Tuner Tuesday: 2006 Hartge H50

While engine swaps on BMWs seem downright commonplace, there are the normal engine swaps (the well played out S50/52 comes to mind) and then there’s Hartge. The history between the two premier BMW tuning firms in Germany – Alpina and Hartge – is interesting. They’ve vied for the top spot for several decades with slightly different design philosophies. During that time, they’ve also seemingly flip-flopped; originally, Hartge took a more conservative route than Alpina, whose wild turbocharged creations challenged BMW’s own offerings. But after they were granted full manufacturer status in Germany in 1985, Hartge really came into its own and hasn’t looked back since. While like many firms they offer a line of aerodynamic tweats, wheels, exhausts and engine management chips, their party-piece is taking motors from the larger BMWs and popping them into the 3-series models. None of these conversions is more notable than the E90 H50 though. While the E46 H50 took the V8 out of the 5 series, the E90 had a V8 available in the lineup in the M3. Hartge therefore moved up the food chain to the E60 M5’s S85 V10. With a staggering 500 horspower out of the box and even 50 more with Hartge’s tuning, they transformed the rather mundane small executive sedan into a supercar:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Hartge H50 at Turner Motorsports

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Feature Listing: 2007 BMW 328xi Touring 6MT Sport

Upon my urging, an old friend of mine in the Boston area purchased a BMW E91 Touring with a 6-speed manual gearbox after he learned his first child was on the way. His wife desperately wanted an SUV but in the end, the long roof 3er argument won. He had previously driven a 2001 325xi sedan with an automatic, and a 1992 325i sedan with a 5-speed manual and always missed the joy of rowing your own during his E46 ownership, especially when it came to the smooth gearboxes we’ve come to know from the boffins in Munich. If it’s 3 series driving quality you seek but need a bit more practicality in the mix, our reader Dave is offering his very mint 2007 328xi Touring with the Sport package and 6-speed manual gearbox. BMW isn’t offering three-pedal Tourings stateside, so now is your chance to get them while there’s still a few lower mileage examples out there.

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Snow Patrol: 2008 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Avant S-line v. 2007 BMW 328xi Touring

We had a bit of a surprise a this past week in New England – snow fell early in November throughout most of the area. I promptly updated my calendar for this weekend to change over snow tires – always a bitter-sweet time of year. As much as moving all that snow is a pain, if you have the right car it sure can be fun to drive in! In my case, I’ve been suffering a 8 year quattro drought, but thankfully my wonderful wife lets me sling her Subaru Outback through some parking lots from time to time – and importantly, she lets me take it to winter driving schools. Winter driving schools in general are one of the best ways to learn car control. Effectively, the same things occur on ice and snow that occur on the track – they just occur at a much, much lower speed. Ice and snow point out both strengths and faults in the chassis. Few people drive away from these events without a giant smile on their faces, even when they arrive afraid of driving in the white stuff!

You can buy many cars that are good in the snow or you can slot snow tires onto your winter ride; but if you want to combine some sport, some utility, and fantastic performance in the snow into one package, few do it better than these two. Unfortunately for American consumers, the days of Audi wagons in the U.S. are gone; we’re currently limited to the A4 Allroad. BMW still offers the wagons but at over $40,000 new without options, they’re not exactly affordable for most folks. What’s a German car fan to do? Well, you can look back a few years and find some great options – such as today’s A4 and 328. Let’s start with the A4:

Year: 2008
Model: A4 Quattro Avant S-line
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 66,000 mi
Price: $17,950 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Avant S-line on eBay

2008 Audi A4 2.0T AVANT QUATTRO

1 OWNER

FULLY EQUIPPED

NO PAINTWORK

EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAN

WELL-MAINTAINED

CARFAX CERTIFIED – FREE REPORT BELOW

Light Silver Metallic Paint and Black Leather Interior

This rare 1 owner A4 Avant is exceptionally clean throughout. Runs and drives flawlessly. Vehicle has been fully inspected and serviced with up-to-date maintenance.

