1993 BMW “M550CSi” – M5 with S70 V12 6-speed swap

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In my post about last week’s 2JZ swapped M5 many questioned why you would go through the expense and difficulty of swapping in the Toyota unit, or at least that it was downright sacrilegious to do so. Perhaps I have a looser sense of how to do things the proper way, but I certainly can recognize that the 2JZ unit is capable of higher levels of power than the original S62 V8 was for less money, and that at least makes some sense to me even if I wouldn’t do it. When I first came across today’s E34 M5, I was initially struck with awe, but as I’ve sat wondering what to write up about this car, that awe has slowly turned to a bit more confusion. The reason why is fairly straightforward – some enterprising individual has taken a quite nice Euro-market E34 M5 (great start) and swapped in the equally great S70B56 V12 from a 850CSi along with a 6 speed manual transmission. Take a look for yourself at this monster:

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Year: 1993
Model: M5
Engine: 5.6 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 76,000 mi
Price: $20,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 BMW M5 S70 swap on Willz.Ca

Model: 1993 European M5 chassis
Chassis: WBSHC91090GD63011
Build Date: June 1992
Mileage: 76,000 miles
Colour: Black
Motor: 5.6L 850 CSi engine (S70B56) conversion
Interior: black leather mechanical sports seats, leather stitched center console and door skins
Transmission: new 6 speed manual
Traction Control:
Brakes Front: 2-piece, 355 (14″) rotors UUC 4 piston aluminum calipers
Brakes Rear: vented 328mm (12.9″) rotors
Wheels: 17 x 8 forged system II
Tires: 235-45 and 275-40 Dunlop Sport 5000
Features: front strut bar, HR springs, uprated sway bars, UUC short shifter, Eisenman stainless exhaust, in dash CD
Options: single air bag, ABS, rear deck wing, rear window shades, E code headlights, clear blinkers, Motorsport door handles
Comments: Hand built custom driveline by Brett Anderson from Koala Motorsport, Cleveland OH.

2002 Audi S6 Avant 6-speed

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The other day I wrote up a questionably modified 2JZ-GTE swapped M5 that, while it wasn’t to everyone’s taste, had clearly undergone some pricey modifications. Well, today we have another rare ride that has gone under the knife for a pricey swap few engage in. While C5 S6 and RS6s came to the U.S. in automatic-only format, the seller of this 2002 S6 Avant has ripped out the ZF unit and swapped in a O1E 6 speed. The addition of the 6 speed to either an S6 or S8 on these shores sure makes the choice of which fast executive car to buy more complicated! While some of the other mods may not be to your liking, let’s see if we can redeem it a bit:

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Year: 2002
Model: S6 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 135,514 mi
Price: $13,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 Avant on eBay

2002 Audi S6 quattro AVANT AWD WAGON

MATTE PEARL WHITE PAINT

MANUAL:6-SPEED CONVERSION

RS6 FRONT CLIP

CUSTOM EXHAUST

FULLY SERVICED

TIMING BELT & WATER PUMP REPLACED 2,000 MILES AGO

FRONT & REAR HEATED LEATHER SEATS

POWER HEATED LEATHER FRONT SPORT SEATS

SIDE AIRBAGS

BOSE PREMIUM CD CHANGER SYSTEM

POWER SUNROOF

20 INCH AXIS BLACK ALLOY WHEELS WITH RED STRIPE

ABS LIGHT IS ON DUE TO CONVERSION
OF TRANSMISSION TO MANUAL-6 SPEED

SALVAGE TITLE DESPITE LIMITED DAMAGE

PLEASE CALL ALBAN..CELL:561 306-8241

First things first – while I’m not a fan of the matte white paint, I could probably live with it, if it wasn’t for the wheels. I’ve made it no secret that I’m not really a fan of black wheels, and these horrible units look like something that should be adorning a Chrysler 300 or Dodge Magnum wagon. I can’t stand them.…

2004 Audi S4 Avant

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I’m wondering if I’d rather have a higher mile B5 in my favorite color, or a lower mile B6 as prices continue to sag slightly on the later V8 cars. Despite the slight drop off in these cars’ prices, the Nogaro Blue B6s still seem to carry a premium as do Avant versions – put them together, and you have the pricest of the B6 chassis cars on the market. Today’s example is no exception, with a strong $16,000 asking price on a claimed 1 of 1 2004 Nogaro/Nogaro S4 Avant:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 109,375 mi
Price: $15,875 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 Avant on eBay

