1997 BMW 540i 6-speed

The BMW E39 M5 is a decent performance bargain at the moment, offering big V8 power and grace for a fraction of what they cost when new. However, a good one will run you well into the $20,000 range, which, depending on your budget, can be considered less than a bargain depending on budget specifics. However, move down one notch in the E39 hierarchy from the M5 we featured yesterday and you’ll find this car: the 540i. While it’s 4.4 liter V8 produces less power than the M5, you still can have your fun with the 6-speed manual and enjoy a near similar V8 soundtrack from the exhaust. This 540i for sale in Florida has clocked just under 100,000 miles and has some M5 add ons that will have you doing a double take to figure out exactly what it is.

Year: 1997
Model: 540i
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 98,986 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 BMW 540i on eBay

You are viewing a 1997 BMW 540i 6 speed manual transmission with only 98k miles!!

This is the real thing, my favorite vehicle in inventory, really. This is what I believe BMW is all about. Raw power no excuses, 4.4L 282 hp V8 engine with 325 torque attached to a 6 speed manual transmission. Perfect acceleration, handling, and all that in the comfort of a luxurious sedan. What else can you ask for? If you are a BMW E39 V8 fan, you probably know that they are getting harder and harder to find, especially in good condition.

What makes this vehicle rare, take a look at around 100 pictures and a virtual test drive at this listing. It is hard to believe, this 540i E39 is the best I have seen in years and it comes in 6 speed manual transmission. A dream come true. The exterior Arctic Silver is close to perfect, with only a small rear bumper damage (view photo for additional details)

The interior is in mint condition, the Grey leather seats show only minor wear, no cracks or rip. This BMW 540i is equipped with optional heated steering wheel and heated seats, and Premium Hi-Fi sound system including cassette, and CD changer. Other options included are: ABS , Four wheel ventilated disc brakes, front and side air bags, Sport suspension, 17” sport alloy wheels, memory system for driver seat, seatbelt height, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel and outside mirrors.

Original MSRP – $56,370.00

The powertrain is in top condition, this 540i drives like a dream, addictive! No issues, no warning lights. Did I mention that I love this car? This vehicle was garaged kept, not a smoker vehicle. Clean CarFax report, no accidents, no damages, no flood, no odometer rollback, not a lemon. For a full CarFax report please email a CarFax request to info@sunshine-autosales.com subject line 1997 BMW 540i CarFax report request.

This BMW 540i comes with:

2 master keys
Owners manual
Floor mats
Tires are in good condition

Sumitomo 235/45 ZR17

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A 5er like this could be the performance bargain in the E39 lineup currently, as a car like this will run you under $10,000 typically. I’ve always been a fan of the deep inset wheels on these 6-speed manual variants, as they fill out the corners quite nicely on this design. For someone in need of a highway cruiser with some space that will get you there fast, but that allows you to enjoy a bit of the twisty bits, there are few better used alternatives out there.


1993 BMW “M550CSi” – M5 with S70 V12 6-speed swap


In my post about last week’s 2JZ swapped M5 many questioned why you would go through the expense and difficulty of swapping in the Toyota unit, or at least that it was downright sacrilegious to do so. Perhaps I have a looser sense of how to do things the proper way, but I certainly can recognize that the 2JZ unit is capable of higher levels of power than the original S62 V8 was for less money, and that at least makes some sense to me even if I wouldn’t do it. When I first came across today’s E34 M5, I was initially struck with awe, but as I’ve sat wondering what to write up about this car, that awe has slowly turned to a bit more confusion. The reason why is fairly straightforward – some enterprising individual has taken a quite nice Euro-market E34 M5 (great start) and swapped in the equally great S70B56 V12 from a 850CSi along with a 6 speed manual transmission. Take a look for yourself at this monster:


Year: 1993
Model: M5
Engine: 5.6 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 76,000 mi
Price: $20,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 BMW M5 S70 swap on Willz.Ca

Model: 1993 European M5 chassis
Chassis: WBSHC91090GD63011
Build Date: June 1992
Mileage: 76,000 miles
Colour: Black
Motor: 5.6L 850 CSi engine (S70B56) conversion
Interior: black leather mechanical sports seats, leather stitched center console and door skins
Transmission: new 6 speed manual
Traction Control:
Brakes Front: 2-piece, 355 (14″) rotors UUC 4 piston aluminum calipers
Brakes Rear: vented 328mm (12.9″) rotors
Wheels: 17 x 8 forged system II
Tires: 235-45 and 275-40 Dunlop Sport 5000
Features: front strut bar, HR springs, uprated sway bars, UUC short shifter, Eisenman stainless exhaust, in dash CD
Options: single air bag, ABS, rear deck wing, rear window shades, E code headlights, clear blinkers, Motorsport door handles
Comments: Hand built custom driveline by Brett Anderson from Koala Motorsport, Cleveland OH. Sold and registered as 1993. Self-leveling not removed – still functional. New EDC shocks all ’round. Quaife LSD.