Immaculate condition throughout.

Purchase with confidence!

RARE A4 AVANT QUATTRO!
RARE 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION!
S-LINE SPORT PACKAGE!
QUATTRO ALL WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM
BOSE PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM
LEATHER UPHOLSTERY
HEATED SEATS
BLUETOOTH
IPOD INTEGRATION
DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL
POWER GLASS SUNROOF
TINTED WINDOWS
18 INCH WHEELS
FACTORY FLOORMATS

There’s a fair amount to like here – the S-line sport package coupled with the B7 chassis was one of the best looking A4s to date – while I still prefer the Titanium package, these are still impressive. The quattros have become more “safe” with their AWD system over several generations and the newer quattros generally aren’t as good on snow and ice than the early generations, but they’re much smarter in changing conditions – something important to most drivers. I’m not a big fan of dark interiors and window tinting, but the 6 speed manual is a great match for the 2.0T power delivery. Not a fan of used Audis? How about a BMW:

Audis grab so much of the AWD headlines that BMW and Mercedes-Benz are often left out of the conversation. Despite this, the 328xi has evolved into a very competent car in the white stuff. Coupled with the torque-laden 3.0 inline-6, the 328 makes a great package for both sport and all-weather capability. This particular example looks splendid in dark blue over tan leather.

Year: 2007
Model: 328xi Touring
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 67,193 mi
Price: $18,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 BMW 328xi Touring on eBay

We are offering a beautiful 2007 BMW 328XI wagon for sale; in very good condition. This BMW is fully loaded with; all wheel drive system, power sunroof, CD player, leather interior, heated seats, and more! The Carfax report shows three owners, no accidents, and 21 service records! The vehicle is clean, has a beautiful color combo and is ready to go. Please view all pictures closely and ask all questions before buying.

BMW has always been known to manufacture very reliable vehicles and this 328XI is a perfect example. This BMW has 67,193 original documented miles. THIS CAR RUNS GREAT!

The vehicle is powered by 3.0L L6 DOHC 24V engine, which runs very strong and smooth. The automatic transmission shifts perfectly into every gear and is noise free. The suspension on the vehicle is tight and drives smooth on the road. The brakes work very well; with excellent stopping ability. All power options and vehicle functions work excellent. There are no maintenance lights on in this vehicle. The wheels are 16″ BMW wheels. The wheels are in very good condition and have some light curbing on them. The Continental tires have about 85-80% tread left. (tire size: 205/55R16).

The overall condition of this vehicle is very good. The exterior is in very good condition. The paint shines very nicely and is glossy. There are some light scratches here and there on the car. Would rate the exterior 8.5 out of 10. Call us and we will go over the vehicle while you are on the phone (724)799-9563. This BMW has a beautiful color scheme, the exterior is Blue and the interior is Tan. The interior is in very good condition. The driver seat is in very good condition and shows normal wear. The passenger seat along with the rear seats is in excellent condition. The carpet is in very good condition and has a couple light stains on it. The floor mats are in good condition and have some stains on them. Would rate the interior 8 .5 out of 10. All of the glass is in excellent condition.

The BMW isn’t as good looking as the A4, but I really prefer the color combination. Despite this, I think the A4 is a better package overall; manual, turbocharged quattros are always great fun. Prices on both seem to be on par with the market, and the Audi is slightly less expensive, making it even more attractive. Which would you choose?

-Carter

2007 BMW 335i Convertible

Over the past fifteen years or so, BMW’s lineup has transformed from a relatively simple lineup with the 3, 5 and 7 series at its core to a vast mix of SUVs, roadsters, the compact 1 series and the MINI lineup which shares ultimate driving machine’s DNA. One popular constant, though, has been the 3 series convertible.

