Clean 2004 R32 for sale

Now, I may have made my case for a used RS6 being more worth your $32k than a new R32, but my same reasoning makes me anxious to make some more money so that I can be realistically in the market for the original R32 at new base-level Golf price.  I like the MkIV R32 so much more than the MkV anyways.  Same engine, same AWD, but much better looking.  They’re around for up to $25k still, but the market has come down enough to be able to find nice ones under $20k if you’re patient.  This Reflex Silver example has covered just 39.5k miles and, despite a few wheel nicks and small scratches, is the total package.  Not many miles, overall beautiful condition, and good price make this a tempting prospect.

“It will be mine.  Oh yes, it will be mine.” – Wayne Campbell

-NR

Nearly Identical Audi RS6s for sale

So, you’ve got $32k and you’re ready for a new car. You want fun, but somewhat sensible. You like AWD and its many virtues. You’re inclined to enjoy the German flare for speed, class, and impeccable engineering. From these hints, I could point you to a brand-new VW R32. Fun car, all-season capability with AWD, German quirks and perfection abound.

Or you could go big. And I mean REAL big. 450-hp, earth-wrenching big. The Audi RS6 is one of the few RSs that we Staters have been blessed with, and man do I love it. It’s subtle, but the aggressive bits are there in the wheels, fenders, and front and rear fascias. It’s hiding a total monster of a twin-turbo 4.2L V8. And now, 7 years after their introduction, they’ve come down in price.  Way down, like 50-60% down.  There are 2 nearly identical examples on eBay, each in the 50k mile-range and in exceptional condition. One has a Buy-It-Now of $32k, one is under reserve at $16k.

2003 Audi RS6 with 56k miles for sale on eBay

2003 Audi RS6 with 51k miles for sale on eBay

Yes, yes, I know these will be more expensive to maintain than an R32 (but maybe not that much…), and that a used car is not equal to a new car.  In my mind, getting a lot more car for your money is well worth it instead of going on the depreciation rollercoaster that is new-car buying.  It’s a tough decision between these two, but something about the white interior seems a little more special, so I’d sit on that auction and try to get it at a good price.  If it could come in under the $32k of the other one, all the better.  But seriously, one of these beasts under $40k is still a ton of car per dollar.

-NR

Scary Twin-Turbo R32 for sale

I remember reading about the HPA twin-turbo upgrade on a VW New Beetle when I was in middle school.  It blew my mind in many ways.  Then the MkIV R32 rolled around and they started working their magic on that.  Heaven, BiTurbo R32 is thy name.  HPA does extremely nice installations, creating a driveable monster out of one of my favorite cars.  This one is juiced up even more than I’d heard of before, with some 500hp at the WHEELS.

Upgraded Twin-Turbo 2004 VW R32 for sale


The rest of the upgrades read like a “if I had a million dollars” list, so I’ll let the seller do his thing:


This exact package is truly one of my dream cars.  I’d take this over most Italians (288 GTO exempted), and it’s just right up there with a Turner Motorsports E30 M3 2.5 or RS4 wagon as the best thing possible.  Just epic.

At first I thought the HPA on the hood was a bit much, but the fact that it’s clear-coated over the carbon hood with the rest body-color is a nice touch.  This guy has done truly everything to make this the most insanely awesome R32 possible.  $85k is steep, sure, but it’s a proven turbo system on a great car with all the requisite upgrades to make it so much more than just some tuner car.  I’m jealous of the owner’s resources and ambition for making this car a reality.

-NR

Clean, bargain E30 M3 for sale

I’ll acknowledge right off the bat this is toeing the line of “Budget Week.”  This is a gorgeous E30 M3, restored almost entirely save the engine, which has covered an impressive (read: scary) 194k miles.  It’s starting on eBay at $10k with a Buy-It-Now of $12k, so I’m fudging the math and saying it’s within our “budget” guidelines.  I believe my E30 M3 obsession has been made clear by now, so I’ll just get to the juicy bits on this beautifully redone Alpineweiss example.

From the seller:

This car was originally Purchased in Texas and spent most of its life there. In 2005 the car went through a fairly complete restoration. New Paint (Original Alpine White with the addition of a Pearl Additive), New Carpet, Seats recovered (Not-Leather), Dash Cover, all new suspension items. The Engine was not rebuilt. They did replace the basic tune-up items and I replaced all the coolant lines and thermostat last year. There was over $17,000.00 spent on the restoration. (The Reserve is below this number) I have all the receipts from the owner at that time.
The car is not perfect but is in really nice condition. It does have an oil leak and power steering leak that I have not investigated the origin. Please feel free to send someone to inspect the car before you bid.

