Product Type: BMW cars
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BMW 5 Series. This Beamer will have you beaming.
BMW 5-series (1988-96)
Member Name: DJPOKI
BMW 5-series (1988-96)
Advantages: Every bit as good as BMW says it is.
Disadvantages: You can only drive 1 at a time.
I've had many Beamers in my time (3,5 and 7) and lets face it, if money was no object I'd have a 730 any day. But money is a big object and the 3 is too wee (for me) so I would happily compromise (lol) for a 5 Series and the 88-96 model would well fit the bill. Having owned a 520, 525 and 530 versions and and older 'shark' style 1980 528I I have developed an affinity with the model.
One is immediately struck (or stricken even) by the quality of the thing. It has lovely lines and oozes an understated but bullet proof aire. My 525SE (a 94) was as fresh today as it might have been new, resplendent in light blue metallic paint. The standard BBS alloys set it off beautifully.
Inside the quality shines thru again. Materials are all high grade and the textures fit and finish present a most pleasant space in which to drive from one end of the country to the other. Equipment on Beamers is nearly all optional so buy carefully and get a fully loaded one for very reasonable money. No air-con on mine but thats not an issue for me. Everything reeks of quality. Even operating the electric windows or the lecky mirrors feeds back BMW's uncompromising attention to quality and detail. And we haven't even started it yet...
Firing up the engine it is clear that this quality and attention to detail applies equally to the mechanics. Smooth as silk, loads of kick and a lovely exhaust note to boot. Up thru the slick gears it flawlessly eats the road and has plenty poke in reserve to get you out of trouble.
The handling and ride of the 5 series is legendary and it must be the best in it's class. A total pleasure to drive, you'll want to stay in it and keep driving. With pretty decent MPG you can afford to use this as your main car but it's still smart and cool enough to use as your 'Sunday Car'.
Summary: A stylish, affordable and total quality used car bargain.