The first 3 series convertibles that appeared were conversions by Karosserie Baur on the E21 and E30 chassis that had integral roll hoops and fixed rear windows. Then in 1987, the 325i convertible appeared on US shores, a factory produced model that became an instant hit across a number of demographics and was featured prominently in a number of television series and movies of the era. Over the years, the 3 series convertible became larger and more powerful, morphing into the retractible hardtop convertible we have today. While some lament the heavier weight of always having a hardtop to lug around, the all-weather practicality is attractive, particularly for those in colder climates who still enjoy al fresco motoring from time to time.

The following 335i Convertible with Dinan mods comes to us from our reader Andrew, who’s father has listed it for sale in California.

Year: 2007
Model: 335i Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter twin turbocharged inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 44,500 miles
Price: $33,000

2007 BMW 335i Cabriolet on M3Post

Posting for my dad, who takes better care of his cars than anyone I’ve ever met. He wrote the following:

2007 BMW 335i Convertible in Black over Saddle leather. 6 speed manual, 44,500 miles. If it were not for Sciatica and weakness down my left leg I’d never sell this car! This car is now what the 335i should have been from the factory!

All factory bulletins are up to date and, to protect the buyer, this vehicle has BMW’s best warranty until 100K miles or 03/2014. Every button, switch and knob works perfectly and the car needs absolutely no service whatsoever! The car is kept clayed and waxed. The leather is cleaned and treated so the interior shows almost no wear and the car is in our garage when it’s not driven.

No dents, no dings, no accidents, kids, pets or smoking. Tires (never coated or “shined”) are Michelin’s best Pilot Sport 2’s as 235/40/18’s in the front and 265/35/18’s in the rear, on CSL replica wheels. This sale includes the original BMW wheels and run-flat tires.

Dinan’s 100% reliable modifications (installed by Dinan, Temecula) give it low end torque so turbo lag is gone and acceleration is smooth and easy. The exhaust note is automobile “music” and the UUC short shifter is a delight. This car has never been raced or “tracked” (I’m over 70!), but I sure love to drive great cars and just one drive in this 335i will convince you I’m right. Folks tell me how great this convertible looks, all the time.

The seats are perfect and putting the hard top down just makes my day. No IDRIVE so everything works without a fuss. Mileage did not change with the Dinan upgrades as 18/27 is about right. A list of what’s in this 335i includes but is not limited to:

– Debadged
– Tinted windows
– “Ultimate Pedals” solid aluminum pedals,
– “X-pel” headlight protectors, all new hoses (done by BMW),
– Premium Comfort & Sport Pkgs.,
– Hill-Hold, Bluetooth, keyless entry, power/heated seats,
– Complete overhaul of the factory radio (fading of its display is a known BMW problem!),
– Dinan ECU programming, air intake system, stainless steel exhaust & a UUC solid stainless short shifter & DSSR.

If what you’re looking to own and drive is a superb 335i convertible, this is the only one to consider. Period.

$33k obo. Car is located in Palm Springs, California.

It’s rather refreshing to see one of these convertible E90s with a 6-speed manual transmission. If I had to guess, I’d suspect at least 85 to 90% of all E90 3 series convertibles that have been sold in the US have been automatics. While the convertible isn’t the outright sporting choice for the hardcore driving enthusiast, this 335i looks pretty purposeful in black with the CSL style wheels. Add in the Dinan upgrades, and it makes for one tasty 3 series. The E90 convertible was never really my cup of tea, but if I was going to own one, it would be this exact car.

-Paul

2008 BMW M3 Sedan

The BMW M3 has been the mark that all other manufactureres strive for when it comes to the mid-sized sports sedan, and the E90 M3 is no exception. A departure from the legendary BMW inline six cylinders, the stout 4.0 Liter V8 in the E90 M3 is a welcome upgrade. The S65 V8 is capable of 414bhp and 295lb/ft of torque, 0-60 mph in just around four seconds and a staggering 8,400 RPM redline, all in a package that is almost 40lbs lighter than the inline six predecessor.

