Friday, July 20, 2012

10k: 1991 BMW M5

No - not another damn BMW....ok, fine, you try and find another manufacturer who made sporty, clutch equipped, rear wheel drive cars with questionable reliability in mid 90s and I will post them...in the meantime, expect to see some entries from Bavaria!  This 1991 BMW M5 is located in Winnipeg, MB, Canada and is currently on ebay at a reserve not met price of $7500.

The E34 M5 was the last of the 'hand-built' BMWs- which can be either a good thing "this BMW was hand built by a handwerksmeister instead of soulless machine" or a bad thing "this BMW was hand built by a drunk Bavarian paid minimum wage instead of state of the art computerized robots that don't make mistakes". 
The 3.6 liter S38B36 inline 6 engine uses individual throttle bodies to produce 307 horsepower and 266 ft-lbs of torque.  To achieve and package this power in 1991 required the use of some complex parts.  This complexity does not come cheap - and plan on 38 hours for a head gasket replacement from your local BMW dealer at $100/hr for labor alone.  Plan on replacing the caramelized plastic coolant tank soon if you don't love your mechanic - these are known weak-spots in 90s BMWs of all models.
Only a fool would assume that a white interior on a 20 year old car could be pristine and the fool would be wrong, this surgical white interior shows stains that any other color would hide.  The dash is covered in the photo graphs - either to hide or prevent further cracks on the dash. 
The suspension on this Bimmer has been heavily worked over - including Koni coilovers with spherical shock mounts - likely to make it handle less like the Bismark and more like a U-Boat....but be aware you may lose some fillings if need to drive through places with bad roads and crumbling infrastructure -- like Baghdad or Detroit. 

Bottom line: Does this boat belong in your sub pen or would you put it adrift?

See another BMW ready to rob its owner of hard earned cash?  Send us a link: dailyturismo@gmail.com

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