BMW e36 M3 in Alpine White Wallpapers

BMW e36 M3 in Alpine White Wallpapers

I took most of the weekend off from blogging (and everything else technology in nature) to enjoy the 75 degree weather we got this weekend in the Willamette Valley. I apologize for the lack of posting and I offer these wallpapers in return. They were created from an old image I took of my previously owned Alpine White 1995 BMW e36 M3.

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1995 BMW e36 M3 Alpine White Wallpaper 1440
1995 BMW e36 M3 Alpine White Wallpaper 1440
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1995 BMW e36 M3 Alpine White Wallpaper 1024
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1995 BMW e36 M3 Alpine White Wallpaper 1280

1989 BMW e30 M3 For Sale with 71k miles

1989 BMW e30 M3 For Sale with 71k miles

Alpine White is one of the best M colors in my opinion, and of course this holds especially true on e30 M3’s. Here is a 1989 BMW M3 with 71k miles for sale on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s eBaymotors listing:

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EVO III splitter below the EVO II spoiler.

EVO rear flap spoiler.

EVO hood gaskets were installed front and back. A brand new extra set of EVO gaskets included.
The M3 has front and rear strut bars and Sport Springs
Brand new crossed drilled rotors, brake lines and differential cover installed…..all by South Bay Independent ( the leading West Coast M3 repair shop) We did not stop there the SBI custom short shifter was installed and just recently EVO red seatbelts and VDO gauges for Oil Pressure and Volts were added where the ashtray was formally.
From Turner Motorsport came OEM EVO front and rear wings while getting painted I had the front bumper re-painted and a new windshield installed ( no rust anywhere on this car).
The badges done in the mono scheme to stay in the Alpine/Grey/Black color .
The interior is 9/10. Leather is in EXCELLENT condition (just fantastic and rare for the tan interior cars). The back seats are perfect!!!…the fronts are in fantastic condition. The Steering wheel is a Momo Driver and a Hamman shifter and Momo boot. It also has the E30 arm rest.
A removable subwoofer resides in the back but factory speakers and amp are in place. A new Alpine cd player is installed and the factory OEM radio is included.
17″ Ronals that look great and the tires only have about 1000 miles on them.
ECU from Turner Motorsports.
E36 tension modification already completed.
EVO/European doorsills that bear the M3 logo…quite pricey.

Mechanically, the car is incredible. All maintainence and service history have been impeccably kept.

1972 BMW 2002tii For Sale in the Pacific Northwest: Project Car or Driver?

1972 BMW 2002tii For Sale in the Pacific Northwest:  Project Car or Driver?

Here’s an interesting listing on Portland Craigslist for a 1972 BMW 2002tii in Sahara Beige:

quote from seller’s Craigslist ad:

Sahara 1972 2002 tii (the vin is correct for a 1972 tii). this is a tii that you will enjoy driving and not worry about parking downtown or in parking lots.

saddly, the body shows old body work and the many seasons in the nw weather. ive tried to take blantant photos of the numerous imperfections in the body. i do not believe any structural integrity is compromised in the floor of the car and the jack points. most of the rust seems to be in small patches around the car including the spare tire well and about a 2in strip on the left shock tower. a plus on the body is the original tii nose that does not have the passenger side snorkel.

the interior shows its age. the carpets and rear seat look great but the driver and passenger seat show years of use. the dash is cracked and the clock does not work. sunroof operates properly. all instuments work except the odometer, and the temp gauge reads high but that seems to be due to grounding issues because it is jumpy depending on the electrical load and engine load.

