In Reply to: Re: The M3 and M5: same stable, different breeds posted by Bruce Kroll on November 15, 1999 at 11:45:39:
I agree with Bruce about the E28 M5. Mine was bought in 90 and I have turned it into a track car. If you want straightline speed and great handling this car is it. I have had to do nothing to the engine (256 Hp stock) but have spent the money to upgrade the brakes and suspension. Bruce is right the newer M5's have become heavier and less responsive despite their added power. Most E34 owners and E39's owners would probably disagree, and assume we E28 owners harbor sour grapes because we might not be able to step up to the more expensive versions. In my case this is not true. I own a 95 Ferrari F355 and could easily have bought a E34 or E39 M5. I am very track oriented and more concerned with outright performance, than interior/exterior colors, navigation systems, radio, etc..... The true M cars were about handling and lightness, hence the E30 M3 (which dominates BMWCCA events) and the E28 M5. I will note one exception to my arguement. If you want some refinement and need to drive the car every day then maybe a E34 is not so bad since it is much nicer to drive long distances. Hope this helps and do drive a E28 M5 if you get the chance.