Way back, I created the Definitive 1995 (E34) 540i M-Sport / M540 Information Page
He has 170K miles, so he's still relatively young for an E28. The color is Zinno red. Stock M30B34 engine and 5-speed.
Note, my Vlad has nothing to do with bad Vlad. Bad Vlad might be a bad guy. My Vlad is a car. Definitely a nice car.
For my budget, I didn't think I'd find an E28 this clean. I'm giddy about the prospect of driving him regularly in the Seattle weather and keeping him this clean. That's what I do.
I'm the 3rd owner. First purchased in Orange County, CA and then sold to a guy in Santa Barbara in 2000. I bought it in March 2013.
People ask "why not an M5".
First is the cost. An E28 M5 in the condition Vlad is in is in the $30-50K range these days.
Second is that I don't like tan interiors. Almost all E28 M5s sold in the US were black on tan. If I bought an M5 I'd end up hating it until I re-did the interior in black. Vlad has the black Sport interior.
I love taking care of cars' finishes. Driving Vlad daily and keeping the paint looking as good as it does now (which is as good as it looked when new) is a fun challenge!
The BMWNA name for the color is Cinnabar Red, in German that's Zinnoberrot.
The previous owner has made some smart mods:
I have some plans:
The first drive was 1,200 miles from Santa Barbara to Seattle.
21.5mpg. Cruised at highway+ speeds effortlessly. Super comfy and tight.
I drive Vlad to work daily, about 20 miles on mixed highway & city streets. So far it's the perfect daily driver with a great stereo, seats, and sporty driving feel. Every gas station stop has resulted in someone commenting on him too.