Bob Jr Harper - our specialist in post-war BMW cars

Date Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Tech Guide. Understanding all about oil. Lubrication System: Oil. Words: Gerry Speechley. Photos: Paul Cowland, BP. As discussed at length last month, the oil in your engine has a number of functions apart from the commonly recognised lubrication function. It also: seals components, such as the piston ring to cylinder wall contact; cools parts, by absorbing heat and transferring it away from areas such as the undersides of pistons; cleans combustion deposits away from the components, reducing rust and corrosion; and it holds any microscopic metallic particles in suspension in the oil to be filtered-out by the oil filter on its next pass.

Date Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Living in the Shadow - the very rare BMW 2000CS was the predecessor to the E9 Coupé but was it any good?  Just about every BMW fan knows about the E9 CS coupés that spawned the iconic CSL but its predecessor, the 2000CS, is often unfairly overlooked. Words: Bob Harper. Photography: Dave Smith.

Date Saturday, 27 December 2014

30 years of the yuppie favourites. Twin Test: Golf GTI v BMW 325i. Two yuppie icons, both launched in the UK 30 years ago and both now firmly established as classics. The GTi generation. The Mk2 Golf GTI and BMW 325i summed up the ’80s perfectly. We try to choose between them. Words: Paul Wager. Pics: Matt Woods.

Date Thursday, 27 November 2014

Buying guide - BMW E39 M5 Ultimate Guide. Everything you could ever need to know about buying the icon that is an E39 M5. Depreciation has seen E39 M5 prices drop to a very affordable level and while we won’t pretend it’ll be a cheap car to run it’s such a fine machine that we reckon you must sample one at least once in your life. It could be a sound investment, too… Words: Bob Harper. Photography: Drive-MY.

Date Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Giant test - Mercedes-Benz 280 SE W108 vs BMW 2800 E3. Photography: John Perkins. Hardly more than a decade ago the possibility that BMW and Mercedes-Benz could be mentioned in the same breath would have appeared extremely unlikely. Then came BMW’s return from the edge of collapse to begin a steady upward climb of improvement that even now shows no signs of levelling off. This classic case of a company’s renaissance is based on the success of the 1500, 1600, 1800 and 2000 saloons. With these cars BMW sensibly took care to avoid a head-on clash with Daimler-Benz. Then came the 2500 and 2800 BMWs, not just direct enlargements of the four-cylinder cars but completely new and, at last, openly competing with Mercedes.