1995 BMW 540i M-Sport

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I was intrigued by the 540i M-Sport we featured last week, partially because my college rowing coach lavished praise upon the non-M-sport 6-speed 540i highway-crusher he commuted 100 miles a day in. Many were already fans of the torquier 540 over the E34 M5, so the additional M suspension was a decent compromise when the M5 went away for a few years. Today’s is another one of the 139 fitted with the 6-speed, making it one of the most desirable E34s out there. Unlike last week’s with the 4.4L swap, this one’s original block had the Nikasil issue taken care of pretty early in its life. It’s only covered 100,000 miles since then, while there’s about 50k more on the chassis. If you don’t care about an M badge, this may well be THE E34 to have.

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Year: 1995
Model: 540i M-Sport
Engine: 4.0L V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 147,400 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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1995 BMW 540i M-Sport
Arctic Silver metallic w/ Light Silvergray leather & burled walnut wood trim
6-speed manual gearbox
ASC+T & heated front seats
147,400 miles (Nikasil block issue was resolved at 50k miles so the bottom end has less than 100k on it)
Original tape deck and sound system (still provides great sound) – also a 6-disc CD changer in the trunk
Fantastic condition for an almost 18 year old car…no accidents, title-in-hand, clean Carfax, third owner, no dead pixels on the dash, etc.

Good:

EDC suspension is in fantastic condition and works flawlessly! ($7,000 job done during the previous ownership about two years ago and about 25,000 miles ago; there is a very discernible difference between “P” and “S” modes, the latter stiffening up the suspension and lowering the car a bit which makes it much more nimble in the corners, also makes the steering more responsive)

Jim Conforti chip (as well as original in one of various parts boxes) & aluminum radiator are the only aftermarket parts…otherwise, all OEM!

Wheel lips have been polished and centers painted; Throwing Star wheel covers are in superb condition

Seats re-dyed and show very little signs of wear, leather feels great

Every single receipt and document since vehicle was first purchased at New Century BMW in California in 1995 (including cool bits like the original window sticker & M-Sport brochure); lots of manuals such as the Bentley manual and various 540i-specific maintenance procedures

Fresh oil & filter change at 146,850 miles

Car does not require any work or service at the moment (within the range of all service intervals)

PPI at Paddock Imports in Denver in April of 2013 came back clean

Clear glass angel-eye headlights

Michelin Pilot SuperSport tires still have plenty of tread on them

NO rust whatsoever. The two previous owners lived in Southern California and Colorado, respectively, and when in CO it was never driven in the snow/winter.

Bad:

Rear window regulators just went (of course), would buy new ones if I wasn’t selling the car

The expected paint chips due to age, but many were prevented by the clear protective film that’s on the front end

A quarter-sized scratch on the right C-pillar (show in photo) from the previous owner; otherwise the original paint is in fantastic condition all around

A bit of curb rash on the front right wheel

That’s it, seriously.

Sale includes V1 radar detector + extra Sports II steering wheel [picture of items in boxes is of the Throwing Star wheel covers to the left and steering wheel to the right] (all in 9.5 out of 10 condition)

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Silver isn’t my favorite color on these, but this is a mean looking E34. It’s a very rare piece, but the mileage may be keeping some away. The deeper details like the Nikasil fix and the recent work helping the problematic and expensive EDC work flawlessly make this a well-sorted example. If enough people overlook it and the reserve can be met, this could be a serious performance-sedan bargain.

-NR

2010 BMW 535xi Touring 6-speed

Longroofs are the perfect way to add a confused look on most people considering sports cars. “But how could a mom’s car be a good driver’s car?” “Wagons are slow.” Etc. Well, real car fans know some of the coolest sports cars in the world have been wagons. RS2/4/6? E63 Wagon? Who doesn’t want an M5 Touring (side note, I saw an M5 Touring with Antigua plates at a local gokart track. Foreign envy boiling)? Well, this isn’t quite an M5 Touring, but it’s about as good as we’ll get in the States. With a twin-turbo 3.0l inline-6 and all wheel drive, this almost sounds like one of those fancy-fast Audi wagons! The cherry on top is the rare 6-speed manual, an ever-increasingly refreshing sight these days. Edging this 535xi a little closer to M5ness is an M-Sport Package and Dinan goodies, including chip and exhaust pushing the N54 to over 380hp and 420lb-ft. Not bad for the most popular car in Silicon Valley soccer field parking lots.

