1986 BMW 325e

It seems as if the E30 3 series is turning into the Miata all of a sudden. It’s the answer for everything automotive. Fast, reliable, fairly cheap to insure and fix and also fun. It’s also affordable, although, with the advent of the M3 becoming the next best thing, even more lowly E30s are exhibiting an increase and popularity and thus prices. It’s no surprise, as the chassis dynamics and, in certain models, power, is hard to beat in such a compact package, especially considering how long ago these cars were built. This 325 for sale in Colorado isn’t the hot E30, but with the 5-speed manual you’ll get the most out of the 2.7 liter eta engine.

Year: 1986
Model: 325e
Engine: 2.7 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 141,000 mi
Price: $5,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 BMW 325e on eBay

This car is in exceptional condition. It’s been garaged it’s entire life and it really has barely seen winter. I’m sad to see it go, but I’m moving to Florida and we’re not going to be able to haul multiple vehicles across country. I’ve replaced the muffler, rear BMW emblem, shifter knob and leather sleeve, some interior plastic paneling (had to be imported from Germany), idle control module, interior door handle trim, and the center console unit. I’ve also just purchased an vacuum fit vinyl dash skin all in effort to restore it to it’s original state. I’ve also recently had the windows tinted. There was one wear spot on the driver seat, but I had a friend who does leather working make a patch…looks sharp. I get 26-30 MPG. It has a programmer chip. The odometer says 111,000 but it’s 30,000 off (the instrument cluster was replaced) so really it has 141,000 miles.

2002 BMW 530i

Ah the E39 5 series. The darling of Bimmerphiles everywhere who take issue with BMW’s new design language and propagation of electronic driving aides. This 5er was more an evolution than revolution, with softened edges that retained hallmarks from previous iterations of the mid-sized executive sedan. While many revere the M5 for its V8 brute force, I remember driving a friend’s 2003 525i 5-speed manual and being surprised at how well balanced and quick on its feet it felt for a sizable sedan. The lesser weight and different steering set up of the six-cylinder engine contributed greatly to the improved road feel.

This 530i for sale in Hawaii was brought to our attention via our reader John and short of the M5, is possibly one of the most desirable setups for a late model E39.

Year: 2002
Model: 530i
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 68,500 mi
Price: $9,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 BMW 530i on Craigslist Hawaii

2002 BMW 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6 Cyl) with Sport Package, Getrag five-speed Manual Transmission, Sterling Gray Metallic, Black Leather Seats, Power Front Seats w/Memory and Lumbar Support, 60/40 Split Rear Seats with Ski Pass-through, Power Glass Moonroof, Leather M Sport Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Audio Steering Wheel Controls, AM/FM/CD Audio System, Automatic Climate Control, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Power Side Mirrors, Xenon HID Headlights, Automatic headlight controls, Fog Lights, BMW universal transceiver (garage-door opener), 17 inch Premium Alloy Wheels with a ten-spoke design. I am the original owner. Less than 68,500 miles and always garage kept. The car is clean with only a few minor scratches and has never been in an accident

Safety features include: Automatic Seat-belt tensioner and force limiters, Dual two-stage Smart front airbags, front door-mounted side-impact airbags and BMW’s unique Head Protection System, which deploys tubular inflatable cushions in the areas of the front occupants’ heads.

1995 BMW 525iT

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I wrote up an E39 wagon and lauded its great position as a versatile daily driver with classic BMW handling, 5 doors, and a smooth-and-reliable straight-6. Today’s is a generation earlier, but it looks the business on 18-inch OEM+ deep-dish wheels and very nice exterior and interior. Both wagons shift for you, but that’s pretty standard fare with family haulers. The E34s excellent maturation of the E28’s rectilinear lines only gets better with some longroof – no need to hind behind tinted windows in a wagon that looks this good.

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Year: 1995
Model: 525iT
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 165,444 mi
Price: $5,995 Buy It Now

Click for more details: 1995 BMW 525iT for sale on eBay

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The ultimate luxury-sport wagon! 1995 BMW 525iT wagon. Super rare find! Loaded with all the right options. Clean Autocheck report! Extremely clean inside and out. This car was extremely well maintained and cared for and it shows throughout. This BMW is just amazing and must be seen and driven to appreciate it! The body is extremely clean and the Alpine White paint shined beautifully. The tan leather interior is also in amazing condition. This is a non-smoker vehicle. The bullet proof 6 cylinder engine is smooth and quiet and the transmission shifts perfectly! The BMW wagon truly runs and drives amazing. There is nothing like owning and driving a BMW, especially one like this!

