1995 BMW 540i M-Sport 6-speed

BMW’s transition to V8s came at an interesting time, as the top performance model in the M5 had the S38 inline-6 through ’95 (’93 in the US), and the 540i overlapped for a year as it came in ’93 with its bruising 4.0L V8. The M60B40 V8 as down about 30 hp to the M5’s S38B36, but made up for it with an extra 30 lb-ft of torque. This gave an interesting choice to prospective E34 buyers. Once the M5 left the North American market in 1993, the choice became clear, especially with the introduction of the M-Sport package in 1995. Unique suspension, seats, and some leftover bits from the M5 made these 200 examples very special, and 140 of those came with an exceptional 6-speed transmission. All that torque and all those gears made this the standard until the E39 M5 came out and shattered everyone’s fragile little minds.

1995 BMW 540i M-Sport 6-speed for sale on eBay

Final year for the classic E34 chassis. One of only 200 sold in the US. One of only 135 with the 6-Speed manual transmission. Beautiful Cosmo Black Metallic over black leather. Original 17″ throwing star wheels with matching spare. Electronic dampening control, ASC traction control, heated leather seats. European clear front, side & rear light package. (originals available).

Super clean non-smoker cockpit, original BMW Sound System With 6-disc CD changer. Ice cold air conditioning. All original books, manuals, tools, floor mats, spare, jack, flashlight, & window sticker included. Runs, drives & smells great!

Looking mean in black on black with the M5’s classic throwing stars, this is an awesome E34. 164k miles is no spring chicken, but at $9,900 Buy-It-Now and the opportunity to make an offer, this could be a fast and fun saloon.


1988 BMW M5 Euro Conversion

Some people just want what they can’t have. European car fans have a strong claim to this stance, as the discrepancies between Euro and US offerings are rarely in our favor. Even when models were offered here, the initial response to NHTSA bumper mandates brought large bumpers that rub a lot of people the wrong way. I love my “diving boards” on my E28, but some just can’t handle it and lop them off and push the bumpers back in. Today we feature a clean M5 with this look, augmented with some BBS and Zender valences as well, which do a decent job of continuing the standard BMW aesthetics. Euro conversions aren’t very common, so when they come up it’s worth noting.

1988 BMW M5 Euro Conversion for sale on eBay

Up for sale is my beautiful 1988 M5. The car has been perfectly converted to euro (euro headlights, grille, bumpers and body kit). It has a front BBS valance, rear Zender valance and Zender side skirt. Paint is in pretty good shape and shines very good. Interior of the car is also in very good shape as you can see in pictures,dash has 2 very small cracks about an inch long each. I recently installed 4 Bilstein shocks and struts and also H&R SPRINGS. Engine runs very strong and smooth. There are no leak of any kind. Spark plugs, fuel filter, valve cover gasket were just replaced. Transmission shifts very smooth and clutch also feels very strong. It has a custom exhaust system that sound very nice.

It does not have any rust and also have all VIN tags. All power door locks and windows and other electric parts are in good working condition.(sunroof is not working and power antenna goes half a way). The car also comes with a set of style 5 BBs rims that are in mint condition. I am selling a 25 year old car that is in very good condition but its a used car and is being sold as is.

Again, high-mileage M5s need to be examined with a discerning eye. It is a pretty copy though and the interior is in good shape for 223k miles. The Euro conversion is drawing a lot of interest, with 21 bids pushing it up to over $10,000, but the reserve still isn’t met. I know a lot of work goes into this conversion, but the non-original nature and aftermarket add-ons don’t add a ton of value for me, leaving this as a clean but high-mileage M5. If you must have a Euro-bumpered M5, buying one already converted will save you time and frustration, but rebuilding an S38 will cause more. For me, this M5 is already dangerously close to its max worth – but I’m a US-bumper fan. It will be interesting to see if the bidding war continues.


Black Interior 1988 BMW M5

While the European E28 M5s are cool and come in lots of colors and trim, I love the history of the North American M5. To ship them across the pond, BMW just loaded them up with every option, painted them all Schwarz and sent ’em over. Some could see the homogeneity as a negative, but with only 1340 on the continent, rarity is never an issue.

Other than aftermarket modifications, the one unique feature you might find on E28 M5s is black interiors. While almost all came with Natur leather inside, all 71 of Canada’s allotment and 30 of the US cars came with black interiors. I dig my Natur, but there’s no denying that a black interior completes the Vader effect. There’s plenty of debate on the boards as to how much this rarity can influence the value, but the general consensus being that there are other factors that are more important in an M5’s value. Today’s example looks clean but has a few needs that must be taken into account.

