Next up in the 5-series lineup is the E34, which was produced from 1988 to 1996. It was the first 5-series to be offered in wagon form, in both regular and M versions. Speaking of M versions, I’m kinda in the same trick-bag with them as I am with the 5-er overall; 6 days to cover, but only 5 cars, unless I find a loophole… But that might not matter anyway. I showed the E34 M Touring not too long ago, and I’m pretty sure I’ve featured the M sedan as well, so today let’s do a standard 5 in the form of a Minichamps 535i.

Unlike the M versions that come from Otto, this Minichamps is good old diecast. And with that diecast comes some good old paint rash; maybe resin ain’t so bad after all. In my earlier post of the E28, I mentioned the good old days of AUTOart. I used to think that about Minichamps as well, but in looking at this model I’m not quite so sure if those days ever existed. The model is well constructed, and, paint rash aside, the paint quality is excellent. Minichamps also did a good job modeling the 535’s M30 I6; an effort that just about rivals AUTOart’s M88 in the E28. But in other areas, Minichamps is not so strong. The head and tail light lenses have small but noticeable pins when a contemporary AUTOart or Kyosho would not. The chrome trim around the door is foil, but I guess that’s better than silver paint. My biggest gripes though, are found in the interior. The floor is not carpeted, but instead has a textured finish. It does at least look the part, however. The ceiling trim has rivets poking through, and the pillars are just painted metal. And for some reason, the front seatbelts come out of the seat when they should be attached to the B-pillar. I do recognize this is nit-picking to a degree, but it does make me question if the issues I have with some modern Minichamps are really nothing new, I just didn’t notice before. For you E34 fans wanting one of your own, be on the lookout as the model is scheduled for re-release.

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