The E90 M3 is certainly the highest evolution of BMWs 3 series, and while you may not be making 8:10 passes at the Nurburgring, this M3 for sale in Alabama will be sure to put a smile on your face all the same when you mash the go pedal.

Year: 2008
Model: BMW
Engine: 4.0 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 40,966 miles
Price: Reserve auction

2008 BMW M3 Base on eBay

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Up for auction is my 2008 M3 Sedan I purchased August 4, 2012 from Global Imports BMW. I’m sure you are asking why I’m selling so soon. Well here’s the story. We were shopping for a car for my wife – looking at X5s, Q7s, and GL500s. We drove to Atlanta to spend a weekend together and goof off looking at cars. We happened upon the most beautiful, outrageous BMW I had ever seen. It has this trick leather interior that goes perfectly with the Silver exterior and I fell in love. I was/am turning 40 in March 2013 (purchaed the car August 2012) so my wife told me I should get it. What would you do? I’ve had a lifetime of buying myself a car every other year – mainly watercooled VWs and Porsches. I never had an M3 and it was on the list. The difference for me was this car is a $40,000 car plus warranty. I never had a problem with $5-10k cars just sitting in the garage but it seems a waste to have a depreciating asset in the garage. I love the car but I do not like driving dirty sports cars so it’s only driven once a month or so and now that I’ve got the car out of system I’m ready to pass it on.

The really good news for you is that I purchased an “Easy Care” “Total Care” warranty for 3 years/75,000 miles for a price of over $3,400. This is a transferable warranty and not some junk aftermarket warranty. You can call your local BMW dealer and ask if it is a legitimate company or not. I have acquantainces that work at the BMW dealer and they say the fix cars with this warranty all the time and there is no hassle. I have placed a little over 1,000 miles on the vehicle from the time of purchase of the warranty. The vehicle came to Global Imports as an off-lease car from a local doctor. This is a no stories car and I have kept is garaged the entire time of my ownership. The pictures will tell the story. No mechanical issues whatsoever.

It is a used car. There are maybe 3 or 4 small rock chips on the car, no dings, a few small scratches below the front spoiler that you need to lay on your belly to view, and the rear tires will need replacing in a few thousand miles (I was not harsh on the car but I did play in it a couple of times and it will smoke the tires – the car was not abused, I just had a little fun it one day 🙂 – if anyone tells you they never drove their M3 fast they are a liar).

Bottom line is this, if you are in the market for this car you will not be dissapointed. I have my own business, a wife, and 3 daughters and I do not sell vehicles for a living. Please have patience and send your questions to ebay or my email at sobrien@charterfire.com. I’m not a moron so don’t waste your time trying to scam me with too good to be true stories and outrageous lies. There is a lien on the car, after payment is received and funding is verified you can take possession of the vehicle and I will provide you with a bill of sale. I will pay off the remainder of the loan and have the title sent to you with urgency. The reserve is fair and I know I will not recoup my warranty cost and will lose some depreciation from original purchase price. Thank you for your interest.

This is a reserve auction, which may hinder a buyer’s ability to get a bargain.  While the silver is a great color for these cars, trhe light interior is certainly less desirable than the other options available. Preferences aside, this M# appears well kept, and with the warranty available this would make a great car for the right price.  With clean retail prices in the $37,000 range, this car should sell in the $34,000 to $35,000 ballpark given the options.

-Brian

2006 Hartge H50 V10 E90 Sedan For Sale

Our friends at Turner Motorsports have an incredible 2006 Hartge H50 available for sale. Less than 10 worldwide and the ONLY one in the U.S.!

from the Turner website:

Started life as a 2006 US Spec 325i shipped to Germany.
Current Mileage: 24,532
Power: 550 hp @ 7750 rpm
Torque 391 lb-tq @ 6100 rpm
Weight 3676 lbs
0-60 4.3 seconds
Top Speed 200 mph

There is only 1 Hartge H50 in the United States. Less than 10 exsist worldwide.

