Prices of the E34 M5 have risen in the past few years, probably because people figured out that these were fast, fun, rare, and worth saving because sites like DailyTurismo sung their praises (our own CFlo owned one for a few years and loved it) but I don’t think we should take all the blame for the rapid price appreciation. Much of it goes to the fact that new cars are so artificial and the E34 M5 is purposefully analog in its application of speed. It is like driving a big American muscle car that feels tight in the turns. Strange experience, but worth the entry price on this next one. Find this 1991 BMW M5 E34 offered for $12,500 in New York, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
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.
The E60 generation M5 introduced the world to BMW’s first (and only) production V10 powerplant, inspired by the V10 engine used in the BMW Sauber Formula 1 car. The production engine shared nothing in common with the racing machine, (other than cylinder count) but that didn’t stop BMW from selling it as a racing inspired beast complete with quick shifting fancy-pants SMG 7-speed gearbox that was shifted via an electro-hydraulic system. They were expensive when new, but the magic depreciation fairy shook her wand at this thing and now they are cheap. Find this 2006 BMW M5 offered for $17,990 CAD ($13,998 USD) via kijiji.net. Tip from Erik202.
The original BMW M5 was released in 1986 an autobahn cruiser that was only available in black like a Ford Model T, but unlike a Model T, it was monstrously fast. The next generation also featured an upgraded version of the BMW inline-6, but it wasn’t until the 1999 release of the E39 generation M5 that it got an appropriately menacing V8 to tear up the streets. This next car has been modified and the seller claims to have removed 400lbs of worthless weight. Find this 2001 BMW M5 E39 offered for $13,900 in Encino, CA via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from MikeB who writes: For those of us who are a certain age, the E39 M5 will always be the “adult dream car” (unlike our childhood dream cars like the 911, IROC, Esprit, etc.). This car appears to be in excellent condition and the list of recent maintenance reads like a wish list of things I’d like to do to our recently acquired ’99 540i . . . over the next 5 years. Plus the undercarriage on this car is cleaner than my living room. Good seller, bucket list car, trip to Chicagoland — what’s not to love? Find this 2003 BMW M5 offered for $20,000 in Northwest Suburbs of Chicago via craigslist.
The E34 generation BMW M5 has been a favorite around this site, mostly because it offers a level of speed and exclusivity that is hard to beat. And if you don’t remember, DT’s own CFlo owned an E34 M5 for a few years and loved every minute of the screaming inline-6 powered beast. Today’s E34M5 […]
The original BMW M5 was released in 1986 as an obsidian autobahn cruiser and it only got better with age. The next generation also featured another hot inline-6, but it wasn’t until the 1999 release of the E39 generation M5 that it got an appropriately menacing V8 to tear up the streets. This next example […]
There is an old Latin saying: de gustibus non est disputandum, which means “in matters of taste, there can be no disputes.” Now, those old Latin dudes were good at building aqueducts, designing the calendar, and minting coins with their faces on them…but did they really expect us to believe that there isn’t an objective perfect […]
The trick of doing a good engine swap is simple…just follow these two rules: (1) pick a sweet vehicle with plenty of street cred, but maybe down a few ponies on power & (2) juice it up with something that keeps alive the spirit of the original automobile, but turns the dial up to 11. […]
I know what you’ll say. Another BMW…sheesh, you DT guys must have some kind of sponsorship from Bavaria. Not quite (although we’d love to get some kick back from BMW if you guys are reading this…send unmarked cash in brown paper envelopes care of the crazy cat lady down the street)..but if you can find […]