I had this perhaps unrealistic hope that within the next year, a replacement for my Passat was going to become available from Volkswagen. But the promise of the new Golf Sportwagon Alltrack with a manual and TDi motor – even better, in GTD trim – has been slowly evaporating. First was the news that the Alltrack was delayed until 2017; well, I’ve waited this long since the Quantum Syncro, so okay, I’ll wait another few years. Then came the news that it would only arrive in 1.8T form with the DSG automatic. Like many other wagon hopefuls over the past few years, that was very disappointing to say the least. That doesn’t even begin to encompass the problems Volkswagen has encountered in the past week, as the promise of TDi becomes the new “unintended acceleration” for the brand. So where is a fan of 5-doors to look when considering a newer, all-wheel drive manual sport wagon? Audi? No, like Volkswagen, Audi has decided that the car should shift for you. Instead, it is BMW where you can most recently get your manual sport all-wheel drive wagon jollies in a package which even they have done away with; the classic inline-6, a 6-speed manual and all-wheel drive:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 BMW 328Xi SPortwagon M-Sport on eBay
Model: 328Xi Sportwagon M-Sport
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 26,476 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
If you’re looking for an E91 M Sport Touring, this is the one! I custom ordered this E91 sport wagon from Towson BMW, and have only put 26,500 carefully driven miles on it from new. All maintenance and services are current, and there are no known issues. I have added a few subtle and completely reversible upgrades as noted below. This is one of the last BMW wagons produced with the naturally aspirated and silky-smooth inline 6 cylinder engine and manual 6-speed transmission–sadly a drivetrain combination no longer offered by BMW. This is also one of the last models that could be ordered without the iDrive system.
To view 70 high-resolution photos, please go to https://flic.kr/s/aHskk9ieQA
Le Mans Blue Metallic
Black Dakota Leather
BMW Assist with Bluetooth and USB
iPod and USB Adapter
M Sport Package
Low-profile roof rails
Retractable headlight washers
Xenon adaptive headlights
Automatic climate control
Harman Kardon surrond sound
Also included are:
* BMW Performance Shadowline grill. I will include the original chrome kidney grill, in like-new condition.
* BMW Style 193M 18″ wheels. 18×8 front, 18×8.5 rear. Tires: Continental Extreme Contact 235/40 ZR18 front, 255/35 ZR18 rear with approx. 5,000 miles on them. OE 17″ M Sport wheels also available.
* ST custom xi-specific double-adjustable coilovers. This provides a modest decrease in ride height and are tuned to mimic the BMW “sport package” handling and ride, since the xi models do not come equipped from the factory with the sport package suspension. I will include all of the original suspension components (with very few miles on them), so it can be easily converted back to stock if desired.
* BMW Roof Rack Base System by THULE (not shown). These are the “crossbars” that attach to the factory roof rails and allow for other attachments such as a cargo box, bike rack, ski rack, etc. to be easily attached.
* BMW Sunshade System. This BMW Accessory includes five mesh screens that easily attach to all of the rear windows to provide shade and privacy. A BMW carrying bag is also included.
* 3M Paint Protection Film professionally applied (when new) to the entire front section of the car, including hood, front fenders, front bumper, and mirror caps. There are a couple small scuff marks from road debris on the film, not on the paint.
Total cost of the above upgrades was ~$5,000, and the original parts as noted above are included in the sale!
Please contact me through eBay with any questions, and I’ll be happy to respond as quickly as possible.
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On Sep-22-15 at 07:51:36 PDT, seller added the following information:
The factory warranty is still in effect through Oct. 11 2015.
The original 17″ M Sport wheels with as-new tires (delivery miles only on both wheels and tires) are available to the winning bidder for $600, or can be swapped with the current wheels at no cost. I also have other tire/wheel options available to the winning bidder at reasonable cost.
I have clear Maryland title with lien release stamp in-hand.
This was not my “winter car”, so it has only seen snow a few times and has always been cleaned very soon after. I added several pictures of the undercarriage to the Flickr album at https://flic.kr/s/aHskk9ieQA
Presented in Le Mans Blue, this is one impressive looking package that had all of us here at GCFSB breathing heavily. It’s just the right combination of sport, luxury and practicality without the too-tech heavy recent run of luxury wagons. There are some personal details I’m not as much of a fan of; the blacked out wheels and grill, though both of those are optioned remedies by the seller. My preference would have been for one of the browner toned interiors, but obviously that’s a personal choice and a fair amount of individuals probably would have optioned the car as shown. One thing that the Xi sport package cars didn’t get was the lower suspension, and the owner has remedied that by adding in some coil over shocks. With lower miles, the warranty (briefly) still in effect and in excellent condition, this car offers about as close to a new car experience as one can get with this particular configuration. That, of course, translates to dollar signs; spec out a new 3 Series wagon and you’ll easily exceed $50,000, so it’s no surprise to watch the bidding quickly head towards $30,000 on this used example. That kind of money will get you into a new fully loaded Golf Sportwagen, though admittedly not with either all-wheel drive or a manual; that really underscores the unique aspects of this package and why it’s so desirable.
Thanks to our reader Graham for the spot!