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    CAR: #BMW-M535i-E28 / #1985-BMW-M535i-E28 / #BMW-E28 / #BMW / #BMW-5-Series-E28 / #BMW-5-Series

    Year of manufacture #1985
    Recorded mileage 115,973
    Asking price £15,995
    Vendor Old Colonel Cars, Herts; 07407 477843; oldcolonelcars.co.uk

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £17,950
    Max power 218bhp
    Max torque 229lb ft
    0-60mph 7 secs
    Top speed 143mph
    Mpg 28

    This ‘analogue M5’ was stored for 10 years, and lots of fettling has been carried out since it came into the current ownership four years ago. Sadly there’s no service book, but there are bills to support a cylinder-head rebuild, new engine mounts, anti-roll bar rubbers, track-rod ends and a recent water pump, thermostat, viscous coupling and fuel tank, plus rebuilt front brake calipers. It’s been partially repainted, with new coachlines and badges, but there’s no serious rot. A couple of spots, each near the strut-top mounts, want cleaning off, de-rusting and painting, but they’re not as bad as they first look. Inside, the owner has sourced better seat material from another E28, which shows only light wear to the velour. The driver’s door card has suffered from a little shrinkage, which may be put right before sale but is an easy fix, and the dash plastics are good, with only almost imperceptible cracks starting. The very ’80s stalk-mounted Blaupunkt remote graphic equaliser control still works, as do the electric windows and sunroof.

    The engine sports a new header tank (they deteriorate with age) and the old one is in the boot, along with other removed parts. The coolant is a clear blue, the oil clean (only 300 miles old). Also in the boot is a full set of tools and the original spare wheel with 390mm Avon Turbospeed, but the car sits on a slightly larger set of 15in E34 alloys to make tyre choice easier (and cheaper): it wears 2017-dated 225/60 Kumho Ecstas, and the original wheels are included.

    Turn on the ignition, press the ‘check’ button in the roof console diagnostic display and all the LEDs light, and the brake warning correctly goes out when you press the pedal. It fires easily, the deep #BMW-M30 burble sharpened by a newish Powerflow exhaust – hence the extra soundproofing in the boot floor. It drives sweetly, with that very mechanical feel of a proper 5 Series. There’s plenty of torque, but it likes to rev, too. The gearchange is good, it doesn’t wander and the brakes pull up well, with a typically weighty pedal. Temperature didn’t rise above a third on the gauge. A sorted car for grown-up hooligans, with MoT until May.

    SUMMARY
    EXTERIOR Unscuffed; some new paint
    INTERIOR About as good as used ones get, with new seat fabric
    MECHANICALS In rude health
    VALUE 8/10
    For Fine old-school bruiser
    Against A couple of rust spots need catching on the inner wings

    SHOULD I BUY IT?
    Not a full-blown M5, but needs nothing major, great to drive, and all for less money than a nice 2002 or E30 325i Sport
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    Offering some incredibly exclusive alternatives to the hottest BMWs out there for several decades now, Alpina still acts as an extremely worthy distraction for anyone in the market for a sporty German cruiser.

    GILES RAMSDEN’S ALPINA B10 3.5 / #BMW-E34 / #BMW / #BMW-5-Series-E34 / #BMW-5-Series / #Alpina-B10-3.5 / #Alpina-B10-3.5-E34 / #Alpina-B10-E34 / #Alpina-E34 / #Alpina-B10 / #Alpina / #BMW-535i-Alpina-E34

    Giles here was kind enough to share his slice of Alpina perfection with us: this stunning #Island-Green B10 3.5 that took on BMW’s E34 5-Series back in the early ‘90s. “I bought it as a shell on a trolley, along with a couple of boxes of bits, after the previous owner lost interest in it.” Giles explains how he took on this huge, yet clearly extremely rewarding project, just a few short years ago.

    Now back to its former glory, practically every part has been bought fresh from either Alpina or BMW. There’s no denying that luxury charm is present by the bucketload too. This one contains touches like signature gold stripes and a sumptuous leather interior. Of course, there's also the re-worked version of the #BMW-M30 #straight-six engine that Alpina took out of #BMW-535i-E34 .

