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BMW 5-Series (1988 - 1996)

Last updated 19 March 2013

Good to drive, roomy, great value at current prices
Not really seen as classic cars yet despite their age


BMW’s 5-Series was a quantum leap over its conservatively styled predecessor. Although the same basic engines and suspension systems were carried over, they had been considerably refined, adding to the car’s ‘ultimate driving machine’ reputation. Sweet-sixes were always the best ones to have, with the 528i and 535i being almost unbeatable.

On top of this, excellent build quality made it the car to beat in the class. Developed constantly through its life, with VANOS six-cylinder engines giving improved power and performance. Later V8, especially the 540i, was an alternative M5 with a interesting V8 roar.

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