Friday, July 29, 2016

E34 Project: 1991 BMW M5

 The E34 M5 was a bargain a few months ago, but the prices have shot up as folks realized that BMW didn't make many of these fantastically fast muscle sedans...and all the E30 M3 & E28 M5s are monstrously priced.  Find this 1991 BMW M5 offered for $5,500 in Pocatello, ID via craigslist.  Tip from Chris.

The seller only provides a solitary picture of this piece of Bavarian Darth Vader helmet, but it appears to still have the factory two-tone paint scheme, but the wheels, tail lights, wing, exhaust are all aftermarket.  The seller also admits that the S38 inline-6 (good for 315 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs of torque) needs some work and has a busticated piston and no compression on cylinder 5.  Repairs to the DOHC inline-6 are not going to be cheap, but rebuild parts are available (unlike for the 5-speed getrag gearbox).

See another low priced classic that just needs some engine work?


  1. Rolling the windows 1/3 or 2/3 the way down while maintaining front-to-back and side-to-side symmetry is one of those highly regarded but seldom spoken talents. Or not.

    1. Oh it surely is a talent, and bona fide OCD symptom per the physicians desk reference

  2. I've always wanted one of these, ever since the movie Ronin. Lots of great car chase scenes if you haven't seen it...

  3. Replies
    1. Not quite. 1991 = pre-OBDII. In other words, there's an LS3 sitting on the GM production line just begging for a chance for an open E34 hood.

  4. Damn them wheels are bent 2 lmao

  5. You can get a good one of these for just double the price. Unfortunately, the engine rebuild costs about that. If somebody wants to LS swap it, I'll take the S38 off your hands.

  6. Whom the gods would destroy, they first give an S38 with weak compression.


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