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

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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:

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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…

-Carter

2002 Audi S6 Avant 6-speed

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The other day I wrote up a questionably modified 2JZ-GTE swapped M5 that, while it wasn’t to everyone’s taste, had clearly undergone some pricey modifications. Well, today we have another rare ride that has gone under the knife for a pricey swap few engage in. While C5 S6 and RS6s came to the U.S. in automatic-only format, the seller of this 2002 S6 Avant has ripped out the ZF unit and swapped in a O1E 6 speed. The addition of the 6 speed to either an S6 or S8 on these shores sure makes the choice of which fast executive car to buy more complicated! While some of the other mods may not be to your liking, let’s see if we can redeem it a bit:

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Year: 2002
Model: S6 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 135,514 mi
Price: $13,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 Avant on eBay

2002 Audi S6 quattro AVANT AWD WAGON

MATTE PEARL WHITE PAINT

MANUAL:6-SPEED CONVERSION

RS6 FRONT CLIP

CUSTOM EXHAUST

FULLY SERVICED

TIMING BELT & WATER PUMP REPLACED 2,000 MILES AGO

FRONT & REAR HEATED LEATHER SEATS

POWER HEATED LEATHER FRONT SPORT SEATS

SIDE AIRBAGS

BOSE PREMIUM CD CHANGER SYSTEM

POWER SUNROOF

20 INCH AXIS BLACK ALLOY WHEELS WITH RED STRIPE

ABS LIGHT IS ON DUE TO CONVERSION
OF TRANSMISSION TO MANUAL-6 SPEED

SALVAGE TITLE DESPITE LIMITED DAMAGE

PLEASE CALL ALBAN..CELL:561 306-8241

First things first – while I’m not a fan of the matte white paint, I could probably live with it, if it wasn’t for the wheels. I’ve made it no secret that I’m not really a fan of black wheels, and these horrible units look like something that should be adorning a Chrysler 300 or Dodge Magnum wagon. I can’t stand them. Swap on something from the factory, though – such as these S6 wheels linked below, and the story might change quickly as to how you feel about the rest of the car:

Further, replace the poorly painted grill with an RS6 grill on Ebay and those smoked taillights with some OEM taillights and I think the rest of the car is pretty liveable. Sure, it has a salvage title, so you probably want to delve into why that’s the case and if the repairs – most likely to the front – were carried out correctly, but this isn’t an aluminum A8/S8 so I’d be a little less concerned about that.

The S6 isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and usually that comes down to the transmission. Alleviate that problem and you’ve got a fast large wagon that can be had on a budget. Considering the quotes I’ve seen on manual swaps for the C5 and D2 range from $6,000 to $9,000 having this swap completed not only changes the character of the car but saves the future owner a lot of potential transmission headaches. If you’re feeling brave and can sport for some extra dough to “fix” the modifications, this car could be a stellar deal.

-Carter

2004 Audi S4 Avant

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I’m wondering if I’d rather have a higher mile B5 in my favorite color, or a lower mile B6 as prices continue to sag slightly on the later V8 cars. Despite the slight drop off in these cars’ prices, the Nogaro Blue B6s still seem to carry a premium as do Avant versions – put them together, and you have the pricest of the B6 chassis cars on the market. Today’s example is no exception, with a strong $16,000 asking price on a claimed 1 of 1 2004 Nogaro/Nogaro S4 Avant:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 109,375 mi
Price: $15,875 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 Avant on eBay

2004 AUDI S4 S-4 SPORT AVANT WAGON B6 NOGARO BLUE QUATTRO ULTRA RARE 1 OF 1! WOW

In the questions of the car, the seller is asked about the 1 of 1 claim, which they insist is verified by Audi of America. I’m assuming the 1 of 1 means it’s the only Nogaro Blue with Nogaro Blue interior tiptronic equipped avant sold in the U.S. in 2004. Does that make it worth a premium? Well, last week’s S4 faceoff seemed to indicate that most of you don’t want the automatic. As I stated in the write up though, these tiptronic cars aren’t a bad drive at all and retain most of the fun of the S4 while making a stop and go commute a little easier on the leg muscles.

For relatively top dollar, I’d really want to see a rich service history – were this a $10,000 example, I’d be willing to overlook some flaws but not at top dollar. The exhaust and “K&N” sticker on the intake lead me to believe it was probably owned by an enthusiast, though that isn’t necessarily an indication that it was properly maintained or treated well. I think the asking price is a little high; provided the correct documentation, with 110k I’d like to see this car in the $12,000 to $14,000 range. Despite this, it’s a lot of car for Kia Soul money (even if the Kia does come with a warranty) and if it were actually true that it was 1 of 1, it might just be your only option if you like the combination.

