Learning From Our Past with a Refreshed Look at GCFSB

In January of this year we tried on a new theme for GCFSB. Our goal was to update the look of the site while improving usability on desktop and mobile devices. That effort wasn’t entirely successful and in less than a year we’ve decided to go back to a more traditional blog layout. Fans of the pre-2017 theme will likely feel right at home with intro summaries and links directly to auctions listings available right from the home page.

As always we deeply appreciate the support from our readers, sellers, and industry partners. Please use the comments area below to leave your feedback, and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

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New Look for GermanCarsForSaleBlog.com


Good morning,

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve made some changes at GCFSB!  Most noticeably is a new theme for the site, which has a much more contemporary and visually engaging homepage.  It also scales well for different screen sizes, such as tablet viewing.  What hasn’t changed is the same great enthusiast writing in each selection made by our talented crew – you guys rock!

We have also elevated our Featured Listings in the layout.  This serves to highlight cars for sale by those who are supporting the site with a paid post.  For 2017, we offer Feature Listings for $59 per 3 months.  We only select very good to excellent examples for this service, and they are often being sold by our most faithful readers.  Thank you very much for supporting the site!  Do you have a special car that would benefit from getting an enthusiast write up, posted in front of our annual 500k viewers, 25k+ Facebook fans, and over 1,000 savvy email subscribers?  Shoot us an email to see if your car qualifies:  germancarsforsaleblog@gmail.com

Along the same lines, we have been receiving interest from specialty brokers and dealers reaching out to us for exposure as well.  We would be eager to talk further with parties about site sponsorship to replace our generic banner ads.

Please feel free to share your feedback on our recent changes by directly emailing, or leaving a comment on this post.  Thank you very much for reading as we celebrate over 8 years online and look forward in blogging the most interesting German Cars For Sale!

Sincerely,
Dan Crouch

*Please note that GermanCarsForSaleBlog.com do not represent any cars listed for sale on the site and all posts express our enthusiast opinion only.

Feature Listing: Correctly Optioned 2006 BMW X5 4.4i

Today’s Feature Listing is this well optioned, first generation BMW X5. Paul asked me specifically to write this one up because I currently have an e53 4.4i in my stable, and the seller’s quest in finding this example was very similar to mine. The e53 X5 was considered by many the best in class at it’s release — if not in the sense of outright off-road performance, but rather more than competent in handling the occasional foul weather detail and always feeling more than up to the task the rest of the time. In fair weather conditions it behaves like spacious 5 serious, which is what makes it such a great touring car coupled with a 400+ mileage range.

In the seller’s description he describes how he sought out the following packages for his ideal e53: Premium, Sport, Cold Weather, and Navigation. Trust me, this is the combination you’re looking for. Mine is too early for navigation and is also lacking the cold weather package; which means no heated seats and an omission my wife will never forgive me for. And yes, the sport seats are sweet upgrade in the cabin of a family oriented vehicle.

Click for details: 2006 BMW X5 4.4i at Avazi Auto

1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

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It was only a matter of time for 2.3-16 prices to follow E30 M3 values. To a lesser extent of course with the dominance of the M3 in almost every aspect; most importantly overall victories on the track. Nonetheless, the 2.3-16 homologation specials are still just that: special. Especially in this condition. In this case a picture (or dozens) really are worth a thousand words. This example is very cleanly preserved and prepared. Bidders are ready to buy with the current reserve met at $22k and climbing, with a very active 125+ bids thus far. If the auction proceeds to completion, we’ll witness a great bidding war considering the show doesn’t end until tomorrow night. Good luck to buyers and seller!

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CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 on eBay

1988 BMW 750iL with 12k miles – REVISIT

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Following on to the 1989 BMW 750iL we featured yesterday, here is possibly one of the lowest mileage V12 E32s in existence. We featured this car four years ago and its back up for sale with barely any more mileage tacked on.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 BMW 750iL on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site September 11, 2011:

1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

Let’s start with the last line first: The C43 AMG is one of the best bargains on the market right now — if you can find a good one. There were less than 1,500 of these imported to the U.S. so there aren’t many to start with. Further, if you find one that needs TLC it should be deeply discounted as repairing this car properly can add up fast.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG on Craigslist Denver

1998 BMW M3 Convertible with Hardtop in Dakar Yellow

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I still recall the first time I set eyes on an e36 M3 convertible in the flesh. We were headed to the movies on a summer evening just as it was starting to cool off. After we parked, there was a brand new one in Estoril Blue over Dove Gray. The top was down which gave us a nice chance to live vicariously from the outside looking in — dreaming of cruising home in the open air while sinking into a new leather interior and driving just a little faster than everyone else as the light went down.

