2011 BMW 135i Dinan Stage 3

Over the past few years the BMW 1-Series has done a pretty great job of filling the niche for a German, light(ish)-weight, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. When you take it up in trim to the 135i you get a proper 300-hp turbo mill and even a manual transmission if you prefer to row your own gears. Once you get over the looks, which I find to be akin to a squished-face 3-series, you have yourself a pretty fast and fun automobile. Here we have a 2011 model featuring the single twin-scroll turbo N55 motor that’s been hotted up by Dinan.

Year: 2011
Model: 135i
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 29,382 mi
Price: Reserve Auction, $32,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 BMW 135i with Dinan Stage 3 package on eBay

Factory Options:
Power Front Seats (Originally a $995 Option)
BMW Assist with Bluetooth (Originally a $750 Option)
Heated Leather Front Seats (Originally a $500 Option)
Satellite Radio (Originally a $350 Option)

Upgrades:
Dinan Stage 3 Performance Engine Software (Originally $2,199)
-98 More Horsepower and 129 More lb-ft of Torque over Stock
-Increased Boost Pressure
-Software Tune

Dinan High Capacity Oil Cooler System (Originally a $1,399)
-Controls Operating Temperatures with Increased Boost Pressure

Dinan High Performance Intercooler (Originally $1,399)
-Double the Volume of Stock Intercooler
-More Efficient Heat Exchange

Dinan Free Flow Exhaust System (Originally $1,099)
-Reduces Back Pressure
-Increased Power Output
-Sporty Exhaust Note

17″ Motegi Racing MR118 Black Painted Wheels (Originally $648)

Injen Cold Air Intake System(Originally $368)

Tinted Windows

Vehicle Highlights:
3.0 Liter TwinPower Turbo Inline 6 Cylinder Engine rated at 398 Horsepower and 429 lb-ft of Torque
6 Speed Manual Transmission
Sport Suspension
Xenon Adaptive Headlights
-Auto-Leveling
Powered Moonroof
Automatic Climate Control
Glacier Silver Aluminum Trim
CD/MP3 Player w/HD Radio
iPod & USB Adapter
3-Spoke Multi-function Steering Wheel
DSC Dynamic Stability Control
DTC Dynamic Traction Control
Heated Mirrors and Windshield Washer Jets
Cruise Control

Vehicle History:
Dinan Upgrades Installed at Authorized BMW Dealer
Spotless Vehicle History Reports
-AutoCheck Guaranteed
-CARFAX Guaranteed
Includes Original Owner’s Manuals, Original Window Sticker and One Key

A stock 135i is good for a sub-5 second 0-60 making it a seriously quick little car. With the extra 100 ponies from the Dinan upgrades I am sure this thing could keep up with almost anything in BWM’s current M-lineup. Prices for the less troublesome N55 135i’s hover right below the $30K range with this kind of mileage. It appears the seller believes he can recoup some of the Dinan upgrade costs with the higher Buy-It-Now but unfortunately the mods may actually hurt the value of this example.  While the extra power is nice I think I’d prefer it in stock form and am doubtful it will break $30K in the auction.

Similar to the M Coupe, I believe the looks of the squinty 1-Series make it one of BMW’s best kept secrets. A simple resolution in this case would be to replace the Motegi wheels that you’d find on a Honda Civic at your local Burger King meet up with some BBS LM’s or M3 CSL wheels and you’d give the car a lot more presence.

-Ben

2011 BMW 1M

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The 1M was a funny choice for modern BMW AG. Seemingly hell-bent on expanding the M line and selling as many M-cars as possible, they created a limited-production, enthusiast-targeted modern interpretation of the E30 M3. Less than a thousand came to North America in total, and I’ve seen as many F10 M5s in the few months they’ve been around as I’ve seen 1Ms in the past couple of years. Today’s comes in Valencia Orange which, while perhaps not as sleek as the white or black options, is definitely the trademark color for these cars. The main talking point on this car is the salvage title – while the damage appears to have been fully remedied, that title issue will be a black mark for the rest of its life.