As I said, initially I thought “Holy beep that is awesome!”; seeing that monster V12 in a real M car is sort of like 1995 got all sorts of better. But then I sat on it and thought about it some more, and came away confused. The S38 is a pretty strong motor and this car didn’t have many miles when it was yanked from what I can tell, so there’s that question. Then, the replacement motor is that awesome 5.6 V12. Well, at least it was awesome in 1995, but my main question comes from the result. That V12 is effectively two inline 6s, meaning you have double of nearly everything in the engine bay. On a 20 year old car, that’s not always a good thing – especially those early computers, which seem to have hiccups.

Then there is the second main question when you look at the performance. Sure, the S70 has a healthy bump of torque over the S38, but only 70 horsepower more than even the lowly 3.5 – bump up to the optional 3.8, and those numbers are closer. Then there’s the question of availability; it’s not like the S70 is a cheap motor to come by, so this was intentionally done at great expense. Further, unlike the all-aluminum M73, the M70-based S70 has a big old iron block, so you’re throwing off the balance some. While I have no doubt this car is a blast to drive and looks fantastic, I am left scratching my head a bit. Still, like the Supra-powered E39, I’m happy that someone went through the effort and created what would have been the ultimate handbuilt M-car. And it can all be yours for less than the price of most E39 Ms…


1998 BMW 540i 6-speed


This morning I wrote up a rather unconventional modified 2JZ swapped M5 that raised both eyebrows and ire with the modifications. In an effort to redeem both the website and our collective eyes, it’s only fitting that we write up a very nicely modified E39. While many enthusiasts lust after the M5, there is another option that BMW offered which is nearly equal to the M5 in overall package but easier on the wallet. The E39 540i 6-speed ticks all of the right boxes for enthusiasts looking for a practical and fun driver; great aggressive looks, super performance from the rumbling V8, comfortable seating for 4 or 5 in a pinch, and a commodious trunk to carry plenty of weekend luggage to get away from the rest of your life. Best is that this package comes with the option to row through the gears yourself; a simple pleasure that car companies seem determined to make a forgotten skill.

A few weeks ago I did a comparison of a 540i 6 speed against an Audi S4, and the general consensus was that the 540i was the more highly desired car. This particular example takes what you’ve already said is the car you want to the next level with a host of desirable and tasteful upgrades. The seller provides an excellent overview of the car and condition outlined below:


Year: 1998
Model: 540i
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 109,811 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW 540i 6-speed on eBay


This is my excellent 1998 BMW 540i Sport 6-speed with an AC Schnitzer M5 body kit, M5 wheels and performance upgrades. With an estimated 350 horsepower, killer looks and excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition, this car is really exceptional. You can look at this car one of two ways: either this is the best 540i Sport 6-speed you’ll ever find, or darn close to an M5 for a lot less money.

This car has 109,811 miles but it looks and drives like a car with 40,000 miles. You’ll see me use many superlatives throughout this description, because of the truly excellent condition of this superb car.

I am a huge BMW enthusiast and I’ve owned nearly every significant BMW produced in the past 30 years. This particular car is hands-down, one of the finest BMWs I’ve ever driven. The looks, the power, the sound, the brakes, the handling, the comfort and reliability are all just superb. This is about as close as you can get to an M5 without spending huge money.

This car has been serviced and upgraded by a nationally-renowned BMW specialty shop in our area. The man who worked on the car is a worldwide BMW expert and has been called on to write numerous articles for “Roundel” the BMW Car Club of America’s magazine. So you know that all the work done to the car was done right, and no corners were cut.

This car has the following factory equipment:

4.4L V8 engine
6-speed manual transmission
factory Sport package
power moonroof
leather and heated Sport seats
AM/FM CD and cassette premium audio system with DSP
automatic climate control with A/C (blows cold)
anti-lock brakes
Dynamic Stability Program
front and side airbags

In addition, the car has the following upgrades:

AC Schnitzer M5 body kit
UUC short shift kit (amazingly tight, short throws)
lowered performance suspension
18″ M5 wheels with Goodyear Eagle GT tires
AFE Magnum Force cold air intake
JET performance tuning chip
OBX-R stainless steel dual exhaust
“angel eyes” HID headlights and updated signals at all four corners
cross-drilled brake rotors on all four wheels

I also have the original books and owner’s manuals in their original case.

This car is in truly outstanding condition. The paint and body are excellent, the paint is gorgeous and the body is straight and clean. There is very little in the way of stone nicks, etc- this car is superbly clean. The 18″ M5 wheels have no curb rash and they’re in great condition. The AC Schnitzer M5 body kit fits perfectly and the pieces have super high-quality paint to match the car.

The interior of this car is nearly unbelievable- there is literally no wear and no signs of age. The leather seats are nearly like new with no wear, and the interior plastics, upholstery and wood are superb. The interior of this car look like that of a 2 year old car.

