What if my Audi wagon dreams came true… in a BMW?

Fun all-wheel drive wagons are my cup of tea, which directs my attention towards Audi and Subaru most often. I know there are others out there, but they seem few and far between. Thus I was surprised intrigued when I happened upon this 2006 BMW 530xi touring on eBay. It’s no S- or RS-wagon, but it’s a fun and useful AWD 5-door that could take on most any situation. I’ve never been smitten with the E60 5-series, but the M5’s beefed-up lines helped distract from its other styling shortcomings, and as usual the wagon helps balance things out in my eyes. Put those things together and you’ve got a pretty fine, more fleshed-out design as seen here. The 260hp I6 won’t blow minds, but will do just fine in getting the family up the mountain.

This is a newer car than I’m usually interested in, either for myself or for writing up, but something sounds appealing about cruising in a nice, big, capable BMW right now. I’d want the Competition rims in something other than chrome (satin or black please), but beggars shall not be choosers. Looking around at similar 5-series, it seems like the price is pretty reasonable for a car looking as good as this. Definitely proves that there are other enticing AWD wagons beyond the old guard of Audi and Subaru.

-NR

2008 Dinan M5 S3 628 horsepower beast

We’ve seen how the market treats previous generation factory Dinan M5s well, here is a chance for a more recent take. You’ve seen it all before, someone selling a “Dinan” BMW, when really all the car has is maybe a couple bolt on bits the owner slapped on in their driveway along with a Dinan badge. This however is what happens when the work is done by professionals paid for by someone with deep pockets.

This E60 has Dinan’s S3 stroker kit under the hood. Which takes the 5.0 liter V-10 up to 5.7 liters and 628 hp and 482 lb-ft of torque. This upgrade will set you back a cool $40,000. This particular M5 also has another $30,000 put into Dinan intake, suspension, and exhaust work. So what you have here is an owner who wanted an ultimate 4 door sedan and was comfortable dropping around $200k to get there.

The car does look good in its Indianapolis red paint scheme (and I’m not a fan of red cars), the body color matched red line wheels are a nice touch.
Built in radar detection is clearly a must. What really set this car into the drivers category is that the owner decided to go with the 6 speed manual instead of sticking with the more popular SMG transmission. True enthusiasts will really find this a plus. I can’t help, but think that with all that extra power the SMG might make life a lot easier if this was to be a daily driver as opposed to weekend escape car.

The dealership selling the car, Chicago Motor Cars has all the receipts for the work done which should help the sale. With a buy it now price of $89,800 a new owner can take home this under 20,000 mile car and basically get almost $100,000 of top notch custom parts and labor for free. The only slight draw back is unlike some other Dinan parts the S3 kit does void the factory warranty and the Dinan warranty only provides two years of coverage. Still with a well established company like Dinan and reputable installers Performing Imports out of Alpharetta, Georgia, you can be assured that the intention was for this vehicle to have a long life if maintained and not abused. Be advised though in terms of maintenance, one of the receipts shows that just a simple oil and filter change cost $239.

Partial List of costs for the upgrades:

DINAN HIGH FLOW COLD AIR INTAKE WITH MASS AIR METER FOR DINAN STAGE 3 HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINE $2499.00
SOFTWARE UPGRADE $100.00
DINAN STRUT TOWER BRACE $2500.00
DINAN 5.7LITER V10 M STROKER MOTOR! $39995.00 + $4000 INSTALL
DINAN HIGH FLOW THROTTLE BODIES $2999.00
DINAN FREE FLOW EXHAUST SYSTEM $2599.00
DINAN STAGE 2 SUSPENSION SYSTEM $972.00
DINAN FRONT MONO BALL KIT $699.00
DINAN STAGE 2 BRAKE SYSTEM $7190.00
HEADER GASKET $149.40
LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL $2999.00 + INSTALL $3717.00
RACE PIPE $1500.00
HIGH FLOW CUSTOM PERFORMANCE HEADERS WITH CATS $3499.00 + LABOR $2397.00
STAGE 2 HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINE SOFTWARE $1999.00
M CARBON FIBER LOOK 5 SPOKE WHEELS $2500.00
AC SCHNITZER ALUM PEDALS $800.00
PASSPORT BUILT IN RADAR SYSTEM $2600.00
LABOR FOR ALL PROFESSIONAL WORK PERFORMED $15000.00

Fantastic car.

Here is a video from the folks at Dinan showing the V-10 Stage 3 kit and what it can do:

~Evan

2000 BMW e39 M5 For Sale with only 4k Miles!

Let me start by saying, I am not a fan of the most recent 5 series platform. The e60 is just plain ugly compared to the e39. I have no doubt the V10 featuring 500hp is nothing short of breathtaking, but when you’re prepared to put down nearly $90k for a brand new one, but not in love with the shape, what options are you left with? How about saving $40k and buying a nearly new M5 of the previous generation?

2000 BMW M5 For Sale on eBayMotors:

quote from seller’s listing:

The ultimate expression of the ultimate driving machine. There isn’t a magazine on the planet that didn’t fall head over heels when the E39 debuted in 1998. the combination of power, handling, comfort, braking and overall drivability led to review after review naming the M5 the best car in the world at any price and a modern classic. Finding examples with well over 100,000 miles is commonplace; finding one with 3,059 miles like this one is a lot tougher. Who would own such a machine and not use it? BMW themselves, that’s who—the car sat garaged in the Greer, SC facility and was used by executives who flew over from Germany. It’s one of the lowest mileage M5’s on the planet, it’s perfect and it’s ready to roll.

We aren’t kidding about the critical acclaim. Here’s a sampling of quotes:

The 2000 BMW M5 is the king of all performance sedans, a classic for the ages.

Edmunds.com

“The fastest production sedan on the planet.”

Road and Track, March 2000

“… The M5 is as close to faultless as any car I’ve driven. Set the bar as high as you like, this thing will clear it. Unbelievable!

Jeff Karr – Motor Trend

“… The best and most consistently enjoyable sport sedan the world has ever known.”

Motor Trend, March 2000

“On the track, the M5 is hunkered down and grips the asphalt with confidence and composure. The instant-on electronic throttle response and the precise manual gearbox will bring a smile to any driver.”

Road and Track, March 2000

“For people who love cars, the M5 is quite simply the most desirable sedan in the world at any price. What more can we say?”
Car and Driver, March 2000

“Without sounding like a broken record, this is the one car to beat, faster, sharper, not to mention safer, and more luxurious then anything on the market, the best sports sedan in the world then, the best sports sedan now, and maybe even forever.”
Motor Week

“The new BMW M5 is simply the best.”
European Car, June 2000

There are no blemishes anywhere on the exterior of the car, just as you’d expect a garaged 2,700 mile car to appear. Tire tread is better than 90% and the wheels are perfect. There are no needs, no problems and no shortcomings as you do a walk around. The car is perfect.

The same goes for the interior. The leather seats are immaculate with virtually no evidence of wear, and they’re the only parts that show any use at all. The stereo is loud and crisp, the multifunction display in the dash, the gauges, all lights and all switchgear work exactly as new.

I’m just saying, if my lotto ticked gets punched this week, I’d take this over the newest version. If I remain mortal without the winnings, I might still think a well looked after used e39 M5 might be in the cards considering they now hover in the low 20’s for asking price.

dc