Wednesday, August 28, 2013

15k: Seller Sub: 1991 BMW M5, Minty Clean

The E34 M5 was the last of the hand-built BMW ///M machines from their motorsports division, before BMW moved production of its M-cars into the regular factories.  It was probably for the best (better quality control, more automation, less car-to-car and part-to-part variability) but somehow it seems like something is lost when you go from a factory technician hand assembling a limited production vehicle to basic cookie cutter production.  Regardless, the E34 is the least expensive of M5 cars today, with prices well below the older E28 or newer E39; strange because the E34 M5 is a fantastic car.  Find this 1991 BMW M5 offered for sale in Toronto, ON, Canada for $16,900 CDN via  Seller Submission from Peter.

The North American E34 M5 left the factory with a 3.6 liter S38B36 inline-6 that puts out 307 horsepower and 266 ft-lbs of torque into a Getrag 280 5-spd manual gearbox.  No auto was offered for the M5 in the E34 body style making it easy to find a good example for your daily commute/hooning.  Additionally they were all equipped with a limited slip differential out back and a good old-fashioned steering box setup up front (no rack & pinion).  The result is a car that requires heavy inputs to go fast and drives like a '60s muscle car, but with proper shock dampening.  It never does let you forget that it weighs 3800 lbs, but it eats up corners and straightaways with equal vigor.

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  1. Almost identical power and weight to the 3000GT VR-4 that was just posted, at double the cost. But which would you rather have?

    1. This one, the M5, just because of road feel and interior comforts. You could live better in a 4 door.


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