Low mile 1991 BMW M5 28k miles

Here is a pleasant surprise, a very original one owner E34 M5. The car is basically as new, except for the Dinan suspension that has replaced the factory self leveling items.

There isn’t much to say about a car this clean. It comes with proper documentation and looks ready to enjoy.

White isn’t my favorite color on the M5, but when looking for cars of this low mileage you can’t be too picky about color.

Bidding is up north of $15,000 with loads of time left and reserve not met.

~Evan

1991 BMW M5

We received the following listing from a reader of ours who has his E34 M5 for sale on MyE28.com. The second generation M5 needs no introduction on this site, as it straddles the gap between the limited run first generation and the legendary E39 M5 with its 400 horsepower V8. These E34s are not too common these days, but good ones do come up for sale here and there. This one, while well used, has an extensive service history and is ready to enjoy.

1991 BMW M5 on MyE28.com

The seller states:

Well, it has come time for me to move-on to another vehicle. I can hardly believe it has been less than a year since I bought this fine machine. However, I have the opportunity to purchase another well-kept vintage BMW model that I’ve always wanted but have never pursued. As it turns out, the right one has become available from a true BMW enthusiast. I would really prefer that this ///M5 go to another 5er fan. I have been favorably impressed with the e34 experience and would gladly own another. They are superb long-haul road cars with enviable build and design qualities.

Maintenance has been performed by independent shops and DIY. I purchased the car from an enthusiast in VA who bought it from his BMW technician / independent shop owner in Alexandria, VA. This car was in his small collection of ///M cars and is still shown on the splash page of his shop’s website…2nd from the left: www.martinmotorsportsinc.com .

Major work done in the past few years includes:
– Timing Chain Assembly (97k)
– Clutch and Flywheel (160k)
– Brake pads and Zimmerman cross-drilled rotors (130k)
– OE Water Pump (171k)
– Coolant reservoir (OE BMW)
– Thrust & Control Arms (177k)
– Tie-Rods (177k)
– OE Ignition Wires
– Bosch Cap & Rotor (~171k)
– S38b36 valve adjustment (~171k)
– Air Conditioning system upgraded (2009) — works very well even considering the extreme Florida temps & humidity during the summer

Performance & Cosmetic Modifications include:
-H&R lowering springs
-Bilstein Sports
-Self Leveling Suspension Delete
-850 bushings
-Turner Motorsport chip (+39hp +38tq 7500rpm rev limit)
-UUC Short Shifer (177k)
-UUC DSSR (177k)
– UUC “Rob Knob” Weighted Shift knob (177k)
– ///M-Sport Mirrors (OEM)
– e39 ///M5 low-profile rubber trunk lid spoiler (OE BMW)

I have performed the following work since buying the car (April 2010):
– Radiator (Sickens) and cooling hoses
– Drive belts (Continental)
– Dog Bones (Lemforder)
– New Tires (Sumitomo HTR-Z)
– Brake Fluid change (SuperBlue)
– RF caliper rebuilt
– Spark Plugs (Bosch OE)
– Bosch O2 sensor
– Half-shafts repacked and boots replaced
– Tail lamp gaskets (OE BMW)
– Rubber Door Pull Surrounds (OE BMW)
– New leather shift boot (installed)
– New leather e-Brake boot (not yet installed)
– Leather-clad center console, glove box, and dash from Euro ///M5
– Eurospec ///M-Tech 3-spoke steering wheel (note: I reserve the right to keep this for my next BMW, however)
– Installed protective headlight film (w/ “French” yellow on high beams) by www.XPel.com
– New rubber shift “donut” (OE BMW)
– New OE BMW under tray (not yet installed)
– Door Cards replaced with nicely kept used set
– Regular oil and filter changes (5k mile intervals; Valvoline VR1; Mahle filter cartridge)
– OE BMW Plush Floor Mat set
…and MORE (will add as I remember it)

