The BMW 5 Series is the mid-sized luxury car line of BMW since 1972. The 5 Series got its name by being the 5th new series after the V-8 Isetta era. The series was a purely sedan line until station wagon versions were added in 1992. It's currently in its 5th generation.
The BMW E34 was the successor of the
BMW E28 and is considered the 3rd generation of the 5 Series. Introduced in 1988, it came in 5 models: the 520i, 525i, 530i, 535i and 524td. In 1989, the 518i was added while in 1990, the 530i was removed and in 1991, the 524td was replaced by the 525tds. In 1992, the 4-wheel drive 525ix was released and finally in 1993, the first 8-cylinders, the 530i and 540i, along with the 525td were released.
Th first 5 Series Touring (station wagon) version was introduced in 1992. The Touring was available in the following models: 518i, 520i, 525i, 525ix, 530i, 540i, 525td and 525tds. The M5 versions of the E34 were available as both sedans ('88-'95) and tourings ('93-'95). Most models were replaced in 1995 by the next generation of the 5 Series, the
BMW E39. Some tourings, specifically the 520i, 525i, 525ix, 525td, and 525tds, were replaced in 1996.