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i have owned the car for over 5 years, driven it alot, and have had very few problems, only needing to rebuild the injection pump. the odometer has not worked for the entire time i have owned it so i do not know the milage.
it is a blast to drive and certainly a good candidate to restore to perfection if so desired.
check out the pics
http://picasaweb.google.com/gobears45/20081007#

So as I suggest in the title, how would you treat this car? Address the rust and mask the paint to make an immediately approachable and cool driver, or would you take this one to the back shed for immediate tear down and restoration?…

1995 BMW 540i M-sport Dinan V8 6-speed blk/blk For Sale

1995 BMW 540i M-sport Dinan V8 6-speed blk/blk For Sale

A true e34 540i M Sport is a rare beast, and here’s one for sale in San Francisco for $15k on Craigslist:

quote from seller’s Craigslist posting:

This is a real 540i M-Sport. One of 200 made, last of the E34 body cars. Making this one even more rare, it has a manual transmission and all available options on top of the $7600 M-sport option. (ASC+T traction control, heated seats…) BMW went to the M5 parts bin with these M-Sport cars and put all of the M5 parts on it except for the Engine/Transmission, instead it recieved a 4.0 V8 mated to a 6-speed manual.

I think these are fantastic cars. But being in a used sportscar slump with the economy in the toilet, one has to wonder if the $15k asking of this car is a bit optimistic. After all, an e34 M5 of the same vintage, mileage, and condition trades hands in the same neighborhood. Sure the S38 will cost more in the long run, but how much more?

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1976 BMW 2002: Beautiful Resto-Modified Example For Sale

1976 BMW 2002:  Beautiful Resto-Modified Example For Sale

Isn’t that what the Barret-Jackson folks would call it, a resto-mod? A very well done restoration with a custom touch to make this one a one of a kind, while not straying far from the original BMW 2002 formula.

1975 BMW 2002 Custom 2002 on Roadfly:

quote from seller’s Roadfly listing:

1976 BMW 2002 Complete restoration 1996, three coats paint, five coats clear, Epoxy under carriage, Kamei front spoiler, blacked out trim. Custom interior featuring; Koenig two-tone seats, 4-point harness, rear seats and all panels to match. New carpet and head liner. Racing suspension; Ireland engineering coil over suspension, 400# springs front, 350# rear, anti sway bar set 22/19 rears adjustable, Wildwood calipers with slotted rotors, 250mm rear brake kit, tii master cylinder, front to back braided stainless steel brake lines, and biased control. Engine built by Korman Autoworks started as stage 2 S-10, upgraded with 304 cam, dual 45 Weber’s, offset cam gear, titanium valve spring retainers, steel alloy connecting rods, triple row radiator, aluminum flywheel, Jacobs electronic ignition, Braided stainless gas lines, rear battery mount, Stahl header, Ansa Exhaust, Aluminum strut bar, short shift kit, HRE Basket weave custom wheels, Yokohama AVS ES 100 155/50R15. , 2nd place BMWCCA Concours 1996, 1997, Peoples choice 1999. Quit after 1999, to difficult to enjoy driving and show, would rather drive. To see additional pictures go to; http://picasaweb.google.com/jjt.public.gallery/2002#

The beautiful paint choice with ‘shadow line’ trim treatment, spotless interior, period correct looking HRE wheels, and nicely warmed over Korman built motor make this car a standout. But with a $25k price tag, it stands amongst the most expensive company in used BMW 2002’s like this Turbo on BringATrailer. Like most cars that I post like this, I often wonder how the owner can part with it considering the effort and money invested.…

1985 BMW e24 M635CSi For Sale: aka RARE and Affordable!

1985 BMW e24 M635CSi For Sale:  aka RARE and Affordable!

There are lots of BMW e24 635CSi’s available in North America. However this example is European specification, which is rare to begin with, but the M model was exclusive to Europe until introduced as the M6 in North America in 1987. The only significant differences between the M635CSi and the M6 are the bigger (and uglier) bumpers and emissions controls. Otherwise, this 85 M635csi should be thought of an M6 with the right body work and easier breathing intake and exhaust. Long story short, a bargain with such low miles and an asking of $18k!

