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BMW 5 Series 1972-2004

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The BMW 5 Series has been running for over twenty-five years and during that time has consistently set the standard for medium-sized sporting saloons. Motoring historian, James Taylor, tells the complete story of the design, development and production of these cars through each generation. Topics covered include: History of BMW before the 5 Series; Detailed model-by-model specifications; Production details and running costs; M-Series and Touring models are discussed; and Advice on buying a BMW 5 Series today. ...
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Overview


The BMW 5 Series has been running for over twenty-five years and during that time has consistently set the standard for medium-sized sporting saloons. Motoring historian, James Taylor, tells the complete story of the design, development and production of these cars through each generation. Topics covered include: History of BMW before the 5 Series; Detailed model-by-model specifications; Production details and running costs; M-Series and Touring models are discussed; and Advice on buying a BMW 5 Series today. Illustrated throughout, this is essential reading for all motoring enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861267955
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press UK
  • Publication date: 4/23/2006
  • Series: Crowood Autoclassics Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Taylor has been writing professionally about cars since the late 1970s, and his interests embrace a wide range of older cars of all makes and nationalities, as well as classic buses, lorries and military vehicles. However, he also enjoys keeping abreast of current special-interest models such as the BMW M3, because, he believes, today's interesting cars are tomorrow's classics. James has written well over 100 books in all, and among them have been several definitive one-make or one-model titles, including a number for Crowood. He lives in rural Oxfordshire.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Introduction 7
Evolution 8
1 Pedigree: BMW Before the 5 Series 9
2 First Generation: The E12 Models, 1972-81 22
3 Second Generation: The E28 Models, 1981-87 53
4 The E28 Super-Saloons 84
5 Third Generation: The E34 Models, 1988-96 97
6 The E34 Super-Saloons and Tourings 128
7 Fourth Generation: The E39 Models From 1995 142
8 The E39 Super-Saloons and Tourings 175
9 Buying a 5 Series BMW 190
Index 204
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