-Carter

Wednesday Wheels – Super Stars from Porsche

If you thought last week’s BBS post was a bit of a basket case, today we’re going to look at another popular style of wheel – this time, 5 spoke wheels that are always popular on Porsches. I’ve picked some of the most popular styles that have adorned several different generations so hopefully there is something you like here. Let’s start out with a great set of “Sport Classic” Fuchs replicas:

Year: 2005-2011
Model: Sport Classic (Fuchs)
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8.5″ front, 11.5″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 55 front, ET 50 rear
Condition: New Take-offs
Tires: Included Michelin Pilot Sport N2 235-35-19 front, 305-30-19 rear
Price: $6,499 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche Fuchs Sport Classics on eBay

NEW Porsche 911 997 FUCHS Sport Classic Wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport N2 Tires
Porsche # 997.362.157.56 & 997.362.163.56
Stock # 1000814

987 Boxster, Boxster- S [01/2005 – 12/2011]
987C Cayman, Cayman- S [01/2006 – 12/2011]
997 Carrera, Carrera-S, Carrera4/4S, Targa, Turbo, Turbo-S, GT2, GT3 [01/2005 – 12/2011]

These are simply beautiful.

Set of Porsche 19″ Sport Classic Wheel & Tires Package

Porsche Part numbers

99736215756 8.5x 19 ET55

99736216356 11.5x 19 ET50

This is a brand new set from the dealer, with brand new Michelin Pilot Sport N2 tires (235/35/19 – 305/30/19).

Originally made for the Porsche Sport Classic, these new age Fuchs are available for your 2005-2010 Turbo and wide-body

(Carrera 4S, Targa 4S, Carrera 4, and Targa 4)

Wheel sensors installed, Balanced and ready to go!

Narrow body sets are available, same listing though so just bid and let us know you need a narrow body set.

The Sport Classics are one of the best looking OEM wheels Porsche has put on their newer cars; as a throwback they’re a fantastic update of the original, but also look modern and aggressive, pulling the evergreen “911” into the current century. Like all Porsche wheels they’re pricey, but this set comes with centercaps and tires – something often missing from Porsche wheels for sale, as we’ll see. Still too rich or new for your blood? How about this set of OEM BBS-made 911 Carrera wheels?

Year: 2005-2011
Model: Carrera III
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″ front, 10″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 57 front, ET 58 rear
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Included Continental ContiSport Contact 235-40-18 front, 265-35-18 rear
Price: $2,400 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche Carrera III BBS wheels on eBay

or auction is a set of Original, OEM, Factory, Geninue 18″ Porsche 911-997/996 Carrera III wheel, Tire and Porsche OEM Black Crest Center Cap set. The auction is for Wheels, tires and Porsche OEM Black Logo Center Caps. These set of wheels and Tires are in Pristine condition with no chips or ware. There is no structural damage such as bends, cracks, curb rust or scratches. The wheels are straight and round. The wheels comes with original Black Logo Center Caps. The wheels will fit Porsche,911/997, 911/996 and 911/993 NARROW BODY Vehicles. This wheels and Tires will Also fit WIDE BOBY 997, 996, 993, 944, 928 WIDE BODY and other porsche models. This Wheel is very nice when mounted on your Porsche and very rear to find especially one that comes with Continental Sport Contact Tires. Wheels and Tires are in prinstine shape and condition.

Please Note: Wheel has been refinished to a Brand New Condition!!!!

PLEASE NOTE: eBAY COMPATABILITY CHART IS NOT CONSISTENT IN ANSWERING FITNESS QUESTION. PLEASE ASK ME DIRECT OR CONTACT THE DEALER IN YOUR AREA.

Wheels and Tires Details:

Front Wheel: Part #: 997-362-136-00 Size: 8Jx 18 Offset: 57 Front Tire Size: 235/40/18 Continental Sport Contact 2 Speed Rating 91Y. Tire Tread Remaining: 90%.

Rear Wheel: Part #: 997-362-140-01 Size: 10Jx 18 Offset: 58 Rear Tire Size : 265/35/18 Continental ContiSport Contact Speed Rating 101Y. Tire Tread Re maining: 90%

The Front Tires has 90% of Tread Remaining and the Rear Tires has 90% Tread Remaining.

The Porsche dealership retails the total cost of these wheels, Tires and the Center Caps is $5705.12 plus tax. This is a nice opportunity to dress up your Porsche at a reasonable cost.

Please note that the wheel and tire will be ship in each individual box to safeguard against damage.

Please read my feedback and bid this item with full confidence.

Thank you for reading my listing.

Thank you.

These are a great looking, simple wheel that is well built by BBS. I really thought these freshened up the 911 design when they debuted and made it look modern but also lighter. With included (and expensive) tires and centercaps, as Porsche wheels go these are a deal. Still a bit too pricey for you, but you’d like something from the same generation? How about these Carrera 4S “Twists”?

