For Sale: 1988 BMW M5 DINAN

Interesting | November 14th, 2015 by 6
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If you’ve been to this site before, you’d know that we love the E28 BMW M5. The E28 M5 was the very first M Division …

If you’ve been to this site before, you’d know that we love the E28 BMW M5. The E28 M5 was the very first M Division production car. The M5 was basically a 5 Series sedan with the M1’s 3.5 liter racing-derived Inline-Six under its hood. It had stiffer suspension, a five-speed manual and a limited-slip differential as-standard back in the late ’80s, but aside from that it was a comfortable and luxurious BMW 5 Series. Except that it had 282 hp, which was the same as the Ferrari 308 GT at the time, and was as fast as a Porsche 911.

The E28 is widely considered the greatest M5 of all time and it’s hard to disagree with that. It created a perfect of super powerful luxury sedans which has been yet to be perfectly replicated by anyone, including BMW. So you can imagine that when we find one for sale, we get very excited.

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This particular E28 M5 is a 1988 model and has been tuned a bit by DINAN. The cool thing about DINAN is that they tune BMWs tastefully. They don’t do anything to upset the natural balance of the car. They add a bit of power, make the suspension a bit stiffer and add slightly better brakes. But the car’s natural balance is never disturbed and it’s never tuned more than it should be. So this DINAN M5 is just right for today’s performance car world.

We showed a video by Petrolicious a while back, which had a DINAN Tuned E28 M5 owner talking about his car. The DINAN tunes for the E28 M5 are just able to make it competitive in today’s world of performance cars, but they allow it to feel like the amazing original car.

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This E28 DINAN M5 looks far more stock than the one featured on Petrolicious. It has period-looking BBS wheels and a new radio. Other than that, it looks bone stock. It even has all of the original tools in the trunk. It’s such a perfect design, because it looks like an unassuming BMW 5 Series from the ’80s, but it goes like a modern day sports car and handles like one too. It’s something that no one expects to be fast. Some enthusiasts might recognize it, but as the generations get younger and younger, the E28 M5 will be forgotten by most. That’s what makes it so great. It’s the very first BMW M5 and it’s so special, but no one would know. The only thing wrong with this one’s exterior is that it still has the ugly American bumpers.


This car is in absolute mint and only has 143,000 miles on it. The one on Petrolicious has 400,000 miles, so it seems that this one has a long way to go before it dies. Now, it isn’t exactly cheap for a car from 1988, at $44,900, but I think that it’s worth it for such a special car.

6 responses to “For Sale: 1988 BMW M5 DINAN”

  1. Gary Beck says:

    I know you guys like the E28 M5 but I find it interesting that you don’t mention the black interior of this car. Only 30 cars made it to the US with black interior all other black interior cars were Canadian or have been converted. I have a list of those 30 cars and I own one and manage the list on that shows the black interior cars and owners that I know. This list shows the VIN numbers of those cars. Gary

    • Ya know, I never really looked into anything like that. That’s really interesting, though. That’s awesome that you have one. The jealousy is strong right now.

    • Bryan says:

      Gary, Your post was made a few months ago but I have been interested in the E28 M5 and came across this article and your comments regarding the VINs of the original 30 plus the others in Canada. Based upon your data it seems that this car was converted to black and the VIN check I just performed confirmed this. I wonder how the modified interior and DINAN parts will affect this cars value over the long haul.

    • joe says:

      Ive got an 87 e28 with black interior

  2. m5zealot says:

    Just FYI, the US M5 is rated at 256 HP, Euro at 286 HP. Thanks for mentioning my M5 from Petrolicious. The Dinan mods to my car consist mainly of forged pistons, forged crank, MAF sensor and custom software. The engine is stroked to 3.9 liters w/ 345 HP at the crank. Hours of dyno runs were needed to get the correct tune. 28 Year old cars are little more difficult to tune on the ECU side after all.

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