1988 BMW M5 for sale on eBay

As you know this vehicle is very rare model of old BMW. Running condition is still very good. However some function are repair required to be condition. I have two fun repair listing now. One is replace odo meter small plastic gear that broken on this August when I push od meter reset. I had drive around 400miles. I have replacement part already and attache when I sale. The other repair is Self Leveling System in rear shock unit. Other functional equipment are working good. I have to move to other country in next year. I hope this vehicle sale to big BMW enthusiast——. Thank you.

Much, much research needs to be done before you buy this M5. The valve cover spans a few main questions:
– Why/when was the cover painted red? Was the engine rebuilt in its 158k miles, or did someone just think red was cool and did it real quick while the valves were being adjusted at their regular interval?
– Do the maintenance records exist to ensure the valves have been taken care of?
– Is it a Canadian or US car?

The rear suspension will be a costly fix and is likely a main reason the seller is deciding to pass it on. The reframe here is that you’ll get to choose the suspension set up you want to take its place. The odo gear is an easy fix for a little money.

This could be an awesome car, made slightly more awesome by the rare interior. But at 158k miles, if it hasn’t been rebuilt yet, it will probably need to be some time in the 50k miles. Mostly, you just want to know as much as you can before you get into an E28 so that it’s not total money pit, or if it is, you’re prepared for it. The lack of information is probably why just 3 people have bid it to $6,750, below reserve and well below the $9k BIN. E28 M5s are inching upwards, but unless there are some great answers to the above questions, somewhere between $8k and $9k seems right.


2003 BMW 530i

The BMW E39 is a favorite of mine, along with a good number of our readers here at GCFSB. Whether it’s the sedan or Touring model, 525i or beastly M5, the entire lineup is appealing. We featured a 530i last week and here’s another one, but this one has the proper OEM wheels and looks a lot more tasty in black.

2003 BMW 530i on BMWCCA Classifieds

Sport & premium pkgs, DSP audio, xenon lights, fold-down rear seats, new Michelin Pilots, just serviced, original owner, non-smoker, always garaged, old-school maintenance, full records, all books, four keys, window sticker, never damaged, no winters, kids or pets, impeccable.

This is certainly a rare chance to get a nearly new E39 530i, but at almost $17,000, you are approaching M5 money. For some, the M5 might be just a little too much, but $14,000 or $15,000 is about as good as it gets for a clean 530i these days. I’d of course rather have the 5-speed manual, but I certainly wouldn’t pass up a mint condition E39 like this if I was in the market. Even though this car is not that old, I’d wager to say that 20 years on, the styling will still look fresh.


2001 BMW 530i

The E39 BMW 5 series is, for me, the definitive German sports saloon. I’ve known several people that have owned them, both in six cylinder and V8 forms, and it is my goal to own an M5 from this generation some day. Sometimes, though, a more mainstream 5er comes up that catches my eye, such as this 530i for sale in New York.

2001 BMW 530i on eBay

For sale is a 2001 BMW 530i sedan. It is an automatic. It has the M package, heated seats, leather, cruise control, keyless entry and much more. It is a new car trade in from a local Lexus store. It is a one owner car in stunning condition. It has been garaged and well cared for. It is like new both inside and out. Everything works as it should. This car turns heads! It is stunning. It looks like a new car. It is so clean and has 74k miles. No accidents or paint work. The original wheels have the clear coming off the lips so the owner put another set of wheels on. It comes with the original wheels that can be refinished to look like new.

While it’s not the M5 beast that we all love here at GCFSB, I do appreciate the 530i, as it was the biggest capacity six cylinder 5 series you could have in an E39. Glacier Green is a very sublime color, and one that I like. If you could knock around $2,000 off the selling price and get the original wheels refinished included in the selling price, this would be a good buy.


1985 BMW M535i Turbo for sale

When BMW started futzing around with broadening the M-division’s reach, I was ready to call blasphemy. And while the X5/6M still rub me the wrong way, things like the M550d are a positive step to the future while referencing oft-forgotten classics like the pre-M5 M535i without the outright bastardization of the aforementioned X-elephants.

Today’s M535i is a rare sight on these shores with its small bumpers and tupperware valences. Adding to the rarity is a Dinan turbo with other go-fast goodies, making this one hell of an 80s sedan. The exterior and interior aren’t 10s, but with a Buy-It-Now of $9,000, they don’t need to be.

