1989 BMW M5 used by sole owner clocks 400,000+ miles [video]

Didn't have any major technical issues

Meet Randy Balingit-Hartmann, the only owner of a 1989 BMW M5 (E28) who has a strong passion for his German high-performance sedan.

Back in 1989 it was the first M5 sold in San Diego and Randy was so anxious that he took delivery right after the truck arrived. Since then he drove the car for more than 400,000 miles (643,738 km) without any major technical problems, even though he drove it "like it was stolen".

Randy says he's kind of a shy guy which is why he wanted a car that would match his personality as the M5 doesn't look as flamboyant as other similar quick cars. It is a powerful yet unassuming four-door sedan which was sold only in black. Over the years Randy made several modifications to the M5 but he wants to restore it back to an original configuration now that he's getting into his "senior years".

Published Jun 6, 2013 1:40 pm By Adrian Padeanu
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old school. simple, better times. this is how great cars used to be.
Jun 7, 2013 6:57 pm
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Nice to see this, BUT, I seriously doubt you'll see any newer model Bimmers surpassing similar levels of endurance. BMW has had some serious quality issues during the previous models (E60, etc). Hopefully, they'll get back on track, but have a hard time believing this if they keep on expanding their lineup.
Jun 7, 2013 1:56 pm
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Gosh, I've just fallen in love. That is some pure engineering and mechanics. How you see everything moving under the hood. I want one so bad. And I love cars which aren't showing off. Just a petrol head can tell it's hell of a great car, others don't even turn their head. And at the beginning I liked him saying that he can stare at a car no matter if it is Porsche or Beetle. Well Jeremy would say, those two are pretty much the same :D
Jun 7, 2013 1:00 pm
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when a perfect car comes a long, love at first sight
Jun 7, 2013 11:11 am
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I have yet to own a German car, however I heard a lot of horror stories in US costing you 3X-4X more than an American/Japanese car just to replace something simple in a BMW/Mercedes. So he may be a big M5 enthusiast and is blessed with adequate reliability by not having any major technical issues with it, but the major question is how much he spent on maintenance on the entire time he owned the car and how does that compare to other high performance cars?!
Jun 6, 2013 10:40 pm
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Maintaining the cars like BMW or Mercedes is not so much expensive than some other cheaper cars (oil and that staff), but the broken parts you need to replace can be very expensive, like radiator or even some small parts like external temperature indicator. But you have a lot of used original or no name parts nowadays that can be just as good as the original, if you know where to look. The fact is if you can afford to repair your BMW with no worries than you can drive it.
Jun 7, 2013 8:45 am
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Tristan in South Africa
It takes 100% commitment to do that, even as a german enthusiast i have given up many times, and so happy to see he will restore it to its original.
Jun 6, 2013 4:26 pm
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Such a legendary car, when it came out it was the fastest sedan on the world I think.
Jun 6, 2013 3:52 pm
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Amazing car!
Jun 6, 2013 2:48 pm
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Awesome! This is true love.
Jun 6, 2013 2:42 pm
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Ummmm, what is so special about such mileage in a 24-year-old car? Sole owner? I guess this story is better: http://k654.ims-firmen.de/ah/bmw-forum/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18984&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0&sid=a47e5f02c0888947831804083c5223d8 (1 000 000 km in 7 years, an E39 owned by a sole owner )
Jun 6, 2013 2:33 pm
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It's more than just 400,000 miles. It's the guy's true passion for the car. How many people keep a car for so long ?
Jun 6, 2013 2:57 pm
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Yeah, but this is about an M5!! No boring diesel engine....
Jun 6, 2013 2:59 pm
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Because it's about high performance car which is often driven hard. That's why.
Jun 6, 2013 5:15 pm
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its an M car, not ordinary car
Jun 7, 2013 11:10 am
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My German is at 425000 km atm. Still going strong (y)
Jun 6, 2013 2:06 pm
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What German do you have?
Jun 6, 2013 3:08 pm
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Audi. Didn't want to start an argument by mentioning it
Jun 6, 2013 5:04 pm
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Ok. Just curious.
Jun 6, 2013 5:14 pm
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lol, there will be an argument thats for sure
Jun 7, 2013 8:33 am
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Jun 6, 2013 2:04 pm
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German engineering at it's best!
Jun 6, 2013 1:48 pm
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