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A Grand Monday: BMW 518i

Published 24 June 2019

The E34 generation of BMW 5-Series was a wonderful car - handsome, great to drive and beautifully made.

But in a range full of high spec and super-smooth six-cylinder models, the four-cylinder 518i was the poor relation. With 113bhp, it was hardly powerful, nor was it especially refined, with a gruff engine note at high revs not helped by the fact it needed to be worked hard to make progress.

But that doesn’t mean it was a bad car. Far from it, in fact, and compared to other four-cylinder execs on the market at the time, it was still a very nice thing indeed - only the Alfa 164 Twin Spark could give it a run for its money in the enthusiast stakes.

BMW 5-series (4)

The 518i also appealed to the private buyer, meaning there are still a few low-mileage and unmolested examples out there. And that’s what we’ve got here - a late example from the final year of production, with options including four electric windows and wood trim. It comes with a full service history, no MoT horrors in the past and has been with its current owner since 1998. 

BMW 5-series (1)

With that kind of provenance, we reckon £750 is an utter bargain…


expertad    on 4 July 2019

Great cars back in the day.BMW were making the best cars around back then.Had a great 535i sport until some sod nicked it,owned a 525i 1994 for a few years,nearly 200BHP and super smooth and quick with the auto box,leaves my current A4 2.0TDI for dead but uses twice as much fuel.The dealer loaned me a 518i when mine was in for a service,you could virtually climb into the engine bay with it it looked so lost in there,but it was perfectly ok.

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