The 70s were a definitive decade for music and movies. Fashion and cars, not so much. The 80s corrected one of those oversights, an era of ethereal supercars like the Porsche 959, game-changing exotics like the Ferrari Testarossa, and, best of all, everday cannons that offered mortals a generous portion of lairy thrills, such as Chris Harris' 1986 e28 BMW M5.

In 1986, a 3,100-pound, 286-horsepower luxury sedan straight from the factory that could also handle was as rare as a goose with lips. Sure, there was a more powerful AMG Mercedes-Benz E-Class but it didn't want to get into a lengthy conversation about handling, and there was the AMG Hammer, but that was a terrifically expensive tuner special. The M5 weighed the same as the 1986 Chevrolet Corvette and had 225-section rear tires just like the 'Vette, but the M5 had 36 more horsepower. And it had four, leather-covered seats. And it could corner.

All of which has to do with why Drive's Chris Harris spends eight minutes explaining, and showing, why he loves his personal M5 so much. Scroll down to learn about the sedan that compels him to say "it's the best money I've ever spent on a car."



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      Karl T
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still a beautiful generation of the 5.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, what a video. You can tell how much he really loves that car. I really like the E28 M5, but I don't love it. Perhaps its because I've never had the opportunity to drive one. At any rate, I greatly respect a man who unabashedly worships his car. That vid was worth the watch!
      debaser
      • 3 Years Ago
      How many times did he drift the same corner?
      KO
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just sold it's sister, the E24 M6. Arguably more attractive, though admittedly lacking the 'WTF it's a SEDAN' factor. I'm in complete agreement about the way it drives. It's completely unlike a modern M/AMG/whatever, yet everything just feels good and somehow 'right.' I'll miss it.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KO
        You sold one of my dream cars.... Why'd you sell it? What area are you in???
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Years Ago
      A fantastic automobile. There are a couple of these I see in the Seattle metro area. Arguably the car the most embodies the best of BMW.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 3 Years Ago
      My dad had one of these back in the day. It was a great car. He let me drive it a few times to high school. Good times. They bought me a Z28, then sold the M5 to buy an Audi Quatto the next year. I wish they would have just gave me the M5. He says he didn't know. We still argue over it.
      mycommentemail
      • 3 Years Ago
      God I love this car. I owned an '88 e28 for 10 years (108K miles till 205K). Hardly needed any maintenance. 10 years and all I ever had to do was replace a fuel line and some control arms and bushings (on top of regular wear items). Handled great and was, for it's era, a pretty fast car. Would have loved to get an M5 version. Still one of my dream cars.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      My favorite M car, even more than the worshipped E30 M3. The M3 was an amazing car, yes, but the M5 was much more significant in the auto industry. I most definitely aim to call one my own someday.
      jonesgav
      • 3 Years Ago
      the wheel centre Chris mentioned came off at 4m 45s and exited left into the long grass. Anyone know where this review was shot? or can pass on the message to him? It's bound to still be there :)
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonesgav
        He commented on the video and said that someone found it for him.
      MikeInNC
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a US spec '88 M5 that had the exhaust cam gear and chip done (to bring it back up to Euro hp/torque ratings) and it was nothing short of spectacular. Still one of my favorite car ownership experiences of all time. The only time I didn't enjoy it was in bumper to bumper traffic. The clutch is a bit heavy but hey, it was an M5! After listening to this glorious engine note once again I struggle to figure out the logic I must have used to convince myself to sell it. #WhatADolt :-)
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MikeInNC
        After the fact, folks often end up regretting selling a special car or one that meant something to them emotionally. Unlike many other things, you usually can't buy it back.
      Fazzster
      • 3 Years Ago
      But does he like the car?
      natron3030
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the pinnacle 5 series bimmer is the e34 myself.
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