Year: 2005-2011
Model: Turbo Twist Hollow Spoke
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8″ front, 11″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 50 front, ET 40 rear
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $650 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche Hollow Spoke Turbo Twist wheels on eBay

SET OF 4 PORSCHE 911 991 996 997 C2S C4S TURBO WHEELS STAGGERED. CENTERCAPS ARE INCLUDED. PART NUMBERS ARE LISTED ABOVE SO MAKE TO SURE TO CHECK THESE ARE THE ONES YOU WANT. WHEELS ARE IN GREAT SHAPE WITH A FEW MINOR BLEMISHES AS PICTURED. SHIPPED FEDEX GROUND. NO INTERNATIONAL. ALASKA, HAWAII, OR P.O. BOX SHIPPING. ALL ITEMS SOLD AS-IS WITH NO RETURNS ACCEPTED. ANY QUESTIONS JUST ASK, THANKS

Talk about a stellar deal; with centercaps included these 18″ wheels with light use are only $650. As Porsche wheels go, that’s basically giving them away. These would ideally suit a 996 or 997 widebody, with an aggressive stance and clean look. Were you looking for something a bit older? How about this set of 993-era “Cup” wheels, brand new in box from Porsche:

Year: 1989-1994
Model: Turbo Cup
Diameter: 17″
Width: 7″ front, 9″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 55
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $4,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche Turbo Cup wheels on eBay

Up for sale is an extremely rare set of factory Porsche OEM Turbo Cup wheels, for a Porsche 911 Turbo ( 965 ) . These are brand new, in the box, never been mounted.

See specs below:

FRONT WHEELS:

Part # 965.362.124.01
Size – 17×7
Offset – 55 mm

REAR WHEELS:

Part # 965.362.128.00
Size – 17×9
Offset – 55mm

While I love the originality of these wheels and this design on the 964s, I have to say I really liked the Speedline-made multi-piece Turbo 3.6 wheels a lot more. Despite this, if you’re in the restoration market for a 965, these might just be the wheels for you. In typical Porsche wheel fashion, there are no tires or centercaps and they’re very expensive. Are you like me and prefer the look of the Speedlines? Have an older 930? How about these Ruf Speedlines then?

Year: 1986
Model: Ruf Speedline
Diameter: 17″
Width: 9″ front, 10″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: not specified
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Michelin Pilot Sport 235-45-17 front, 255-40-17 rear
Price: $4,599.99 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Ruf Speedline wheels on eBay

Original Porsche 911 930 1986 RUF Turbo wheels rims set w/ tires 17″ inch. (9×17) & (10×17) **RARE**

White face w/ polished lip

Up for sale is a set of Factory original RUF wheels.
These wheels pictured here have survived the test of time.
Still in factory original shape with no damage or repairs.

Like New.

In excellent condition.

Tires:

235/45 ZR 17

255/40 ZR17

Factory date stamped 1986

Inventory #: JH69610

Don’t miss this set, they will bring value to your concourse car.

The Ruf Speedlines are one of the best period-correct modifications you can do to a 911 or 930, or even a 944 Turbo. They’re not cheap, but boy are they good looking wheels. They’re absolutely one of my favorites and I like the inclusion of both tires and centercaps here, though I’d prefer “Ruf” caps to make it correct. Still not your cup of tea but in the right time period? How about some original Fuchs?

Year: 1977-1989
Model: Porsche Fuchs
Diameter: 15″
Width: 7″ front, 8″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 41 front, ET 42 rear
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Not Included
Price: $3,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche Fuchs wheels on eBay

PORSCHE 911 930 FACTORY FUCHS- RESTORED

THIS SET WAS REMOVED FROM A 1977 PORSCHE 930 TURBO – THEY ARE STRAIGHT WITH NO RASH OR ANY MAJOR DAMAGE TO THEM. THE LIPS HAVE BEEN POLISHED AND CENTER REFINISHED IN SATIN BLACK.

PART NUMBERS

FRONTS 15XJ7 – 911361020 – OFFSET 41 – AS1062

REARS 15XJ8 911361020 – OFFSET 42 – AS1062

More pictures of this item are available at:

SOUTHFLORIDADISMANTLER DOT COM

The original, and still the classic, loved design. Pricey, but good taste costs, right? I just wish for the asking price they would include the center caps.

Which are your favorite, and what would you like to see?

-Carter

Tuner Tuesday: Executive Sweet – Alpina v. Brabus

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If last week’s brace of RennTechs left you feeling a little poor and lacking horsepower in your daily driver, today’s Tuner Tuesday hopes to offer you some more affordable – albeit not as powerful – options. So, if you don’t need a 700 horsepower daily driver, perhaps these great options from Alpina and Brabus are the perfect solution. Both are impeccably presented, not something you’d see every day, and will truly make you feel special no matter what your destination is. Let’s start with the newer Alpina B7 in signature Alpina Blue:
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Year: 2012
Model: B7 SWB
Engine: 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 9,800 mi
Price: $87,800 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Alpina B7 on Ebay

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2012 BMW 7 Series ALPINA B7 SWB

Super Loaded 2012 BMW Alpina B7 RWD SWB with only 9k miles!!

Alpina Blue over Oyster/Black Nappa Leather!

MSRP: $125,375!!

* ALPINA Aerodynamic Body Kit!

* ALPINA Sport Suspension with Dynamic Damping Control!

* Head-Up Display!