Things to Consider & Points to Ponder:
My M5 has been driven by all of its previous owners. It is not a garage queen or show car. It is exactly what I wanted in an e34 M5…a “nicely preserved and maintained daily driver.” Exterior trim and paint have been well kept by me and the previous owners. At some point, the entire car was resprayed. I would consider it a good job but the prep work could have been a bit better in some places. Presently, I would rate the condition of the paint 7.5/10. The interior has been very well kept (8/10). There are no rips or tears in the leather. There is no rust or corrosion on the car. However, the heat shielding / sound proofing around the factory final silencer (muffler) is peeling off in places (see photos from PPI below). Also, the undercarriage is clean but some careless fool caused some jack damage to the forward frame rails (see link to PPI photos below). This could have been easily prevented with the judicious use of a wooden block. Finally, at the next valve adjustment (due @ ~186k miles), a source of minor oil seepage will need to be addressed at the front of the valve cover and/or at the gasket where the distributor housing attaches to the head. Again, this is minor but is annoying to me. At present, if the car is parked for 2 or 3 days, a nickel-sized oil drip is evident on the garage floor or driveway.

All original VIN tags in place except RF fender, which was replaced with a OE BMW unit at some point in the car’s history. The body is in nice condition. The car tracks straight / true and exhibits no unusual handling characteristics whatsoever.

This M5 ticks all the right boxes for me. Given this model’s rarity, you will oftentimes find ones with insanely high mileage that are clapped out, or cream puff examples with under 50k miles that you would be afraid to take on a long journey. This car hits the sweet spot and has the documentation to back it up. For around $10,000, it’s a hell of a lot of car and should have plenty of enjoyment left to give.

-Paul

Which E34 would you go for?

I came upon an interesting dilemma today: Two red E34s with very similar power outputs selling for within $2k of each other on eBay. One, a higher-mileage but painfully clean M5, the other, a nice 535is with a Dinan turbo setup. So, do you go for the factory sports-car assassin in a business suit, or a beefed-up and modified lesser model that flies only slightly less below the radar?

Let’s do a quick breakdown:

Engine: Unclear as to whether this is a S38B36 or B38, whether it has 305 or 335hp makes little difference in the decision; it’s hard to say no to one of the sweetest 6-cylinders ever made. The Dinan turbo is great and helps the sub-100k mile M30 reach 325hp and looks cool under the hood, but nothing’s better than “BMW M Power.” I’ll take the S38.

Exterior: Again, a fight of subtle modification against impeccable factory production. The removed-high beam look can work on rat-rod Bimmers and horsepower monsters, but here it just looks like it might need fixing. A few scratches on the 535 tip the scales towards the M5, which has a few scratches of its own but looks amazingly rich and clean for the mileage. Those Hamanns are nice, but they’re not enough to take down the M5.

Interior: The M5 looks nearly showroom-ready inside, while the 535 looks clean and complete but shows more age. Apparently an extra 2 years make more difference than 50k miles. A pattern is emerging… M5.

Price: Looks to be a clean sweep, which I was not expecting when I first looked at these cars. The M5 has a Buy-it-Now of just under $10k, a great price for a really clean M car, even if it is the forgotten son. The 535is comes in closely behind with a Buy-it-Now of $12k, not bad money for a well-done turbo swap in a clean car. Just got undersold by the M5.

So the M5 takes all categories, but the 535is was nipping at its heels the whole way. Just goes to show that it’s hard to beat BMW’s M department from the 80s and 90s, which leads to another feather in the cap of the M5: long after the 535 has become a once-great tuner car, the M5 will live on as a piece of history, garnering cache and cash. Go for the 535 if you want to turn the boost up and have some fun; otherwise, it’s all M5.
-NR

1991 BMW 325i Touring for sale in Canada

I was in Canada this weekend and a slick snow-prepped E91 wagon caught my eye. While the sports sedan is the quintessential BMW, the extended lines of their wagons work for me better. All touring versions of Bimmers are rare stateside thanks to our well-documented and silly aversion to wagons, but as opposed to models like the E34 and E46, the caboosed E30 was never available here. Quite a shame, because its clean and concise lines create a nearly-perfect wagon. The seller of today’s example imported it to Canada 4 years ago, and importation to the US could prove to be a headache, as could a number of cosmetic blemishes. I’d stock up on Advil though as long as it meant I could rock this modified 80s-tastic wagon using Borbet Type As as god truly intended.

From the seller:

It’s a 1991 325i 5-speed. Arctic silver with light gray interior. I am the original owner in Canada. It was brought in Feb of 2006.