The H50 conversion package costs roughly $220,000 (new E90 325i included) and takes 7-8 weeks to complete (not including shipping time to germany).

This car was built to be 100% legal in the United States. The HARTGE H50 Conversion is done at the highest quality of workmanship. All factory features are still functioning. This car has not been compromised in any way during its conversion. The OBD port and factory check engine lights function like stock.

“A 200-mph BMW 3 Series is one of those deviant cars that we’re just happy to see from time to time. The fact that this one is every bit as easy to live with as the slightly more upmarket M5 makes it the ultimate sleeper.” — Edmunds Inside Line

“Beyond such shenanigans, everyday use is absolutely not out of the question. Just leave DTC on and Power off. The default setting for the seven-speed SMG III (pulled also from the E60) shift rhythm, however, is always at Level Five. For me, this is great since I do that anyway in either the M5 or M6. You can tell Hartge that you don’t want full-time Level Five as the default, sure, but that would, in turn, make you a wuss.” — European Car

“On the plus side, the H50 has the practicality of a 3 Series, including four real seats, highway cruising capability and all the storage any human being could reasonably want from a 200-mph car. Hartge has dressed the interior with a new steering wheel and acres of carbon-fiber, although this is all optional. This 3,680-pound beast is effectively the M5 CSL-Lite that BMW says it simply cannot make.” –Edmunds Inside Line

Hartge Conversion Equipment Listing:

E60 M5 V10 Engine with all associated parts, radiator, modified wiring harness, modified headers, sports catalytic converters.

Own bespoke engine mapping including HARTGE modification of the top speed limit, 7 speed SMG gear box, special exhaust system, modified rear axle, rear differential with 0-100% LSD, modified drive shafts, modified underbody, modified gas tank system.

HARTGE stainless steel rear silencer with doubal oval tail pieces left and right
HARTGE coil over sports suspension 1.2 inches lower (30mm)
HARTGE front spoiler lip, HARTGE rear wing
HARTGE Carbon Mirror casings
HARTGE Carbon Fiber interior trim, dash, steering wheel
HARTGE instrument cluster consisting of 200 mph speedometer, tach 9000rpm
HARTGE Pedals & Floor Mats
HARTGE 15 x 1.3 inch cross drill floating rotors with 8 piston brake calipers front
HARTGE 13 x .09 inch cross drilled floating rotors with 4 piston calipers rear
HARTGE 9.0 x 20 front wheels offset 40 with 245/30/ZR20 Conti SC3 Tires
HARTGE 10.0 x 20 rear wheels offset 40 with 295/25/ZR20 Conti SC3 Tires
On-Dashboard indicator for gear box mode, gear indicator, power mode, oil temp, and water temp.
HARTGE Leather E-brake Handle
HARTGE hood and trunk Emblems

Price: $85,500

An amazing opportunity for a lucky buyer. Thanks for the heads up Jay and good luck with the sale!

dc

2006 BMW 330i Hamann in Motorsport colors

Here is a nicely modified BMW. $25k in upgrades to this E90 series 3. 2006 was the last year before the switch over to the turbo 335i. You have all the standard 330i amenities plus some great Hamann add-ons. The body kit, big rims, and Williams F1 / BMW Motorsport colors paint scheme make this a one of a kind. Little touches like blue tint to match blue side marker bulbs add to the look. A quad pipe exhaust enhances the backend.
The car is nice, not too over the top. I think it may look better without the uber expensive 3 piece wheels in silver and instead some nice 5 spokes in matched white. The eyelids and body color grille are a good touch, the hood pins maybe not necessary. Hamann badges abound, front back, center caps, steering wheel, engine cover. The black line taillights a nice mod for cars going for an all black or a black and white scheme, I’m not sure they work with the M pin-striping colors. The interior has an added driver side A-pillar dual gauge pod for vacuum and volts. The all black M badges also don’t make sense to me with when you have the M colors on your car.
Just being nit-picky, the car looks pretty good. Will be interesting to see where the bidding ends up.

~Evan