1985 BMW M535i Turbo for sale on eBay

From the seller:

Purchased from workshop technician at Dinan Engineering (Mountain View, CA) in 1996 – body showed 152,000 miles at that time
The car has the full Dinan turbo/suspension/brakes performance package from the early 1990’s
Car had been imported from Germany and has Federal Motor Vehicle Standards Import sticker and B.A.R. Engine Identification sticker (for emissions compliance) identifying the presence of the turbo. NOTE: the actual VIN is WBADC710XD0641184 – EBay would not let me list this in the VIN box.
Since leaving CA the car has spent most of its time in Houston or in heated indoor storage in Cleveland – I have driven the car 40,000 miles in the last 16 years and the car has had quality maintenance and parts replacement where needed.
I am an Engineer and BMW enthusiast (owned four, still own two) and I’m thinning my collection of cars and bikes – too many toys, not enough garage space! Call me on (216) 401 5071 with questions – I can recommend a car transporter and will assist with loading, but you will need to set it up.
Overall – an interesting and very rare car that you can enjoy every day – and that will likely repay restoration work if you wish!

Euro M535 features
Letter of Authenticity from BMW M GmbH in Munich (see photo)
Alpineweiss (Alpine White)
Black leather interior and upholstery on M sport seats (Recaro?)
Original Euro M body kit (see photos)
Close-ratio 5 speed transmission with dogleg first gear (Getrag 262CR? – see photo)
Three-spoke M sport steering wheel
No internal protection barriers in doors
Cruise control (I have never used it)
Headlight aiming mechanism (may be disconnected)
Central locking
Power windows on all 4 doors
Power sunroof

Dinan features
Intercooled Dinan turbo (adjustable wastegate currently set to 9psi – which is plenty!)
Dinan engine management computer
Dinan exhaust mods on stock M535i exhaust (stock BMW muffler modified and re-welded)
Dinan dual chrome exhaust tips (see photo)
850i V12 front brakes and calipers (stock brakes and calipers come with the car)
Full Dinan suspension upgrade (springs, Bilstein shocks, etc.)
Dinan camber kit (camber rings not currently installed but with the car – see photo)
Dinan trunk badge (see photo)
Dinan floor mats (see photo)

Additional info
Genuine BMW M “throwing star” forged wheels 17×8 with 20mm offset. Some very minor rash but all are straight (see photo)
Dunlop SP Sport D40 M2 tires 255/40 ZR17 (decent tread and grip, but probably now too old and hard to be ideal)
Original 1985 BMW 165TR390CH metric spare wheel with 220/55 VR390 Michelin TRX tire (neither has ever been used – will not fit over the 850i brakes – see photo)
ACT basket weave spare 16×7 ½ (25mm offset) with 205/55 R16 Dunlop D60A2 tire (this spare will fit over the 850i brakes)
Big folder of receipts for quality maintenance and parts replacement over the years:
Much overhaul and cylinder head work by the late great Mike Perkins at Bavarian Machine in Houston (over $16.8k in receipts)
Recent turbo inlet work by Brett Anderson at Koala Motor Sports in Cleveland
E28 workshop manual (Bentley)
BMWCCA Enthusiasts Companion
The good the bad and the ugly
Everything (electrics, instrumentation, mechanicals) works well
Engine, gearbox, drive train, steering, brakes all in excellent shape – no funny noises, leaks or indications that work is needed
A/C converted to R134 – works well (as well as a typical E28 system – not ice cold!)
Euro M535 did not have a cat – high flow cat was fitted for CA but I have replaced it with a straight pipe and no longer have the cat – car is exempt from OH smog (over 25 years old)
Paint appears original with minor aging, no signs of any accident repair, no rust evident except minor surface rust spot at base of rear window (see photo)
Interior is good, no damage to leather other than some aging creases – no splits or holes in the leather (see photos)
Interior door panels (black leather), carpets (dark grey), roof liner (grey) all in great shape (see photos)
Aftermarket Panasonic AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary amplifier/graphic equalizer is in car – works well but easily removed (I do not have the original stereo).
One or two power window switches need contact cleaning
Original tool tray in trunk is complete but tools need clean-up
Dash top cover is cracked but covered by removable custom-fit dash mat (see photo of cracks)
Leather cover on steering wheel has worn through in one spot
Some window trim and other interior trim items need minor attention

With a couple of promising previous owners and what appears to be a good level of all-around attention, this is a great opportunity at some seriously rare German muscle. The seller must be of the “pay it forward” mindset or just worried that 190k miles will worry some buyers. Regardless of his reasoning, if a PPI checks out, this is an awesome deal.