Specs:
-1991
-325i
-AMS chipped ECU (have injectors that can be swapped in to take full advantage of the chip as well)
-5 speed manual
-power (front) windows and manual sunroof and no AC
-Koni adjustable shocks with H&R sport springs. Front has SpecE30 camber plates. Car currently sits with 2 deg neg camber all around and handles like it’s on rails!
-BORBET Type A 16×7.5 with nearly new Nexen tires (not included but can be arranged as an extra purchase) Original ‘bottlecaps’ will be included.
-rear MHW black taillights (hard to find anywhere!)
-Short shift kit
-updated E36 radiator
-HID 6500K kit

The car is not perfect. Has a dent in the front driver’s side fender. Small rust spot on the driver’s rear wheel well and a small spot under the driver’s taillight (where the rear panel meets the side) as well as the passenger side rocker. Underbody is clean and solid. The strut towers don’t have ANY rust not even surface!

Car drives well and needs nothing for safety (some mechanics might not like how low it is).

I have a few parts still for it but that can be discussed with a serious buyer as to what will be included in the sale.

Why settle for another BMW like the M3, E34, E36, E28, E46, M5, M6, E24, 318is, 320i, 328i, 328is, when you can have quite a unique imported model like this one and turn heads everywhere you go?

The importation process must take a toll on these cars because I have yet to see one as clean and decked out as we see other models of BMW. Or maybe the guys who take the time to import and make them that nice don’t sell them. Regardless, the seller’s last sentence says it all for me. I don’t know if it would turn everyone’s heads, but those who know would love it and, more importantly, I’d be craning my head every time I walked to or away from it. Cleaned up, this has an ideal mix of 80s, performance, and weirdness for me. Bidding is just over $1500 but hasn’t hit the reserve yet. Balancing the mods, necessary work, decent mileage and overall desirability, somewhere in the $3XXXs sounds like a good price for a cool and unique BMW with a lot of potential.

Bonus points if you can keep the license plate.

-NR

1991 BMW 850i

Following in the footsteps of the beloved BMW 6 series E24 was never going to be an easy task, no matter what the machine. However, in 1989, the 8 series bowed at the Frankfurt Auto Show to take on the newly developed R129 Mercedes-Benz SL. Over it’s almost decade long production run, sales were rather lukewarm. However, there’s no denying what a capable grand touring machine this coupe was. Here’s an early V12 engined example with low miles for a temptingly low price:

The seller states:

Originally a Canadian car that was owned originally by a BMW dealer. I bought the car over Easter weekend after a long search and drove her 1100 miles to where she sits today. ~ 62k miles.

Automatic transmission
Diamond Black Metallic exterior.
Light grey/black two-tone interior.
Sport seats – very rare (heated).
M-parellel wheels (18″). Second set of wheels(turbines)/tires go with it.
Unpainted CSi front spoiler goes with as well – with a matching rear valence ($1000 value).
Newish m-tech steering wheel (not shown in the pictures).
35% tint all around.
Sunroof and all windows work perfectly.

This 850 is in outstanding condition inside and out. The paint is in excellent condition. The interior is nearly flawless – with virtually no signs of wear. The sport seats are in incredible shape and include heat as well as the motorized leg bolster. Light grey in color. Door panels and interior trim are in perfect condition. Headliner is in good condition with only a small patch showing a slight indentation.

Phone has been removed from the center console, but it will go with the car. The original steering wheel and airbag would go with the car as well. Currently the car is running with the Wokke EML chip and Racing Dynamics DME chips. This makes the car a joy to drive.

The car has been well cared for by all the previous owners. The maintenance records are very thorough and even includes original brochures, magazine clippings, a book about the making of the 8 series and more. Don’t miss out on this beauty – everyone deserves to own a V12 in their lifetime!

For a car with such low mileage and an apparently thorough history, $14,500 seems a good bargain for a V12 coupe. Still, one should go into a purchase like this, eyes wide open, and budget for V12 running costs. This is a case where the V8 840i would make more sense. But for those who always wanted to experience a 12 cylinder vehicle, this could be just the ticket.

