of BMW history, and always the topic of conversation everywhere you go! The original steel wheels are included in this auction as well. The rims and tires that are on the car are in “like new” condition.

Clean E12s don’t come on the market often so this no reserve sale will give an indicator of where prices are for these sedans. The only thing holding this car back in the enthusiasts eye is the automatic transmission. This could possibly make this more attractive to a certain group of buyers, though.