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Year: 2011
Model: 1M
Engine: N54 twin-turbo 3.0l inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 11,746
Price: $51,995

Click for details: 2011 BMW 1M on eBay

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2011 BMW 1M

This is the Real Deal! 6 Speed Manual Shift!

Stunning Orange Exterior!

Alcantara Trim Interior!

11k Pristine Miles!

19″ Alloys with 9/32 or Better Tread Depth!

Spotless Inside and Out!

Hardtop Coupe!

Rear Lip Spoiler

Heated/Power Seats!

A/C Climate Control

Factory Navigation!

As amazing as this car is it has NYS salvage Certificate # 907A. Come and take a VERY close look from every angle and you will NOT find a thing out of factory order and flawless condition. Simply Google the VIN and you will see several photos of previous body damage.

VIN WBSUR9C56BVT47835

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Just 746 miles short of a fully pristine life, huh? Getting in a clean one of these right now for $51k is decent, but think about E30 M3s for sale with salvage titles: much harder to sell and significantly less expensive than those with clear titles. While it’d be amazing to get in one of the 740 1Ms in the US, you have to consider the long-term effects of that title. A rare and unique driving experience is worth a lot, but the prudent choice would be to add a few grand to your budget and get one that would be in instant and high demand should you ever choose to sell.

-NR

Wagon Week: 2011 Saab 9-3X

They say, sometimes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Such is the case with Saab. As I was walking to work the other day, a 2011 9-5 sedan passed me on the street and I thought “my what a pretty car.” Sad then, that this car lasted but one model year before the company wound down operations. Even more depressing was that the Sport Combi, or wagon, version of this sedan didn’t make it into production. I’ve seen some pretty wagons over time, but this one just took the cake. A few prototypes and pre-production examples were produced, enough to tease us with a taste of what might have been.

A shame then, that Saab is no longer with us. But what about the company’s other offerings at the end? The 9-3 was almost a decade old by the time Saab called it quits, but it still looked fairly fresh, given a 2008 facelift. The 9-3X was launched in 2009 as an all-wheel drive crossover variant of the 9-3 Sport Combi. Having lived in New England for a time and knowing that Saabs were popular there, I thought, wow, this will be everyone’s dream car up there – a Saab crossover. Who could ask for anything more?

As you all know, we here at GCFSB like to feature the odd Swedish car or two, mainly because they share a lot of the qualities we admire about German vehicles. This 9-3X for sale in Kentucky is as-new, with only 6 miles on the clock. Technically, you could consider it German, since it shares its architecture with the Opel Vectra.

Year: 2011
Model: 9-3X
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 6 miles
Price: $33,900

2011 Saab 9-3X on AutoTrader

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Warranty (5 year or 60K extended service included in this price). A 2011 Saab 9-3 Sport Combi is prepped and ready for delivery! Comfort package (8-Way power passenger seat, headlamp washers, heated front seats, and universal garage door opener), express-up power windows and power tilt/slide moonroof. Saab has done it again! They have built some great vehicles and this superb 2011 Saab 9-3X is no exception! This spirited machine can turn the everyday driver into a gearhead as they experience a whole new kind of acceleration and exceptionally potent power.

Contrary to what the ad states, the 9-3X is not badged as a Sport Combi, even if it is based on one. I’d also be curious about the details of the warranty offered. As we all know, when Saab went belly up, owners of vehicles made after the GM era were out of luck when it came to a guarantee of any sort. More information on this warranty would be needed before pulling the trigger. MSRP for this 9-3X when new was just under $37,000. Is about a $3,000 discount enough to move the metal in this case. Sadly, probably not, as most pricing guides are putting resale values for a low mileage 9-3X in the low to mid $20,000 range.

