But let's face the facts - I've mentioned powerful engines and F1 teams - however, the reality is that the car shown here was the base model E34 wagon. As a 525i model it has the M50B25 inline six, a fine and durable engine if cooling system weaknesses are addressed. It makes great torque for its 2.5L displacement and linear power - just shy of 200hp. Our Black Iron Racing E36 Brougham d'Bavaria had one, and although underpowered in its old age, the thing just kept taking beatings, as if it liked the abuse. In a heavy wagon and with a slushbox it will certainly be slow.
At $3500 this seems like a great deal for someone looking for a clean, last-year E34 longroof. The interior upholstery and wood goes towards the blonde look but seems to be in great condition for the age and price. Paradoxically, the seller says: "I needed a wagon, and picked this up to replace my Mercedes, and after a week of driving this, makes me wanting to keep the Mercedes." If that's not a glowing endorsement of the BMW, I don't know...wait, no, it's more like an underhanded condemnation. As a midsize '90s German luxomachine, the E34 is a great driver's car and excels at long distance travel. I wonder which Mercedes the seller is crawling back to, and would caution potential buyers to make sure there isn't a nasty surprise that's the real cause of the quick sale.
No engine photos are provided but we do get this nice rear shot, highlighting the cool split hatch feature of the E34 Touring. The glass lifts up for easy access to small stuff in the back, or for tossing a few bags of groceries in. Need to load the dogs and go-kart? Throw up the whole rear door and put the dog gates in place - split folding 60/40 with the rear seat, no less.
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