Seconded. My 525i SE E34 has over 170k miles.
Engine has never been touched, apart from routine servicing.
Did have a new w/pump about 3 years ago though, if that counts.
Pulls well. Doesn't use or lose any oil, and is still very quiet. Excellent
ditto here mike...we have a '95 e34 525it & will be turning over 140k
any day now - never an issue other than the routine including w/pump,
therm & rad. can't say enough about that power plant. the less than
25k e39 m5 has had more signifcant maint than the e34.
Yup, those engines seem bulletproof. From what I gather, even 170k is a
comparitively low mileage, compared to what you can expect. 2-300k is not
I forgot to mention it, but mine is a '94. With the wider grill.
There's not much fear of mine suffering from that then. I don't thrash it,
but it frequently gets driven hard. In traffic on a good road, I use sports
mode quite a lot. Makes it just that bit more responsive when it comes to
overtaking, as it only has to change down one gear instead of 2.
It does get regular servicing though.
If you're in a country outside of the US, and if you got the $$$$$, you
may want to also consider looking for a E34 M5 Touring. I believe they
came with the 3.8 liter S38 engine. Now that would be a "suitable
motor" for the E34 5 Series Touring....
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