Reader Ride: Dinan Tuned 2003 BMW M3 For Sale

It has been a year since I saw my E39 M5 loaded on a truck bound for Minneapolis.  How time flies and I miss her dearly, that moment when you grab your keys and realize you are driving something truly exceptional.  Since then I have driven some fine cars, many I would consider amusing to drive but nothing combines the raw power and eyeball of the E39 M5.

This Dinan tuned example was sent along by one of our readers and it has a great many things going for it.  First off the year, 2003 is the pinnacle of the E39 M5 and the rarest of the bunch.  The color is a nice departure as well, you can find silver and black M5’s all day.  Silverstone Black is both rare and a great hue for these cars.

Enough gushing, see for yourself.

2003 BMW M5:

From the seller –

“DINAN upgrades! Must see! Sterling Grey Metallic with two-tone Silverstone Grey/Black Leather, very clean, well-maintained M5. Low miles with 62k and all service records available. Nicely optioned with Sport Interior, DVD Navigation System, Auxiliary Audio Input, Premium Package, Cold Weather Package, Wood Grain Trim, Alcantara Headliner, Folding Rear Seats, Xenon Headlamps with Angel Eyes, Keyless Entry with Alarm, and Power Sliding Moonroof. Tastefully modified with Dinan S package including DINAN Stage 2 Engine Software, DINAN High Flow Cold Air Intake, DINAN Free Flow Exhaust, DINAN Front Strut Tower Brace, DINAN Pedal Pad Set, DINAN Deck Lid Badge, and a Serial Numbered DINAN S Plaque. Also has DINAN/Brembo big brake kit on the front, iPod Adapter, upgraded stereo with subwoofer, XM Sirius satellite radio, and Autobahn clear bra. This M5 has been responsibly owned and properly maintained. The Inspection II Service has already been performed, it has had oil changes every 4k, control arm bushings have recently been replaced, and tires are new as of three months ago and the wheels are in great shape. It has a clean vehicle history report with no accidents. Adult owned and non-smoker.”

Great car!  If I don’t say it someone else will, the price is a tad optimistic.  But, this M5 looks turn key.  When I bought my M5 it needed tires, the wheels had to be refinished, had to replace OBD due to missing pixels, upgraded the nav to DVD, and you get the point.  By the time I was done I was into my car $25k and it was nowhere near the beast that this //M is.  These repairs are quite common, this car on the other hand is quite uncommon.

Best of luck on the sale, stick to your guns and you will find someone looking for a well kept ’03 with Dinan tuning.


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  1. Aloha from Oahu, Honolulu!

    Love this site! Mahalo for all the tasty pics and info on my favorite: e39 M5.

    I own a 2008 528i sport that I absolutely love. However, before I bought it I was in love with the e39 & thought it would be my next car. The one I ended up with is just beautiful and the jump up from a 1985 Honda Accord Se-i was shockingly sweet.

    That said, when I came across this ad in our local craigslist ( )I went nuts to say the least. Put another way, I would flat out get out of mine to get into it. It turns out that I could not raise enough $ (asking $35,000) by selling mine.

    I did see the car and drive it. I wanted to die. It is immaculate & drives like a dream, but the owner (original) did not change any fluids since he bought it. He said it was because he never hit the mileage to do so (under 7,000 miles!), and he does not drive it. He is firm on the price and would rather keep the it than settle for less. He also will not take into the dealer for anything. If I had the $ I would definitely buy it and have serviced on my own.

    I share this info out of respect for the gentleman that let me see and drive his pristine ride and in respect of the great resource this site is. Anyone interested should not try to low-ball him. It would be a disgrace, and he is not in a hurry to sell. A better bet would be to pay the $ in the hopes of snagging and rescuing this one-of-a-kind!

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