    Only 572 of these super-saloons were ever produced worldwide, so it’s great to see another example brought back from the brink. Top work for saving another modern classic icon from the scrapper!

    TOP MODS: Full nut-and-bolt bare-shell restoration in original Island Green colour, genuine Alpina badging and stripes, original Silver Grey leather interior, #Bilstein shocks and #Eibach springs.
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    2019 BMW F90 M5 #Remus-Exhaust / #Remus

    When a new BMW launches, the aftermarket immediately starts developing and releasing products for it and Remus is one of the first companies to offer a performance exhaust for the mighty F90 M5. This cat-back system comprises a non-resonated front section, a valved rear silencer and your choice of either carbon or straight-cut tailpipes; the valved silencer has been designed to work with the standard BMW electronics and the exhaust uses 84mm larger diameter piping – the standard system has 80mm piping – for increased flow. If you’re lucky enough to own an BMW F90 M5 and are hunting for a performance exhaust, you should definitely check the Remus system out.

    / #2019-BMW-M5-F90-Remus-Exhaust / #BMW-M5-F90 / #BMW-M5 / #BMW / #2019 / #BMW-F90 / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-M5 / #BMW-5-Series-M5-F90 / #BMW-5-Series-F90 /

    Price: Cat-back system from £2419.20 inc. Vat
    Web: www.RemusUK.com
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    BMW M5
    Engines like the one shoehorned into the M5 need to be savoured while they are still around – even if your neighbours don’t think it’s all that cool…

    Date acquired March 2018
    Total mileage 12,418
    Mileage this month 3246
    Costs this month £0
    mpg this month 23.9

    / #2018-BMW-M5-F90 / #BMW-M5-F90 / #BMW-M5 / #BMW / #2018 / #BMW-F90 / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-M5 / #BMW-5-Series-M5-F90 / #BMW-5-Series-F90 /

    It’s to be expected that the 4.4-litre, twin-turbo #V8 lurking behind the M5’s kidney grille is going to generate levels of heat normally associated with my living room when someone ignites the fire and forgets to turn the central heating down. What I didn’t expect was how much cooling it requires post engine shutdown, no matter what the length of journey. Nor how much noise is generated in the process.

    In the early hours, after a late-night run back from evo HQ , the M5 can get a bit of a pant on and doesn’t hold back on the decibels (around 88), and it can be a good five to seven minutes before it’s sufficiently cooled. Only Mercedes’ new AMG G63 has annoyed the neighbours with more of the same and for longer.

    Lift the M5’s aluminium bonnet and it’s clear why those eight cylinders can get a little hot under the collar. Most modern engines look larger than a Spitfire’s Merlin when dressed with the de facto moulded plastic cover, but remove the M-branded hat from the S63 motor and there’s barely a millimetre to spare. As a piece of packaging it’s quiet remarkable, although I can’t imagine the independent specialists who will be working on it in a decade’s time thinking the same.

    Despite its antics after every run the F90’s V8, like those found in AMG’s hotrods, is a mighty piece of engineering to control. It doesn’t have the theatrics of the Affalterbach power units in terms of vocal support every time the crank rotates, but its performance is on a par and it’s every bit as exciting when you let it off the leash. Yet despite being based on the motor fitted to its F10 predecessor, the considerable changes #BMW-M has made have turned a potent yet anodyne engine into a characterful and deeply layered V8. And while its downsized and electrified replacement will blow our minds in terms of technology, I’m worried it won’t tug at our heartstrings like this one does. Truth be told, I already know it won’t.

    Which means we should enjoy cars such as the M5 while we can. One day we’ll need to dig deep on these memories of driving a car with supercar performance, sports car agility and family practicality as we’re transported everywhere in an electric pod.
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    Fast Fleet / #2018-BMW-M5-F90 / #BMW-M5-F90 / #BMW-M5 / #BMW / #2018 / #BMW-F90 / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-M5 / #BMW-5-Series-M5-F90 / #BMW-5-Series-F90 /

    The refined M5 continues to delight and astound with its abilities – whoever’s at the helm – but those auto wiper settings need sweeping changes…

    As text messages go, this was a good one. ‘Are you free to drive my M5 to the Nürburgring 24 Hours race and test drive the new M3 CS while you’re there?’ My stubby fingers couldn’t type an answer fast enough. The majority of the drive there may be a dull one, but the M5 was a very pleasant companion, refined and supple in its Comfort setting, while its easily operated infotainment set-up and Bowers & Wilkins upgraded stereo kept me entertained. But thus far a well-specced 520d would have done the job equally effectively.

