BMW M5 (E28)

Ross Culver ‘The engine is a masterpiece, but the chassis set-up just edges it’


Year: 1987

Mileage: 176,000

Acquired: 2011

Worst car owned: 1996 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2

Why did you choose it? 

I saw it advertised at auction, but didn’t have time to view it. I’d set a limit and won the auction at nearly £3k less – I’d bought a 1980s BMW I’d never seen for nearly £20k! But when I collected it, the body was immaculate, all consumables were brand new and everything worked – even the electric headrests! I was very relieved and very happy!

What’s the best bit? 

The engine is a masterpiece, but the chassis set-up just edges it – it’s comfortable but can play the hooligan. 

What’s the worst bit? 

Putting it away for the winter as I’m scared of rust when I’d actually love to be using it all-year round as it it’s even more fun in the wet! 

Any modifications? 

Nope, though I’m considering braided brake lines and a retro-styled modern stereo with some decent speakers.

What’s it like to run?

I’ve only had two issues with the car. The brakes would stick on harder and harder through a journey, then slowly release again after a ten minute stop; this was fixed with a new master cylinder.  The other issue was a strange one; it started running really lumpy then wouldn’t start at all in a petrol station.  Luckily, Ariel, my local BMW expert (aka A J Autogas) traced it to a faulty sensor.

Any advice for buyers? 

Get one if you have the opportunity! I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Any funny mishaps?

On my hands and knees looking for the towing eye in the petrol station (see above), I had my foot run over by a Tesla Model S – didn’t hear it coming!

Lewis Plumb(E28), BMW M5