2000 BMW 528i Touring

As each year passes, the list of performance estates offered here in the US dwindles. Audi pulled the plug on their A4 and A6 Avants recently and BMW no longer sells their 5 series Touring here. That mantle has been taken over by the aesthetically challenged 5 series Gran Turismo. Volkswagen still offers the Jetta Sportwagon, but the Passat Wagon is conspicuously absent from the current lineup. Mercedes still sells their venerable E class wagon here, and even offer up the E63 AMG Wagon at a shade under $100,000 for the power hungry. If we dial back about a decade or so, the selection of sporty estates was a bit more vast, and one of my favorites was the BMW 5 Series Touring. Offered with the 2.8 liter inline six or a 4.0 liter V8, the six cylinder version was the only one to offer buyers the chance to row their own gears. This 528i Touring for sale in New York is one of those Tourings so equipped.

2000 BMW 528i Touring on BMW Car Club of America Classifieds

Sport & premium packages, short-shift kit (545), new brake pads, all fluids flushed, third owner, over nine years of records, mechanically solid, great body, great interior, only minor wear on driver’s-side bolster, well cared for, daily driver.

The price on this one is a bit optimistic, somewhere between $6,500 to $8,000 is probably more like it. A more comprehensive description with regards to the car’s history and service records would have gone a long way towards assuring potential owners as well as possibly securing a bit more on the sale price. Still, it’s nice to see a few of these three pedal Tourings are still out there which haven’t been completely worn out. For the SUV averse, it’s a breath of fresh air.


1988 BMW M5

The 1980s brought big change to the automotive landscape. Technologies such as fuel injection, anti-lock brakes and airbags began to find their way into more mainstream motors. Vehicle segments like the minivan and sports utility vehicle also took hold. But for my enthusiast mindset, one car grabbed my attention like none other and changed the game when it came to high performance: the BMW M5.

Originally introduced to Europe in 1984, this E28 based super sedan appeared in the US for one model year only in 1988, even though all US bound M5s were built from late 1986 through late 1987. Available only in black, this 256 horsepower beast embarassed many a purpose built sports car on the road and track. Not only was it fast in a straight line, but the M5’s handling prowess baffled many to understand how the engineers at BMW Motorsport got a four-door sedan to behave in such a manner.

The E28 M5 was the fourth rarest M car ever built, behind the 850CSi, E34 M5 Touring and M1. This M5 is for sale right in my backyard of suburban Philadelphia. I’ve never seen it around on the streets, but it is clear from the photos and description that the attention it deserves has been lavished upon it.

1988 BMW M5 on eBay

My remarkably outstanding 1988 BMW E28 M5 is up for auction. It’s time to streamline a bit even though this is a tough one. My car has 168,000 well cared for miles and has never seen the rain or snow. I’m the 4th owner and all have been true BMW enthusiasts who pride themselves on impeccable maintenance. I have all records and you may email me at corsteiner@aol.com for a thorough overview of what’s been done and when (all on a single page word document). All fluids and maintenance are up-to-date and I literally just changed the oil (and filter, of course) with Valvoline VR1 20W50 Racing Oil.

The valves were adjusted at at 162,500 miles and the clutch replaced at 165,000. This was the first clutch replacement and it came out in very good shape. It was getting a little stiff so replacing it wasn’t excessive. The condition of the first replacement at that mileage indicates the responsible ownership of this car throughout its life. Aside from normal and thorough maintenance this car has Dinan Software and a Dinan Cam Gear. This combo adds to the low end a bit without sacrificing anything on top thereby enhancing the powerband for typical street driving. There’s an AutoThority Short Shifter Kit which has a GREAT feel.

The head unit is a Nakamichi CD-400 with Blaupunkt speakers in the rear deck. This is probably the only aftermarket head unit that “works” in this car. The shocks, springs and all hardware are new wtih Koni’s up front and Bilstein HD’s in the rear. The front is slightly lower than stock giving a more aesthetic look. The wheels are BBS RX’s and there’s no catalytic converter – please check your state laws on this before bidding, but you should be good-to-go in most cases.

The seat leather has been very professionally replaced and looks great. The only minor issue (which is a non-issue for most) is that the heating in the seats doesn’t work. Everything else, though, is fine. The tires are Bridgestone RE050A’s with about half or more of their life left. The air conditioning works, but has a slow leak. An occasional recharging resolves that if you even use the air. The only other minor issue is a slowly leaking steering hose.

