Tuner Tuesday: 2006 BMW M5 Dinan 5.8

Nate’s look at the E34 and E39 Dinan M5s over the past week is a poignant reminder of the factory-backed performance available in these super sedans. In the best style of “Q-Ships” – World War II merchant ships that hid surprising armament behind their docile exterior – they’re turned up but never outrageous. When it came to the E60 chassis though, with 500 horsepower on tap how did one increase the already world-beating performance? In Dinan’s case, there was no replacement for displacement, as they punched out the 5 liter V10 to 5.8 liters. The result was an additional 100 horsepower and around 80 lb.ft more torque while still maintaining the stratospheric redline. Yet that insane performance was available in a wrapper which looked no different than a standard M5:

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2004 BMW M3 Individual – REVISIT

The search for what I’d consider to be the ideal M3 continues; my bank account may not reflect it, but I’m one year closer to E46 ownership – at least, in theory. And for those of you who follow my posts, that means my pool of candidates is reduced to something in a shouty color. So when this BMW Individual Dakar Yellow M3 popped up, it seemed to fit the criteria of cars I’d drool over – but at the same time, it looked familiar. Sure enough, last May I wrote this very car up. It’s pretty unique outside of the special shade, as a “slicktop” with no sunroof and with very low miles (less than 500 accrued since last May), this is a neat package. I like, too, that the seller has lowered the price to $28,500 and fitted some ZCP BBS wheels instead of the expensive but ugly (in my opinion) HRE wheels featured last time around. There are even better photos showing how vibrant the color is. The drawback? For me, still the SMG transmission is the one item that is the deal-breaker. Otherwise, though, this is one cool package!

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The below post originally appeared on our site May 21, 2014:

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2006 BMW M3 ZCP

The E46 BMW M3 is a car loved by many enthusiasts but it always seems to me that the love is anything but unconditional. During its six year production run the third generation M3 had its fair share of issues that have led to it being a very divisive car. Many swear that these cars are the pinnacle of BMW engineering before they lost their way, others point to them as a prime example of what happens when a community is in denial. Honestly I don’t fall into either camp, but I can see how both sides would have a valid argument. On the one hand these cars can be your ticket to having insane amounts of naturally aspirated fun and on the other they can drain your savings account faster than a fantasy sports gambling site. As with any used vehicle there are specific years and specific issues you need to look out for: VANOS failure, cracking rear subframes, snapping rear springs and of course the whole SMG unit. Most of these issues affected all years of the E46 M3 but if you got your hands on a manual you could avoid that final one all together. However, there was one particular model that I think warrants consideration despite it being saddled with BMW’s fancy manumatic transmission, the M3 ZCP.

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Tuner Tuesday: 2006 Hartge H50

While engine swaps on BMWs seem downright commonplace, there are the normal engine swaps (the well played out S50/52 comes to mind) and then there’s Hartge. The history between the two premier BMW tuning firms in Germany – Alpina and Hartge – is interesting. They’ve vied for the top spot for several decades with slightly different design philosophies. During that time, they’ve also seemingly flip-flopped; originally, Hartge took a more conservative route than Alpina, whose wild turbocharged creations challenged BMW’s own offerings. But after they were granted full manufacturer status in Germany in 1985, Hartge really came into its own and hasn’t looked back since. While like many firms they offer a line of aerodynamic tweats, wheels, exhausts and engine management chips, their party-piece is taking motors from the larger BMWs and popping them into the 3-series models. None of these conversions is more notable than the E90 H50 though. While the E46 H50 took the V8 out of the 5 series, the E90 had a V8 available in the lineup in the M3. Hartge therefore moved up the food chain to the E60 M5’s S85 V10. With a staggering 500 horspower out of the box and even 50 more with Hartge’s tuning, they transformed the rather mundane small executive sedan into a supercar:

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2006 BMW M5

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I think I like the new F10 M5. Despite the technology overload and a severe distaste for the sound-reproduction technology, any time I see one pass I dream of slapping on an exhaust that makes electronics unnecessary and letting the twin-turbo V8 do its thing – spinning tires. When the E60 M5 came out in 2005, I didn’t really get into it. The styling didn’t do much to improve the E60’s ugly genes, and all accounts seemed to find the SMG and V10 interesting at best, confused and pointless at worst. But now, as I see them ignored in parking spots, a few years removed from being the king of the hill, I see many parallels to the E28 M5 I hold so dear. The engine is motorsport-derived and batcrap crazy. It’s certainly a Bahn-stormer, and flies under the radar of most. The owner of today’s M5 must have some appreciation for the E28’s only-black US availability, as they have endeavored to completely black it out. The real headline here, though, is the fact that regardless of where your M5 affinities lie, there’s no question that low-$20s for a 500hp V10 is a silly performance deal.