* Rear-View Camera!

* Active Roll Stabilization!

* Power Tailgate!

* Comfort Access Keyless Entry!

* Soft Close Automatic Doors!

* Ceramic Controls!

* Power Rear & Side shades!

* Active Front Seats!

* BMW Apps!

* Alcantara Headliner!

* ALPINA Piano Black Trim!

* 21″ Alpina Classic Wheels!

* Premium Hi Fi System!

* Satellite Radio!

* iPOD & USB Adapter!

* Park Distance Control!

* Heated Rear Seats!

* Carfax Certified! Clean Carfax!

* In Business since 1994! Buy with Confidence!

* We welcome all trades!
Standard Equipment
ENTERTAINMENT
12 GB hard drive w/USB port
Auxiliary input located inside center console
HD Radio
Entertainment server 12 GB hard drive w/USB port for media transfer
AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: auto-store, FM diversity antenna
EXTERIOR
Illuminated exterior door handles & ground illumination
Xenon automatic adaptive headlights -inc: dynamic auto-leveling, cornering lights, corona rings
Pathway lighting feature, programmable via vehicle & key memory
Pwr 2-way tilt/slide glass moonroof w/key-off & “one-touch” operation, sunshade, wind deflector
Automatic trunk lid open/close
Pwr trunk lid w/push-button close
Body-color exterior door handles
Free-form halogen foglights
Power adjustable, power-folding, heated, auto-dimming, body-color side-view mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Pwr adjustable, pwr-folding, heated, auto-dimming, body-color side-view mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Automatic trunk lid opening & closing
Body-color pwr folding heated auto-dimming mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Pwr soft-close automatic doors
Body-color roof trim strips
Intermittent rain-sensing windshield wipers w/adjustable & vehicle-speed-sensitive wiping interval, single-wipe control, windshield-washer system w/heated washer jets
INTERIOR
Fineline high-gloss wood trim (N/A w/ZI1 BMW Individual Composition)
Hard drive-based navigation system -inc: voice-command & Real Time Traffic Info
iDrive system -inc: on-board computer, controller, (8) programmable memory buttons
Rear center armrest w/storage compartment
Hard drive-based navigation system w/voice command & Real Time Traffic Information
Smokers pkg
Fully finished trunk
Electronic analog speedometer & tachometer
Multi-contour bucket seats -inc: driver & front passenger 20-way pwr adjustments w/4-way pwr lumbar support, articulated upper backrest, adjustable backrest width, adjustable thigh support, driver & front passenger 2-position seat memory, active head restraints w/adjustable side support
Pwr windows -inc: key-off operation, “one-touch” open/close, anti-trapping feature
Nappa leather upholstery
Remote keyless entry
Expanded check control vehicle monitor system
Black Panel display w/LCD main & trip odometer displays & warning indicators in dial faces
Pwr tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel -inc: audio & phone controls, 2-position memory
Ambiance lighting in front, rear & door panels
Power windows -inc: key-off operation, “one-touch” open/close, anti-trapping feature
Comfort Access keyless entry w/multi-function remote control
Cruise control
Vehicle & key memory
Multi-contour 20-way power front bucket seats -inc: 4-way pwr lumbar support, articulated upper backrest, adjustable backrest width, adjustable thigh support, driver & front passenger seat memory, active head restraints w/adjustable side support
Anti-theft alarm system -inc: interior motion detector
Central pwr locking system -inc: anti-theft feature, selective unlocking, programmable via vehicle & key memory
4-zone automatic climate control -inc: draft-free vents, solar sensor, automatic recirculation, heat-at-rest feature, automatic ventilation
4-zone automatic climate control -inc: solar sensor, automatic recirculation, heat-at-rest, automatic ventilation
Rear window defogger
Central power locking system -inc: anti-theft feature, selective unlocking, programmable via vehicle & key memory
Remote trunk release
Owner’s manual
Coded driveaway protection
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Front console compartment -inc: coinholder, illumination
Front & rear floor mats
Heated front seats w/fast heating & balance control
Dual cupholders, front & rear
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Comfort Access keyless entry w/multi-function remote control, keyless start/stop
Front visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
Condition-based service display w/additional functions accessible through iDrive system
MECHANICAL
Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers
Brake energy regeneration to convert kinetic energy into usable electrical pwr
Driving dynamics control
Rear wheel drive
Rear multi-link integral-V aluminum suspension
Dynamic damping control
Aluminum front & rear subframes
Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist, variable-ratio rack-&-pinion pwr steering
Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist, variable-ratio rack-&-pinion power steering
Electromechanical parking brake
4-wheel ventilated disc brakes w/electronic brake proportioning
SAFETY
Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) on rear outboard seats
Dynamic stability control (DSC) -inc: brake fade compensation, start-off assistant, brake drying, brake stand-by, dynamic traction control (DTC), dynamic brake control
Front-seat side-impact airbags
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Rear-view camera
Active knee protection
BMW Assist w/Bluetooth -inc: (4) year Safety Plan subscription
Front & rear park distance control w/graphic display
3-point safety belt system -inc: ALR in all passenger positions
Emergency interior trunk release handle
Front safety belt automatic pretensioners, acoustic belt warning
Tire pressure monitor
Child safety rear door locks
Driver & front passenger dual-threshold dual-stage front airbags w/passenger occupant sensor
Front & rear head protection system (HPS)

