1999 Porsche 911

The year 1999 was perhaps one of the most significant years for Porsche in recent memory, as it signaled the beginning of a new era for the venerable 911. Gone were the direct links to the past, such as air-cooled engines, round headlamps and fixed quarter light glass. The type 996 was indeed an all new design, by famed stylist Harm Lagaay and while it didn’t share any components with its predecessor, it did share much of its front end with the less expensive, mid-eingined Boxster. While some 911 purists derided the new model, it did bring about evolutionary touches to increase usability, while retaining the trademark rear-engined layout. Over a decade later, prices for 996s have lagged behind other, more desirable 911s, but it allows less wealthy enthusiasts access to the brand. This particular 911 is owned by our reader Joe and is very well sorted despite having just passed the 100,000 mile mark.

1999 Porsche 911

For sale: 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera C2 coupe. WP0AA2990XS623132. Production Date: June, 1998. Engine Type: M96

Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 100,679
Asking price: $19,400

I have the California title in-hand. Payment should be by wire transfer, check, or cash. Car is located in Los Angeles area. Please contact me via email: joe@joe250.com. I searched far and wide for this car. I wanted an LSD-equipped, no accident, all-original paint 996 coupe. It had 60,000 miles when I purchased it 2 years ago. I used it as my daily driver and racked up 40,000 miles in short order. My job requires me to drive all over California. It only let me down once when the crank position sensor started to go. Other than that it has been a fantastic car to own and drive. It is plenty fast, comfortable around town and perfect for long drives. I have never raced the car or used it at track days. I drive the car quickly at times but I never abuse it (no revving past 4,000 until fully warmed, rev-matching on downshifts, etc.). It is so easy to drive and comfortable that it is easy to foget just how fast this car is. It is a shockingly quick car on a twisty road, which I would be happy to demonstrate for any potential buyer. The car continues to be accident-free and is now parked until it sells. I decided to sell because my work continues to increase the amount of driving I do and because I will soon have another sports car.

Maintenance

I have spared no expense maintaining the car. I performed the routine items myself (oil changes, brakes, shocks, etc.) and relied on two reputable shops to tackle the bigger stuff – The Rennshop in San Jose and Werks II in Burbank. Anything they recommended I have fixed or replaced, I did without exception.

Recent work includes a brake fluid flush, transmission fluid flush, new Porsche floor mats, a new Interstate battery and new Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires f&r 7,000 miles ago. Included are the original books, 2 working master keys with built-in remote, 1 valet key, 3 extra oil filters with crush rings, the original un-used tool kit, the original (working) stereo, original headlight bulbs, wheel lock key, and all the service records for the car.

Car was just inspected at 99,000 miles by Werks II in Burbank and was given a clean bill of health. Everything on the car works, no exceptions. Car needs nothing mechanically. Paint has a few rock chips and door dings. Interior has some minor scuffing on the driver seat and the usual scratched paint on the front trunk release lever. Overall though the car looks very good for being 13 years old.

Upgrades

When the rear main seal started to weep oil, I had it upgraded with the latest 997 style replacement, upgraded to a sport clutch and lightweight flywheel, and had the LN Engineering IMS bearing kit installed. When the front lower control arm bushings started to go last year, I upgraded to the GT3 adjustable LCA’s and added a tiny bit more negative camber in the front. I upgraded to the ROW Sport suspension, replaced the replica Carrera 5-spoke wheels with genuine Porsche/BBS Carrera 5-spoke wheels, installed a Porsche short shift kit, and a Kenwood head unit. This includes a Garmin navigation system with touchscreen, a DVD movie player, MP3 audio, Sirius/XM satellite radio, and iPod plug. (Note: No wires were cut as part of the install. I used an aftermarket adapter which simply plugs into the original harness.) I had the windows tinted with the lightest 3M tint available both to keep the interior cooler as well as to protect the interior from UV. A previous owner had installed a set of HID bulbs, which are quite effective.