Sounds like a respectably honest description. The car is truly gorgeous inside and out. I love vintage German cars in white, significant as it was the national racing color. The redone black interior is especially inviting. The high-mileage engine will certainly need some sort of remedy, be it rebuild or replacement. Either way, in the E30 M3 market, a car with as many beautiful features as this is a steal at $12k or less. Any M3 with 1xx,000 miles is going to require engine work soon enough, and few look this good or are this cheap. It’s more than worth it, and even more than usual with E30s, I wish I had that cash saved up!
-NR

Clean & Cheap 2003 Audi Allroad for sale

If you’re looking for a car that can do it all, you’d be hard-pressed to something more versatile than the Audi Allroad Quattro.  Though still sold around the world based on the newer A6, we only got them in the US from 1999-2005, but I consider us lucky for getting it at all.  Based on the classy C5 A6, it was imbued with inherent luxury with a great interior and commanding presence.  There was plenty of sportiness to tap into, with the 2.7L twin-turbo V6 shared with the S4 providing ample, if not earth-shattering, power, and an adjustable suspension that could lower enough to mimic a sport-package A6.  Speaking of that adjustable suspension, it could also lift the Allroad to create 8 inches of ground clearance.  The advanced suspension combined with the legendary Quattro allowed the Allroad to be the only car-based SUV to complete an official Land Rover off-road course, which I think is totally awesome.  So, it’s sporty, luxurious, quite capable off-road and has tons of wagon-space.  Yep, awesome.

This clean example on eBay used to be a corporate car, and has thus covered only 78k miles.  It has a few dings and scratches, but they’re all minor and  quickly fade away when you see the Buy-It-Now of just $8500.  That’s less than a fifth of what it sold for 7 years ago.

I think this is a total steal.  You have to be careful with these Allroads for electrical problems and issues with the fancy suspension, but still: you are getting a ton of car, and an impressively multi-faceted car at that, for a great price.  It being a corporate car, it’s probably been well taken care of.  I’d prefer the manual, but those are extremely rare, and I’m just getting nitpicky.  Go anywhere and look good doing it, for these cars are truly ready to dominate all roads.

-NR

Clean 1976 BMW 2002

Found this beautiful little 2002 on eBay today.  It’s extremely clean original with just 116k miles.  The ad seems to suggest that it’s all-original, from engine/tranny to interior and exterior.  If true, the exterior is amazing for its age.  The paint made me think it was a respray at first glance, but the more I look, I think it might just be really well taken care of.  There are some little issues such as a bare trunk and some upholstery work needed, but those details seem minor in how clean the rest of the car is.  With a Buy-It-Now of $7500, It’s on the higher end of 2002 prices, but well under our $10k budget week limit.  In my opinion, worth it for the originality and condition.  Now just find some Euro bumpers…

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

Ever since I was a little kid, I always had a fascination with the R107 SL roadster. Maybe it was Beverly Hills Cop, maybe it was the neighbor across the street that bought a black on gray example brand new in 1987. These aren’t the sportiest or most practical of machines, but for 19 years, they defined open air motoring from the house of the Three Pointed Star. Here is a relatively clean example of a later model with 123,000 miles for under $10,000.

Up for sale is a 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SL. It has a low 123,XXX miles, which is less than 5,500 miles per year. Car has lived in Colorado its entire life! 1st owner owned the car from 1987-2007!

Exterior color is Astral silver metallic, and the interior leather color is Alpaca gray. This is a very beautiful color combination that is not often seen. This car is in superb condition for its age. It needs absolutely nothing to be daily driven, but will equally enjoy staying in the garage until it’s time for a top-off weekend mountain cruise.

The engine (5.6L V8) and transmission are literally the best part of this car. No leaks anywhere, not one drip. The engine starts with a flick of the key and idles quietly and smooth. And the two most important things with an older Mercedes; 1) Oil pressure is above average at all times 2) Engine runs within temperature in all driving conditions (even with AC on). The engine is exceptionally clean and has obviously been well maintained. There are no vacuum leaks, as the vacuum gauge is pegged full left with the engine idling. If you see the vacuum gauge anywhere else at idle, it means that vacuum leaks are abound! Everything is vacuum related with these engine/transmissions so it is imperative that there are no leaks. The 4-speed automatic transmission shifts smooth and is without fault. The A/C is still R12 and blows nice and cold. The engine oil was just changed and is good for another 3,000 miles. All other fluids are recently checked/changed and are all clean.

