E30 values seem to have matured to the point that consumers aren’t phased by high prices for the right car. I’ve noticed over the last few months a sort of cooling of heads, and less turmoil when a car is posted outside of the $4-$6K comfort range so many E30s tend to fall into. Examples like this 1990 325is from California, which is in immaculate condition and sports some hard-to-find period Dinan modifications (good luck finding the exhaust – lots of “Wanted to Buy” threads that go no where fast), are the outliers that everyone generally agrees is worth the asking price. Perhaps it’s because the market has settled to the point that we know what generally counts as crap, what’s a decent driver, and what’s truly becoming unrepeatable as E30s get snatched up and either restored or modified beyond recognition. This car, for my money anyway, edges towards the unrepeatable category.
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The E39 M5 gets all the press as the best E39, and often as the best M5 ever. Sitting in its shadows is the highly capable 540i. The M-sport came with 6 speeds, M Suspension, and the desirable Style 37 M-Parallels. Today’s has been further upgraded with an M5′s LSD and Dinan chip, helping to up performance levels a little more. Ideally this would be a less-expensive alternative to the king of all supersedans, but the price is dangerously close to decent E39 M5 money. Can the low mileage and choice add-ons make up for missing 100 horsepower and ///M cachet?
Click for more details: 2003 BMW 540i M-Sport on Southern California’s Craigslist
A while back I wrote up a very interesting Taiga Green 535is that had a lot of miles but was still an eye-catcher. Today we have a similar situation – a passed-down E28 with a lot of miles but also a lot of love, resprayed in an attractive viridescent hue. It’s a little scary when you look underneath, but if you keep your eyes up you’ll find a clean E28 that looks great in a unique color with shadowline trim and a black interior. If you believe the seller’s history and are ready to continue stewardship (i.e. fixing endless little issues) on this classic, it could be a good looker for the money.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 BMW 535i on eBay
The E36 M3 was lauded as one of the greatest handling cars of all time, but those of us in the US were always a little disappointed that the M3 made due with 240hp here throughout its lifespan, while the Euros ended up with a 321hp beast that makes the E46 seem like a lot less of a leap than it was here. There were many ways to go about fixing the lack of power, but few are more reputable and holistic than Dinan’s packages. With just an intake, chip, and exhaust, the first M3 I drove had a healthy dose of aggression. Today’s comes with the full meal deal, earning the Dinan badge and a Euro-shaming 340hp out of the supercharged 3.0l. That’ll be plenty for me, and it carries the bigger stick without raising its voice, just some Dinan blocks at each corner. This example is cherry in color and condition, having covered just 38k miles. With BMW’s endorsement of Dinan, examples like this may well become the most sought-after, especially when they are this well cared for.