2010 BMW 535xi Touring 6-Speed for sale on BMWCCA CLassifieds

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I think you would be very hard pressed to find another sport wagon–with the M-sport package, no less–fitted with a 6-speed manual in the US. This is a fully loaded car in immaculate condition. Additionally, the car has the Dinan Stage 3 engine tune and a custom fitted Dinan exhaust. Michelin Pilot Sports replace the standard run-flats. Immaculate condition. No dings. No wheel rash. Fully loaded, save for rear air bags. I have thoroughly enjoyed this car. It is special. Looking for the right home!

I was pretty surprised to see the potency of the Dinan upgrades (although Dinan only lists 2 stages and the ad says it’s “Stage 3”). Combined with the standard-yet-rare option boxes already ticked, this is a kickass wagon. I’ve heard these aren’t the most trouble-free BMWs, but if you’re looking for a modern car that is fun to drive anywhere and that can handle a family, it’s hard to deny the versatility and good choices present on this 535xi. $46k is a bit steep, but not out of line. Thank goodness it doesn’t have M5 fender vents.

-NR

2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS

Even after eight years of being on sale, I still have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that Porsche sells a four-door, off-road vehicle. True, years ago the company built a diesel tractor, but for myself and others, the 911 will still be the quintessential Porsche. Still, the Cayenne is a perfectly capable vehicle in its own right. If I was going to own one, however, it would be this one, the GTS. Powered by a 4.8 liter, 405 horsepower V8, this beast was available with a 6-speed manual transmission, as we see in our feature car for sale in Arizona.

2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS on AutoTrader

This 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD, 6 Speed Manual is perfect in every sense of the word. VERY RARE approximately 1 in 25 OEM versions of the Cayenne GTS were produced in the rare manual gearbox format. If you desire the functionality of a sport SUV with the exhilaration of personally commanding the delivery its 4.8L 405 hp and 369 ft-lbs. to the pavement through the famous Porsche 6-speed manual gearbox, this is your new vehicle. It has been meticulously cared for by the original owner. This Cayenne is gorgeous. All Porsche service by Porsche dealership. All GTS standard features plus much, much more.

Interior Feature Installed Options: Leather package (black) Full leather inside including dash and all doors, with full Alcantara headliner and Alcantara seat inserts ($3,170 factory option),PCM (Porsche Communication Management) w/ Navigation ($3,300 factory option),Bose Premium Surround System, 12 speaker ($1,690 factory option),XM Satellite Radio ($750 factory option),Blue-Tooth Interface ($1,431 dealer option),I-Pod Interface ($708 dealer option),Heated Front Seats ($690 factory option),Lighting Package/Memory Keys and Seats ($610 factory option),Moonroof ($1,190 factory option).Exterior Features Installed Options: Bi-Xeon Headlamps with washers ($1,560 factory option),Trailer Hitch ($630 factory option),Enlarged Rear Spoiler (STD, similar to Turbo),Full Turbo Fascia Kit (STD, similar to Turbo).Other Notables: tags current through April 2013 (Arizona), new Michelin Latitude Sport 295/35 R21 on Porsche GTS specific rims (also, perfect).

Bottom line, this vehicle is even better in person than in pictures or on paper. It will not last. Priced to sell at $53,950. You could pay $12,000 to $14,000 more for the same vehicle (if they had it) at the Porsche dealership for a “certified” pre-owned version, but my service records exceed the “certified” standards so why pay more? This GTS sells itself. Serious inquiries from qualified purchasers only.