-Paul

2011 BMW 1M Coupe

While the BMW 1M may not quite be the E30 M3 people were hoping for, it is certainly one of the more exciting offerings from BMW’s M-division in some time. It does rock the fattest fenders since the E30 which, combined with the modern BMW style of complex curves and cuts, gives a decidedly over-muscled bulldog stance. Known for a pants-crappingly short wheelbase and a stronger (if parts-bin sourced) N54 twin-turbo, this 1M also benefits from a Dinan software package resulting in almost 40 additional horses. 380hp in an essentially cubic sports car sounds hilarious and scary.

Year: 2011
Model: 1M Coupe
Engine: S54 twin-turbo inline six, Dinan Software (~380hp)
Transmission: 6-speed manual (hallelujah!)
Mileage: 18,300
Price: $59,800

2011 BMW 1M for sale on eBay

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2011 BMW 1 Series M 1M Coupe Dinan Stage 3
* Stunning 1 Series M Coupe Alpine White on Black Boston Seats with Maintenance Plan from BMW until 05/08 17 or 100K miles!
* 1 Owner Local Trade In!
* Dinan Stage 3 Engine Software! (Does NOT void warranty! Link below)
* Safety Car Front Spoiler!
* Convenience Package!
* Premium Package!
* Black 19″ Wheels!
* Harman/Kardon surround sound!
* Heated front seats!
* Satellite radio!
* BMW Apps!
* Voice-command!
* Smartphone Integration!
* Automatic climate control!
* Xenon Headlamps!

* Convenience Package:
– Navigation system
– Comfort Access keyless entry
– Park distance control (rear)

* Premium Package:
– Power seats
– Autodimming mirrors
– Power folding mirrors
– Universal garage door opener!

Dinan Stage 3 Software Details: http://dinancars.com/shop/D900-30TM-Stage-2-Performance-Engine-Software-Boost-Upgrade-1-Series-M.aspx#page=1

I’ve seen this before, but it never makes sense why the ad says Dinan Stage 3 when it clearly links to Stage 2 and there is no Stage 3 to be found on Dinan’s website. Regardless, Stage 2 is plenty of extra beast in an already intimidating car. I normally love Germany’s racing white, but here the white exterior and bland black interior seem to exaggerate the beluganess and obscure the monster. But whatever, it’s number 78 out of 740 for a car that will go down in history as a very special M-car in a time of impressive but less-special ///Ms.

This 1M is already chasing down one of the E30 M3’s most notable recent characteristics: appreciation. Even with options and aftermarket parts, this car cost no more than $55k new (dealer markups notwithstanding) and has now covered 18k miles, yet is for sale at just under $60k. Sure, this is a very cool modern BMW, but can you imagine what kind of M3 (or how many) you could get for $60k!? With that money you could have an exceptional E30 M3, E28 M5, E36 M3, AND an E39 M5. No question which garage I’d choose.

-NR

Theme Week: 2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Designo

No 1% household is complete without the obligatory SUV. Most opt for the Range Rover; actually I think they are mandatory in certain neighborhoods. In a sea of generic luxury SUVs, how does one stand out with the valet at the yacht club? Enter the solution: the G55 AMG.

Normally I’d be tempted to discuss the 504 bhp supercharged AMG V8, or the G55’s off-road prowess, but these things are inconsequential to the 1%. Rather I feel the need to point out the “look at me” AMG styling that will turn heads all over town, the plush Nappa leather, and the navigation system that offers Zagat ratings for restaurants…you know the important things.

This arctic white G-Wagen for sale in Chicago, IL, is a god among men in the SUV market.