Not only does it drive and run exceptionally well, but it doesn’t burn or consume any oil. I change the oil every 2,000 miles and don’t have to add any during that interval. The oil level doesn’t drop on the dipstick and stays a nice golden color during the entire 2,000 miles. This is (from what I understand) very uncanny, but probably a testament to having been broken in properly and handled with care throughout.

Please let me know if you have any questions and/or would like me to email you the summary. This is truly one of the best examples out there of the venerable E28 M5. Thank you, Happy Bidding and I welcome any and all inquiries.

Even though we’ve come across lower mileage M5s on this site, I like this car not only for the level of detail provided by the seller but the fact that it has been used as intended over its quarter century lifetime. Personally, I’d be cautious when buying an M5 like this that has been stored away without regular exercise. E28 M5 prices, like many vintage M cars, are steadily on the rise these days. The last E28 M5 we featured sold for $16,500. That particular car had just over 100,000 miles. We even saw a 1988 535i Euro conversion sell for $17,455. I’d wager that this car might see a final bid somewhere around $12,000 to $14,000, as the higher mileage and lack of catalytic converter might hold it back a bit.


2002 BMW 525iT Touring Sport Wagon M5 clone

You’ve seen them on this site before, we like German station wagons, particularly those that come with M, RS, or AMG badges.

2002 BMW 525iT Touring Sport Wagon M5 clone on eBay

The owner of this wagon made an attempt to fill the gap left when BMW decided not to make an E39 M5 Touring. The car sort of gets it right. I say only sort of because while it looks the part, it started life as the lowly 525iT. We have seen some better M5 Touring clones using the 540iT as a starting point. The car does have an M5 body kit though to give it a more aggressive look.

To make up for the lack of cylinders and power this 2.5 liter six has been boosted by an ASA / Infinitas supercharger with an intercooler. Power estimates aren’t given, but depending on what kind of boost this setup is running it could be putting out closer to 250 horsepower rather than the stock 180. Unfortunately power is still fed through the stock automatic.

I like the Alpina Dynamic replica rims painted to match they add to the look. The eyebrows and M badges and tricolor fender flags also look nice. A dual exhaust, roof spoiler, adjustable suspension and even some interior goodies complete the upgrade.

The car is a two owner vehicle with 84,200 miles. I’d like to know how many miles since the supercharger was installed.

A nice looking car with a buy-it-now of $14,900. Even with the upgrades that is probably a bit pricey despite the mods and looks. We all know you never recoup those costs. I’m sure some folks wouldn’t believe that the car is a decade old.

2002 BMW 525iT Touring Sport Wagon M5 clone on eBay


1987 BMW 518i

It’s no secret that most of the sedans from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz sold in the US are heavily optioned. Wood, leather and power everything are the order of the day. Over in the Old World, it’s a different story. Many of these cars that seem aspirational for us Americans are used as everyday transport over there. Even on a recent trip to The Netherlands in 2008, I came across a Mercedes-Benz S class taxi. Occasionally, one of these stripped down models makes its way over to our shores, like this BMW 518i. Equipped with a 1.8 liter fuel injected four cylinder engine, wind down windows, cloth seats and hubcaps, this is about as far from an M5 as we can get. For sale in Georgia, this is an opportunity to own an E28 rarely seen on these shores.

1987 BMW 518i on eBay

Up for auction is an extremely rare 1987 BMW 518i Euro export one owner with only 69,000 miles on it. This 518i was only sold in Europe, as you can tell by the chrome bumpers. This is an awesome four cylinder, 5-speed manual 5 series BMW and I’m sure you will be the only one driving around town in one! This is the only 518i on eBay (current or completed listing). Don’t miss out on this chance at this great find. No reserve auction! This BMW drives great, the A/C blows ice cold, the engine sounds great, transmission and clutch work great. Has the original stereo that works great. All of the gauges work. The tires have more than 75% of life left on them. The car looks great for its age. Does have some dings, cracks in the dash, patch in the driver’s seat and carpet a little worn on the front passenger floor. This car has absolutely no rust! This car was imported when it was new and titled here in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988.

This 5er has relatively low mileage for the year, so it will be interesting to see what a no reserve auction will bring for such a rare (for this market) piece. My guess is we’ll probably see a final bid of around $5,000 to $6,000. Beige wouldn’t be my first choice of color, as it looks a bit like a Berlin taxi. On the other hand, the color fits this car’s simplistic persona. I really like this 518i and for anyone looking for an economical sedan with an added bit of character should eye up this piece.