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This car is just massively impressive to me. You get a basically new Alpina B7 for 25% less than a brand new one. Most of the B7s I’ve seen are boring black, silver or white; this car stands out and looks spectacular in blue. The wheels are tremendous and transform the look. There are options galore; and if there isn’t enough luxury don’t forget there’s a healthy dose of sport in these B7s, with stiffer but more compliant suspension than the factory and a 500 horsepower motor capable of sub-5 second runs to 60. There is little you’ll meet in your daily commute that will out-luxury or out-accelerate this impressive car. But for some folks, this car is a little too pricey or has a few too many doors. Perhaps this stunning Brabus is a better option:

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Year: 2007
Model: CL 600
Engine: 5.5 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 50,986 mi
Price: $47,800 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 Brabus on Ebay

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2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 V12 2dr Coupe

2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 Coupe

Black Exterior over Cashmere/Savannah Leather Interior

BRABUS UPGRADES! K40 RADAR DETECTOR!
ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER LIST: $147,575 + UPGRADES

ADDITIONAL UPGRADES:
Brabus Front Bumper
Brabus Side Skirts with Puddle Lights
Brabus Wheels
Brabus Trunk Spoiler
Brabus Exhaust
K40 Radar Detector
Tinted Windows

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS:
5.5 Liter Twin-Turbo 12 Cylinder Engine
-510 Horsepower-
-612 lb/ft of Torque-
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
Rear Wheel Drive
Night Vision System
Power Folding Exterior Mirrors
Rear View Camera
Power Glass Sunroof
Xenon Headlights
Power Rear Sunshade
Automatic Headlights
Power Closing Trunk
Navigation System
Harman/Kardon Stereo System
6-Disk CD Changer
iPod Connectivity
Satellite Radio
Dual-Zone Climate Control
Heated/Ventilated Front Seats
Bluetooth Connectivity

VEHICLE HISTORY:
Exceptionally Well Equipped!
Tasteful UPGRADES!

INCLUDES:
*One Master Key*
*Floor Mats*

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With an original sticker $25,000 higher than the B7 5 years earlier, this is certainly rarefied air. Like the B7, there are options galore; this car is truly stunning to look at. The wood is immaculate, leather abounds, and the combination of those wheels and the black only hint at the sinister car that this is. The Brabus body upgrades – which can sometimes be in…questionable….taste – fit neatly onto this model. This car doesn’t feature Brabus engine upgrades, so you’ll have to make due with only 510 horsepower and 612 lb/ft of torque – enough to challenge most 911 turbos in 0-60 sprints at 4.4 seconds. Like the Alpina, there is nothing that will out-luxury or out-accelerate you on your daily commute. To make this car even more appealing, with only 50,000 miles on the clock and looking as close to new as a used car can be, this CL 600 is offered at roughly half the price of the Alpina.

Were it my money, I’d find it pretty hard to pass up that sweet looking Alpina, though the price of the Mercedes is pretty enticing. In the long run I’d wager that the Alpina would also be worth more money and cheaper to run, though that’s a bit of a gamble. Which one would you have?

-Carter

Motorsport Monday: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3

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Last week on Motorsport Monday I wrote up a 1995 BMW M3 that was ready to hit the track; for under $20,000, it sure was a track weapon on a budget. But if your budget is a little bit higher, the natural choice for the German car fan is to look towards Porsches, and Porsche’s out-of-the-box race car, the GT3. We’ve written up a few GT3s of various generations in the past few months, but the screaming deal in 911s right now are the first to hit U.S. shores, the 2004 models. Today’s model was a streetable GT3 that has been modeled after the more expensive, complicated and pricey to run Cup models, and like last week’s M3 looks ready to willing to hit the track in the proper Speed Yellow:

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Year: 2004
Model: 996 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 13,300 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche GT3 on eBay

2004 GT3
13,300
2750lbs.

Factory Speed Yellow.Very Clean, Professionally prepped by DAWES Motorsports. Many upgrades to GT3 Cup Specs. PCA Logbook. California car built by GMG Racing and DAWES Motorsports. Only 12900 miles. Never hit or damaged. Ultra clean. 2:05s at Watkins Glen and 1:17s at Summit Point.
Special software for left foot braking etc. very well sorted and quick car. Will take Porsche street car trades 72/72 or 87-98 911’s
Tim Holt 610-692-7100 for ANY questions