1985 BMW M635CSi For Sale on Roadfly

quote from seller after I emailed and inquired about pictures and listing the car on this site:

I am second owner, CA car has 81,500 miles, 5 speed manual trans, pearl leather interior in excellent condition, including dash and speaker pods on rear deck- no cracks. Original paint, diamond black. Original BBS wheels, Dinan chip and Dinan triple gauge cluster installed forward of shifter (see photos), Frank Fahey crank nut lock and cam crank hub upgrades, synthetic oil, 10.5:1 compression, sunroof, A/C, stereo upgrade “Eclipse” with CD/MP3, antitheft, alarm, all keys, drop down tool kit in trunk and trunk lid/liner all intact and like new, with all tools included in the drop down tool kit. All weather seals in very good condition, no leaks. Original crosshatch rubber floor mats. Original carpeting in excellent like new condition and all very clean.

What a fantastic car! If you’re interested and would like to inquire further, please click on his ad on Roadfly.

If you’d like to do more research on what separates the regular BMW e24 635CSi and the significantly improved M635CSi/M6, read more at the BMW Registry FAQ.

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1987 BMW 325IC b+b For Sale, as in Buchmann of Germany!

1987 BMW 325IC b+b For Sale, as in Buchmann of Germany!

I had no idea b+b did anything other wheels and steering wheels. Here is a complete car modified by the tuner! Unfortunately this auction ended before I could post it, but considering I’ll never likely see one again, I’m going to post anyway.

1987 BMW 325ic on eBaymotors, modified by b+b Buchmann:

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

This is one of a kind! 1987 325IC BB with 34,900 original miles. This car was imported to New York in Dec. 1986. B+B Auto Exclusive Service in Frankfurt Germany. Here is more info on B+B http://wikicars.org/fr/Buchmann . I am the second owner of this car. This car has been Garage kept the whole time. I purchased this car about a month ago. I have changed the timing belt, adjusted the valves, changed the valve bolts. valve cover gasket, manifold gaskets, break fluid flush, transmission flush, differential flush. The car came with a 3.64 open differential, I have changed it to a 4.10 lsd. The original differential is included with the car. This car is in like new condition, the A/C works. Sunroof is in perfect condition. There are no leaks of any kind underneath this car. Engine runs super smooth. This car has a performance CAM that came original with this car. Also sport suspension. Momo steering wheel. The car has front fog lights and rear fog lights, there are 2 buttons for fog lights.

$12,500 for a 325ic with only 34k miles is of course high. But the rarity of the parts on this car probably easily make up for the difference. And it’s a euro-spec car so it has the nice bumpers and probably an easier breathing motor. For the e30 uber enthusiast, this car stands out big time!

Here is some background info on b+b at wikicars.

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1991 BMW e30 M3 For Sale: Alpine White Driver with Tasteful Upgrades

1991 BMW e30 M3 For Sale:  Alpine White Driver with Tasteful Upgrades

Here’s a nicely looked after BMW e30 M3 For Sale located in Bend, Oregon on eBaymotors. The Alpineweiss over Dove Gray leather looks really sharp. With a certified BMW mechanic as the previous owner, the 117k miles this car has appear to be well looked after and documented.

quote from seller’s eBay listing:

Purchased last Spring (2007) in near-stock condition from a local, certified BMW mechanic. 117,xxx miles (I’m driving it a few miles per week.) I own it outright, no loans nor liens. For those who seem to need to know: I’m well into my 40’s–not a kid racer.
No known accidents, no rust, and the VIN numbers all match (body to the fender panels).

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– Details on the Wheels: Staggered widths front to back: the much coveted standalone versions of the E28/E34 BMW M5 and E30 BMW M3 Evo wheels. 16×7.5 front and 16×8.5 rear! They have the distinctive flat lip of the Evo M3 and M5 wheels—with the polished finish, they look perfect on this car.

Those wheels do look really perfect on the car, though I would’ve had them detailed before shooting the pics!

With the economy official swirling down the bowl, do you think we’ll see a dip in e30 M3 values? Post a comment!

I’m going to add a new tag for Pacific Northwest since there have several tasty cars locally posted here recently.

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Black e28 BMW M5 For Sale with Only 44k Miles!

Black e28 BMW M5 For Sale with Only 44k Miles!

Here’s another beautiful e28 M5 for sale, and this one has only covered 44k miles!