-Paul

1991 Mercedes 300SL *sigh*

We try to avoid posting utter monstrosities and crimes against nature but sometimes one sneaks in. Perhaps it is my soft spot for Mercedes that slipped this one through.

The seller boldly proclaims “THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN UPGRADED” and they also claim, “WE HANDPICK ONLY THE FINEST VEHICLES” so I guess its all relative.

I’m not really sure what one would do with a car like this. It isn’t valuable enough to try and return to it’s former glory and the custom work has really limited the potential buyer pool.

The oddly placed aftermarket driving lights and the rainbow fleck paint aren’t what you normally would associate with a Benz, don’t forget the hood scoop(?!) either. The racing stripes shout class in case the gaudy steering wheel cover or Fast and Furious wing didn’t catch your eye.

I see this car parked in a high school parking lot in the near future.

With 123,000 miles the car has a no reserve ask price of $3,600.  Not a bad price, you could part the car out and make that much, but still I’m not sure this is going to see any bidders. The AMG rims are worth at least a quarter of that if they are genuine as the seller states.

Do any of you have a better suggestion as to where car like this will end up next?
Please don’t do this to your Mercedes.

~Evan

Clean, low-mile 1991 Audi 200 Avant

There’s just something awesome about wagons with a manual. Quattro and turbo make it a truly special wagon. Today we have an impressively clean Audi 200 from the O.G. unintended-acceleration era, looking as fine as ever. The sumptuous interior surprised me, demonstrating that Audi’s been doing the good-interior thing for a long time. With only 85k miles on this hauler, it’s got quite a few more years of being funky and awesome left in it.

document.write(”);1991 Audi 200 Avant for sale on eBay

From the seller:

The Classic Car Gallery is proud to offer this iconic 1991 Audi 200 Avant. This 217 hp turbocharged, 5 cylinder, all wheel drive wagon is one of only 200 imported into the country, and had a sticker price of more than $40,000 in 1991!!! This rare car was the sportiest wagon of its day, and is quick even by contemporary standards. The car has 85,271 miles, and is in very nice condition. The original white paint shows well, with good shine and depth, and few blemishes. The beige tan leather interior is in excellent condition, the leather is supple and shows little wear. At 60,000 miles, the car received a full service, including new Bilstein heavy duty struts and shock, conversion to conventional twin piston front calipers, new wheel bearings, and drive axles. All of this work was done by a licensed Audi technician. A new clutch and rear main seal were installed at that time. Recently, a new Mass Airflow sensor was installed. The engine runs well, doesn’t smoke, and makes great turbocharged horsepower!!! The 5 speed manual transmission shifts as it should, and the clutch works correctly. The car has a high end Alpine sound system installed. She runs on a set of BBS rims and NEW Toyo Proxes tires. Now For the bad. The A/C does not work, and the right rear window does not work (we think it’s a switch), in the car is missing a piece of trim above the front grill, and there is some minor surface rust on the underside of the car. Otherwise this car is ready to go. This 2 owner car comes with some records, books, and the original window sticker. With winter fast approaching, now is the time to purchase this sporty, iconic all wheel drive vehicle.

That last sentence about covers it for me. The engine bay is the dirtiest bit, but that 20V TURBO label shines through. It’s nicely stock now, but if I went for it I’d take it slightly OEM+ to make it slightly less awkward-looking. Overall though, it’s got all of the right pieces that make an awesome wagon.
-NR

1991 Porsche 964 lightweight 3.3 Turbo

You are going to see several Porsche 964s this week as we all went out on a scavenger hunt for a reader/client request and I thought these would be worthy of posting.

My pick for this challenge hails from the United Kingdom. If money was no option you obviously go with the best you can afford. This 1991 964 isn’t the best money can buy, but at a £31,850 ask price it is getting up there. The car holds a resale value well as despite being in the U.K. it is left hand drive. This particular model is a lightweight version ready for track day with a cage, suspension work, and harnesses. It is a 3.3 turbo with 3.8 RS look body.

The vehicle appears to show some use, (is that rust around the engine compartment?), but the seller does not give mileage.

