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.


Concours Ready 1987 BMW M6

I can still remember the first time I saw a 6 series.  It was about 1986, and I was able to stay up late enough to watch my first episode of Moonlighting.  After watching David Addison thrash his E24 635csi, the car instantly became as iconic to me as Magnum PI’s 308, and Sonny Crockett’s Daytona.  I instantly fell in love with the 6 series, but love turned to lust once I saw the E24 M6.  From then on the shark nosed bimmers became one of my “bucket list” cars.  This pristine 51K mile example from North Carolina embodies everything that was great in BMW tuning for the late 80’s, from the Dinan stage 4 upgrades to the BBS RF wheels, it is truly a BMW tuning time capsule.

1987 BMW M6 on pelicanparts.com

Truly a collector car and award winner, it is in Concours condition inside and out. Runs excellent with zero issues, all electronics work as new. No warning lights on dash.
51,000 miles, California and Arizona car. Owned since April 2005 when it had 48,000 miles on the clock.
Royal Blue Metallic with Natural Leather. 100% original paint – no accidents, no touch-ups. Full Dinan Stage 4 Car (Headers, Exhaust, Chip, Suspension, etc) Full leather including a perfect dash with no cracks Smoker’s package (although it’s a non-smoker) Power front seats Rear passenger temp control Rear drink electric cooler (it will keep a 6pack cold!) Power everything Complete tool set California smog BBS 3 piece wheels in 17×9.5″ with Toyo Proxy tires (plenty of tread)
This is undoubtedly one of the best M6’s you will find available for sale any time soon, a true collector piece of investment quality.
33,000 Firm.
For more information, please call Patrick at 706.973.0169

The original Royal Blue paint, and flawless tan leather interior in this car are nothing but pure class, and with the stage 4 Dinan upgrades, this car will certainly hold its own on the streets.  To the right buyer, this car very well may fetch $33K asking price, however with the market for collector cars on the slide, a $25K price tag would seem a bit more in the realm of reality.

All things considered, this is likely one of the nicest examples of a Dinan equipped E24 M6 you’ll find, and from where I’m sitting it has only one major flaw.  With the pristine condition, and the high price tag, any buyer will be hesitant to drive this thing like David Addison did back in the 80’s, hard, fast, and often sideways.


Please join me in welcoming our newest contributor to the team! This is Brian’s first post and we’re eager to see what he spots next! -dc

2006 Dinan MINI Cooper S2 For Sale

I have blogged fanatical about a few of these.  Dealer tuned these cars are far more rare than similarly equipped John Cooper Works tuned cars.

2006 Dinan MINI Cooper S2:

From the seller –

“Dinan s2+ mini cooper s – Dinan serial # s20508


We are making in the room in the garage, so our beloved Mini needs a new home. It has been garage kept, Florida car, BMW enthusiast owned and professionally maintained/detailed on a regular basis. This car handles like it is on rails. Night/Day difference compared to a stock Cooper S, and substantially better than a JCW. This car drives great and has an amazing sound track, needs nothing but a caring owner.  Very rare Mini, less than a hundred Dinan S2 Minis in existance.

– All major service has been completed including a new ATI Crank Pulley that was just replaced with new belts, etc. last month.  Crank pulley’s typically fail in the 60-70k mile range, even on 05’-06’ R53’s.  This Mini has primarily Florida Highway miles & needs nothing.  – All minor items were replaced before the factory warranty expired.  All service/maintenance performed by Orlando Mini and Maitland Imports Mini Service.  Only the best & highest quality parts used to create the ultimate street MCS.  There are minor rock chips typical of a car of this age to be expected, other than that, no cosmetic blemishes to speak of.

– NEW Conti Extreme Contact DW’s performance tires – 2000 miles on them

– Mobil 1 Oil changes every 3k miles

Dinan S2-MINI Cooper S

The Dinan S2 program takes MINI Cooper S performance to an even higher level, increasing output to 205 horsepower as well as upgrading the suspension system. The S2 engine program features substantial increase in supercharger boost pressure in addition to intake and exhaust enhancements, resulting in eye opening acceleration and handling capabilities beyond compare. In addition to the High Flow-Cowl Induction Intake, a larger bore throttle body is employed, further improving the engine’s ability to breathe for even more power and crisp throttle response. The Stage 3 Suspension System ensures that the MINI has the necessary grip for tight and predictable handling as well as providing a dramatic reduction of under steer, enabling the driver to take full advantage of all 205 horses through the turns. At the same time, the suspension system maintains a surprisingly comfortable ride, vastly more compliant and absorbent than more typical suspension packages where low and stiff tend to be the standard formula. One drive in the Dinan S2-MINI will have you convinced that ride comfort and crisp handling don’t have to be mutually exclusive with proper engineering. The Dinan S2 program delivers the acceleration and handling that make the MINI driving experience that much more exciting, without compromising drivability , reliability or warranty coverage.

The Dinan S2-MINI Cooper S features: Boost Upgrade System; Stage 5 Engine Software; High Flow-Cowl Induction Intake; Free Flow Exhaust; High Flow Throttle Body; Strut Tower Brace; Stage 3 Suspension System (Koni Adjustable Shocks, Dinan Springs, Larger rear anti-roll bar, and Camber Plates) ; Signature Floor Mats; Serial Numbered S2 Plaque; Dinan Deck Lid Badge.

