A few months ago I would have told you that the only E34 you should own is an M5 or 540i 6-speed version, but with the price of fuel heading into clown territory I am ready to change my tune. So let’s sing a song about the M50B25 inline-6 mated to a 5-speed. Find this […]
The past few years had been tough on folks looking for a sub $1k car. First, the cash-for-clunkers debacle of 2009 took $3B worth of junky cars off the road and essentially chopped the knees off the cheap running car market. A decade later the COVID thing and related panic caused global supply chain issues […]
With the Olympics about to happen in Tokyo (are they the 2020 Olympics or the 2021 Olympics, not sure) it seems appropriate to get into some of the Olympic spirit. We’ve featured a few oddball Olympic specials before, like the 72 Ford Mustang Olympic Sprint, and the 84 Buick Century Olympic Edition, but this next car is a rare one. It is one of 500 special BMW 5-series built for the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. This wasn’t a sprinter, as the 525i Olympic version included badges on the glovebox and door sills, green pinstriping on the parchment tan seats and headrests that matches the Oxford Green Metallic exterior. Find this 1995 BMW 525i Olympic Edition offered for $5,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
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 a 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.
This next car checks the all boxes; manual gearbox, check. Wagon, check. Inline-6, check. Rear-wheel-drive, check. Headliner…errr…that’s missing….and the miles are high, so you will need to do some tidying before you let the wife drive it…but manual transmission rear-drive wagons don’t grow on trees. Find this 1992 BMW 525iT offered for $6500 in Long Beach, […]
The Christian feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th, (the word Epiphany comes from the ancient Greek work Τheophaneia meaning “vision of God”) and is a commemoration of the three Magi visiting the infant Jesus. Around here we celebrate the Epiphany by posting 3 cars, one for each of the magi, next up […]
The BMW E34 5-series was a large luxury family car from BMW, available as a sedan or wagon (estate). We don’t see the wagon versions very often on the road anymore, but they offer a surprising amount of room for the kids/gear/junk while maintaining the classic BMW luxury, handling and performance. Regrettably, for the US […]
The E34 generation BMW 5-series was available as a sedan in 525i, 530i, 540i, and M5 versions…but if you wanted the wagon you had to settle for 525i/530i versions only in North America…and to make matters worse, you couldn’t even get a manual gearbox, unless you get a modified one like this next feature. Find […]
Long after luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, and Lincoln had abandoned the manual gearbox in favor of torque converters or flappy paddles, there was a little company from Bavaria that continued to put clutches in their executive class cruisers. This is great because it means that 10-15 years after they leave the showrooms, these executive […]
The E34 generation BMW 5-series replaced in the E28 for the 1988 model year and featured (for the North American market) a variety of inline-6 engines for your motoring needs. A V8 version was offered starting in 1993, but the muted howl of the inline-6 is more than adequate for your driving needs…especially when mated […]