1988 BMW e28 M5 For Sale on Roadfly

quote from seller’s listing on Roadfly:

This is an Excellent example of the legendary 1988 M5. Original, Unmodified, Unaltered. 41,000 miles. Excellent Condition inside and out. Zaino High Gloss Polish. Excellent Interior, well-nourished. Factory Recaro Seats, Custom Mats, Factory Alloy Wheels, Yokohama Tires.

So with the asking of $25k, has the e28 piggybacked the recent swing in values the e30 M3 now commands? And correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure there were a lot less e28 M5’s imported compared to the e30.

Check out other BMW’s posted on GermanCarsForSaleBlog!

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Update: This post is out of date and the item listed is probably not available any more. Why not take a look at the BMW M5’s and parts that are currently for sale!

[AffomaticEbay]1988 BMW m5[/AffomaticEbay]…

1988 BMW M5 – Rare Black on Black For Sale

1988 BMW M5 – Rare Black on Black For Sale

Amongst e28 M5 enthusiasts in North America, this color combo is the most sought after as nearly all of them came with black on tan. Here’s a chance to own one that’s for sale right in my backyard of Portland, Oregon.

1988 BMW M5 – Rare Black on Black on Portland Craigslist for $19k

quote from seller’s Craigslist post:

It is one of the 22 USA spec cars that came with the black buffalo hide interior.

Except for a newer clutch the engine, trans and diff are original. It does have new driveshaft and half-shafts. New upper/lower control arms with 750 bushings. The car has 139,000 miles on it but, as you see from the pictures, it looks nearly new.

Many parts and trim pieces have been replaced to improve the appearance. It has a complete tool kit of course. I have many other spare parts such as brake pads, original BMW cloth seat covers (I think they sold them to throw over your seats to protect the leather if you got dirty while you were out) and stock mud flaps (never installed, great for protecting the body but just to ugly)

Major changes from stock:

1) Euro Headlight conversion (I still have the original lights and grills)
2) Euro headers installed and new exhaust, including cats (it is pretty loud)
3) Limited edition Momo steering wheel released in the late 80’s for the M5/M6 (still have stock wheel)
4) 540 rear brake conversion
5) 17” wheels w/ Goodyear GS-D3 (Original wheels stored safely in garage, with tires)
6) J. Conforti chip upgrade

Previous owner installed Dinan suspension (springs, shocks, sway bars) cam gear and K&N air filter. I do have all the Stock suspension parts and air box

Check out more pictures of this 1988 BMW M5 Black on Black.

Silver BMW e39 M5 For Sale: Wow, When Did e39 M5 Prices Become This Attractive?!

Silver BMW e39 M5 For Sale:  Wow, When Did e39 M5 Prices Become This Attractive?!

I’ve driven my buddy Clayton’s e39 540i/6 a few times, and it never fails to impress. I can only imagine what the M5 delivers with a full hundred more horses and M tuning to suspension, transmission, and interior. Well maybe I can imagine as prices for low mileage examples are turning up in the low 20’s. What happened to the market for these?!

Here’s one that came up on Roadfly tonight, and even includes BBS RC wheels!

quote from listing on Roadfly:

Immaculate 2000 M5. Nice BBS wheels (All Ms are supposed to have BBS wheels right!), rare and extremely beautiful Anthracite gray exterior, black with silver inserts on seats and doors. Extended leather option includes leather on door uppers, dash and suede headliner. New dash OBC. Pirelli Pzero Rossos. Complete service history/records. BMWCCA member owned. $22,500 obo.

I’m going to take the next few posts to talk about other modern-classic BMW’s that are showing amazing value recently. With the suddenly gas-conscious American market, some models are looking very attractive to the enthusiast shopper hoping to maximize their budget and score the ride of their dreams.

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1973 BMW 2002 on Bring A Trailer

1973 BMW 2002 on Bring A Trailer

This is a cool spot by Bring A Trailer for a 73 BMW 2002 ’roundie’ with some tasteful modifications. Furthermore, the owner states that he’s selling the car to finance a trip to Targa Newfoundland.

