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Frequently asked questions about the BMW E34: Everything you need to know

1. What is BMW E34?

The BMW E34 is the third generation of the BMW 5 Series, produced from November 1987 to 1996. Initially launched as a sedan in January 1988, the E34 also included a family (“Touring”) version that was introduced in September 1992, the first time the 5 Series introduced this body style.

2. When was the BMW E34 produced?

Production of the BMW E34 began in November 1987 and continued until December 1995 for sedans, while Touring models were produced until June 1996.

3. What are the distinctive features of the BMW E34?

The BMW E34 was notable for being the first 5 Series model to incorporate all-wheel drive with the 525iX model, as well as the first use of a V8 engine in a 5 Series. It also introduced features such as stability control (ASC), traction control (ASC+T), 6-speed manual transmission and adjustable suspension (EDC).

4. What engines are available in the BMW E34?

The BMW E34 offered a wide variety of engines, including gasoline and diesel options. The gasoline engines included a range of four-cylinder, inline six-cylinder and V8 engines, with different capacities and power outputs. Diesel engines were also available, including turbocharged variants.

5. What transmissions are available on the BMW E34?

The BMW E34 was equipped with manual and automatic transmissions. Manual transmissions included 5- and 6-speed options, while automatics varied between 4- and 5-speed transmissions, depending on the model and year.

6. What is the difference between the BMW E34 sedan and the Touring model?

The main difference between the sedan and the Touring model lies in the bodywork. While the sedan has a traditional four-door design, the Touring model features a family body configuration with a hatchback, providing greater cargo space and versatility.

7. Which special models were produced based on the BMW E34?

There were several special models based on the E34, including the M5, which was available in both sedan and estate versions. In addition, Alpina models such as the B10 3.5, B10 4.0 and the impressive B10 BiTurbo, which was known for its remarkable performance and was considered one of the fastest sedans in the world at the time, were produced.

8. When were the major updates introduced on the BMW E34?

The BMW E34 underwent several updates during its production cycle. Some of the major updates included the introduction of models with M50 and M60 engines, the arrival of all-wheel drive (525iX), as well as improvements to the suspension and safety features. Updates occurred gradually and varied by market and model year.

9. What was the total production of the BMW E34?

A total of 1,333,412 units of the BMW E34 were produced at the Dingolfing plant in Germany and the Rosslyn plant in South Africa. These numbers reflect the sustained popularity and demand for this model throughout its life cycle.

10. Where can I find spare parts for BMW E34 today?

Although production of the BMW E34 ended in 1996, there are still numerous suppliers and specialty stores that offer replacement parts for this model. In addition, the BMW enthusiast community and classic car clubs are excellent resources for information on E34 replacement parts, restoration and maintenance.