Saturday, September 13, 2014

15k: Fast Four Door: 1988 BMW M5 E28

The e28 generation BMW M5 may not have been the world's first fast four door, but it was certainly a game changer when it was released in 1988.  BMW's 5-series ///M sedans have only gotten faster and better over the years, but there is something about the first one that is hard to forget.  Find this 1988 BMW M5 E28 offered for $14,999 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy. 

The cosmetic differences between the M5 and standard 535i are limited, just a small rear wing spoiler and an M5 badge distinguish it.  Approximately 2000 E28 M5s were built for the US Market - all of them Schwarz (black) exterior and Natur (tan) interior with just about every option available; full leather interior, A/C, power windows, power doors, etc.

The e28 M5 is powered by with the S38 B35 catalyst equipped 3.5 liter inline 6 putting out 256 horsepower.  It might not be huge power in today's world of 300 horsepower minivans, but back in 1988 it was enough to make the M5 the fastest sedan ever built when it was new.  The S38 was a detuned version of the BMW M1 supercar engine (mated to the 535's 5-spd manual trans and standard limited slip diff), and compared to everything else in showrooms in 1988, it was very blisteringly fast.

 See a better car to drive around when the STi is getting a new wing?


  1. It seems like all of the E- M5s are all going to cost around $20,000 soon. Then all of them except the 60 will go up in price. What do you all think?

  2. The E28s are nice cars to drive, but I couldn't own one, I don't buy black cars and even if I got over that hump I couldn't look at those bumpers, then I'd have to go get back the 30HP the US cars lost to their exhaust plumbing, and...

    I like both the E34 and my own E39 rather better.


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