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Mellow Yellow Double Take: 2004 BMW M3 Convertible

In many popular women’s magazines there are style sections in which two celebrities are shown wearing the same dress with the simple question “who wore it better”? Often it’s quite obvious; one of the celebrities is as you’d expect – glamorous, perfectly polished and just out of the gym. The opposing look is typically a tad overweight, over jeweled, looking like the subject in question has just been out on the town for the 43 consecutive night with minimal personal hygiene. Looking through cars this week, I was reminded to this comparison when I ran across two yellow M3 convertibles. Both E46, both 2004 – same motor and interior, with light modifications; but there is where they separate. The first is a manual BMW Individual Dakar Yellow example, while the second is a SMG-equipped Phoenix Yellow example. Which wears the yellow shade better?

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2002 BMW M3 – REVISIT

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It’s been a great week for rare-toned E46 M3s, and the Estoril Blue special order model that I wrote up last October is back up for sale. With the addition of only 330 miles since we last saw it and now for $1,000 less, the only drawback I see here is the SMG transmission and that the seller still doesn’t know the proper name for the color. For $16,500 this car certainly looks like a great deal for the right buyer!

The below post originally appeared on our site October 22, 2013:

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10K Friday: E36 or E46? 1998 M3 Sedan v. 2002 M3 Convertible

Last week’s M3 v. S4 10K showdown wasn’t particularly a success, I’ll admit. No one wanted the question marks behind those two modified cars that were arguably overprice and too-high mileage. I’m back today with another duo, and as always I’ve tried to spice it up a bit. Today we’re going to look at a E36 M3 Sedan versus a E46 M3 Convertible. No brainer? Ah, but the sedan has an automatic and is the semi-polarizing Techno Violet. Not to let the E46 run away with things either, the E46 is the less-desirable convertible with the less-desirable SMG transmission with many, many more miles. Yet, they’re offered around the same price, which begs the question “Which would you choose”? Let’s look at the sedan first:

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2002 BMW M3

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If there’s one thing that I really love it’s rare colors of already unique cars. I’m not even sure why the rare colors appeal to me so much, but I just love seeing neat German rides in something other than silver, white or black. In the case of the E46 M3, that means my favorite by far is Phoenix Yellow, but that’s not the most rare color on E46 M3s. No, there were some individuals who decided that the color pallet offered by BMW just wasn’t enough; this particular M3 was specified by the owner in the E36 shade of Estoril Blue. Original idea? Well, not really, but boy the results are good. Take a look at this Easter Egg:

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Year: 2002
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed SMG automatic
Mileage: 77,021 mi
Price: $17,500 Buy It Now

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EXCELLENT CONDITION, GARAGED AND PAMPERED. VERY UNIQUE SPECIAL ORDER STARE BLUE COLOR, 19′ CSL WHEELS. VERY STRONG! SOUNDS AMAZING AND TURNS HEADS EVERYWHERE YOU GO!

CALL JOHN WITH ANY QUESTIONS 305-303-0037

Why you would go through the effort of buying the beautiful BBS CSL 19″ wheels and painting them dirty is beyond me, but like so many other things, it’s not all about me. I’d immediately refinish those gems back to the original silver as I think it would fit the car a little better. This car was mildly modified with exhaust and some blackouts, and looks to have Alcantara seats. Luckily for my bank account, it also has the SMG transmission which rules it out of ownership for me, but if you’re interested in a track ride this could be a good deal. At $17,500 with 77,000 miles it seems pretty appropriately priced and would set you apart from the rest of the E46 M3 crowd!