 

2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Designo on eBay

The G-Class is powered by a 382-horsepower, 5.5L V8, while the high-performance G55 AMG gets a supercharged version good for 500 hp. The G55 can dash to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, according to Mercedes-Benz. Fuel economy isn’t stellar, but it’s reasonable considering what the G-Class was built for: 12 mpg city and 15 highway. The AMG version achieves 11 city and 13 highway. Thanks to a serious mechanical 4-wheel-drive system, complemented by modern electronics, the G-Class has the goods for serious off-roading as well as simply taking on slippery road conditions. The system comes with three differential locks to distribute power in whatever way is best for the conditions. On- or off-road, traction is aided by the electronic stability control system, which also helps distribute power left to right. The G-Class is an old-style, truck-like SUV in look and feel, yet its interior is appointed with top-notch luxury materials, including premium leather, burl walnut trim and wood and leather trim elsewhere. The G55 AMG adds a Nappa leather interior and natural maple trim, plus 5-spoke wheels, special chrome trim, and illuminated doorsills on the outside. Inside, the G-Class provides a very upright driving position that’s quite different than in any other vehicle from the brand’s lineup; back seats have enough room for adults, but they’re not as easily reconfigurable for cargo compared to most modern SUVs. Also, the back door is hinged on the side rather than the top. Cruise control, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, rear heated seats and a parking assistant are included with the G550, as well as a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated multi-contour front seats. The latest version of Mercedes-Benz COMAND screen-based interface is included on the G55 AMG, plus voice controls, a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface. There’s also a premium, 610-watt harman/kardon audio system that also features an SD memory card slot, iPod connectivity and Sirius satellite radio and HD radio tuners. The navigation system includes a 40-GB hard drive as well as live traffic info and Zagat restaurant ratings.

These are growing on me, and have become one of my favorite SUVs out there. The blend of luxury, off-road capability, and AMG muscle is untouchable on today’s market. The Arctic White over black leather is my favorite combo for this mainly because it’s not a common combo on these; you usually see black or silver. With an MSRP of over $130K, this barely used G-Wagen is priced reasonably; vs. a new one…I sure hope the dealer takes cash.

-Brian

 

Theme Week: 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Supercars are great to look at, but let’s face it, how easy are they to live with? It’s not surprising that many of these cars have low mileage, because who would want to put up with a cantakerous engine, poor visibility and the inevitable reliability issues that come along with a high strung motor during your everyday travels? Back in the early 1990s, Honda came along and changed people’s ideas of how livable a supercar could be. The all-aluminum NSX was a legend in its time and is still missed by many, after it’s 15 year production run ended in 2005.

While Acura is readying a second generation NSX, I would argue that Audi picked up where Acura left off in 2008 with the R8. Based around the Lamborghini Gallardo platform and built by quattro GmbH, the R8 Coupe and Spyder has been raking in the accolades on the road and track. Looking through the classifieds, it is apparent that many owners have been successful in racking up higher mileage than your run of the mill supercar. While I’m partial to the hardtop, this V10 Spyder looks resplendent in Teak Brown and skips the R tronic gearbox for the 6-speed manual.

2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder on eBay

This one owner supercar is in Teak Metallic over Nougat Brown leather interior. Loaded with options including navigation, rear back-up camera, front and rear parking sensors, 6-speed manual transmission, enhanced leather package, carbon fiber Sigma interior trim, illuminated door sills, Bang & Olufsen sound with iPod integration, blue tooth hands free, LED headlights and LED running lights, power top, dual heated power front seats with driver’s memory feature, Homelink universal garage door opener and more. With an MSRP of $172,775. This R8 is super fast and in great shape in and out. Comes with all original books, keys, window sticker and Audi Care Program which includes all maintenance and extended warranty.

Audi R8s seem to hold their value well, as even the early V8 coupes are bringing in the $80,000 to $90,000 range to start. I’d suspect the reserve on this later V10 Spyder would be somewhere around $140,000 to $150,000 or so, based on comparables I’ve seen. A car like this just wants me to work that much harder, because I could only imagine the aural sensation of having the top down on an autumn afternoon, dropping down a few gears and listening to the overrun from that 5.2 liter engine.

