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1995 BMW e34 540i M Sport: A Completely Legitimate Alternative to the M5

Anyone who has seen Ronin knows how badass the BMW e34 M5 is. But even though lots of ‘affordable’ M5’s are showing up on eBay and Roadfly for under $15k, I wouldn’t touch one with a ten foot pole. The M5 motor is very sophisticated and maintenance intensive. Properly maintained cars trade hands for more like $18-25k and up.

Which is what makes the 540i M Sport so attractive. It’s practically an M5 with a more simple V8 engine under the hood. And while the V8 won’t spin and sound like the inline 6 in the M5, the power isn’t off by much. Considering the very low production numbers, I’ve seen at least 6 for sale in the last 6 months. Here’s a nice looking one in Vail for $9500(!) :

1995 BMW 540i Sport 6 speed on Craigslist

1995 BMW 540i M Sport Interior1995 BMW e34 540i/6 For Sale Craigslist

[…]Nearly fully refurbished ’95 BMW 540i Sport 6 Speed manual, Calypso Red Metallic (burgundy) over Natural (tan) leather interior in excellent shape (built 9/95), with BMW updated Alusil engine block at 60k. Sport package & cold weather package: traction control, heated leather sport seats (driver and passenger), M Sport suspension, body trim, sunroof, am/fm/cass/cd changer, with 282 HP and 295 Ft-Lbs of torque (stock). Garaged, non-smoker, cruise, pw, pdl, pm, BMW alarm w/remotes, memory seats/mirrors, and climate control w/ice cold a/c. No accidents or leaks, with 122k of mostly hwy mlg, & no tears/cracking in interior (only minor wear).[…]

The biggest issue of concern has already been addressed with the replacement of the long block. Read more about this unique model at the 540i Sport FAQ.

For such a low entry price, this looks like great fun and easy cruising!


Update: This listing has long since expired. Check out these other e34’s for sale right now:

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One reply on “1995 BMW e34 540i M Sport: A Completely Legitimate Alternative to the M5”

The car pictured and described in the post isn’t actually an M-sport, just a regular E34 540i/6 with the Sport package (the distinction is explained here and upgraded M-parallel wheels. Sport seats and a slightly lowered M-teknik suspension were included in this sport package, but this does not include the changes to the fascia and the M-adaptive suspension among a lot of other small M5 sourced upgrades.

Still, even the “regular” 95 540i/6 Sport is a pretty incredible bargain these days.

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