In September 1982 the new BMW E30 3-series was introduced, relieving the E21 range of 1975. In design and technique, the E30 was an evolution of its predecessor.
The new 3-series was launched with four models: two M10 four cylinders, the 316 and 318i. And the 320i and 323i with the straight six M20 engine. Within a year after introduction, the 3-series finally had a four door model.
In 1984 the M21 diesel engine was introduced in the 324d. Besides the four door, the diesel was another gap in the E21 range that was closed by the E30. And even more came in 1985: 4WD (325iX) and a very classy full cabrio in 1985.
Built for racing, the iconic BMW M3 model was also launched in 1985. becoming the most successful racing car for BMW.
And that was not all. In 1988 a Touring model was added to the E30-range. The Touring was the first model with the new face lift with plastic bumpers and bigger taillights, part of a model upgrade in 1998, including the new M40 four cylinder engine. The BMW E30 Cabrio got this update late in 1990.
The production of the BMW E30-range was ended after eight years in 1991, the Cabrio in 1993 and the Touring in 1994. The E30 was long the most successful BMW model range.
The BMW E30 325i on this website is one of the last Cabrios before the face lift, with the M20 straight six 2.5 litre engine.
The BMW E34 5-series was launched in June 1988 and succeeded the E28 range. The car was very much a scaled-down version of the E32 7-series launched in 1986.
Mercedes Benz had outdated the E28 when it launched the famous W124 range of cars in 1986. But with the E34 it was BMW's turn. In it's eight-year life, the E34 raised BMW's profile to greater heights and set its sight at a simple goal: to be the finest executive saloon available.
At launch the 5-series contained 4 models: 520i and 525i with the M20 12-valve straight six engine and the 530i and 535i with the older M30 six cylinder power house, shortly followed by the 524 td turbo diesel (1991: 525 tds) and the new M5.
The BMW E34 range was updated in 1990 with the new M50 24-valve engines that relieved the M20 and M30 engines. In 1991 the E34 range was extended with the brand new Touring model.
In 1992 the new M60 V8 engines were fitted into the 530i and in the top model 540i. In 1993 the starter model 518i was introduced with a small M40 four cylinder engine (in 1994 replaced by the M41). In 1994 all E34-models got literally a face lift with the wide kidney grill from the 540i V8.
Finally in December 1995 after more than 7 years, the production of the E34 sedan models was stopped, followed in June 1996 by the production stop of the touring models. The successful E34 range was succeeded by the E39 model range.
The BMW E34 525i on this website is one of the early models with the M20 straight six 2.5 litre 170 bhp engine.