It would take years before I got an e36 M3 of my own, but that connection early on certainly played a part in my eventual ownership. Mine was a coupe but a friend of mine who was a broker at the time had a 98 convertible for sale that I got to compare side by side. While the lack of a top is an obvious difference, the lack of B-pillars was also a strong visual character trait of the convertible. Unfortunately this translates into a lot more shaking in the cabin, especially at the windshield. Then again, you don’t purchase a convertible over the coupe because it makes more sense on the track. You get the ‘vert because it’s a fantastic excuse to go for spirited Sunday cruise when the weather is nice.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M3 Convertible on eBay

1989 Volkswagen GLi 16v Project Car Part 2

Welcome to the latest project car installment, part 2 of my recent GLi purchase. In part 1 I was still giddy with the new acquisition and the car was coming back from Paul at Sports Car Shop with some fueling and suspension tweaks. It didn’t take long before I sent the car back for more work though, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Here is how she looked after getting raised up significantly when I got her back the first time earlier this winter (Instagramed of course):

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Soon after we got a ridiculous 18″ of snow in two days, which is unheard of in the Pacific Northwest. The Jetta got sidelined while the trusty Volvo XC70 got us the necessary supplies (snacks and booze).

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While the nice shiny lips on the Enkei92’s helped to distract from the overall condition of the car, I’ve never cared for staggered rims on front wheel drive cars. It’s like nails on a chalkboard for me. Plus when these came out originally they were much more at home on late 70’s and early 80’s cars and trucks.

So I set about finding a set of Corrado Sebrings from the G60 model as I’ve always thought they looked the part on MKII’s, and in fact had them on our Golf several years back. This time around though they were harder to source and I actually bought them from a very nice guy on Craigslist in Phoenix, some 1300 miles away. For less than $400 they arrived at my door and really suit me much better with that OEM+ look. Here’s a shot shortly after they were mounted:

MK Jetta GLi Sebring Wheels

The replacement of the in-tank fuel pump, as well as setting everything in the fuel injection back to factory specification, helped the hard starts and idling quite a bit. The primary fuel pump is still making a fair bit of noise so that will be addressed soon as well.…

1989 Volkswagen GLi 16v Project Car Part 1

Introducing the first official GCFSB project car! I’m going to encourage the guys to start blogging their rides too, but since this one fell into my lap when I needed a cheap daily driver, I’ll start first.

1989 Volkswagen Jetta GLi

This car isn’t a perfect fit for our site as it has it’s share of bumps and bruises. Overall it’s a bit of a kid’s car in it’s current state and we obviously prefer to feature the cream on this site: examples that are worthy of the attention of well informed enthusiasts. But that’s exactly what led me to buy this car. …

Announcing the Official Launch of Our Self Service Classifieds — Just $10!

We’re proud to unveil a new option for our readership to list their German Cars For Sale via our Self Service Classifieds! While we like to offer Feature Listings as our premier option for the best of the best, there are lots of offerings that our fans would appreciate that range from well looked after survivors to complete examples that need saving from a fellow enthusiast.

We actually soft launched this new feature a couple weeks ago and with just a tiny link at the top of the website managed to attract these fine offerings already. In order of date the ad was placed:


BMW 320i For Sale

1983 BMW 320i For Sale in Seattle for $5500


1990 Mercedes Benz 560 SEL Parts for sale

1990 Mercedes Benz 560 SEL Parts For Sale


1991 Alpina B12 For Sale E31 BMW

1991 Alpina B12 For Sale $75000


1985 BMW 635CSi For Sale

1985 BMW 635CSi for sale in Ottawa, Canada for $5900


The Self Service Classifieds are simple to use and require just a few notes for success.

  1. You pay up front for your listing, then create your listing.
  2. We use PayPal for the $10 payment, but a PayPal account is not required. Credit cards are welcome!
  3. It is critical that after you make your payment on PayPal you click to return to GermanCarsForSaleBlog.com as this will trigger the ad creation.
  4. The first image you upload will be utilized for the thumbnail that represents your car in our classifieds listing. You can upload up to 6 images.
  5. We welcome you to list German cars, parts, or related items
  6. We are happy to assist if you encounter any issues during any part of the process, just email us!
  7. We thank you for helping to support the site!

Read more about how we can help you sell your car on our site and place your listing today!

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