-Paul

2011 TH Automobile Volkswagen T5 Transporter

The Volkswagen Transporter has long been a commercial workhorse the world over. But that hasn’t stopped tuners from having a crack at this rather pedestrian looking box. Back in the 1980s, Porsche built a T3 Transporter based “B32,” essentially a Volkswagen Transporter with a 3.2 liter flat six engine from the 911 Carrera at the time. More than just a prototype, Porsche built 11 of these vans as support vehicles for the newly developed Group B 959 which was competing in the Paris Dakkar Rally.

Fast forward two generations later, and the formula for putting a Porsche mill in the back of a Transporter still seems attractive. A company called TH Automobile has undertaken a monumental task in turning the front-wheel drive T5 Transporter into a rear engined beast, replete with the 3.6 liter, twin turbocharged flat six from the Porsche 911 produced between 2004 and 2008. With 480 horsepower on tap, 60 mph arrives in under five seconds with a top speed of over 170 mph. Impressive numbers for what is not the most aerodynamic vehicle out there.

While we as Americans won’t have much of a chance importing a stealth van like this anytime soon, it’s nice to occasionally look across the pond and see what forbidden fruit is out there.

2011 TH Automobile Volkswagen T5 Transporter on Mobile.de

The TH2 is made ​​by hand. The TH Automobile Company is a well known car factory in Berlin. Here was manufactured, among other things, the fastest bus in the world (311 km/h). This car is built forge T5 Bus with Porsche Turbo technology for true individualists. The motor is always in the back of the T5! Driving pleasure is guaranteed. This has everything: luxury, space, athleticism, speed and on request relaxed driving. Add to that a very good quality. Since the list is very long, please call with any questions or simply browse on www.thautomobile.de.

At over €100,000, there are a ton of other fast cars that one could choose from, but probably none that could seat six and carry everyone’s luggage. I’m a huge fan of vehicles like this that hide their true aggressive nature. In this subtle shade of brown, one would never suspect you could blow the doors off almost anything that might roll up along side of you.

-Paul

Theme Week: 2011 Audi A3 TDI

An old coworker recently reached out as he’s in the market for a car that’s useful, fun to drive, city-sized and efficient. His shortlist included the usual suspects who make up this thriving segment: Mini, Audi A3, BMW 1-series, etc. To me, there’s no better compromise than the A3 TDI. It’s the best-looking, most efficient and most useful of the bunch, with plenty of luxury and tuneability. After witnessing my brother’s recent 50+ mpg road trip in a Jetta TDI, I could see going back to a long commute if I got to have an A3/Golf TDI with a chip.

2011 Audi A3 TDI w/ DSG for sale on eBay


Disclaimer: I plan to only own stick-shift manual cars forever. However, while I haven’t yet driven DSG myself, in a tech-laden young urban professional machine like this, it makes sense for efficiency, ease of use in the city, and even fun. My dream A3 would be a nice brown, but white will do. Fierce bidding has turned off the reserve at a low $18k, well below the asking price of $26k. Even into the low-20s, this is a great all-arounder that could still be plenty of fun.

-NR

2011 CTF/R4R Porsche “Rennsport Edition” Cayman S Interseries Racecar For Charity

I was served an ad for this vehicle in my searching of the inter-webs.  How did they know?  You have to love re marketing technology, I remember the good old days when I had to search for those things I desire instead of having them find me.

Anyhow…

This Cayman was built by Porsche Napleton of Westmont to celebrate the Rennsport Reunion IV event.  100% of the proceeds from this auction will benefit Children’s Tumor Foundation.

A one of a kind tribute with proceeds going to charity, I am all in.

2011 Porsche Cayman S Rennsport Edition:

From the seller –

“Unveiled October 14, 2011, the Porsche “Rennsport Edition” Cayman S Cayman Interseries founders  Porsche Napleton of Westmont built specifically to commemorate the Rennsport Reunion IV event. The car was formally unveiled in the Cayman Interseries paddock area by Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Gill Campbell, CEO and General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Ed Napleton, President of the Napleton Auto Group, Ron Barnaba, Napleton Porsche of Westmont General Manager, Porsche racing legend Hurley Haywood and Donohue, a Rolex 24 at Daytona winning Porsche driver.

