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. This 1992 BMW 525i E34 wagon is for sale in Feasterville-Trevose, PA offered for $7,950 or-best-offer via ebay. Big thanks to tip from Oldsmobuick.
This particular E34 is in very nice cosmetic shape, or has been photographed by a genius. It looks fabulous in the images provided.
The 525i is powered by the M50B25, the same inline 6 that powers the E36 325i, and puts out 189 horsepower at the flywheel. These engines are very smooth and pull hard, feeling more powerful than the on-paper specs would suggest.
BMW didn't sell many wagons with manual transmissions for the US market, and this one is predictably equipped with an automatic. But swapping a 5 spd into this car would just be a matter of sourcing the correct junkyard parts and wouldn't require any custom fabrication. We say give it a try, what's the worst that could happen? You'd end up with a much more involving drive at the least.
If you really need a wagon for family, dog or junk hauling duties the E34 isn't a bad bet. We can think of much worse, and this one looks to be in tip-top shape for the money. See something better? Send us a tip: firstname.lastname@example.org