Options

I don’t know the exact amount but this was an $80,000+ car when new and included a few interesting options, like the LSD, aluminum gauge faces and chrome door sills with ‘Carrera’ script. Here is a break-down of the option codes and their original cost:
Type 996 110 $67,463
Engien code / Trans Code M9601 – 68W G9600 – 00
Paint No. L92U Arctic Silver Metallic (water-based pearl effect) $805
Interior AY
C02 Catalytic Converter
X54 Oval Chrome Exhaust Pipes $747
X70 Metal Door Sill with Insignia $425
X71 Aluminum Instrument Dials $855
041 ?
220 Locking Differential 40%
222 Traction control system $1,215
224 Active Brake Differential
413 Pressure-cast light alloy 18″ Turbo look wheels $1,190
425 Rear wiper $345
437 Comfort seat left (Full power seat left – optional)
438 Comfort seat right
490 Hi-Fi sound system – optional $830
537 Left seat with positrol (memory) and lumbar
659 Onboard computer $275
692 Remote CD changer (6-disc) $715
936 Leather seats rear
983 Leather seats front $1,520
09991 Exclusive Options Program (?)
Floor mats $110
Destination Charge $765
Luxury Tax ?
Partial total: $77,260

When comparing this car to others of similar age and mileage, please keep in mind the cost to bring them up to the same level of mechanical condition (IMS bearing upgrade, lightweight flywheel and clutch, etc.) and to have the same types of modifications (LSD, wheels, shortshifter, stereo/nav system, etc.). You’ll see that this car is a relative bargain.

This 911 has had a great amount of care lavished on it. Looking at pictures, things like scratch-free door handles and crystal clear headlamps are the mark of a careful owner who appreciates fine machinery. I have to admit, the 996 was never my favorite 911, but being the 911 fan that I am, a vehicle such as this is making me rethink my stance on this particular generation of 911 in the chances that I may move out of my Cooper S in the near future.

-Paul

Another E39 Wagon, a M5 Touring Clone

I seem to be on a sport wagon kick. This 540iT is the prettiest of the recent lot.

The car has traveled 131,901 miles and some where along the way it had some cosmetic surgery. While the driveline is all still stock, unlike the other two wagons I recently posted, this one has alot of flair on the outside.

The car had its white paint replaced with the ubiquitous, for the BMW guy looking for attention, Laguna Seca blue. Then a BMW M5 widebody kit with wide wheel arches was added. A Remus exhaust and some deep dish rims wrapped in meaty 285/30 19s out back give this car a much sportier feel. KW coil overs help it in the turns.

Inside the car has new buckets and a sprinkling of carbon fiber look wrap. The seller says there are a few electrical gremlins inside and an intermittent check engine light.

As the seller says it would be nice to swap in a full M5 driveline, but this is a looker that still will have decent performance. Bonus points go to the owner for the Hybrid emblem on the hatch lid. If it did have an M5 powerplant that badge would perhaps be more suitable.

The ask price is $18,000. There won’t be any bidders at that price, but when the seller can start lopping off several thousand I’m sure this car will get attention.

Another E39 Wagon this time a M5 Touring Clone on eBay

~Evan

1999 BMW 540iT Wagon 6 speed

Another fun wagon for the soccer parents.

This pretty much stock looking 540i Touring has one sneaky change that makes a world of difference. The automatic transmission has been hauled out and a six speed.

The car itself has 135,000 miles on it, the engine is a replacement unit from a 740i with 90K and the transmission has 110K. Other mods include upgraded steering from a 2001 7 series with an M5 steering box, an M5 sway bar, some A.C. Schnitzer springs, and Dinan tune. A set of black BMW rims add to the stealth look.

The car comes with a rebuilt title, from what the seller says is a fender bender. You will want to get more details there.

The ask price is $7,000 with no reserve. While that isn’t very much to pay for a BMW wagon with V8 power and a 6 speed manual you are putting faith in the previous owner’s conversion/transplant on a car with a previous salvage title, that has zero warranty. Cool car, it would bring twice that if it came that way from the factory. I wish the parts used in the engine and transmission conversion had less miles on them, but an enthusiast whose good with a wrench should be able to keep this one on the road no problem.