Even though so few were made, I can’t help but think a Porsche like this might be a bit of a hard sell. Many hardcore Porsche enthusiasts don’t take too kindly to the Cayenne and those in the market for a luxury SUV wouldn’t want the manual transmission. Porsche has announced the second generation Cayenne GTS will not be available with a manual transmission, as only 3% of GTS buyers from the previous generation opted for three pedals. If you want an SUV but are looking for exclusivity, this truck might be the best option this side of a Lamborghini LM002.

-Paul

1995 BMW 540i 6-speed for sale

The recent subject of Jalopnik’s great “Nice Price or Crack Pipe” feature, today’s 1995 E34 540i is a clean example of one of the first V8 5-series. While not the coveted M-sport 540i, it does come with a similarly-rare 6-speed transmission, offered only in 1995, which is sure to bring plenty of fun with the willing and torquey 280hp M60 4-liter. It looks very straight inside and out, and while the white-on-white may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it definitely looks like a nice to place to be. My college rowing coach had one of these exact models but in dark blue and commuted 100 miles a day in it for 10 years. He eventually went to a diesel Benz for the auto, but praised the 540i’s speed and comfort for the long haul. Providing the same torque as the E34 M5, this is a great way to get 6-speed fun and clean E34 style without too much hassle or M-premium.

1995 BMW 540i 6-speed for sale on bimmerforums


From the seller:

I have a clean title alpine white E34 1995 540i 6-speed with 112k miles. It is mostly stock with the original radio and cd changer in the trunk. Dove interior with both oem and black bavauto floor mats. Spare tire, factory jack, and tools all accounted for.

Maintenance
-Oil Changed every 3k with mobil1
-Flushed Cooling system with BMW coolant
-Flushed brake fluid with ATE Super blue
-New Fuel filter and spark plugs
-New Akebono brake pads
-New front and rear rotors
-New motor mounts
-New Oil pan gasket
-New Valve cover gaskets
-New Water Pump
-New Belts
Along with many other various things I cant remember

Modifications
-20% tint with lifetime warranty
-DDM 55w 4500k HID kit
-Clear corners (still have the ambers also)
-Power coated valve covers
-Muffler Delete

Muffler delete has to be fun to hear the M60 roar. The modifications aren’t overdone and I dig the badgeless rear. With 84% of Jalopnik voters giving it “Nice Price,” I think I’ll agree and call this a good deal for some nice, lower-mileage German speed.

-NR

1991 BMW 850i 6 speed

I’m always at a loss to figure out why the BMW 8 series never caught on. It was more practical than the Z8 halo car that succeeded it and a tad more butch than the E24 6 series which it followed. No one seemed to care though during it’s decade long run. As a result, good, clean examples can be had for pennies on the dollar. Such as this example in Illinois.

1991 BMW 850i 6 speed on eBay

1991 BMW 850I V12 Coupe. Only 72,909 Actual Miles! Original MSRP Over $70,000. Still Looks And Drives Like New! VERY RARE 6~SPEED! Well Maintained Since New! A True Collector Car!

● 12 Cylinder Engine
● RARE 6 Speed Manual Transmission
● Power Steering
● Power Brakes
● Factory Air Conditioning
● Factory Sunroof
● Factory BMW Phone
● Complete Factory Tool Kit
● All Power Amenities
● Four Wheel Power Disk Brakes
● Compact Disc Changer In Trunk
● Black Leather Interior
● Upgraded BMW Alloy Wheels

History

This Car Plays An Iconic Roll In BMW’s History! These Cars Are Becoming Harder And Harder To Find… Not To Mention A Low Mile, Well Maintained, 6 Speed! This Car Has Been Well Cared For Since New! The Undercarriage Shows That It Hasn’t Seen Any Harsh Weather!

Condition

Only 72,909 Actual Miles!