The mechanical condition of this 540i is excellent. The engine, transmission, suspension, etc are working great. The car has no known mechanical issues and it drives exceptionally well. The engine is smooth and hugely powerful. The engine sounds outstanding with a great V8 rumble due to the cold-air intake and stainless free-flow exhaust system. The handling is amazingly tight and sharp without being harsh. Everything is “tight” on the car, the suspension, steering, brakes, transmission, etc. There is nothing loose or sloppy about the car- it is precise, tight and solid in every way- again it feels like a car with 40,000 miles.

This is a 1998 car and as such it is not brand new. While this is a great car, please expect normal issues of wear and tear consistent with the age of the car. This is a list of anything and everything I know of that is wrong with the car: the center display which shows the onboard computer/ odometer is hard to read (common for these cars), the airbag light is on, and the sunroof does not open. That’s it. This is a superb, great-condition performance machine that you’ll enjoy every minute of driving.

The car currently has 109,811 miles but this will increase as I’m planning to take this car for a trip this weekend. Incidentally, this car is totally reliable, dependable and fully mechanically sound. There are absolutely no known mechanical problems, and I’d trust this car to drive to California and back.

This BMW has a clean and clear OH title ready to transfer.

You can fly in to Cleveland (CLE) and drive this car home, or you can have the car shipped. Please call Angels Moving Autos at 530 245 0481 for a shipping quote.

This car is kept in my garage in Willoughby, OH.

Questions, please email me or call/text me at 440 339 4341.

It’s true, there are a lot of superlatives offered in the description, but the photos document why this is the case. This is a tastefully built example of a very popular car in fantastic condition. The leather looks barely worn and the paint appears in excellent condition with no noticeable wear visible. I love the addition of the AC Schnitzer body kit; often these can go over the top, but I feel like this particular one really accents the car and shape nicely. The M5 wheels are also a welcome addition; they complete the package well and look sharp. When you remember this car is about to be 16 years old, the condition it’s presented in is a testament to the seller’s care.

If you have any questions for the seller you can contact him via email at camera411@gmail.com or via phone at 440-339-4341


V8 Week 10K Friday: BMW 540i v Audi S4


Want a little sport in your daily commute? There are many cars that you can buy that will spice up your life, but few things will remove you more quickly from the grind than a 6-speed V8-engined daily driver. The automotive equivalent of “Calgon, take me away!”, these sedans will rocket you to your next location with plenty of style, luxury and speed. While there are a few German V8s that can be had for less than the models I’m reviewing today, there aren’t too many that offer the sportiness, manual 6 speed, and level of luxury that these three combine. I had to get a little liberal with your budget to pull it off so afford me a little slack, but here’s your 10K Friday Face-off for V8 Week – 2003 BMW 540i Sport 6 speed v. 2004 Audi S4. Let’s start with the 540i:

Year: 2003
Model: 540i Sport
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 99,447 mi
Price: $10,997 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 BMW 540i Sedan on eBay


These cars are one of our favorites here at GCFSB.com. Sure, it’s not an M5, but you can’t buy an E39 M5 for 10K, now can you? This car offers 90% plus of the M5 experience for about half the asking price of most examples. The silver on grey combination may not be the wildest combo out there, but it’s classic and understated, still looking fresh (unlike some of those mint green 540s….remember them?). The M-Parallels are without a doubt one of the best looking wheels ever put on a BMW out of the box, and fit the car perfectly. This car is really a perfect Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde daily driver that you could take to dinner at a high class restaurant after your trip to the track, and it would be welcome at both. While it’s certainly a solid and fun daily driver, maybe you want a little more flare in your trip to work? Red your thing? Then I have the car for you:


Year: 2004
Model: S4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 116,179 mi
Price: $11,998 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 on eBay

Very Clean! 6 Speed Manual! 100% Clean Carfax! Runs and Drives Great! Power Sunroof! Heated Seats! and More! – OVER 200 CARS AT OUR FACILITY! REMEMBER THE PERFORMANCE DIFFERENCE!! NO PREP FEES! NO DELIVERY FEES! AND OUR PRICES DO NOT NEED TO REFLECT A TRADE IN VALUE OR DOWN PAYMENT! DON’T BE SCAMMED BY OTHERS FINEPRINT! You do NOT need to finance to get this price! A price should be exactly that, A PRICE!

340 silky smooth horsepower channeled through quattro all wheel drive with 4 door practicality makes a great package. It looks as if it had an enthusiastic owner prior to the current sale, judging by the size of the exhaust and the very much not-my-favorite wheels. Not to worry, though, as on eBay I was able to track down a reasonably priced set of OEM wheels – the auction is linked through the wheel photo.

So that fixes the outside look of the car and I bet that exhaust sounds great. This car is really the opposite of the 540i, not being understated at all. Flashy and loud, this one will shout to everyone “I DON’T BELONG HERE EVEN THOUGH I COULDN’T AFFORD THIS CAR UNLESS I WORKED FOR YOU”. Maybe that’s the message you’d like to send? Well, even if not, this car is still a lot of car for the money. In fact, both of these cars are. Which one would you have?


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

Click for more details: 1995 BMW 540i M-Sport on eBay

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

-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

-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.


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


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!


Only 72,909 Actual Miles!


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…


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!


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:


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.