The Astral silver paint is original to the car and is in very good shape. There are a few spots on the passenger side hood line where the clear coat has lifted. Not paint fade, clear coat lift. This is a given for almost any 20+ year old Mercedes. Thankfully it’s a silver car, not a dark color…so it’s really not noticeable. Otherwise the paint is in exceptional shape. There are maybe 2 door dings total. There is absolutely no body damage and the body/undercarriage is completely rust free. Bumpers and chrome are all straight with no cracks or dents in the chrome. All of the plastic/glass light & signal lenses are without flaw and in good shape. The hardtop is excellent shape. The original soft top is also in good shape, no leaks, the plastic windows are clear and not cracked/broken.

The interior is in good condition. The instrument cluster gauges are not completely faded. The carpets are very clean. The original Becker radio is still present and works great. The rest of the interior shows minor signs of wear. The driver’s seat has some small leather checking/cracking on the seat bottom, just a small tinge of bolster wear. The armrest is perfect. The passenger seat really has no flaws and is in great shape. The door panels on both doors are perfect with no flaws. The dashboard has a few cracks present. You can get a custom fit dash carpet for around $50, and a new dash pad/cover is $100; and if installed properly will look just as good as a factory replacement dashboard. Otherwise, the interior is in excellent condition. The windshield is the original Sekurit piece, and has no rock chips or cracks. Both power front windows roll up and down very quietly.

The suspension on this car is very tight. I have driven W107’s with half the miles that felt considerably looser than this one. Steering has absolutely no play. If you stomp on the brakes, it stops straight. It has new Bilstein shocks, new front brakes, and newer Bridgestone Potenza tires (60% remaining). I’m sure other front suspension work has been done at some point. It really drives like the sports car that it was meant to be. Many SL’s on the road with mileage/age handle like a wallowing pig. The tightness of the suspension/steering on this particular car inspires driving confidence!

Not much else to say about this original 560SL. It’s not a perfect car. It’s definitely nicer than your typical daily driver, but not quite as nice as the 60,000 mile garage queen. But overall I feel that it looks/feels/drives more like the 60,000mi example. A lot of the SL’s you see for sale have been sitting in the garage or storage for years at a time which is worse for the car than being driven seldom, even just bi-weekly. I would jump in this car and drive it cross-country without hesitation, which I cannot say for some of the non-driven SL’s for sale on eBay.

As far as R107 SLs go, this car is pretty good value for money. True, there are a ton of lower mileage examples out there, but then you’d be paying a lot more and hesitate to use the vehicle on a regular basis. There are also many worn out examples out there for this same price. These are very robust machines, especially with the dual row timing chains in the 5.6 liter, 225 horsepower engine. This along with the fact that the seller provides an extensive history gives any prospective buyer peace of mind.

-Paul

Impeccable, Individual E36 M3 Sedan for sale

A brief switch away from our Budget Theme Week to highlight an exceptional car recommended by reader/commenter Bob…

I believe I’ve recounted it before, but the E36 M3 Sedan was the first fast car I ever got to drive after receiving my license.  My best friend’s dad was a high-powered lawyer who lived modestly but loved his toys, hiding an Estoril Blue M3 4-door and 6 Ducatis behind his unassuming 2-car garage doors.  With carefully timed and worded requests, we were allowed to take it out on occasion and entered active car enthusiasm for the first time after years of reading and dreaming.  The car purred, growled, and clawed its way around the island we grew up on, and thus firmly planted itself in my automotive genetics.  It is essentially why I write for this blog.

Bob alerted us to this exceptional M for sale on eBay.  It’s covered a relatively low 73k miles and is claimed to be “shockingly nice.”  From the photos and description it looks it, an excerpt of which follows.

At EuroWerkz we have bought, sold, owned, maintained, built, modified, showed, and won with some of the nicest BMW M3’s in the country. We are 25+ year members of the BMW CCA. I am a long time member of the E30 SIG as well as an active member of several BMW forums and groups. We love BMW’s we know BMW’s and M3’s and this is one hell of a nice M3.