GMG exact Porsche Motorsports replica cage with additional bars from A pillars thru firewall to both shock towers and NASCAR door bars.
JRZ Shocks, rebuilt. 1000lb and 1200lb springs with tenders
2 Sets CCW Monoblock 18×9.5 and 18×12 wheels
Extra Long wheel studs
GT3 Cup/RSR race clutch with lightweight flywheel
New axles 2 races ago
SCCA PCA mast cutoff switch, battery relocated to passenger footwell with legal tray and tiedown
DAWES Motorsports fully rebuilt differential for extreme race lockup
DAWES Motorsport rear Aux. oil cooler and thermo fan
Race headers with crosspipe cat and muffler delete (much wt. saving)
GT3 RS Crank Pulley
MOMO Cup Pro steering wheel release
GT3 RS Crank Pulley
MOMO Cup pro steering wheel release
GT3 Cup front splitter and CUP vented front bumper with screens
BREMBO floating front rotors and all stainless brake lines
FVD rear ram air diffuser and airbox mod
Solid motor mounts
Cup Car shifter cables
Cup car brake cooling ducts
DAWES Motorsports FULL chassis set up, wheelbase mods and CW
Carbon Fiber rear deck lid and Cup car spoiler with 2 sets of uprights
Cup car lightweight doors
Rear Lexan window
Porsche Motorsports rear mirrors
Full monoball Suspension (Porsche Motorsports/GMG Parts)
997 GT3 Cup car F/R adjustable control arms
Cup Car/Motorsport F/R swaybars
TRG Mono ball F/R camber plates/solid rear upper control arms
TRG Front swaybar spherical links/Tarrett toe arms F/R
997 Cup rear rotors
Litronic headlights
10lb on Board fire system with engine bay/Frt and driver nozzle

9-26-13 **All new fluids/Pagid RS 14 pads and 2 sets of Pirelli slicks 3 Sets of Hoosier R6′ DOT tires

Car is ready to go. Call Tim Holt 610-405-2911 or 610-692-7100 for any and all information. Just aligned and set up for Summit

Like most of the cars we have featured in Motorsport Monday, add up the build sheet and you’ll quickly see that the price of this car is much less than just what it would cost to build. Even the three sets of Hoosiers alone would set you back the best part of $5,000 in tires shipped and mounted. Dawes and GMG both have great records for building these cars; get this to the track and it won’t be long before you’re flying. For less than a third of the price of a new Cup car, this car would offer 90% plus of the thrills without the overhead and operating expense. The 996 might not be the prettiest 911 ever made, but it’s probably the best bang for the buck in the esteemed 911 world right now.

-Carter

1967 Laser “917”

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Until very recently, if you wanted a “replica” Porsche 917 or Bugatti T57, there was only one place to turn – fiberglass rebody on a Volkswagen chassis. Since the explosion of older race car prices there are some pretty incredible bespoke replicas available to the market with varying degrees of originality; for example the RCR 917 replica is close enough that it’s hard to tell one from the originals if they’re parked together. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Laser 917. Looking like my 19 month old son rendered a real 917, the Laser has most of the proportions wrong, the wrong engine, the wrong wheels; in short, they only lightly resemble the legendary Porsche 917s they’re intended to reproduce when it’s dark and raining out. Most look like 1970s specials with “Baja Bug” wheels and funky lights. But for some reason as I perused the many interesting vehicles on Ebay this weekend, this one stuck out to me. Unlike most of the Lasers, this one is apparently built on a 912 chassis and features some cool looking Fuch replicas. Take a look at this neat V8 engined Laser 917:

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Year: 1967
Model: 917 (912 rebody)
Engine: 5.9 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: “75” mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1967 Laser “917” on eBay

NO RESERVE AUCTION, please do not bid if you do not have the funds available after sale.
Porsche 917 replica vintage race car for sale.
Short history,
The 917 success are world renowned, and many consider it as the greatest racing car of all time. The factory Porsche 917K’s have won the prestigious 24-hour of LeMans, the 12-hour of Sebring, and the Daytona 24-hour sports-car championship races among others.
The 917 speaks for itself. It was never designed to be pretty of course, it was designed to be fast, the beauty was just a happy corollary.
Car is Titled as a Porsche 912 in my name. Car has approximately 75 miles since built. Built to show and drive on the streets NOT BUILT TO RACE. Must wear ear protection when driving, because of the straight cut gears in trans axle.
This car is powered with a LT1 383 and is back with a 3 speed auto trans axle from trans axle engineering. Tansaxle alone cost $15k Please look them up on line. There is well over $30K plus and hundreds of hours in this build.
Four wheel disc brakes ,Rack n pinon steering, QA1 coil overs, Holley fuel pump, Auto meter gauges, Hurst quarter shiftier, 17 Fuchs wheels, Aluminum low back seats, 355 ring gear, All glass is new, etc… Wipers still need to be wired wiper motor is installed. Does not have horn.
If you have any other questions please call me at 407.six2five.1901
Thanks for looking!