2004 AUDI S4 S-4 SPORT AVANT WAGON B6 NOGARO BLUE QUATTRO ULTRA RARE 1 OF 1! WOW

In the questions of the car, the seller is asked about the 1 of 1 claim, which they insist is verified by Audi of America. I’m assuming the 1 of 1 means it’s the only Nogaro Blue with Nogaro Blue interior tiptronic equipped avant sold in the U.S. in 2004. Does that make it worth a premium? Well, last week’s S4 faceoff seemed to indicate that most of you don’t want the automatic. As I stated in the write up though, these tiptronic cars aren’t a bad drive at all and retain most of the fun of the S4 while making a stop and go commute a little easier on the leg muscles.

For relatively top dollar, I’d really want to see a rich service history – were this a $10,000 example, I’d be willing to overlook some flaws but not at top dollar. The exhaust and “K&N” sticker on the intake lead me to believe it was probably owned by an enthusiast, though that isn’t necessarily an indication that it was properly maintained or treated well.…

Wednesday Wheels – Super Stars from Porsche

If you thought last week’s BBS post was a bit of a basket case, today we’re going to look at another popular style of wheel – this time, 5 spoke wheels that are always popular on Porsches. I’ve picked some of the most popular styles that have adorned several different generations so hopefully there is something you like here. Let’s start out with a great set of “Sport Classic” Fuchs replicas:

Year: 2005-2011
Model: Sport Classic (Fuchs)
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8.5″ front, 11.5″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 55 front, ET 50 rear
Condition: New Take-offs
Tires: Included Michelin Pilot Sport N2 235-35-19 front, 305-30-19 rear
Price: $6,499 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche Fuchs Sport Classics on eBay

NEW Porsche 911 997 FUCHS Sport Classic Wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport N2 Tires
Porsche # 997.362.157.56 & 997.362.163.56
Stock # 1000814

987 Boxster, Boxster- S [01/2005 – 12/2011]
987C Cayman, Cayman- S [01/2006 – 12/2011]
997 Carrera, Carrera-S, Carrera4/4S, Targa, Turbo, Turbo-S, GT2, GT3 [01/2005 – 12/2011]

These are simply beautiful.

Set of Porsche 19″ Sport Classic Wheel & Tires Package

Porsche Part numbers

99736215756 8.5x 19 ET55

99736216356 11.5x 19 ET50

This is a brand new set from the dealer, with brand new Michelin Pilot Sport N2 tires (235/35/19 – 305/30/19).

Originally made for the Porsche Sport Classic, these new age Fuchs are available for your 2005-2010 Turbo and wide-body

(Carrera 4S, Targa 4S, Carrera 4, and Targa 4)

Wheel sensors installed, Balanced and ready to go!

Narrow body sets are available, same listing though so just bid and let us know you need a narrow body set.

The Sport Classics are one of the best looking OEM wheels Porsche has put on their newer cars; as a throwback they’re a fantastic update of the original, but also look modern and aggressive, pulling the evergreen “911” into the current century.…

Tuner Tuesday: Executive Sweet – Alpina v. Brabus

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If last week’s brace of RennTechs left you feeling a little poor and lacking horsepower in your daily driver, today’s Tuner Tuesday hopes to offer you some more affordable – albeit not as powerful – options. So, if you don’t need a 700 horsepower daily driver, perhaps these great options from Alpina and Brabus are the perfect solution. Both are impeccably presented, not something you’d see every day, and will truly make you feel special no matter what your destination is. Let’s start with the newer Alpina B7 in signature Alpina Blue:
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Year: 2012
Model: B7 SWB
Engine: 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 9,800 mi
Price: $87,800 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Alpina B7 on Ebay

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2012 BMW 7 Series ALPINA B7 SWB

Super Loaded 2012 BMW Alpina B7 RWD SWB with only 9k miles!!

Alpina Blue over Oyster/Black Nappa Leather!

MSRP: $125,375!!

* ALPINA Aerodynamic Body Kit!

* ALPINA Sport Suspension with Dynamic Damping Control!

* Head-Up Display!

* Rear-View Camera!

* Active Roll Stabilization!

* Power Tailgate!

* Comfort Access Keyless Entry!

* Soft Close Automatic Doors!

* Ceramic Controls!