There’s a lot of whining in the comments of that post about the modifications and the fit and finish. I think it looks great and appears very well sorted. And apparently bidders agree as there’s only 2 hours left and high bid is over $16k. Not bad for a car that’s not a tii and lightly modified!

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3 BMW e21 323i For Sale Listings: When Did These Become Valuable?

3 BMW e21 323i For Sale Listings:  When Did These Become Valuable?

These little 6 cylinder, gray market import BMW’s are coming out of the woodwork all of the sudden. Of course at these prices I’d sell too!

First up is this 79 in Southern California on eBay. It is no reserve with 5 days to go, and only at $500 so far. 5 days is a while, but I think the result will give us an actual idea of what kind of premium the 6 cylinder car worth. This particular example looks good from most angles, but the paint and bodywork that is mentioned needs to be investigated. It has some older looking cloth Recaro’s that look like they’re worth saving, and the Panasport look-a-likes (are they real?) are a nice touch. The faux Alpina badging is not.

Next up is this 83 I spotted about a week ago on the San Francisco Craigslist (which by the way, is a gold mine for rare and affordable, cars and motorcycles). This car looks like it had a fanatical owner who loved the car for quite a while. It includes all the right performance upgrades that make the car better without loosing balance or class. This is a great looking prospect, but the asking price is $11k. Considering decent e36 M3’s trade hands for a bit more than this, I think the seller is a bit optimistic. But I’d have a hard time taking less if I were the owner considering the work in.

Finally this 82 323i came up on Roadfly this morning. It has 90k miles, looks fully federalized with the U.S. Bumpers, and the ad states that everything works. The current owner serviced the car since new as a BMW certified tech and has owned the car personally since 89. Talk about known history! His asking is $14.5k. It’s a nice car, but I guess I am still stubborn that this was e30 M3 money as little as 5 years ago.…

2000 BMW M Coupe with 28 Miles!!

2000 BMW M Coupe with 28 Miles!!

Here’s your chance to own a brand new 2000 M Coupe on Craigslist with only 28 miles!

quote from seller’s CL ad:

2000 bmw m coupe, 28 miles, silver with black interior, 5 speed, 6 disc changer, loaded, perfect condition

Even taking inflation out of the equation, $28k would’ve been a great deal on a brand new M Coupe in 2000. If this car looks and drives even close to brand new, and how could it not unless an unimaginable sin had been committed in storage, this car is a total buy!

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1991 BMW e34 M5 in Alpine White

1991 BMW e34 M5 in Alpine White

Alpine white on black leather. Does it get any better on an M car than this? I don’t think so either. This 1991 e34 M5 looks very clean for 104k miles, and if the documentation of upkeep holds up, $11k sounds like an absolute bargain for this legendary modern classic.

Listing on Roadfly for this 1991 BMW M5 in Alpine White in MA:

1991 BMW e34 M5 For Sale Alpine White
1991 BMW e34 M5 For Sale Alpine White
1991 BMW e34 M5 S38 Engine
1991 BMW e34 M5 S38 Engine
1991 BMW e34 M5 Black Leather
1991 BMW e34 M5 Black Leather

quote from Roadfly listing:

1991 BMW M5 The e34 M5 was a very special car. Each was hand built by a team of two skilled craftsmen. This one has been Garaged kept and is in excellent shape. It has 109K Miles. It is white with black leather interior. The car has upgraded Dinan supension, Dinan chip and cam gears. Absolutely Immaculate Interior and All power functions operational. A/C blows Strong and Cold. Extensive service history.

There are a lot of if’s when it comes to e34 M5’s, and there is homework that must be done for this car. But on the other hand, it wasn’t too long ago that cream puff e34 M5’s were in the $18-25k range. If it took a few thousand to get this car into really sharp condition, you’d still be ahead of the game.

BMW e34 M5 Resources:

And how about this killer vintage Motorweek spot on the e34 M5 from 1990!

Or this fantastic BMW promotional video:

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