The options include:
Full power
Dual power moonroof
Leather interior
Dual power seats
Dual climate control
Ice cold A/C
Excellent 18″ Nitto tires
Beautiful 18″ BMW sport wheels
Dual airbags
ABS brakes
Traction control
Factory sound system
Fog lights
Carpet mats
Trunk shade
Factory key

This is the one you have been searching for! Nothing but the best, so don’t let this rare find pass you by.

2001 BMW Z8

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The BMW Z8 is one of the most exotic cars I’ve driven, though I recognize it’s pretty mundane on the exotic-car spectrum. Maligned for not having the chassis to back up the looks or the M5’s bonkers S62 V8, I didn’t care as I was not on Dunsfold but raging a few foothill roads behind Palo Alto. Hearing 4.9-liter masterpiece unbuffered by any roof at all is worth it, and then you realize you’re driving a Bond car with looks so good Jaguar stole most of them for the new superstar F-type. At first I thought its 10k miles were a low rarity, but a little more investigation reveals that most of the Z8s for sale have very few miles. This is a shame, as few cars seem more suited for long cruises up and down the coast. I guess they’re mainly garage padding and the owners are ready to cash in, as they regularly sell slightly above their original MSRP.

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Year: 2001
Model: Z8
Engine: 4.9l S62 V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 10,600 mi
Price: $132,900

Click for more details: 2001 BMW Z8 for sale at Classic Motorsports

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One Owner Z 8 10,600 miles, 6 speed manual, Hardtop with storage cart, owners manuals, 2 original keys, boot cover, full car cover, trickle charger, like new, no accidents, clean Carfax.

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“Hardtop with a storage cart” makes me laugh, but it’s clear this has been well cared for and has spent the majority of its 12 years inside. 10k miles isn’t the lowest but it’s close, and while almost $133k is big money no matter how you count it, it’s a good price for a Z8 this well cared for. I won’t be buying it, but given the means, I think these cars are underrated and a total blast.…

2002 BMW M5

There are few cars more appealing than a good E39 M5. These cars mix luxury, performance, and styling better than most any other car on the market, and while the newer models have upped the ante in each of those categories, we here at GCFSB remain quite attached to the E39. The styling has just the right amount of aggressiveness without being overly shouty and, at least to my eye, has aged quite gracefully over its first decade of existence. These cars should continue to please drivers both mechanically and aesthetically for years to come, a fact not lost on buyers as prices for an excellent example have steadily begun to creep up in recent years. The car featured here today is an excellent looking Silver 2002 BMW M5 located in St. Louis.


Year: 2002
Model: M5
Engine: 4.9 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 51,837 mi
Price: Reserve auction (Buy It Now $27,800)


I purchased this immaculate M5 from Enthusiast Auto Group in November 2012. If you’re familiar with EAG, they sell only the best M5’s in the country and make them turnkey prior to delivery. This M car is no exception. During my brief ownership, I have put approximately 2000 miles on the car. I have decided to sell since it’s not being driven often. There has been no damage or paintwork to the car during my ownership nor do I have any reason to believe there has been any such work done to the car at anytime. Everything is in proper working order and up to date. The car needs nothing and is near perfect. The Michelin Pilot Super Sports were new when I purchased the car. Options are PDC and rear sun shades.

Wednesday Wheels: Underwater Basketweaving 101

Okay, okay, you’re right – last week we featured BBS wheels too. But let’s just say I have a thing for BBS wheels and I’m in the driver’s seat on this one, so I get to control the radio, okay? Seriously though, BBS wheels are some of our favorites at GCFSB when they’re specified as either OEM wheels, OEM upgrades or aftermarket options. Today we have a few different options for you and like last week, I tried to get one of each marque. Unlike last week, we’re going to focus on specifically the “basket weave” design that BBS popularized. Let’s start with one of the more under appreciated BBS wheels, the RA found on 1987-1992 Volkswagen Jetta GLis:

Year: 1987-1992
Model: RA 375
Diameter: 15″
Width: 6″
Bolt Pattern: 4 x 100
Offset: ET 35
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Not included
Price: $1,199 Buy It Now


For sale

a set of 4 genuine

15 inch/zoll




6x15H2 ET 35


The wheels are hard to find in this condition, but don´t forget the rims are used, look the pics.

