Welcome to Generation Gap where we ask you about your favorite generation of a certain multi-generational car nameplate. Then, explain why your choice is right to the rest of us uneducated folks.


While I generally tend towards the esoteric and exclusive or the mundane and ordinary on Generation Gap, I figured it was high time to tackle some of the more iconic enthusiast nameplates. This week we vote on which 5 series Bimmer generation is the best. Do you prefer the earlier ones with their classy Bavarian angles or are you more in the Bangle club?

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The options:

First Generation [1972 - 1981] E12 and facelift


Second Generation [1981 - 1988] E28

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Third Generation [1988 - 1995] E34

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Fourth Generation [1996 - 2003] E39 and facelift

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Fifth Generation [2004 - 2010] E60-1 and facelift

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Sixth Generation [2011 - Present] F10-1/7 and facelift

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