1999 BMW 540iT Wagon 6 speed on eBay

~Evan

1999 Mercedes-Benz CL500

Following on to the low mileage 560SEC we featured a short time ago, here is the car’s successor, the C140 CL class. Introduced in 1992 as the 500SEC, the car underwent a mild facelift in 1994 and was renamed the S500 coupe to adhere to Mercedes’ new nomenclature. In 1997, the final evolution in this S class coupe’s life was seen, as it was now called the CL500. Essentially the same car that preceded it, this large two door featured Mercedes-Benz’s venerable M119 5.0 liter V8. Less complex than the V12 version, it was praised for offering more reliability and better handling balance. These coupes were just advanced as their sedan counterparts, with everything from park distance control to double pane window glass. This example for sale outside of Philadelphia has done 77,000 miles and looks to be in good condition, albeit with signs of wear consistent with its age and mileage.

1999 Mercedes-Benz CL500 on eBay

At almost 17 feet long, this is one big imposing brute. But I love it for that reason. It’s true that this could be a potential nightmare in terms of electrics, but with the V8 engine, the running costs would be less than its rarer V12 counterpart. I’d say if one could obtain this car for a bit under $10,000, it would be well bought. It looks as if the front and rear bumpers could use a bit of touch up, but with a little bit of attention and a reasonable mechanic at your disposal, this could be an enjoyable personal luxury vehicle for not a lot of cash.

-Paul

1999 BMW M3 with 51,000 miles

Ever since driving an E36 M3 sedan, I always thought it was close to the perfect car. Four doors, practicality, a normally aspirated inline six, rear wheel drive, wide power band and handling from the gods. It was a little more refined than the E30, but still had a sharp edge to its character, while later versions of the M3 became more complex and overrun with, in my opinion, unnecessary electronics. This 1999 M3 represents the final year for the E36 M3, and only the convertible and coupe were available that year. Most 1999 models I see are convertibles and many, unfortunately, have the 5 speed automatic. Thankfully, this is a 5 speed manual, in the preferred hardtop body style and is painted in classic Alpine White. With 51,000 miles on the clock, it doesn’t get much better than this when it comes to E36 M3 goodness.

1999 BMW M3 on Autotrader

Only 51,055 miles! This truly exceptional BMW E36 M3 is as nice as they come. We sold this car 5 years ago at our shop with 35k miles. This vehicle has always been garaged and rarely driven even in the rain. It is equipped with Sport Package, Cruise Control, 18 Button Om-board Computer, Harman-Kardon, M-Contour Alloy Wheels, Factory Trunk Mounted CD Changer, Sunroof, Heated Seats and Power Seats. This car is all stock with no modification and all original panels with matching VIN stickers. The body is straight and the paint is nearly perfect. The interior is smoke free and the leather is as soft and nice as it was when purchased new which is likely due to the car being garaged and out of the elements. This car really must be seen in person to appreciate the quality. If you are looking for one of the cleanest E36 M3’s on the market, this car should be seriously considered. For serious inquiries & pricing, please call our shop. PLEASE NOTE Book values on a car like this are not accurate. They are typically quite far off the true market value on many ‘M’ brand BMWs. As such, we have valued this car correctly for the condition and mileage with a haggle-free price.

The asking price of almost $19,000 is all the money for one of these E36 M3s. This is about half of what these cars cost new. Generally speaking, most examples in this condition fetch anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000, with rare versions such as the Lightweight commanding more money. While this is certainly a clean and well documented example, I’m not sure that constitutes this much of a premium. Still, it splits the difference between garage queen and driver quite nicely. Sans spoiler, I’d love to have this in my garage.

-Paul

1999 Volkswagen Polo 1.9 SDI Estate

Here’s another one of those “I wonder how it got here, who knows if it is legal” cars. The Volkswagen Polo was introduced in 1974 as a smaller alternative to the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta. Throughout the years it increased in size, however, even in the late 1990s, as we see with this example, it is a good bit smaller than the average Jetta/Bora estate. Also, with 64 horsepower, it is well off on the horsepower stats as well. Still, it is a neat and fuel efficient subcompact rarely seen here on these shores.

1999 Volkswagen Polo SDI Estate on eBay

Only Polo SDI Wagon in the US. Super low miles, euro car, clean and clear title. 1.9 Diesel engine, 5 speed manual transmission. Winter package, like a Golf TDI but is a wagon. Car achieves 60 mpg on the highway. Blaupunkt stereo, very cool car with a very cool history. More reliable and much more efficient than new TDIs. Will not last, being sold on a first come, first served basis.