The seller, http://www.seanlockyear.co.uk, looks to specialize in some unique Porsches so I would bet it has been well sorted.  There are plenty of cheaper 964s out there, but I like that the seller describes this one as “Hang on it’ll be a wild ride!” I concur.

http://www.seanlockyear.co.uk/vehicledetails.php?VehicleID=22

~Evan

1991 GTI VR6 Swap For Sale

The MkII GTI has always been in an odd no-man’s land for me.  I respect the styling and the large tuning community of it, but any time I consider one myself, I wonder why I wouldn’t just get a MkI.  When I see an example like this, however, I start to covet them a little more.  They may not be as pure and old-school as the original, but they’ve got some serious style, a bit more “grown-up” cred, and can obviously more readily accept modern parts.  Case in point, this fast 1991 with a healthy dose of modification that stops short of going overboard.

1991 VW GTI VR6 for sale on Craigslist SF

Despite a misunderstanding of quotation marks’ function, the seller provides a good rundown:

HI I have a 1991 gti white with about 70K on the engine. This car is faster then my 2004 vw r32. I have about $6500+ into this car not including labor or the car itself. Most if not all the parts on this car have under 500 miles on it including wheels and tires. This car can be a show car the way it sits.
ENGINE “less then 500 miles on engine parts”
The engine has 268 cams, lifters and springs to go with the cams. The intake manifold is shaved and painted black and the spark plug wires run under it ” for a cleaner look”.
The engine mounts have BFI inserts. ” they are stiff”
Corrado radiator and fans with there own relay set up
Samco hose kit
Neuspeed P-flow intake
Brand new cats
New magnaflow muffler and resonator the car is quiet but still sounds like a VR6 and you can hear the cams lope.
Fairly new clutch
SUSPENSION/wheels
H&R ultra low coilovers from a mk3 vr6 jetta “stiffer springs” “less then 500 miles on them” the car is stanced out and can be more to your liking
BBS RM’s fresh powder-coating 15×8.5 REAR, FRONT 15×8 flat black faces with gloss black lips…… both front and rear have good size lips. brand new bbs bolts.. these wheels are worth about $2,000
ALSO has BRAND NEW disc breaks all the way around.
INTERIOR
Is in good shape has recaros out of another mk2 gti
MK3 guage cluster.
everything on the inside works.
BODY
Also has keyless entry
Has the dual-round headlights with badgless grill, also have quad-rounds that come with the car.
led tail lights ” doesn’t look as cheap as you think”
16v fender flair all the way around
The paint is about a 7 out of 10 stock alpine white paint and the body itself has some dents ” its a 19-20 year old car”
The powder-coated BBS RMs look about as perfect as you could get. I love older German cars in white, and the VR6 must make this the right kind of handful.  $8500 is a bit steep for a MkII Volkswagen, but this appears to be a well put-together total package.  Sure, there’ll probably be several similar GTIs if you go to a local VW show, but maybe that’s just a testament to how well this package works.
-NR

High Mileage 1991 VW Vanagon Carat Projektzwo

Well I decided to post that high mileage 500E so if I’m not going to shy away from vehicles like that then how about this 207,000 mile Vanagon that looks great. A 200k mile Vanagon is not that unusual nor is it something really exciting enough to be included on this blog, but this one is a little different. Being a California car has probably helped this one stay looking super clean on the outside, but even the interior does not look like it has seen 200,000 miles.

What really got this van listed here though is the custom work, the H&R lowering springs a 17″ 5 spoke rims, and the Projektzwo full body kit really set this one off from the crowd. It even has a short shift kit and Neuspeed exhaust installed. I think the big Hella driving lights compliment the look of the body kit as well. The kit, which the seller says he bought direct from Projektzwo in Germany probably cost the seller over $3000 to get finished all told.

The seller says the engine was rebuilt at 100,000, but that was 100,000 miles ago so even though the seller states it doesn’t leak oil and has good compression you may want to give the engine a good listen.

Pricewise the opening bid price is $11,000 with the reserve not met. So to put that in perspective with the previously mentioned 500E, this Vanagon, which is several years older, has similar high miles, but was obviously never considered to be in the super car category like the 500E is being valued by at least $3000 more. That certainly makes you think a bit. What do you think? I think the seller may get more bids if they didn’t spell projektzwo wrong in their ad three or four times. (As of this posting they spelled it “projektwzo”.

~Evan