-Carter

Deja Chartreuse? 2002 BMW M3

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Bummed that Phoenix Yellow E46 M3 I wrote up Saturday sold so quickly? Further bummed that pristine looking Avus Blue E36 M3 had some questionable salvage history? Not to worry. We here at GCFSB are looking out for you. So you’ve got another shot at a lower mile rare color M3 today; another Phoenix Yellow E46 M3, this time sporting the optional 19″ wheels (Yea!) and the SMG automatic gearbox (Boo!). But I don’t want to sway you; you decide for yourself:

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Year: 2002
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic SMG
Mileage: 67,000 mi
Price: $ 17,500 Buy It Now

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OFFERED FOR SALE AT
LOW BUY IT NOW PRICE
(we offer free shipping with the buy it now price
within the 48 states of the US)
OR BEST REASONABLE OFFER

HELLO AGAIN FELLOW E-BAYERS

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL,CLEAN AND NICE RUNNING VEHICLE.

HARD TO FIND IN THIS CLEAN CONDITION
WITH SUCH A LOW MILES

2002 BMW ///M3

6 CYL 3.2L. GASOLINE ENGINE
SMG TRANSMISSION

IT HAS ONLY 67K.+ ACTUAL MILES

THIS VEHICLE RUNS AND LOOKS AMAZAING
CLEAN TITLE
with some service records on file
$19,165

IT’S TIGHT, CLEAN AND POWERFUL
IT RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT
OFFERED FOR SALE AT
LOW BUY IT NOW PRICE
(we offer free shipping with the buy it now price
within the 48 states of the US)
OR BEST REASONABLE OFFER
Great condition anywise. It seems to be regularly maintained.
Clean vehicle all the way through. Very well taken care of due to the fact that is so clean.
This is not the average class luxurious mid 2000’s coupes. This unit has some pretty good options for the year.
We did test drove the vehicle to make sure it don’t have any engine, transmission or safety issues.
******It is ready to go!****** You’d love this vehicle!!!!
The vehicle has clean title and it checks out excellent. So feel confident and don’t miss out on this great deal!
We are a wholesale dealer registered in the state of NV and our prices are always very low.
So don’t miss your chance to own this great vehicle for less money TODAY!!!

COPY OF THE CURRENT CARFAX IS AVAILABLE
TO BE VIEWED IN THIS LISTING BELLOW.

Exterior:

The exterior of this car is in great condition as well.
The vehicle has been freshly detailed and the paint has a great shine.
The few little things that needs attention in the exterior are – some rock chips and scratches,
few door dings, slight dents, paint oxidation, undercarriage rust here and there (IF ANY).
Pretty normal stuff for a 11 years old vehicle with 67k.+ miles.
We don’t guarantee vehicle paint / any repaint panels or body in the past (IF ANY).
Overall the body is straight and clean. We tried to describe all the flaws in the exterior in the best way we can,
plus its all been pictured. Once again nothing major. We took detailed photos so you can get an idea, what do we mean.
We couldn’t find anything else that’ll catch our attention.
Please look carefully at all photos.
What you see is what you get.

Interior:

The inside of this unit is still in good condition as well.
The few things that need attention in this car’s interior are –
some normal interior wear for 67k.+ miles 11 years old vehicle.
The vehicle comes with 1 master OEM key.
Owner manual book(s) is/are not presented in this vehicle. Please, look carefully at all the photos.
We believe that this vehicle is a 100% non-smoker/pet unit, but we wont guarantee it for sure.
What you see is what you get.

Mechanics:

This unit is very sound. The motor runs strong and the transmission shifts as supposed to.
We could not locate any current leaks in this vehicle. The power sunroof is working just fine.
All the tires are in used ok condition as you can see in pictures. The spare tire is ok too.
The A/C is ice cold and as well the heater is really hot. No vibrations of any kind.
Strong and smooth brakes. With so much power this vehicle is ready to go!
Everything works in this gorgeous vehicle!!!
What you see is what you get.

Another slick looking package; these Phoenix Yellow cars are polarizing but definitely stand out from the crowd. The 19s really make the M3 package look that little more “right” in my mind. The car appears to sit a little low in front which makes me think it was probably modified by the previous owner; the handbrake lever and rear “diffuser” would seem to indicate that as well. Other downsides? There appears to have been an accident a few years back, but it was still when the vehicle was pretty expensive so I’d imagine proper repairs were undertaken; then there’s the SMG – I just can’t say I’m a huge fan of it. However, as I’ve looked around at E46 M3s, most of the Phoenix Yellow cars seem to be SMG equipped – so unless you snap up one of those rare 6 speeds that pop up from time to time, this may have to be your combo if you want the color. Price is a little high given the condition, but not much – as I said in the other M3 post, these cars are a performance bargain right now, but I expect the 6 speeds will hold value better down the road and the SMGs will continue to fall a bit.

-Carter