Originally Posted by Kris
Hi i was wondering if there is any potential or even worth it hopping up a 1985 bmx 5 series i can get it for 1500 do you think i should buy it? And is there really like a lot of parts for a bmw like this?
It really depends on the condition. For $1,500.00 it probably has a good 200k miles on the engine...but they are good engines. There is a chip you can buy for the '85 that shouldn't cost you more than about $200.00 that will boost the power output and release the speed limiter. Even a 2.7L engine is quite fast on the top end and not bad off the line either. The 3.5L is much better and takes to upgrades much easier as there is more to offer the 3.5L engine. There is a lot of parts you can buy for cheap on eBay for the early E21's and the E28's to spruce your car up depending on what it needs. The seats seem be the thing that wear out the fastest and are the easiest to replace.
The E28 M5...in stock trim, puts out 256hp and will put up a great challenge to most anything on the road today...if not plain beat it...but that car would run you between $6k-$20k from worst condition to best.
M5 that will run you about $15k...
My '88 E28 in the middle (blue E30 sold off a while back)