We’ve seen that some states in this country that will accept non-US VIN numbers for titling purposes, such as the Audi S3 recently seen for sale in Colorado on Quattroworld. However, the S3 is similar enough to the S4 that it might have given regulators an excuse to turn a blind eye. The Polo…well, there was no related Volkswagen model sold here. If someone is able to work around the DMV and live in a state where laws are rather lax, salut. Your unique, German engineered gas miser awaits.

-Paul

1999 Mercedes-Benz S320

The W140 Mercedes-Benz S class couldn’t have been introduced at a worse time, other than in the economic turmoil of present day. In 1991, the world was going through a recession, global warming critics were gaining ground and spreading anti-big car hate and people were looking to start the new decade fresh, breaking clean from excesses and the cocaine induced hangover of the 1980s.

So along came a new generation of S class to replace the beloved W126. The W140 introduced many new technologies such as double window glazing and a heating system that would circulate once the vehicle was turned off. It was also one of the first vehicles to feature Electronic Stability Control as an option. A wide range of engines was available, from a six cylinder diesel to the newly developed 6.0 liter V12.

Here is my favorite of the W140 range. The S320 sedan. 1999 marks the end of the line for the W140 as well as the M104 inline six. I’ve driven an S320 before and while it won’t set your hair on fire, it has adequate power and drives like any big Mercedes sedan should. A tank.

1999 Mercedes-Benz S320 on eBay

Offered for your consideration is this gorgeous and extremely well maintained 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320 SWB luxury sedan with just 48,460 original miles. The vehicle is a carfax certified, two owner that was traded in on a new vehicle. Carfax report also shows complete service history for this car since new (48 service redords). Finished in beautiful Brilliant Silver metallic exterior paint that is matched with a fresh and clean light gray leather interior. Loaded with options like ice cold air conditioning, full power options, electronic stability program, power folding mirrors, factory power moonroof, aluminum alloy wheels, matching set of Michelin tires, two master keyless entry remote keys and the original factory owner’s manuals.

The 3.2L inline six cylinder engine runs strong and smooth with plenty of power. The transmission shifts smoothly through all gears and the ride quality is superb. All power options function properly including all windows and the air conditioning. The vehicle has just been serviced with a fresh oil change and all the fluids being topped off. It has a fresh Virginia State Safety Inspection valid through September 2012 which covers all major safety and emissions items. This vehicle has been road tested and there are no known problems. It has been regularly maintained by Mercedes-Benz since new. The exterior paint is in pristine condition with a gorgeous shine. The body is free of any dents or scratches. There are a few if any stone chips and no door dings to report. The wheels are in wear free condition all the way around.

The interior is in like new condition throughout with no wear to any of the seats. The carpets are spot and stain free from front to back. All door panels are wear free. The dash and console show no wear. All wood is in beautiful shape and the cupholder assembly is intact. Overall this 1999 Mercedes-Benz S320 sedan is a spotless example with extremely low mileage. It shows less than normal wear and should not be missed. We take pride in our vehicles and do our very best to describe every detail of our vehicles accurately so that our customers across the street or across the country will know what they’re buying. The vehicle has been serviced. All miles are the original miles and the title is clean.

The W140s certainly aren’t the most reliable of Mercedes-Benzes and God forbid think twice before buying one with a V12, because, as one Mercedes service advisor once told me, the engine acts like a massive heat sink and cooks the damn wiring harness to hell. The S320 should be the most reliable of the range and with this kind of mileage, it should soldier on for quite some time. As it gets older, electrical gremlins could of course rear their head, but for me, it’s a small price to pay for what is one of the very best in S class history. For me, short of a late model W126 or vintage 300SEL 6.3, this is what the S class is all about.

-Paul

1999 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport

I’ve always been quite partial to the W202 C class, as I used to own a 1998 C230 and my mother is still running a 2000 C280 with almost 90,000 miles and winces at the thought of giving it up for a lesser vehicle (read: any new mid-sized luxury or near luxury sedan on the market today). These were some of the last over-engineered Mercedes, along with the Geländewagen and R129 SL roadster. With their demise came a new era of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks that, good vehicles as they are, don’t quite capture the classic essence of the marque. Here’s a very tidy C280 sport in Florida with a set of tasty AMG wheels that are thankfully not oversized and period correct.