* Power Rear & Side shades!

* Active Front Seats!

* BMW Apps!

* Alcantara Headliner!

* ALPINA Piano Black Trim!

* 21″ Alpina Classic Wheels!

* Premium Hi Fi System!

* Satellite Radio!

* iPOD & USB Adapter!

* Park Distance Control!

* Heated Rear Seats!

* Carfax Certified! Clean Carfax!

* In Business since 1994! Buy with Confidence!

* We welcome all trades!
Standard Equipment
ENTERTAINMENT
12 GB hard drive w/USB port
Auxiliary input located inside center console
HD Radio
Entertainment server 12 GB hard drive w/USB port for media transfer
AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: auto-store, FM diversity antenna
EXTERIOR
Illuminated exterior door handles & ground illumination
Xenon automatic adaptive headlights -inc: dynamic auto-leveling, cornering lights, corona rings
Pathway lighting feature, programmable via vehicle & key memory
Pwr 2-way tilt/slide glass moonroof w/key-off & “one-touch” operation, sunshade, wind deflector
Automatic trunk lid open/close
Pwr trunk lid w/push-button close
Body-color exterior door handles
Free-form halogen foglights
Power adjustable, power-folding, heated, auto-dimming, body-color side-view mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Pwr adjustable, pwr-folding, heated, auto-dimming, body-color side-view mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Automatic trunk lid opening & closing
Body-color pwr folding heated auto-dimming mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Pwr soft-close automatic doors
Body-color roof trim strips
Intermittent rain-sensing windshield wipers w/adjustable & vehicle-speed-sensitive wiping interval, single-wipe control, windshield-washer system w/heated washer jets
INTERIOR
Fineline high-gloss wood trim (N/A w/ZI1 BMW Individual Composition)
Hard drive-based navigation system -inc: voice-command & Real Time Traffic Info
iDrive system -inc: on-board computer, controller, (8) programmable memory buttons
Rear center armrest w/storage compartment
Hard drive-based navigation system w/voice command & Real Time Traffic Information
Smokers pkg
Fully finished trunk
Electronic analog speedometer & tachometer
Multi-contour bucket seats -inc: driver & front passenger 20-way pwr adjustments w/4-way pwr lumbar support, articulated upper backrest, adjustable backrest width, adjustable thigh support, driver & front passenger 2-position seat memory, active head restraints w/adjustable side support
Pwr windows -inc: key-off operation, “one-touch” open/close, anti-trapping feature
Nappa leather upholstery
Remote keyless entry
Expanded check control vehicle monitor system
Black Panel display w/LCD main & trip odometer displays & warning indicators in dial faces
Pwr tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel -inc: audio & phone controls, 2-position memory
Ambiance lighting in front, rear & door panels
Power windows -inc: key-off operation, “one-touch” open/close, anti-trapping feature
Comfort Access keyless entry w/multi-function remote control
Cruise control
Vehicle & key memory
Multi-contour 20-way power front bucket seats -inc: 4-way pwr lumbar support, articulated upper backrest, adjustable backrest width, adjustable thigh support, driver & front passenger seat memory, active head restraints w/adjustable side support
Anti-theft alarm system -inc: interior motion detector
Central pwr locking system -inc: anti-theft feature, selective unlocking, programmable via vehicle & key memory
4-zone automatic climate control -inc: draft-free vents, solar sensor, automatic recirculation, heat-at-rest feature, automatic ventilation
4-zone automatic climate control -inc: solar sensor, automatic recirculation, heat-at-rest, automatic ventilation
Rear window defogger
Central power locking system -inc: anti-theft feature, selective unlocking, programmable via vehicle & key memory
Remote trunk release
Owner’s manual
Coded driveaway protection
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Front console compartment -inc: coinholder, illumination
Front & rear floor mats
Heated front seats w/fast heating & balance control
Dual cupholders, front & rear
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Comfort Access keyless entry w/multi-function remote control, keyless start/stop
Front visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
Condition-based service display w/additional functions accessible through iDrive system
MECHANICAL
Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers
Brake energy regeneration to convert kinetic energy into usable electrical pwr
Driving dynamics control
Rear wheel drive
Rear multi-link integral-V aluminum suspension
Dynamic damping control
Aluminum front & rear subframes
Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist, variable-ratio rack-&-pinion pwr steering
Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist, variable-ratio rack-&-pinion power steering
Electromechanical parking brake
4-wheel ventilated disc brakes w/electronic brake proportioning
SAFETY
Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) on rear outboard seats
Dynamic stability control (DSC) -inc: brake fade compensation, start-off assistant, brake drying, brake stand-by, dynamic traction control (DTC), dynamic brake control
Front-seat side-impact airbags
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Rear-view camera
Active knee protection
BMW Assist w/Bluetooth -inc: (4) year Safety Plan subscription
Front & rear park distance control w/graphic display
3-point safety belt system -inc: ALR in all passenger positions
Emergency interior trunk release handle
Front safety belt automatic pretensioners, acoustic belt warning
Tire pressure monitor
Child safety rear door locks
Driver & front passenger dual-threshold dual-stage front airbags w/passenger occupant sensor
Front & rear head protection system (HPS)

