54K Original Miles: 1994 BMW 525i Wagon – $19,950

by | Jan 2023 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

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When you have a semi-rare car for sale that is not quite a collector’s item but certainly a hard model to find in any condition, it can be difficult to establish an appropriate price baseline. This is a struggle on a car like this clean 1994 BMW 525i Touring, which is the elusive wagon version of the E34-chassis 5-Series. The seller has managed to nab a very low mileage version, as this “Bronzit” wagon has a mere 54,415 miles on the clock.  Here’s the hard part: this isn’t the most desirable BMW ever built, but it is worth a fair price, considering how few of these appear for sale annually. You’ll find the wagon on Craigslist in Fort Lauderdale for $19,950. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows us that the seller is asking roughly double the going rate, but very few E34s coming up for sale these days are wagons, and even fewer have low miles like this one does.

If you are serious about buying this nicely preserved 5-Series Touring, you can start the conversation by either calling or texting the seller at (561) 325-9008.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their BMW featured here on GuysWithRides.com.

The real conundrum with cars like this is everyone knows it should command a fair price. Potential buyers look at this and likely say to themselves (as I did), “You know, that’s a rare bird, and it deserves all the money.” For someone like me, however, who tries to buy vehicles I can always sell for what I have into them, I can’t quite feel good about spending $20,000 on an E34 that isn’t an M5 or, at the very least, a clean 540i with the manual transmission. While I feel the seller’s Touring is a legitimate and desirable find, likely plucked from a grandma’s garage who stopped driving years ago, it will take a niche buyer who just wants the cleanest E34-chassis 5-Series wagon they can find. And given how many beaters and failed manual transmission conversions there are littering classifieds pages everywhere, the unicorn status is real on this car. The smart play would be to buy this car for a bit less than asking, perform a clean manual swap, and lower it slightly on OEM “throwing star” wheels from the M5.

The seller provides this exterior video as well as three other unlisted videos of their BMW wagon:

The E34 Touring is one of those models that dances around the enthusiast circle just enough to be known but not necessarily enough to be sought-after. It’s a rare car, and enthusiasts generally love BMW wagons. But the E34 in 525i form was not much of a performance car, so you have to be comfortable with a leisurely cruising experience and the overall satisfaction of driving a slightly waspy car like this. That’s why you see so many of them converted to manuals, which is done to improve the performance and make the wagon a car you look forward to driving every day. The seller claims this 525i is “…absolutely perfect” inside and out, which is a big claim for a car that likely wasn’t set aside as a future collector’s item by its previous owner. Still, there’s likely not much work to be done here if you leave this lovely long-roof stock, aside from making sure the cooling system has been gone through and double-checking that the control arm bushings haven’t perished. I hope the seller gets his number, as these cars don’t come along very often.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Rare touring model
53414 original miles
Absolutely perfect in and out
Everything works 100%
Clean title
No accidents
All maintenance and service records available.

Nicest one left: will the seller get his number for this clean E34 Touring?    

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