So, as I mentioned, this isn’t the prettiest car from all angles; but by a long measure this is the prettiest of these rebodies I have ever seen. The white paint looks great and is much better than the red or yellow that most of these are painted as it helps to hide some of the less flattering lines. The Fuchs replicas look fantastic. And on top of the neato look, this thing is sporting a 383 V8. How nuts is that? Sure, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and there are a few items that need sorting, but this strikes me as a lot of car for a little money; drive it down Main Street in your town and it’s sure to turn heads. With no reserve and a starting bid a $14,000, this strikes me as a lot of car for the money, and I bet it would be a hoot to drive.

-Carter

2002 Volkswagen Eurovan

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I’m whole-heartedly behind the thought of an event vehicle, as I want to be able to tow my Audi Coupe GT track car to the event. Why? Well, as fun as it is to drive, driving it hundreds of miles in race seats on race suspension with no radio and no A/C gets…well, trying. But when it comes to towing even something fairly light like my Coupe, the Vanagon is a no-go.

Many years ago I was surprised when a friend of mine arrived at the track towing his E30 M3. It wasn’t that he towed it there, it was what he towed it there with – a then new VR6 24v EuroVan. I starred at the Volkswagen in disbelief; it just shouldn’t have been able to do it, but he assured me that it towed quite well, had room for many or much, and was very comfortable. There’s additionally the benefit of having a dual purpose vehicle; while many “tow vehicles” spend a lot of their time stationary, the EuroVan easily transforms with no modifications to a family truckster with room for most of your child’s grade school class. Even the non-weekender, when pushed, can further double as a light camper. My nomination then for “GCFSB Company Vehicle” is the VR6 24V EuroVan GLS, like this brilliant red one today:

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Year: 2002
Model: Eurovan GLS
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow-angle VR6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 116,485 mi
Price: $9,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Volkswagen EuroVan GLS on eBay

2002 VW EUROVAN. Nice and Sharp Looking loaded with most of the options. Texas Owner so there is absolute NO Rust. compare it with the other vehicles being sold on the North East region with bunch of snow. Even with slightly high miles, it runs and drives awesome. Non Smoker. Engine sounds great and transmission shift swiftly. Here is some of the recent service history:

Replaced the water pump in January
AC repaired last summer so it is cold
flushed auto trans fluid and new filter last summer following recommended procedure
ABS clock spring replaced last year
New MAS, recent VW dealer-installed rear rotors and pads.
New VW dealer battery.

TX vehicle : Solid southern vehicle. Rust free. Compare it with the other vehicles being sold on the North East region with bunch of snow.

Non Smoker : No smoking, Clean interior without any odor.

Bottom Line: Our philosophy of selling a vehicle is very simple. We like to buy and sell a vehicle that We would like to keep for our family. We are pretty sure that you will admire this beauty and will love to own this for many years to come. We would like you to come and see the difference in experience. If you’re coming from out of town then we will pick you up from the airport. All vehicles come with Full Tank of Gas and fresh oil change and hand detailed.

Please contact us at 713-955-1052 and set up an appointment to see this beautiful vehicle. Please note we don’t finance vehicles or take any trade ins. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by and act now and get a great deal. Lowest price doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the vehicle. It has clean title with no liens.

Although I’d wish for the more rare Porcelain Blue as the shade of choice, otherwise this EuroVan is just about perfect to me. The GLS carried the alloys unlike the base model’s hubcaps, and this unit looks sharp all around with only light signs of use. Recent maintenance seems up to date, and the price seems pretty much spot on for a T4. That price, you’ll note, is substantially less than the Weekender/Westfalia editions. Use those savings to rent a hotel at the event you go to for the next several years. It may not be as “romantic” as camping trackside, but I promise the experience will leave you both happier and – if you’re heading there with your wife – married. The only thing missing from this EuroVan? Our logo splashed on the side and a trailer hitch to tow the GT. Sign me up!

-Carter

1998 BMW 540i 6-speed

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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:

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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 A NO RESERVE LISTING.

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

-Carter

Axis Power: 2001 BMW M5 2JZ-GTE Swap

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Most enthusiasts will immediately file this one under “Sacrilegious”, but let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way…someone has decided to pull one of the best regarded M motors out of this M5 and swap in a Japanese power plant. Now, the last time there was this sort of effort between these two powers the results weren’t too great for most of the world. But if you’ll give me a little latitude, let’s take a closer look at this particular example. There are a few motor names that most enthusiasts know the designation of: LS1, M88, S14, 3B/AAN, M113 – all great names in the performance world. But one name that may not come to most enthusiasts minds is the Toyota 2JZ-GTE motor. Now before you get all “Fast and Furious” on me and start dropping Vin Diesel quotes, there’s more to this motor than just “Rice”; a true monster of a design, the 2JZ is capable of in excess of 1,000 horsepower reliably; something that few motors in the world can claim. In fact, this motor was built when Toyota was still in the midst of their “We’re taking over the world” kick, and the loose reigns on this engine design showed. At a time when horsepower was limited by an agreement amongst Japanese companies to 276 horsepower, the 2JZ left the factory with “276” horsepower that felt a whole more like the 330 hp that arrived in the U.S. in the Supra Turbo. Strap it to one of the most celebrated sports sedans in recent history, and this could the best of both worlds.