It took me over 2 years to buy this car from the prior owner and I have enjoyed it for a while so it’s time for the next more permanent owner to enjoy. We would really like to see this car go to a BMW enthusiast who can appreciate it and continue it’s over the top care and maintenance as I see this car as one that will represent the breed 10-20-30 years from now. If your looking for a track car candidate, please not this one. You don’t have a garage space? Please find another car. Live in a big city with sketchy parking? Well, you get the point. There are plenty of excellent condition M3’s out there. This car is just soooo… much nicer than that.

This car looks, runs, and drives like a 30k mile 3 year old M3. It is in fantastic condition for any age and mileage but it is a 12 year old car with just 73k miles. Quite honestly it is the nicest car I have for sale right now and that is saying quite a bit considering our spring inventory of European beauties. You can read below about it’s history, options, and maintenance. Call or e-mail me and we’ll talk about it all day if you want.

Sounds like they mean it!  The custom Calypso Red from BMW Individual is gorgeous and unique, though I’m still partial to Estoril.  I understand that it has been very well taken care of and they hold this car in extremely high regard, though I’m not quite sure why they are SO enthusiastic and think it deserves well over Blue Book.  At writing there’s 2 days left with bidding at $11,400 and reserve not met.  If it’s truly as nice as they claim, I’d say it deserves $15-17k.  Regardless of what forms their opinion, I’m certainly on board in hoping it goes to a true fan and enthusiast with the time and resources to keep it nice.

-NR

Trio of vintage Mercedes 200 W110 fintails

The W110 fintail Mercedes Benz models fit our budget theme week just fine. These cars have great lines and will give you plenty of looks on the road or at a car show. The 2 liter engines, whether gas or diesel, are bullet proof and can easily be put into daily driver service. They can get you 30+ MPG too. The Heckflosse models have quite a fan base so finding advise on repairs and getting help with parts will not be too difficult for someone new to the breed. Here are three examples that could use a little love. If you budget $5000 for each of these you should be able to get the car and have plenty left over to get a start on priority fixes on each.

The good on this one is that the current owner says he drives every day 26 miles so mechanically it is all ready to go. The bad is that the owner says it could use some paint and floor pans. Paint is no problem, but floor pans could be a bit scary as it means there is other rust elsewhere. Interior looks ok and the manual makes it a bit more exciting to drive. The current owner mentioned that he considered painting the car pink for his daughter, if you buy this car, please don’t do that. Buy-It-Now is $3500.

Here is a gas version with the manual. The interior looks to be in nice shape, the white rim steering wheel is classy. The exterior could use some paint. The seller states that there is some rust, not surprising considering the car is located in Minneapolis. Ask price is $2900 and I’d be surprised to see any bids at that, I bet it can be had for less.

This one also needs some love. The owner says it has a fairly new paint job, but clearly they did very little prep work when doing the paint because you can see rust bubbles and rust streaks popping up in several places. The car some dents that could use attention. The red interior looks nice, but the dash and wood could use help. I’d yank out that ugly modern radio and replace it with a classic Becker or at least something that is visually more pleasing. All the original manuals are included. Reserve is not met at $1550.

~Evan

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sportline sedan

Continuing with our under $10,000 theme, here we have an exceptional 1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sportline sedan. W124 sedans with low mileage are getting more and more scarce these days, with Sportline editions being pretty non-existant, no matter the condition. Available on E class coupes and sedans from 1993 to 1995, this package included 7″ wide wheels, 60 series rubber and stiffer springs, struts, roll bars and bushings which translated into a slightly lower ride height. Also included was a shifter with the Sportline badge, sport seats for the sedan, as well as small badges on the front fenders.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sportline

ONE OWNER 1994 Mercedes E320 Sportline Edition. 1994 Mercedes E320 Very Rare Sportline Edition that only has 54k original miles on it. The Mercedes comes Car Fax and Autocheck Certified and all service is up to date and the car is not even broken in yet. Do you want a car that will not go down in value? This is the one. It is stunning and your neighbors will surely be jealous when they see you go by with the sunroof open..You owe it to yourself to drive this beauty. I bought this car and updated all that it needed and now it’s time to sell. Other than a couple noted flaws it is pristine.

The one thing I don’t like about this car is, you guessed it, the color. Other than that, the fact that this is a one owner, clean, low mileage example of a very rare (and revered) Benz, the buy-it-now price of $8,990 seems like a steal.

-Paul