Exterior…

For Being Over 20 Years Old, This Car Is In Exceptional Condition! The Depth Of The Black Paint Appears As It Would Have When It Was New! The Car Is Very Straight Down The Sides, No Major Door Dings Etc. The Paint Has Minor Blemishes And Scuffs As Any 21 Year Old Car Will Have… Nothing Major! Just Typical Wear And Tear…

Interior…

The Leather Interior Is Very Nice, Shows Some Minor Wear From Age, But As You Can See By The Pictures It Still Looks Very Nice!

Mechanicals…

The Car Has Been Meticulously Maintained By Its One Owner! This Car Speaks For Itself When You Drive It! No Squeaks And Rattles! This Is A True Quality European Collector Car!

This 8er strikes a good balance for me in not being too much of a garage queen yet hasn’t been overly worn out. The leather could use some conditioning inside, along with a good buffing of the black paintwork. I’d say if someone could snag this for anywhere between $11k and $14k, it would be well bought and a lot of car for the money.

Top Gear recently did a retrospective of V12 coupes and presenter Richard Hammond saw fit to pick up a lower mileage 850Ci coupe:

-Paul

1992 BMW 850i 6 speed

There are certain sports and luxury vehicles that take off in terms of appreciation over the years. The 8 series BMW, well, isn’t one of them. I’ve always admired the looks of BMW’s über coupe of the 1990s and even clean, lower mileage examples have come down in value to a point where they can be an affordable proposition if bought wisely. Here is a slightly modified 1992 850i with the less common 6 speed manual option and just shy of 60,000 miles.

The seller states:

A beautiful pampered low milage 8 series with smooth V-12 power mated to the rare 6 speed ZF manual transmission. Slightly modified with twin conforti chips increasing HP to 340. The BBS wheels (8″front-10″rear) along with H&R performance lowering springs give the car the aggressive stance it was meant to have. Just about a Csi without the price tag! Included in the sale are the stock rims/tires and springs should you wish to return the car to stock. Recent new brakes, rotors, alignment, new belts and K&N air filters.

Performance modifications notwithstanding, this particular 8 series looks fairly unmolested and I haven’t seen on in this particular shade of green in a while. I think the color combination suits it well. This is a lot of car for $13,500. It’s been said that every enthusiast should either drive or own a V12 in their lifetime, and well, even with rising petrol prices, this E31 is still plenty attractive.

-Paul

Reader Ride: 2006 Audi S4 Avant For Sale in Los Angeles

A good friend and supporter of the site is giving up his very sharp Dolphin Grey on black S4 Avant. And not only is it the Avant, it also has the 6 speed manual! He has the car well priced and here is a copy of his Craigslist listing:

Update 1.30.2011: SOLD!

2006 Audi S6 Avant For Sale Silver on Black 6 Speed

2006 Audi S6 Avant For Sale Silver on Black 6 Speed

I am selling my 2006 Audi S4 6spd Avant that is Dolphin Grey with Black Leather with 60K miles. I am the 3rd owner and purchased it from a very good friend of mine.

The car is in excellent condition and is essentially stock, however it does have the following upgrades:

– B7 RS4 Black Grill
– 19×8.5 Rotiform MIA Wheels with Machined face and new Nitto 555 Tires
– Factory RNS-E Radio/Navigation with factory Blue Tooth and iPod connection

The car has a California Salvage Title on it due to having the engine replaced. This vehicle has never been involved in any kind of accident and I have a clean CarFax to prove this.

I purchased the car from a friend that was an avid Audi owner. The previous owner unfortunately damaged the original engine while driving in the rain in January of 2010. He drove through a puddle and sucked up a small amount of water which hydrolocked the engine. This was unfortunately due to him not having in place the passenger side fender liner, and that is where the air box sucks in air.