    Thankfully, the first speed limit sign I encountered upon entering Germany was of the derestricted variety, and I discovered why an M5 is twice the price of the 520d. Its ability to accelerate from 120kph (75mph) to its limiter at an indicated 263kph (163mph) is ridiculous for a machine that weighs nigh on two tons, and never fails to bring a smile to your face. It’s ferociously unrelenting, and with the sports exhaust bellowing its approval each time you change gear it’s a thoroughly intoxicating process. It’s rock steady at speed, too, and feels like it could sit at the limiter all day long.

    Once off the autobahn the roads around the Ring offered plenty of opportunities to enjoy the performance, with the all-wheel drive offering a surfeit of grip in all situations. Even on streaming wet roads the M5 just stuck to the tarmac and got on with the job.

    The journey home was in pretty filthy weather and I was reminded how poor BMW’s programming for its automatic wipers is these days. In my E46 3-series and E39 5-series it was spot-on, but more recently the wipers are often hyperactive in light drizzle and impossibly lethargic in monsoon conditions – surely it can’t be that difficult to get right? Swapping the LED headlight aim for driving on the right was a doddle, though, using the iDrive controller.

    Overall, the M5 returned 28.5mpg for the trip: pretty decent for a machine with almost 600bhp, and 1855kg to lug about. It’s a special car, and one that seems to get better the further you drive it. You’re a lucky man Mr Gallagher. Do let me know when another road trip is in the offing… Bob Harper (@m5bob)

    Date acquired March 2018
    Total mileage 7701
    Mileage this month 2622
    Costs this month £0
    mpg this month 24.3
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    F90 M5 COMPETITION REVEALED

    Official details of the F90 M5 Competition have been released and it’s an absolute beast of a machine. Power is up to 625hp with 553lb ft of torque and that means a staggering 0-62mph time of 3.3 seconds and a 0-124mph (200km/h) time of just 10.8 seconds. Aside from the increase in performance the M5 Competition receives model-specific engine mounts, revised suspension that’s 7mm lower and 10% stiffer with increased front camber and toe links with ball joints instead of rubber mounts at the rear and a thicker rear anti-roll bar. There are unique 20” forged wheels and additional gloss black exterior detailing, including the kidney grille, rear bumper cover, boot spoiler and boot lid logo. Inside, you get M tricolour stripe seatbelts and floor mats with model-specific piping and an M5 logo. The M5 Competition costs £96,205 and is on sale now, with the first customers due to receive their cars in September.

    / #BMW-G30 / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-G30 / #BMW-M-Automobiles / #2018-BMW-M5 / #BMW-5-Series-F90 / #BMW-5-Series-M5 / #BMW-5-Series-M5-F90 / #BMW-M5-F90 / #BMW-F90 / #BMW-M5 / #BMW / #2019 / #BMW-M5-Competition / #BMW-M5-Competition-F90 / #2019-BMW-M5-Competition-F90
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    BMW M5 F90 COMPETITION GETS POWER UPLIFT TO 616BHP / #BMW-M5-F90 / #BMW-F90 / #BMW-M5 / #BMW / #2019 / #BMW-M5-Competition / #BMW-M5-Competition-F90 / #2019-BMW-M5-Competition-F90

    BMW’s M5 will soon reclaim the title of most powerful supersaloon on sale with a new Competition variant. Peak power from the 4.4-litre twin-turbo #V8 rises to 616bhp, 24bhp more than the standard M5 F90 , and 12bhp more than the Mercedes-AMG E63 S W213. The sprint to 62mph drops by a tenth to 3.3sec. Revised suspension, black styling details and new forged 20-inch wheels also feature.

