The E39 M5 gets all the press as the best E39, and often as the best M5 ever. Sitting in its shadows is the highly capable 540i. The M-sport came with 6 speeds, M Suspension, and the desirable Style 37 M-Parallels. Today’s has been further upgraded with an M5′s LSD and Dinan chip, helping to up performance levels a little more. Ideally this would be a less-expensive alternative to the king of all supersedans, but the price is dangerously close to decent E39 M5 money. Can the low mileage and choice add-ons make up for missing 100 horsepower and ///M cachet?
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A while back I wrote up a very interesting Taiga Green 535is that had a lot of miles but was still an eye-catcher. Today we have a similar situation – a passed-down E28 with a lot of miles but also a lot of love, resprayed in an attractive viridescent hue. It’s a little scary when you look underneath, but if you keep your eyes up you’ll find a clean E28 that looks great in a unique color with shadowline trim and a black interior. If you believe the seller’s history and are ready to continue stewardship (i.e. fixing endless little issues) on this classic, it could be a good looker for the money.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 BMW 535i on eBay
The E36 M3 was lauded as one of the greatest handling cars of all time, but those of us in the US were always a little disappointed that the M3 made due with 240hp here throughout its lifespan, while the Euros ended up with a 321hp beast that makes the E46 seem like a lot less of a leap than it was here. There were many ways to go about fixing the lack of power, but few are more reputable and holistic than Dinan’s packages. With just an intake, chip, and exhaust, the first M3 I drove had a healthy dose of aggression. Today’s comes with the full meal deal, earning the Dinan badge and a Euro-shaming 340hp out of the supercharged 3.0l. That’ll be plenty for me, and it carries the bigger stick without raising its voice, just some Dinan blocks at each corner. This example is cherry in color and condition, having covered just 38k miles. With BMW’s endorsement of Dinan, examples like this may well become the most sought-after, especially when they are this well cared for.
Click for details: 1995 BMW M3 Dinan S3 on eBay
The holiday season is upon us. Time to let loose, overeat and brave crowds akin to an Occupy protest to save an extra 10% on the perfect stocking stuffer. While some sill engage in traditional consumer practices, technology is a wonderful thing and has allowed many of us to do our shopping from the comfort of our living room couch.
I went off on a bit of a tangent this Thanksgiving and started perusing what kind of choice automotive bits were out there. So without further ado, here are some neat accessories for that German car fan on your list.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi A4/S4/RS4 B5 Projektzwo Headlight Covers on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW M Tech II steering wheel on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW E46 Dinan Carbon Fiber engine cover on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW E34 ALPINA B10 steering wheel on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Zender Style VW Mk1 front spoiler on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 gear knob on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Original Porsche 356A/Speedster Rock Guards on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Vintage Volkswagen tool kit on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: VW EMPI 8-spoke Wheels on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Volkswagen Jetta GLi Helios Recaros on eBay
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Twin Heuer Dashboard Stopwatch on eBay