1972 - The first 5 series was introduced. This was the 4 door E12 5 series. It was available as 520 and 520i four cylinder. 1973 - The 525 six cylinder was introduced. This model had 145 HP. 1974 - The four cylinder 518 and the six cylinder 530i were introduced. 1975 - The 528 came available. 1976 - The E12 received a small face lift. The 520 and 520i four cylinder were replaced by a 520i six cylinder and the 528 was replaced by a 528i. 1981 - A new 5 series was available. This was the E28 5 series. It was a 4 door saloon and available as 518, 520i, 525i and 528i. 1983 - BMW introduced their first diesel ever: the 524td. BMW also introduced the 525e. 1984 - The 518i replaced the 518. 1986 - The 524d without turbo came available. 1988 - The new E34 5 series was introduced. It was available as 520i, 525i, 530i and 535i. The 524 turbo diesel also came available. 1989 - The 518i came available. It had a new M40 four cylinder engine with 113 HP. 1990 - The 520i and 525i six cylinder received a new 24 valve six cylinder engine and the 530i went out of production. 1991 - The 525tds replaced the 524td. 1992 - The 525ix 4 wheel drive was introduced and a new touring was available. 1993 - The 518i received the new M43 four cylinder engine and the 530i and 540i eight cylinder came available. 1995 - A new 5 series was introduced. This was the E39. It was available as 523i, 528i, 525td and 525tds. 1996 - A 520i, 535i and 540i were introduced. The new touring also came available. 1998 - The new 530d six cylinder diesel was introduced. 2000 - The 525d six cylinder diesel and a 520d four cylinder diesel came available and the 528i was replaced with a 530i wich has 231 HP. 2001 - A very small facelift and some small engine updates. New headlights and a new kidney grille are the biggest facelift changes. Engine changes include the new 2.2 litre and the replacement of the 523i. Also new is the 530i six cylinder with 231 PH wich will replace the 528i.
Jeff Seabrook has been with us since Sunday, February 15, 2004.