His insurance company, AAA, ended up total losing the car since a new motor could not be sourced from Audi as they no longer make complete engines. I purchased the car from him in March of 2010 and took it to a shop in Long Beach, CA that specializes in Audi vehicle repairs called Raven Motorsports. (www.ravenms.com)

The technicians at Raven had available a fresh engine from a 2005 S4 that had 45K miles on it, and sold it to me with a 6 month warranty. While the engine was replaced, they also did the following

– New Plugs
– New Coil Packs
– New Belts
– New AC Compressor
– New Oil Temperature Sensor
– New Oil Pressure Sensor

The car was completed in April with its new motor and it has been my wifes car ever since. We have now recently purchased a 2011 S4, so this car must go.

The car comes will all the receipts and maintenance records going back to new, along with all the receipts for the new engine. Also included is all the documentation from the prior owners insurance company detailing why it was a total loss.

The car has been garage kept its entire life and was just recently detailed. The inside and outside is in truly exceptional shape.

I am asking $22,500 which is an excellent price considering other B7 S4 Avants go for $28K to $30K+

I am located in Orange County and am available to show the car anytime.

I’ve had the pleasure of driving an S4 sedan with the 6 speed and it’s a complete blast! The all-wheel drive, lusty v8, and 6 speed make every run to the corner store a real pleasure. And after the corner store, you’re on your way to track day!

His asking price is $22,500 but has offered to give our readers an immediate discount at $21500. The buyer has also made the CARFAX available for interested parties.

Tell him you saw it on German Cars For Sale Blog!

dc

Conflicted 1988 BMW M3 for sale

Sometimes the pieces just don’t fit, even if they’re good pieces.  We’ve explored this theme (or lack thereof) a few times, most notably the over-accessorized 740i and the “magnet” Yellow E30 M3 with a turbo S52.  Today’s find is a combination of the two, with the confused style of the 740 and an S52 all imposed on an otherwise unsuspecting E30 M3.

It’s not all bad.  Sacrilegious as it may be, an S52 and 6-speed in an E30 must be awesome.  It’s backed up with other fun goodies like E36 brakes and steering, coilovers, etc.  Really the biggest highlight about this car is simply the fact that it’s an E30 M3; again, it’s not all bad.

But it’s mostly bad.  All of the swapping and “scrubbing” transmission strike fear in the heart of the maintenance-minded and livid ire from the E30 crew.  Even if I liked Hartge wheels, 19s are much, much too large for an E30 and much too bright amidst the (also dubious) smoked theme.  And I know nearly every one of these cars has a rough drivers seat, but this one is truly cringe-worthy.  And $14,500 for this?  We all know E30s are collectible pieces of automotive gold, but this seller has only decreased its value and collectibility.

The thing that really grinds my gears is that this E30 M3 went from a car that was magically and uniquely greater than the sum of its parts to one that is the exact opposite.  I’m sure its parts could do well on another auto; they just don’t belong here, nor do they fit together.  Make a reasonable eBay offer, sell the parts, and try again.

-NR

2001 6-speed Audi S4 Avant for sale

I’ve given the BMW Ms a lot of love recently, but the Audi S series offers a deliciously different flavor of Teutonic speed.  The first post I wrote for this site was an S4 Avant, though this is a much nicer example.  Lots of space, Quattro, two turbos and six ratios, and easily accessible aftermarket speed make these one of my ultimate DDDs (dream daily driver, that is).  A rear collision gives this example an apprehension-inducing salvage title, but it’s too good looking and reasonably priced to overlook.

Cons: 87k miles is right about the time things can start to go wrong.  Salvage title sounds like it was from a minor accident that’s been properly taken care of, but should be investigated.  Engine bay is oddly dirty.

Pros: Dead sexy in black with the perfect Audi wheel, the BBS CH.  Interior and exterior look nearly flawless.  6-speed Avants are rare and desirable.  Modifications are restrained and functional, e.g. aluminum plumbing, short-shift kit, and suspension.  Salvage title brings price down significantly, with bidding still under $6k with 3 days left.

If this thing stays under $10k it’s a great deal, and it’s now my mental image for the DDD.

-NR