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This car is just massively impressive to me.…

Motorsport Monday: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3

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Last week on Motorsport Monday I wrote up a 1995 BMW M3 that was ready to hit the track; for under $20,000, it sure was a track weapon on a budget. But if your budget is a little bit higher, the natural choice for the German car fan is to look towards Porsches, and Porsche’s out-of-the-box race car, the GT3. We’ve written up a few GT3s of various generations in the past few months, but the screaming deal in 911s right now are the first to hit U.S. shores, the 2004 models. Today’s model was a streetable GT3 that has been modeled after the more expensive, complicated and pricey to run Cup models, and like last week’s M3 looks ready to willing to hit the track in the proper Speed Yellow:

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Year: 2004
Model: 996 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 13,300 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche GT3 on eBay

2004 GT3
13,300
2750lbs.

Factory Speed Yellow.Very Clean, Professionally prepped by DAWES Motorsports. Many upgrades to GT3 Cup Specs. PCA Logbook. California car built by GMG Racing and DAWES Motorsports. Only 12900 miles. Never hit or damaged. Ultra clean. 2:05s at Watkins Glen and 1:17s at Summit Point.
Special software for left foot braking etc. very well sorted and quick car. Will take Porsche street car trades 72/72 or 87-98 911’s
Tim Holt 610-692-7100 for ANY questions

GMG exact Porsche Motorsports replica cage with additional bars from A pillars thru firewall to both shock towers and NASCAR door bars.
JRZ Shocks, rebuilt. 1000lb and 1200lb springs with tenders
2 Sets CCW Monoblock 18×9.5 and 18×12 wheels
Extra Long wheel studs
GT3 Cup/RSR race clutch with lightweight flywheel
New axles 2 races ago
SCCA PCA mast cutoff switch, battery relocated to passenger footwell with legal tray and tiedown
DAWES Motorsports fully rebuilt differential for extreme race lockup
DAWES Motorsport rear Aux.

1967 Laser “917”

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Until very recently, if you wanted a “replica” Porsche 917 or Bugatti T57, there was only one place to turn – fiberglass rebody on a Volkswagen chassis. Since the explosion of older race car prices there are some pretty incredible bespoke replicas available to the market with varying degrees of originality; for example the RCR 917 replica is close enough that it’s hard to tell one from the originals if they’re parked together. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Laser 917. Looking like my 19 month old son rendered a real 917, the Laser has most of the proportions wrong, the wrong engine, the wrong wheels; in short, they only lightly resemble the legendary Porsche 917s they’re intended to reproduce when it’s dark and raining out. Most look like 1970s specials with “Baja Bug” wheels and funky lights. But for some reason as I perused the many interesting vehicles on Ebay this weekend, this one stuck out to me. Unlike most of the Lasers, this one is apparently built on a 912 chassis and features some cool looking Fuch replicas. Take a look at this neat V8 engined Laser 917:

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Year: 1967
Model: 917 (912 rebody)
Engine: 5.9 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: “75” mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1967 Laser “917” on eBay

NO RESERVE AUCTION, please do not bid if you do not have the funds available after sale.
Porsche 917 replica vintage race car for sale.
Short history,
The 917 success are world renowned, and many consider it as the greatest racing car of all time. The factory Porsche 917K’s have won the prestigious 24-hour of LeMans, the 12-hour of Sebring, and the Daytona 24-hour sports-car championship races among others.
The 917 speaks for itself. It was never designed to be pretty of course, it was designed to be fast, the beauty was just a happy corollary.