1999 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport on eBay

Mercedes C280 Sport

You are viewing a stunning, low mile 1999 Mercedes C280 Sport. Only 55k actual miles. No accidents, only two owners. Loaded with AMG wheels with new tires, sport package (sport seats, sport steering wheel, carbon fiber look trim, sport exterior trim, sport suspension). Also loaded with moonroof, 6 CD changer, Bose audio, telephone, dual power seats and much more. Florida owned and rust free. Drives as if new. Looks as if new. No dents or dings. Excellent condition. It will not be easy to find another one like this.

With a little over three days in the auction to go, there’s been a fair amount of bids and the price has reached just under $6,500. With low mileage, a desirable color and the sport package, I could see this C280 fetching maybe between $8,000 and $10,000, at the high end. Clean, low mileage W203s are not much more, but then, they don’t carry the cache of these first generation C class sedans. This isn’t the fastest or most exclusive piece we’ve featured on GCFSB lately, but this is a tasty piece that could serve someone very well as a daily driver for several years to come. Just ask the family (mine) who have owned two.

-Paul

Want A New 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG? This Is Your Chance.

The W202 C class Mercedes-Benz was the first Mercedes model officially breathed on by the tuning firm AMG. Starting as a C36 with a 3.6 liter inline six, the C36 begat the C43 in 1998. Powered by a tuned version of the 4.3 liter V8 from the E430, the C43 cranked out 302 hp which was backed up by a 5 speed automatic from the SL500 with shift points tailored towards more spirited motoring. Here’s a pretty much new example of the C43 with only 12,000 miles for sale.

The seller states:

You are bidding on what might possibly be the lowest mile C43 available in the world. This car looks and smells and drives as new. Not a ding dent or scratch on the whole vehicle and no curb rash on the wheels. This car has everything including the xenon light and rain sensor wiper package as well as the CD changer and the original built in phone as well. I have both keys and all the books as well as the original window sticker.

It is the nicest example of a C43 for sale today and you will find for a long time. This car would make a great part of a collection or just a great daily driver as well. Everything works as it should and the AC is super cold and no rust on the vehicle at all and you could eat off of the engine bay. Any buyer of this car will be very pleased with this vehicle. Please e-mail me with any questions you might have and i will do my best to answer them. Thanks again!!

The car is listed for sale locally at a price of 25k or best offer and i reserve the right to end the auction early due to local sale.

As a former owner of both a W202 C230 (1998) and a W203 C230 (2007), I have to say, I preferred the W202 better. It just seemed like more of what a classic Mercedes should be about. I’ve driven many V8 powered Mercedes-Benzes over the years, but never a C43. I could imagine it would be right up my alley though; relatively small in size, big engine and tighter handling. At $25,000, this is way beyond the top end of what one would pay for any version of the W202 C class. If you want the best, though, this is probably going to be it.

-Paul

1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

I continue to be inspired to research cars I see on the street. I walked past a C43 the other day and was impressed by the many little changes that give it an air of muscularity not present in the C-class until recently. Add to that the fact that it was the first V8-powered C as well as the first Mercedes to be completely assembled at AMG after Daimler gained total ownership in 1998, and this is an unassuming but rather special Benz. The 4.3 liter’s 306hp is tame by today’s insane nuclear-proliferation style power wars, but when you realize that it’ll do 181 miles per hour when delimited, it becomes clear just how adequate that much power can be.

The C-class is often overlooked when it comes to AMG badassness, but reviewing the numbers for this car makes me think that a Buy-it-Now of less than $10k, and with just 74k miles, this is a good deal. It may not be the most stylish Benz, and obviously not the fastest compared to the insane modern-day equivalent, but I’m betting even M-Bs invasive traction control can’t stop the 4.3 from having some fun with rear tires. I’d be interested to hear if anyone knows of reliability problems with these, but I’m guessing the V8 is plenty robust, giving this C43 the potential for a lot of fun miles out of the AMG bargain bin.

-NR