Rot Kiefernauge: 1995 BMW M5 Clone E34

This next car is close enough from a cosmetic and performance perspective that only you’ll know it isn’t an M5. It was born from the factory as an E34 525i, but someone put an S52 from a 1999 M3 under the hood, big (but not too big) wheels and some valence/bumper pieces to make it more M5ish. The end result is a car that’ll be only a skosh slower than a real M5. And maybe with the lighter M3 engine/gearbox, it might hang with an original S38 equipped true M5, but it will certainly be cheaper to maintain and insure. This isn’t like a $50 Faux-Rolex, this is more like a $500 Faux-Rolex. Is that so bad? Find this 1995 BMW M5 Clone offered for $13,995 in Phoenix, AZ via eBay.

From the seller:

1995 BMW 5 Series Full Custom Build $$$ M5 M3 Magazine Car
Stock #:955
Exterior Color:red
Interior Color:tan
Body Type:sedan
Fuel Type:Gasoline Fuel
Engine:Straight 6 Cylinder Engine 2.5L/152
Vehicle Description
1995 BMW 5 Series Full Custom Build $$$

1995 BMW E34 525i was restored and modified in 2013 at Bimmerworks in West Chester, PA. That was approximately 30,000 miles ago..

The M3 engine/5-speed transmission professionally installed by Bimmerworks came from a 1999 BMW M3. The S52 is also known as the most reliable M engine ever made.

The donor car at the time had 90k on the dash as verified by the previous owner, so it would be at approximately 120k now. Starts, runs and pulls beautifully! presents beautifully and turns heads at any Cars and Coffee meet.

Bimmerworks de-greased and cleaned up the inside of the S52, made some minor adjustments and replaced all seals and belts.

This is what was done to the car at that time, 7 years ago:

Engine / Mechanical:

•Re-sealed the engine by replacing every gasket possible with OEM parts.

•New thermostat

•Water pump

•Knock sensor

•O2 sensors

•Spark plugs

•Ignition coils

•cleaned fuel injectors

•New fuel filter, air filter, oil filter

•all new motor mounts

•all new transmission mounts

•all new fluids OEM

•All hoses and miscellaneous vacuum lines

•Mass Air flow sensor

•Many A/C components.

•New OEM clutch (all components)

•Used the M50 (old engine) intake manifold as a bolt on to the S52 engine to add hp. This is common modification done by M3 owners. Left old valve cover on with intake.

•ECU chip upgrade added 10-15hp.


•Bilstein Sport yellow shocks

•H&R Springs 2-in drop

•Complete 16 piece control arm and bushing replacement


•All 4 new brake rotors + brake pads + refinished calipers and rust proofed


•Full body sand + rust proof primered.

•All doors removed, glass removed, and trim, etc

•Everything including door jams and a lot more was rust proofed and painted

•Several coats Factory Imola Red

•Several coats of 3M clear

•All new weather seals + sunroof seal

•All new factory door trim moudling

•Engine bay was painted flat black

•All exterior lighting were changed to OEM Euro lights

•AC Schnitzer style front lip spoiler


•AC Schnitzer wheels made for an e34. Wheels were re-finished before mounting 4 new tires.

•Seats re-wrapped in 2 tone new leather. New foam inserted where it was needed so the seats feel softer than brand new.

•front door panel inserts were replaced with M5 door perforated door cards

•Door panels were repainted with SEM tan oem match paint

•Interior black trim was re-sprayed

•Old wood trim was covered with carbon fiber overlay

•ZHP shift knob

•Short shifter

•2 new window motor/regulators

•New master window switch


•Fully custom, hand made steel mandrel bent premium piping

•2 to 1 piping straight back from engine to 1 middle silencer, and then the muffler

•No catalytic converters

Things that have been done in the past year:

•New exhaust hangers welded and secured
•New brake pads (light was on, so I replaced)
•Brake system flushed and bled
•Remaining two window regulators replaced
•New battery
•Wheels rebalanced
•Castrol 20W50 (garaged) Synthetic Blend changes
•only premium fuel used
•Guibo replaced approx 2 years

See a better way to drive something fast and red?