In Reply to: 1991 E34 buying advice needed. posted by Stefan C. Yotz on November 18, 1999 at 09:09:11:
: Howdy all!
: I am in the market for a 1991 E34 M5, and need some advice. Basically I need to know what I am getting into, before I make the decision. Granted, every car is different but I wouldn't buy any car unless is was in good condition and well maintained. My concern though is that I drive a fair amount per year, and have averaged 25-30k per year on my 325is. Since the average mileage for a well maintained 91 M5 appears to be around 60k-ish, I will be running the miles up on it fairly quickly. Am I buying trouble in the long run? While I REALLY (no, REALLY REALLY!) want a M5 (Heck, and the perfect 88 M6, and while I am dreaming a M-Roadster as well!) I just don't want extra car costs to eat me out of house and home.
: Any advice or opinions are welcome!
Here's how I see it. We're all enthusiasts here and are all obviously of the mindset that BMWs are not only great cars, but they also hit 200k easily with regular maintenance. Meanwhile, those of us on this board all agree that the M5 (E28, E34, E39) is one of the greatest cars ever built. Some would say the best for what it is. So...by that rationale if ANY car is to be driven and enjoyed it would be an M5, right?! Right and wrong. Quite a few people love the M5 so much they feel that driving it too much will be bad for it. I think that it's a great car and you're doing it an injustice by not driving it.
Alright, all that stuff aside with any car that is 8 years old you're gonna encounter some things here and there that need fixing. And yes, taking proper care of a 91 M5 costs more than taking care of a 91 Nissan. You get what you pay for. But it will not run you into the poor house at all.
M5-filled garage in my future