2002 Volkswagen Eurovan

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I’m whole-heartedly behind the thought of an event vehicle, as I want to be able to tow my Audi Coupe GT track car to the event. Why? Well, as fun as it is to drive, driving it hundreds of miles in race seats on race suspension with no radio and no A/C gets…well, trying. But when it comes to towing even something fairly light like my Coupe, the Vanagon is a no-go.

Many years ago I was surprised when a friend of mine arrived at the track towing his E30 M3. It wasn’t that he towed it there, it was what he towed it there with – a then new VR6 24v EuroVan. I starred at the Volkswagen in disbelief; it just shouldn’t have been able to do it, but he assured me that it towed quite well, had room for many or much, and was very comfortable. There’s additionally the benefit of having a dual purpose vehicle; while many “tow vehicles” spend a lot of their time stationary, the EuroVan easily transforms with no modifications to a family truckster with room for most of your child’s grade school class. Even the non-weekender, when pushed, can further double as a light camper. My nomination then for “GCFSB Company Vehicle” is the VR6 24V EuroVan GLS, like this brilliant red one today:

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Year: 2002
Model: Eurovan GLS
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow-angle VR6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 116,485 mi
Price: $9,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Volkswagen EuroVan GLS on eBay

2002 VW EUROVAN. Nice and Sharp Looking loaded with most of the options. Texas Owner so there is absolute NO Rust. compare it with the other vehicles being sold on the North East region with bunch of snow. Even with slightly high miles, it runs and drives awesome.

1998 BMW 540i 6-speed

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This morning I wrote up a rather unconventional modified 2JZ swapped M5 that raised both eyebrows and ire with the modifications. In an effort to redeem both the website and our collective eyes, it’s only fitting that we write up a very nicely modified E39. While many enthusiasts lust after the M5, there is another option that BMW offered which is nearly equal to the M5 in overall package but easier on the wallet. The E39 540i 6-speed ticks all of the right boxes for enthusiasts looking for a practical and fun driver; great aggressive looks, super performance from the rumbling V8, comfortable seating for 4 or 5 in a pinch, and a commodious trunk to carry plenty of weekend luggage to get away from the rest of your life. Best is that this package comes with the option to row through the gears yourself; a simple pleasure that car companies seem determined to make a forgotten skill.

A few weeks ago I did a comparison of a 540i 6 speed against an Audi S4, and the general consensus was that the 540i was the more highly desired car. This particular example takes what you’ve already said is the car you want to the next level with a host of desirable and tasteful upgrades. The seller provides an excellent overview of the car and condition outlined below:

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Year: 1998
Model: 540i
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 109,811 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW 540i 6-speed on eBay

THIS IS A NO RESERVE LISTING.

This is my excellent 1998 BMW 540i Sport 6-speed with an AC Schnitzer M5 body kit, M5 wheels and performance upgrades. With an estimated 350 horsepower, killer looks and excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition, this car is really exceptional.

Axis Power: 2001 BMW M5 2JZ-GTE Swap

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Most enthusiasts will immediately file this one under “Sacrilegious”, but let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way…someone has decided to pull one of the best regarded M motors out of this M5 and swap in a Japanese power plant. Now, the last time there was this sort of effort between these two powers the results weren’t too great for most of the world. But if you’ll give me a little latitude, let’s take a closer look at this particular example. There are a few motor names that most enthusiasts know the designation of: LS1, M88, S14, 3B/AAN, M113 – all great names in the performance world. But one name that may not come to most enthusiasts minds is the Toyota 2JZ-GTE motor. Now before you get all “Fast and Furious” on me and start dropping Vin Diesel quotes, there’s more to this motor than just “Rice”; a true monster of a design, the 2JZ is capable of in excess of 1,000 horsepower reliably; something that few motors in the world can claim. In fact, this motor was built when Toyota was still in the midst of their “We’re taking over the world” kick, and the loose reigns on this engine design showed. At a time when horsepower was limited by an agreement amongst Japanese companies to 276 horsepower, the 2JZ left the factory with “276” horsepower that felt a whole more like the 330 hp that arrived in the U.S. in the Supra Turbo. Strap it to one of the most celebrated sports sedans in recent history, and this could the best of both worlds.

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Year: 2001
Model: M5
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 98,088 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW M5 on eBay

PAYMENT: Must be made through www.escrow.com or througha national bank in NYC (i.e.