Shipping to USA $ 395. For shipping to other countries please contact me for the price.

Payment with PAYPAL only.

The refinish on these wheels sure looks great – I actually had a set of RAs that looked just like this, gold with a polished lip. They could be specified from BBS like that in the 1980s; these, however, have been made to look like that from the original all-silver (or super rare Helios Blue) that came on the stock GLis. I think they look great; gold was one of the most popular colors in the 1980s and these would dress up just about any 2002, 320i, E30, A1, A2, A3 or early Audi.…

Show you’re Z Man: 2000 Z3 M Roadster and 2006 Z4 M Coupe


Last week I speculated in my Z Coupe post that we were seeing a good opportunity to get into some of the rarest BMWs offered on these shores, the Z coupes. While those two Z coupes were the non-M version and both were trick in their own way, it seems most of you prefer to see the M versions. I get it; they’re fast, flashy and fun, so today I cooked up an interesting comparison again between the E36/7 and E36/8s – this time a Z4 M coupe against a Z3 M roadster. Let’s start with the brilliant looking Imola Red coupe:


Year: 2006
Model: Z4 M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 18,912 mi
Price: $33,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 BMW Z4 M Coupe on eBay

If you are looking for the rare E86 M Coupe then you already know that it is regarded by BMW Enthusiasts as the last true Ultimate Driving Machine before BMWs became too electronic and took the fun out of driving with adjustable suspensions, turbochargers, automated transmissions and buttons to adjust the steering, exhaust note and everything else. Here’s a quick background so you know how much I truly love these cars. I was an intern for AutoWeek magazine in college when this car had its press introduction in the US. One of our editors drove one back to Detroit and I took it out for gas and a car wash. I immediately fell in love with the classic long hood, short deck proportions, the unbelievably responsive drivetrain, the seats that felt like they were custom made for me and the thickest little steering wheel I had ever set hands on. I vowed to myself to buy one when I could afford it.

Motorsport Monday: 1995 BMW M3

For quite some time when talking about track cars, when the answer hasn’t been “Miata” the solution usually involves an E36. It’s easy to understand why; low entry price, good looks, practicality (with fold down seats, you can carry a whole set of track rubber in the back. Try that in a Cayman or Miata!), engine options a plenty, and cheap and plentiful modifications and aftermarket support make this a natural choice for the track enthusiast. As with earlier E30s too, many of these cars – especially the M3s – have been taken to the next level as a driver’s education, autocross or race car. Provided they’re not a complete wreck from overuse, these cars are generally solid values and cheaper than trying to build one yourself. Today’s example is a great case in point in one of my favorite BMW shades, Avus Blue:

Year: 1995
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 130,305 mi
Price: $18,500 Buy It Now


1995 M3 Street Legal I‐Prepared – Track Car, but not race ready

Brief history of the car: I have owned this car for just a few months. As driving instructor and occasional race car driver, I bought this car to practice on the track. Bottom line, I just have not had time to get the car on the track as racing (in a different car) has taken up more weekends, so I am selling. I purchased the car from a long-time chief instructor of a BMW car club; I have known the owner and car history for nearly 10 years. The car was assembled over this time with much of the work professionally done by a local BMW specialty shop (Orr Autosport). The description below is mostly from the prior sale.

1992 BMW M5 Euro Spec

While Audi was on a quest to redefine the executive sports saloon in the early 1990s with the S4 that Carter just featured, the Motorsport division at BMW was busy on the second iteration of the fast five, the E34 M5. While the US variant received a 3.6 liter inline-6, those fortunate enough to procure one on the home continent were treated to a 3.8 liter engine with 340 horsepower. The E28 M5, or Ur M5 as some have called it, have started to climb a bit in value over the last year or two. The E34 which followed, however, is still a relatively affordable choice if you are looking for some serious early M machinery.