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Year: 2001
Model: M5
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 98,088 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW M5 on eBay

PAYMENT: Must be made through www.escrow.com or througha national bank in NYC (i.e. Chase).

Car is sold as-is. NO TRADES.

2001 BMW M5

Exterior Color: Anthracite

Miles: 98k on Chasis / ~60k on motor

Featured in Euro Tuner November 2010:

http://www.eurotuner.com/featuredvehicles/eurp_1011_bmw_325i_and_m5/viewall.html

Dyno video here:

2JZ-GTE (JDM spec) Engine build:

HKS 264 Cams

Garrett GT35R single turbo

Stock bottom-end

ARP Studs and Mains

USDM 550 cc injectors

SX Regulator

Stock M5 fuel pump and lines

Tial 50mm Wastegate v-band

HKS BOV

Custom aluminum catch can

STRI X-Line gauges 52mm Boost and 52 mm Oil Temp

Custom downpipe into dual exhaust system with custom mufflers

Hydra Standalone ECU: Tuned by Justin Nenni from Tuning Concepts

500 rwhp on 93 Oct

Transmission:

Getrag V160 6-speed (off of a twin turbo MKIV Toyota Supra)

Clutch: Exedy Stage 4 Twin Hyper Multi Plate Clutch – Replaced in August 2012, 3k miles

Custom Driveshaft

Cooling:

Setrab oil cooler

Mishimoto Intercooler, Custom IC piping

VSL Aluminum Radiator for M5

Stock 2JZ-GTE Clutch fan

2 Maradyne M073K Champion Series Electric fans (6.5 in, 130w pull, 375 CFM each)

Suspension:

KW V3 Coilovers

LI-CUSTOMS Rear Sway Bar End Links (http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/189342-review-li-customs-rear-sway-bar-end-links-radiator-brackets.html)

BeastPower Sway Bar Brackets

Wheels:

Fronts: Varrstoen ES2 19×9.5 +22 offset, Hankook Ventus V12 Tires (only 1,000 miles on tires) 245/35/19

Rears: Varrstoen ES2 19×9.5 +22 offset 10mm H&R spacers, Hankook Ventus V12 Tires (only 1,000 miles on tires) 275/30/19

Wheels have curb rash and dents. One of the rears were cracked and repaired.

Exterior:

Hella Euro Clear Corner Headlights

Schmiedmann Fiberglass Vented Hood (MOTEVO39CAR) Painted with Black vents

AngeliBright V3.0 angel eyes

Hamman Style Carbon Fiber Front Lip

Stereo:

Kenwood Excelon DNX6990HD Navigation Head Unit

Front Speakers: Hybrid Audio Technologies 6.5″ Unity 2-way speakers with crossovers placed inside custom Pener Baffles

Rear Speakers: Hybrid Audio Technologies 5.25″ Coasxial Speaker set

Subwoofer: 2 Alumapro 10″ Alchemy Free Air 4-Ohm Woofers with custom bracket

KnuConceptz RCA Cable

Amps: Alpine PDX-F4 100W RMSx4 (Speakers) and Alpine MRX-M55 X-Power Mono Digital 550W (Subwoofers)

Other Notes:

A/C fully working – Custom aluminum lines

Heat works

DSC no longer works

I probably missed many smaller details, but there is too much to remember and list.

There are paint chips in the rear bumper, minor scratches, and a few small dents.

Thanks for looking! I can also be reached at (347) 688-3365

Let me start by saying that I have absolutely no problem with this swap. In fact, I think creative motor swaps are pretty neat and help foster imagination in the performance scene. Every time I see some complicated German car with engine/transmission problems, I always dream up what I could fit in that engine bay. The 2JZ into a BMW swap isn’t new, but this is the first M5 that I’ve seen sporting one. With a reported 500 rwhp (watch those dyno runs!) this car sports a serious performance bump over the stock M5. The motor swap has disabled the DSC, but the A/C still works, so you can look cool and be cool with your Clarkson-friendly driving style. Some of the modifications are not what I would choose, such as the hood and headlight modifications, but they could be undone if you really needed to. My guess, though, is if you’re on the loud pedal a lot, you’ll need additional cooling in the engine bay. My biggest grip has to be the wheels which just look so out of place. I think a quick run over to Ebay and swapping on some M6 19″ wheels would quickly solve that problem though, such as the auction below:

Raise the ride height a hair, swap on some stock lights, and put that M6 rubber on there and I doubt anyone would have issue with the look. Rob recently wrote up a nice silver BMW M5 with less miles and a BIN of nearly $28,000. As I sit writing this, this car has no bids at $22,500. Does that make it a deal? Well, for the right person, it could be a real performance steal. Getting an M5 motor to the performance levels of the 2JZ in this car is not a cheap proposition. If you’d like to stand out from the normal crowd or maybe just tick a few people off, then this might be the car for you. If they get really mad, though, don’t worry; odds are, they won’t be able to catch you…

-Carter