Buying Guide BMW M535i E12

Buying Guide BMW M535i E12

This original M Sport saloon set the template for all that followed.

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1983 Alpina B9 3.5 E28

1983 Alpina B9 3.5 E28

Alpina B9 3.5 E28. There isn't much that's cooler than a 1980s BMW these days. Apart from this Alpina...

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1989 BMW 525i SE Automatic E34

1989 BMW 525i SE Automatic E34

1989 BMW 525i SE Automatic Bryan Werbinski ‘It rides like you're flying along on a carpet made of marshmallows’

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Beautiful 1986 BMW 635CSi Automatic E24 cherished by the same family for 30 years!

Beautiful 1986 BMW 635CSi Automatic E24 cherished by the same family for 30 years!

Chris Graham meets BMW enthusiast, Kos Loizou, and his E24 635CSi; a car that has been in the family for over 30 years.

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BMW N47 engine warning

BMW N47 engine warning

The N47 has now been in production for 11 years, and I include the B47 from 2015 in with this unit as, really, it’s much about the same. If, however, you’re in need of a used engine to replace yours, you need to be aware that the N47 D20A and D20C do not interchange.

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Late BMW 3-Series E90 LCI or early F30/F31 3-Series?

Late BMW 3-Series E90 LCI or early F30/F31 3-Series?

I was surprised to see that F30s are now down to under £6,000 on AutoTrader. co.uk, and I’ve been told that £4,500 will buy an early one in the auctions, albeit with a few miles on the clock (a 12-plate, solid black 318d with 150,000 miles and basic SE trim on 16in wheels but, even so, a nice enough thing if it all checks out). But is an early F30 a better bet than a late E90? There’s no doubt that in the last three years of the E90 (the LCI version), BMW really improved this model. The early ones, with the spartan interior, that weird-looking grille and some truly ghastly colours (what was that light metallic blue-green-grey called?), are just about in banger territory, now with a few hovering around the £1,000 mark.

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BMW M10 engine range

BMW M10 engine range

BMW M10 Range. Andrew Everett spotlights the influential and long-lived M10 range of four-cylinder petrol engines.

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BMW E9 Coupé trouble-shooter

BMW E9 Coupé trouble-shooter

E9 trouble-shooter: classic beauty common problems to avoid

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Gorgeous air-ride BMW 740iA E38

Gorgeous air-ride BMW 740iA E38

Aired-out over its custom three-piece ‘Throwing Star’ splits, this seriously slick 740i is luxury modded BM balling at its best. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Marcus Lundell.

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250bhp plus Сlub-Sport-spec BMW M3 E30

250bhp plus Сlub-Sport-spec BMW M3 E30

Epic BMW M3 E30 – full-on hardcore club-sport build. Built to club sport-spec and designed to be driven hard and fast on both road and track, this awesome E30 M3 has tapped into its racing roots and It’s a serious driving machine. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Daniel Bridle.

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1997 BMW 840Ci Sport Automatic M62 E31

1997 BMW 840Ci Sport Automatic M62 E31

Coupé E31 840Ci Sport (1996-1999) BMW’s sharp-nosed 1990s super coupé is now an appreciating classic and, if you can find a well-maintained 4.4-litre 1996-on 840Ci, then you could be on to a winner. More reliable than the gas-guzzling 850 V12, the ‘entry-level’ V8 looks just as cool – with its pillarless side profile and classic pop-up headlights – and performs damn-near as well. But you must avoid the early 4.0-litre M60-engined version (1992-1996) which suffered from Nikasil bore-wear issues.

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Celebrating BMW 700's 60th birthday

Celebrating BMW 700's 60th birthday

The forgotten hero Celebrating BMW 700's 60th birthday The Neue Klasse saloon is oft credited with being the car that saved BMW but, as Bob Harper explains, without the 700 the company would have folded before the Neue Klasse left the drawing board. We celebrate the 700’s 60th birthday. Photos: BMW Archive and Matt Richardson.

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BMW i8 appeal is charging up

BMW i8 appeal is charging up

Now may be the time to plug into Munich’s Green Party-pleasing supercar

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You drive our cars: BMW 8-series - readers try the editor’s 2019 BMW M850i xDrive G15

You drive our cars: BMW 8-series - readers try the editor’s 2019 BMW M850i xDrive G15

‘A most extraordinary machine’. Three Drive-My readers come at BMW’s new flagship M850i from three very different directions. One will come away deeply impressed… By Ben Miller Barry.

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Liberty Walk BMW i8 I12

Liberty Walk BMW i8 I12

Europe’s first Liberty Walk i8 I12 takes BMW’s peculiar hybrid supercar to strange new places. If you weren’t a fan of the i8 before, you will be now…

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Me and my car - Paul Howse BMW 2002 Touring

Me and my car - Paul Howse BMW 2002 Touring

2002 Touring treat Grand design. When it comes to affairs of the heart, logic and rationality take a back seat. Paul Howse may design McLarens for a living but, as Dan Bevis discovers, there’s nowhere he’d rather be than in an old BMW… Photos: Alex Lawrence.

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Buying and tuning guide BMW M4 F82 and BMW M3 F80

Buying and tuning guide BMW M4 F82 and BMW M3 F80

There's never been a better time to buy an M3 or M4 and our guide will make sure you're fully clued-up on BM's twin-turbo twins. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: BMW, Patrick Lauder.

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Styled and tuned 500bhp BMW M3 F80

Styled and tuned 500bhp BMW M3 F80

With its dazzling Atlantis blue bodywork and a host of seriously sexy mods, this awesome F80 M3 is a stunning machine. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Lukasz Nowacki.

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Wide-arch BMW 2002

Wide-arch BMW 2002

While there are plenty of very nicely modded 2002s on the scene, few are quite as in-your-face and proud about it as this feisty little wide-body build. Words and photos: Robb Pritchard.

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Wild Japanese BMW M3 E92

Wild Japanese BMW M3 E92

Wild Japanese E92 M3 The Japanese owner of this E92 isn’t really one to seek the spotlight. As you’ll see, he prefers to let his car do the talking. Words and photos: Chris Nicholls.

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