    / #BMW-G30 #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-G30 / #BMW-M-Automobiles / #2018-BMW-M5 / #BMW-5-Series-F90 / #BMW-5-Series-M5 / #BMW-5-Series-M5-F90
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    LIGHTS AND BRAKES #BMW-E34 / #BMW-535i / #BMW-535i-E34 / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-5-Series-E34 / #BMW

    My E34 535, which I’ve had for many years, is now not showing the service interval lights properly. Currently, one green comes up, but there was no reaction when I tried to reset them with the tool.

    The Haynes manual warns that the battery may leak and cause problems. I’m probably lucky that it hasn’t already happened! Anyway, have you got a source for a replacement light module?

    One other thing. During last year’s MoT, the tester had a problem to get sufficient handbrake effort; he managed it, but only just. Later, I removed the discs to examine the installations and, actually, they both seemed to be quite alright. So I cleaned-up the handbrake drums and the linings just to be sure, then re-assembled everything.

    On the road the brakes didn’t feel much different. However, I do have the #Autocar issue from May 25, #1988 , which includes the 535 road test. In that, the brake test shows 26% for the handbrake and a braking distance of 116 feet from 30mph.

    So, I’m wondering if there’s anything sensible that I could do to improve matters? I’d hate to see the old girl get grounded for this.
    • The E34 doesn’t have batteries in the SI board, but the green lights can fail with age. New circuit boards from BMW are an insane price (£2000+) so, iThe E34 doesn’t have batteries in the SI board, but the green lights can fail with age. New circuit boards from BMW are an insane price (£2000+) so, in my opinion, the best thing to do is simply leave it alone, especially if the rest of it still works.

      Handbrakes will need new shoes and clips, plus new drums, if they’re going to work properly. Correct adjustment is also very important, and entails fully slackening-off at the handbrake lever inside the car, and setting it up on the rear discs/drums, before adjusting on the lever to finish it off.
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    / #BMW-5-Series-E34 / #BMW-540i-E34 / #BMW-5-Series / #BMW-525iX-E34 / #BMW-525iX / #BMW-E34 / #BMW / #1994-BMW-525i-SE-Auto-E34 / #BMW-525i-SE-Auto-E34 / #1995-BMW-540i-LE-E34


    When the trade applies the words ‘price on request’ to their adverts it tells us two things – first they’re shy of advertising a price because they’re feeling the market, and second, values of that model are on the rise.

    Have a look at prices of BMW’s #1988 to #1996 E34 5 Series – M5s have gone ballistic, but all E34s are moving up across the range with dealers pitching good ones bullishly. But before the supply of low-mileage survivors gets soaked up it’s worth seeing what’s out there at sensible money.

    A private seller in Wigan has a ’1990 525i SE auto in Granite with 50k and two owners for £2800 while another in Essex has a ’1991 520i SE auto in Island Green with 51k, unused spare and toolkit for £3800. These prices don’t feel heavy for such low-mileage specimens. And neither does the £7995 being asked by Auto Classics in Kettering for a ’1994 525i SE auto in Calypso with a mere 21,000 miles, #FBMWSH and in ‘time warp’ condition.

    Go for the big engines and high specs and remember that the Tourings are more coveted than saloons. Picks of the range are the ’1992-on BMW-540i V8 manual (3203 built), the 1995 540i LE with its M5 interior, six-speed manual and Servotronic steering (300 made) and 540 M Sport (200 built).

    The Ercole Spada and J Mays designed E34 was a game-changer for Munich and was the first 5 Series to have a V8, an estate body and four-wheel drive on the #BMW-525iX-E34 . It was stiffer and more streamlined than the previous E28. BMW sold more than 1.3 million and it won a slew of best-in-class awards.

    The E34 was the definitive executive saloon of the Nineties and at the top of every middle manager’s company car wish list. Tough and long-lived there are plenty of E34s that have covered 250,000 miles and they’re surprisingly rust resistant with problem areas limited to head gaskets, water pumps, slipping autos, the usual suspension and steering bushes plus issues with sulphur contamination on the Nikasil bore liners – although most were fixed under warranty.

    While there’s a supply of lower-mileage examples still in private hands you could do worse than find a high-spec six or V8 before they get hyped up. Like the Arctic Silver ’ #1995 530i SE manual for sale in Kent for £4250 with 43,000 miles and full history. That one definitely feels like a bargain.

    COST NEW £23k
    VALUE NOW £4000

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