BMW M5 (E28)
Ross Culver ‘The engine is a masterpiece, but the chassis set-up just edges it’
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!
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!