Back in the 1980s when Mercedes-Benz was shoving their super reliable 4-and 5-cylinder diesel engines into everything with the tri-star logo, the guys over at BMW decided they wanted to get into the fun. But instead of starting with a simple and rugged engine like the OM61X-Benz diesel, they converted the M20 gasoline engine into something they called the M21 and added a turbocharger and gave it a high redline of 5350 rpm and 114 horsepower. The result was an engine that wasn’t as pokey as similar era oil burning Benz, but it didn’t last the decades without problems, and the 3-series, 5-series, and Lincoln Continentals (yes, Lincolns) that got the engine have all but vanished from the road. But today’s example is low in miles, but high in quality and price. Find this 1985 BMW 524TD offered for $13,500 in Burlingame, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Ohh…this is one is so tempting. Seriously, please buy this car before I do. It combines the sweet styling of an E28 with the inevitable torque of a small block Ford V8. Just need to change the plan from the current AOD/C4 to a T5 and we’re in business. Oh yeah, you’ll also need to assemble everything yourself because it comes like a Lego kit. Find this 1984 BMW 524TD Ford V8 Ready offered for $2850 in Santa Rosa, CA via craigslist.
Sorry about all the BMWs recently, I’ve just been feeling the German thing recently and…well…what am I apologizing for…if you don’t like BMWs go start your own Daily Turismo competitor site and call it Daily Not BMWs or Daily Honda. Anyway, I’m not a fan of buying cars that have “stopped running”, particularly if they […]
The E28 generation BMW 5-series market lives somewhere in that sweet no-mans-land between discarded junk and desirable classic, and the low mile, clean examples are starting to fetch decent money. The 524TD is a turbo diesel version was only imported into the US for two years. The USDM 524TD was sold with a low power […]
The early 1970s fuel crisis hit small domestic automakers (like International Harvester from Fort Wayne, Indiana) hard and they didn’t have the resources to retool their entire fleet to meet the new requirements for emissions and fuel economy. So…what did they do? Only the most logical thing, which was to enter a joint venture with […]
BMW launched their second generation of their executive 5-series in 1981 with styling by Claus Luthe and power by straight-six engines. Naturally, the speed lovers will want the M5 version, but prices for those all-black beauties have skyrocketed in the past few years and the juice might not be worth the squeeze. Next up is […]
The E28 generation BMW 5-series market is currently somewhere between discarded junk and desirable classic, and the low mile, clean examples are starting to fetch decent money. The 524TD is a turbo diesel version was only imported into the US for two years. The USDM 524TD was sold with a low power diesel engine and […]
The e34 BMW 5 series was sold in the USA with multiple gasoline engines but the fuel efficient and torquey turbo diesels were not exported stateside due to the EPA limits in particulates and NOx. This 1990 BMW 524 turbo diesel (exported to Canada from Europe) is equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission and […]