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What to buy ? (archive)

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Posted by Matt Evans on February 24, 2000 at 11:25:39:

- for those of you that read the E28 board, you've probably seen this already -

This summer I'll be moving out to seattle to take a new job, but I'll be leaving my bimmer behind. It's a 1980 528i (E12) 5 speed. I love the car to death.. it's a blast to drive and you feel completely connected to the road.
However, I've wrecked and repaired it enough times that its not worth it.. and as its got about 240k miles on it (original engine!!) I'm not interested in keeping it around.

So heres my problem. Im looking to get a newer 5 series car for right around 10k. I don't konw what to do. I think the E34 is the best looking body style BMW has ever done. I think an E34 535i 5 speed would be magnificent, but they're pretty rare, and I have some questions about that good old "road feel" you get. I understand the newer cars just dont feel the same, i.e. you're too insulated from the whole driving experience.

On the other hand, an E28 535i/s is alot more like my E12, except should have considerably more balls, not to mention a bit better aftermarket support. These can also be had for around 5k, so I'd save myself all kinds of money.

Finally, an E28 M5 seems like it could be a dream come true, and if you wait long enough and look hard enough, these can be found for right around 10k. I imagine the E28 M5 would have by far the best overall "fun driving factor" of all of them, but im hesitant about the parts situation on those. I've heard "m5" is "multiply by 5" :)

I want power on demand and I want good handling, but I want something that looks classy enough that I can not feel silly about handing the keys to a valet. My E12 (which is 2 cars welded together at this point) doesn't quite fit that last part :)

I'm afraid that the E34 although beautiful and unquestionably classy looking, would isolate the driver too much from the fun of driving.

On the other hand, if I go with an E28, I'm talking something at least 12 years old, and I know how ratty my E12 looks.

Any comments ? I'd love to hear from someone thats driven them all and has perspectives..

By the way, this would more or less be a daily driver, although I'd be driving a truck in ugly weather, and if things work out well I'll just bike to work as opposed to taking the car.

Thanks all,

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