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BMW M5 Is Power & Speed in an Unassuming Frame

In 1989, Randy Balingit-Hartmann bought the first BMW M5 brought to San Diego and has owned it ever since. As someone on the shy side, Randy wanted a car that fit his personality—one that was fast and powerful yet unassuming. In all its unassuming four-door glory the E28 M5 is often overlooked, but this sedan packs the same amount of power as Ferrari 308 GT and if not respected will surprise you in the turns of your favorite road. Randy has had this car through the ups and downs of life and has put over 400,000 miles on it with no major problems. Dedicated to the M5 for life, Randy will continue driving it the way it was meant to be driven with its detuned racing engine—like he stole it.

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Simon Moore
Simon Moore
8 months 29 days ago

Great story – great car! “Believe me, I drive it like I stole it….” SUPERB! 🙂

Eleanor Peters
Eleanor Peters
2 years 2 months ago

Nice Video as always. I have my BMW and i always maintain it in proper condition whether it is spring or winter. But the other fact is that you have any car BMW or Mercedes you should select the right [url=”http://dreamcarsautorepair.com/bmw-auto-parts”]BMW Care center[/url] where all the mechanics are professional and know proper work.

Kurt Xu
Kurt Xu
3 years 1 month ago

where did he get the steering wheel rewrap?very beautiful

Todd Westlie
Todd Westlie
3 years 5 months ago

Yup, Ramona and around Aguanga, iirc. That white rail fence sure looks familiar I used to live in Alpine and ran all those back roads both on motorcycles and in my ’85 GTI, ’91 Corvette, and my currently owned ’93 M5 which I bought back in 1/1995. The S38 – simply intoxicating and even more so when taken out to just under 4 liters!

John Walker
John Walker
3 years 5 months ago

Not to be a negative nelly on this story but I own the first e28 M5 brought not only to San Diego but also the first e28 M5 brought to North America for sale. Originally owned by Rug Cunningham of Cunningham (El Cajon) BMW. See http://www.bmwmregistry.com/models.php?id=2 .. Awesome car!

Harry Thompson
Harry Thompson
3 years 5 months ago

I’d also like to know where the road he is on is. He has a Ducati license plate frame, so he likely knows all the good roads! Great story.

Erwan Brillot
Erwan Brillot
3 years 5 months ago

That inside sounds must be like a drug.

aircooled1
aircooled1
3 years 5 months ago

I love the idea of finding a car that you love brand new and enjoying it for decades. But if I was trying to find that “one special car” right now to keep for the long haul, I have no idea what I would choose.

That may make a good “poll” type question as to what may make a good candidate.

HSW
HSW
3 years 5 months ago

Great poll idea!

If I can turn back the hands of time, it would be the e30 M3.

Gilberto Jimenez
Gilberto Jimenez
3 years 5 months ago

Great job with the piece Randy and Petrolicious! Where exactly was that mountain road btw? 😀

Kevin Fitzpatrick
Kevin Fitzpatrick
3 years 5 months ago

Beautiful! What an awesome M5 owner, keeping it that nice for 400k miles. Easily my favorite BMW. Thanks for this one.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
3 years 5 months ago

Respect to the owner 400k miles on the chassis is impressive. Great video as always

Inigo Loy Colmenar
Inigo Loy Colmenar
3 years 5 months ago

Another nice video. Those mountain roads remind me of the ones around Ramona and Barona area.

Jim Bair
Jim Bair
3 years 5 months ago

An excellent story and feature! Randy and his M5 are iconic within the BMW E28 community – Thanks so much for featuring this car and owner on your outstanding site. I’m already thoroughly enjoying June’s “Bavarian Experience!”

Brooks Wade
Brooks Wade
3 years 5 months ago

Great story! Ultimately I want my car to look like about like his. Already have the RK’s and Dinan upgrades. Next up is euro conversion. I’m actually wanting to source the euro bodykit and lights for my M5.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
3 years 5 months ago

Beautiful. It really sounds like it’s being driven as intended! 400k with no issues is very very impressive.

UncleWalty
UncleWalty
3 years 5 months ago

Wonderful video and story.

ahab
ahab
3 years 5 months ago

The Shark is the coupe (M6). This car was known as Black Bart in the period.

Leucea Alexandru
Leucea Alexandru
3 years 5 months ago

“The Shark”, as most people call it. Well done Randy, you’ve got yourself a piece of history right there. Often overlooked by some people, but cherished by true enthusiasts that know what this car is all about.

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