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1988 BMW M5 acquired!

Posted: Jan 12, 2022 3:39 AM
by 524tdAviator
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. I owned a 1985 524td for several years as well as a 2000 323i with manual transmission. I would post here about my 524td but ended up selling it 2 years ago. I also own a 2015 BMW i3 (boring, but fantastic commuter car!). I have a few other cars now, probably too many. :D I’ve always wanted an E28 M5, so I bought one!

This E28 M5 was made available through a local San Diego county seller who didn’t want to put it on Bring A Trailer (thank god) and literally put it up on Craigslist. I found it and contacted the seller for a meet up. Fantastic car with no accidents and all VIN tags on all body panels are intact. The car has lived in San Diego it’s whole life. There’s a massive stack of service records from day one, original window sticker, including quite a few records from Charlie’s Foreign Car, La Jolla Independent BMW, and Frank Fahey back when they were in business. This is a 2 owner car and while it’s not a low mile unicorn (I bought it with 191,000 miles), it’s received meticulous maintenance and the body is straight as an arrow.

One thing I like about the car is it has higher miles than I would normally want in a collector car - meaning I can just enjoy driving it and taking it on trips through windy Southern California canyon roads. It won't be driven that much, but I won't feel bad driving it on a 150 mile scenic drive.

These photos are before I performed a 12 hour paint correction and paint sealant job, so stay tuned for the results. I am in the process of buying Euro headlights, Euro bumpers, and either a Supersprint or B&B TriFlo exhaust. I’m also buying a brand new set of the OEM BBS 16” wheels. I’m so excited to have this car!

I'm also looking for a low mileage Porsche 964 or 993, so if anyone knows any leads on one let me know.

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Re: 1988 BMW M5 acquired!

Posted: Jan 12, 2022 5:31 PM
by Fanclutchnut
She’s a beaut! Congrats! It was good to see that listed on CL. It must have been nice to be able to deal with someone locally.

Re: 1988 BMW M5 acquired!

Posted: Jan 12, 2022 5:34 PM
by Fanclutchnut
FYI There’s a set of correct style 5s listed on CL in Staten Island if you need.

Re: 1988 BMW M5 acquired!

Posted: Jan 13, 2022 2:25 AM
by 524tdAviator
Fanclutchnut wrote: Jan 12, 2022 5:34 PM FYI There’s a set of correct style 5s listed on CL in Staten Island if you need.
Thanks for the lead! Just contacted the seller. Brand new Style 5s are I believe $2400 right now, so it might be easier to get those with free shipping. "Wheel" see what the seller replies with shipping details.

Re: 1988 BMW M5 acquired!

Posted: Jan 13, 2022 2:25 AM
by 524tdAviator
Fanclutchnut wrote: Jan 12, 2022 5:31 PM She’s a beaut! Congrats! It was good to see that listed on CL. It must have been nice to be able to deal with someone locally.
Thanks! It was great to deal with a local seller and it made the transaction activities far easier.

Re: 1988 BMW M5 acquired!

Posted: Jan 14, 2022 4:27 PM
by 5280 JB
Congrats on landing an M5! I agree with you on being able to relax and just enjoy driving a higher mileage classic - after all, that's really what its all about. Super nice to find what you were looking for in your San Diego "back yard" too.

Keep us posted with updates - looks like you've found a really nice example!