Dinan Stage 2+ (The + is: Revolution Motor Works street Cam, tune, and JCW -blue- injectors) Dyno tuned by RMW to 197hp/180tq at the wheels. This translates to approx 225hp at the crank. It has the perfect amount of power for the chassis.

Additional upgrades:

– RMW Street Cam & Tune

– JCW Injectors

– Powerflex Poly front control ARM bushings (OEM control ARM bushings wear quickly, a known weak point)

– ATI Crank pulley (better than OEM & will outlast the car)

– 22MM rear sway bar

– Hotchkis H-Sport Adjustable Rear Control ARMS (factory rear control arms are a weak point of the suspension & with any suspension there is too much camber that can’t be dialed out without adjustable control ARMs)

– RMW/ARP high strength wheel studs. Custom ordered from ARP only 1 of 10 pairs made for a 06’ MCS (makes wheel install much easier)

– ATE Power Disc Rotors w/Bav Auto Pagid Red Street Pads (within 5k miles)

– Voltage Hood Scoop

– K&N reusable Air Filter (Dinan was disposable type filter)

– New Interstate High Output OEM fitment battery

– V1 Hardwired to factory fuse block

– OEM Sport Grill

– Shadow line black out package for chrome trim, with black Cooper side grills.

– Lifetime 20% window tint

– 3M Clear Paint Protection for front end/hood, rear 1/4’s, & Headlights (the headlights are brand new under the clear film)

(Over $13k for S2 & everything else)

Factory Options:  (everything you would want and nothing you don’t need)

Factory LSD

HID Headlights

Multifunction Steering wheel w/cruise

Harmon Kardon Enhanced Sound

Heated Seats

Anthracite Headliner/trim panels (makes a HUGE difference for interior appearance)

Mini ‘Seven’ S.E. Piano Black Trim

Chrome Line Interior

Fog lights

Rear Fog light

Aux Audio Input

– Without sunroof this car saves an estimated 100lbs from the highest point of gravity and weighs in around 2600lbs.

– Currently wired for Sirius Satellite Radio with a Stiletto 2 receiver.  I am willing to leave the Sirius Car Kit wiring in place and you can add your own Stiletto 2 Sirius unit.  (you can plug & play a Stiletto 2 receiver that can be had of eBay for relatively cheap).”

MINI purists will tell you, and I suppose I am becoming one, that the ’06 R53 MINI is where this car peaked.  They were the pinnacle of performance and reliability for the model.  I have been driving a ’08 John Cooper Works MCS and trying to tell myself otherwise and it just is not working.

Outside the Dinan set up this car is wonderfully upgraded with all sorts of suspension work, mild motor mods, and appearance bits.  It has also been well maintained.  The oil changes every 3k is key, if you follow the MINI scheduled maintenance protocol you risk doing serious damage to your motor.

Current bidding is up to $12k with the reserve not met.  I would pay $16k for this all day, let’s see if the seller agrees.


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.


Reader Ride: 2008 E92 V8 M3 with Dinan and Active Autowerke Upgrades

Chris emailed me this week to let us know that his 2008 M3 is for sale. Normally we favor older cars for the blog but this is a well thought out e92 with an impressive list of enhancements.

2008 BMW M3 For Sale on eBay

From the seller’s listing:

I am selling my 2008 m3 coupe since I’m buying a new boat and will be downsizing to one car. I purchased this car new in 2008 from Vista BMW in Fort Lauderdale FL. The car has been a weekend car since I purchased it. I use another vehicle for work. This car is in perfect condition with no dings, scratches or imperfections. It has never been wrecked, painted, or abused in any way. It has only been washed by me and detailed by a very high end detailer who uses only Swissvax products. It was detailed one month ago at which time it was clayed, sealed, waxed, and full interior treatment. This cost $500. The car was just serviced with an alignment, balance, and oil change 1 month ago. The car has never been driven on a track or raced. Factory warranty until June-2012. The factory installed options include:

– Full Leather interior (including lower dash)
– Technology Package (navigation, electronic damper control, etc.)
– Premium Package
– Satellite Radio
– HD Radio

The car is fully loaded except for the cold weather package. Now to the fun part. I have installed very tasteful and high end parts that make this car drive and sound amazing! (I have all of the documents surrounding these modifications which were done at 10,000 miles)

— Dinan Stage 1 suspension with full custom Alignment ($1500 with installation)
— Ground Control adjustable front sway bar end links ($300)
– Active Autowerke Full Exhaust with X-pipe from header back and euro spec high-flow cats ($5000 with installation)
– Active Autowerke Air Filter ($150)
– Active Autowerke Short Shifter ($500)
– Active Autowerke Pulley Kit ($500)
– RAC RG 63 Champion Motorsport Forged Racing Wheels – 19×9 fronts with 255/35/19 Michelin PS2/19×10 rears with 275/35/19 Michelin PS2 ( these wheels were made custom for only the BMW e92 M3 by a local M3 racer and enthusiast and are 8000 ton forged press) (The tires and wheels cost $6500).
– Hawk HPS Brake Pads (They stop far better than stock and produce no dust)
– Challenge Stainless Steal Brake Lines
– Motul Brake Fluid
– Hardwires for Passport 9500ix with smart console professionally installed in ashtray
– BMW Performance Black front Grill & side gills

The e92 M3 is a potent car as is, but I have to say this list of upgrades fits with exactly what I’d dream of doing if I owned one. To have all those products already installed is a big plus in my mind — no need to negotiate those upgrades with missus, they’re already installed!