Year: 1992
Model: M5
Engine: 3.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 113,300 mi
Price: Reserve auction


Offered at for an appreciating new owner is this ultra rare 1992 BMW M5 EURO sedan! Finished in Avusblau metallic over light silver grey leather, this stunning E34-chassis M5 sedan has been driven less than 6,000 miles per year since new [for a total of just over 113,300 original miles]. It sports the 340 horsepower 3.8 liter inline six cylinder Motorsport engine mated to the 5 speed manual transmission, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, ice cold air conditioning, electric heated seats, tinted windows, 18″ staggered-size E38 M paralells with excellent rubber, in-dash cd stereo, tinted windows, new Bilstein “SPORT” shocks with custom valve compression and rebound, H&R springs, new E36 M3 short shifter and bushings, “Depo” Euro head lights with xenon 6 bulbs [EXTREMELY bright!], Mark’D DME/ECU chip stock inside the glove box and powder-coated valve cover. This splendid euro M5 sedan is 100% U.S. AND California legal with all BAR stickers/vin tags and associated import documentation papers and is being sold with clean and clear California title and current regsitration AND just passed stringent CA.

3xE30, 3 of 3: 1987 BMW 325is

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For all the claims that the E30 M3’s skyrocketing value is a bubble, the appreciation of nice E30s in general may just provide a foundation to float that bubble for a while yet. The finale in my trio of E30s is a very nice E30 in condition similar to the white M3 that began this series: 122k miles, well attended, although this 325is appears marginally cleaner. And yes, these Bimmers which are not far from the bread-and-butter, 24 hours of Lemons-type of performance car are going for higher prices than the E30 M3 when I first became aware of its awesomeness. Not saying there’s no explanation for their desirability; nothing wrong with a well cared-for and clean example of the epic, sharp, game-changing sports sedan.

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Year: 1989
Model: 325is
Engine: 2.5l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 122,000
Price: $10,000

Click for more details: 1987 BMW 325is for sale on eBay

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I am selling my 1987 BMW 325is. Only 122,000 miles, original paint and in near perfect condition. This car has been well taken care of, pampered inside and out. This car has been my passion for many years, but unfortunately it’s time to part with her. Please check out the list of recent maintenance items performed along with the list of modifications. To say I was obsessed with this car would be an understatement.

Recent Maintenance
– Changed engine oil ever 5,000 miles
– Changed tranny and differential fluids
– Adjusted valves
– Flushed the coolant
– Replaced oxygen sensor
– Replaced fuel filter
– Replaced air filter
– Replaced air intake hose
– Replaced wiper blades
– Replaced antenna mast and antenna grommet
– Replaced timing belt and tensioner pulley
– Replaced cam seal and o-ring
– Replaced all belts
– Replaced all coolant hoses
– Replaced thermostat, thermostat housing and cover
– Replaced water pump
– Replaced spark plugs and spark plug wires
– Replaced coil, distributor rotor, cap and cover
– Replaced muffler and catalytic converter
– Replaced the front bumper trim
– Replaced front lower control arms
– Replaced swaybar end links
– Replaced swaybar end link bracket
– Replaced tierod assembly
– Replaced steering rack lock plate (for tierods)
– Replaced rear wheel bearings
– Replaced engine mounts
– Replaced transmission mounts
– Replaced drive shaft flex disk
– Replaced chrome trim around windshield
– Replaced chrome trim around rear glass
– Replaced shift knob w/ leather boot
– Replaced floor mats

– European Grill
– European Ellipsoid Headlights
– 17×7 SSR Comp Wheels
– 235/40/17 Falken Azenis RT615 tires (only 2,000 miles on these tires)
– M-tech II Steering Wheel
– IE Stage 3 Race Springs
– Koni Sports (single adjustable)
– IE Camber Plates
– Suspension Techniques sway bars
– IE Rear Camber and Toe Kit
– IE Short Shift Kit and complete bushing replacement
– IE Sway Bar rear billet aluminum mount
– Aluminum Rear Shock Tower Mounts
– Powerflex E30/E36 3 Series Control Arm Bushing
– Powerflex E30/Z3/318ti Rear Trailing Arm Bushing
– Powerflex 3 Series Rear Subframe Bushings
– OEM BMW Stock Brake Rotors
– Bimmerworld Stainless Steel Brake Lines
– Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads
– Had the front spoiler sanded, primed and painted
– Custom 4 wheel alignment

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Well-maintained, simply beautiful, and improved but not changed; what else is there to say?…