The one-off “Rennsport Edition” design pays tribute to Porsche’s famous race cars and drivers and the equally iconic circuits on which they raced and won. The entire top of the Rennsport Edition Cayman S features “ghost” images of legendary race tracks from around the world, the stripe on the hood has a list of Porsche factory drivers and other notables from over the years while the roof stripe has a list of all of the factory race cars ever produced. The commemorative No. 4 Cayman was driven throughout Rennsport weekend by Jack Baldwin.

About Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV: Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will be the world’s greatest gathering of Porsche race cars and the drivers that drove them to victory, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from October 14 to 16, 2011. Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, it will assemble the wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the nimble 550 Spyder of the mid-1950s through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the 1970s and 1980s to the highly successful RS Spyder of the last decade.

About Porsche Cars North America: Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera Gran Turismo. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 196 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.

About The Cayman Interseries: Established in 2009 by Napleton Porsche of Westmont, Illinois, the Cayman Interseries is North America’s only auto racing championship featuring the exclusive use of the 320-horsepower Porsche Cayman S.  Sanctioned by Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR), the Cayman Interseries conducted its first official season in 2010 and crowned a pair of champion drivers in both the sprint and endurance racing formats. Races are run on legendary circuits such as Daytona, Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and other premier venues, primarily on HSR and SVRA event weekends. Every competing Porsche Cayman S is exclusively supplied and prepared by Napleton Porsche and each car competes with an assigned and specific heritage livery themed after a famous Porsche race car from the past.  Learn more about the Cayman Interseries at  www.CaymanInterseries.org.”

Bravo to Napleton Porsche for offering this car up for such a good cause.  Also for doing their part in keeping the Porsche racing legacy alive and well in the states.  Napleton founded the Cayman Interseries in 2009.

It would be easy for a Porsche dealer to shill Cayenne’s and Panamera’s all day so good on Napleton for helping keep the Porsche racing spirit alive.

Bidding currently sits at $65k with roughly a week left to go.  For all you racing fans this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a one of a kind piece of Porsche racing hardware while helping a good cause.  Bid early and bid often.

~Aaron.

 

2011 Mercedes Brabus SLS

Reader Nik spotted this one a little while back and I had been keeping an eye on it. It has been listed a couple times and not generated any serious buyer. The seller is claiming it of 1 of 2 Brabus SLS cars in the states.

We all know Brabus has a history of taking Benz models, everything from the really expensive top of line cars,  down to the tiny compact models and even Benz vans, and making them loud, fast, and aggressive. This SLS is not an exception. The addition of exterior Brabus parts are a little more subdued on the SLS, mostly because one expects the SLS to look exotic. Those who are familiar note the Brabus wheels and carbon fiber accents and aero kit. The Brabus exhaust most certainly adds even more V8 growl. What is pretty slick is like the suspension, the exhaust can be set to a sport mode using the Brabus buttons in the center console. The sport button electronically activates valves in the exhaust to provide more noise. This is a really old trick, though typically I associate exhaust dumps that  bypass mufflers on cars that are a little less sophisticated, not that this is a bad thing. It doesn’t look like there is any Brabus work under the hood, other than programming, as the typical red Brabus accents are not seen. The interior however comes in bright red to contrast the smoke exterior.

This car has covered a mere 3,300 miles. The ask price on this uber-exclusive beast is just under $350,000. This is twice the price you would pay if you were bargain hunting an SLS so there is a fairly big premium placed on the Brabus package. From a purely horsepower standpoint that 611 horespower, up from 563 stock makes for some awfully expensive individual ponies. For some the sound alone is worth the price of admission, see video below of the exhaust cut outs in use on an SLS.

2011 Brabus SLS on eBay

~Evan