This exhaust in particular is equally impressive looking and sounding. Here’s the best clip I could find online with the x-pipe and exhaust (not the seller’s car):

Good luck with the sale Chris! If you have a great German car for sale, drop me an email so we can add it to the site.


1991 BMW M5 for sale w/ Dinan

When I approached an acquaintance’s employer (a BMW mechanic for 30 years) about my pursuit of an E28 M5, he suggested the E34 for it’s further progression of the storied S38 and more refined interior. I nodded and appreciated his input, but I’ve known people with E34s, and while they are slick-and-mean super sedans, my penchant for 80s Bimmers is unwavering. However, if I were considering an E34, this local example is what I’d want. Clean red with black valences and the naked rims with the maligned turbine covers in the garage, it has Dinan Stage III suspension a D’Silva chip to sharpen it up for playtime.

1991 BMW M5 for sale on SF Craigslist

The seller’s description:

I’m selling a 1991 E34 M5 Dinan Stage III with 121,000 miles.
Dinan Stage III upgrades include:
Front and rear adjustable Sway Bars
Custom valved Koni struts and shocks
Lowering springs
Height leveling suspension delete
I have also installed Mark D’Silva EAT Performance Chip (340 hp)

This vehicle is good shape inside and out. I have a lot of the service history from Dinan. I Have only used Shell Helix/ Penzoil Platinum Euro formula oil. I have recently replaced the spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor, power steering pump, power steering hoses, front end and center links with oem parts. The tires have less then 5,000 miles on them. The factory M5 turbine covers are included but are not shown in pictures. I took the car to Dinan and had one of their lead mechanics drive it and he was very impressed with the condition of the car. I have a lot of the previous owners maintenance records from Dinan on the car.

Serious buyers only please. No trades. I have a PPI for this vehicle. It checked out well, with some things that can be done (obviously for a car 20 years old) but the mechanic said verbally it was better than most for its age. I am accepting offers and am willing to work on a mutual price based on the cost incurred bringing this car up to perfect running order.

It sounds like the seller is a straight-shooter, offering to adjust price according to the little bit of work that needs to be done to bring it to perfection. He’s asking $12k, which seems reasonable considering the condition and upgrades. If I were a little older or a little less beholden to cars from the 80s, I’d be checking my bank account.


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.


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.

1991 BMW 850i with only 11k 1st in U.S.?

The seller claims that this 8 series, with only 11,440 miles, may have been the first one imported into the U.S.. The car is presented as new with all books and with a Dinan ECU upgrade, Dinan Exhaust, and AC Schnitzer wheels.
Not much more to say with this one, other than driving it will start to bring down the value. Which is a shame since it comes with the manual transmission. The big V12 begs to have its legs stretched on some lonely highways. It also begs to have some better pictures in the ad. If you have a super low mile car and your looking to showcase how pristine it is try to get some decent, well lit, in focus photos.

The buy-it-now price is $47,500.


1978 BMW Dinan 320i to 333i Turbo E21

Here is something to be thankful about this time of year. When cars like this pop up for sale it makes all of us excited.

This is a truly one of a kind early Dinan tuned 3 series. This BMW will make even the nicest E30 M3 look somewhat mundane.

What you have is a 1978 320i with a 5 speed overdrive manual that in 1980 was sent to Dinan where it received a new paint job, some body work and then had a 3.3 liter inline six with a turbo bolted on dropped in. The seller states that later in life, 1987, the head was replaced with a 3.5 version. (perhaps because the turbo blew out the head gasket on the original?) The engine bay is amazingly clean. I love the custom 333i badge completing the look on the back, just need to squeeze one of the BMW turbo badges on there somewhere.

16″ Hardy and Beck wheels keep the car on the ground and with the turbo’s 8.5 lbs of boost putting down 315 horsepower in a car this light its a good thing there are meaty Yokohama AVS Sport tires on the rims.

Recaro seats, custom gauges, and obligatory Blaupunkt stereo finish off the well cared for interior.  The car has an estimated 50,000 miles on the chassis.

A spectacular piece here showing a classic tuned vehicle that hasn’t been over restored or contemporized. In terms of collectibility finding a vehicle like this that is maintaining its original tuning, rather than finding the same vehicle that was customized recently, really helps the sale price. Quite a sleeper of a car too, that even a BMW fan might not appreciate at first look. Certainly will be a crowd pleaser at car shows though.

Right now it is sitting at $23,000 reserve not met. I’m not sure how high this one will go, but we will be talking very nice E30 M3 money.