Own­ing an E28 BMW M5

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘I bought it at the height of the fuel cri­sis in 1993 when no­body wanted them,’ says E28 M5 owner Stu­art Blount. ‘It’s been very well used – it’s cov­ered over 150,000 miles and we’ve done over 100,000 of them. I’ve driven 1000 in the last fort­night. ‘It was writ­ten off in 2015 af­ter it was hit by a Land Rover square-on at 60mph, but I couldn’t bear to be parted from it so the rear end is new and it’s had a com­plete glass-out re­spray. It took two years to get all the parts to­gether.

‘They need reg­u­lar main­te­nance and you must stick to the ser­vice sched­ule – don’t let it run for years on the same oil, which you could if you’re only do­ing a lim­ited mileage. I bin the tyres af­ter five or six years, re­gard­less of mileage. The ra­di­a­tor blew re­cently and I found a new one through BMW, and I had a stain­less steel ex­haust built for it in 1993 which is still on the car. Other than that, all it’s needed in 25 years were wear-and-tear items. On a run it re­turns 22mpg, which is not bad.’

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