I have lengthy discussions with a good friend of mine in the Boston area about how there is a lack of decent diesel and performance wagons available in the United States with a manual transmission. Coincidentally, my friend drives a 2003 Audi A4 1.8T wagon with a manual gearbox. Here’s an interesting Passat wagon for sale on eBay that he passed along to me earlier this week, one that was brought over by someone in the German military working in the United States. This could very well be the only Passat wagon with the TDI engine and a 6 speed manual in the US at the current time.
The seller states:
Up for sale is a a very rare ONE owner 2000 Volkswagen Passat TDI wagon, with 217k original kilometers which is 135k miles. This is a one owner car that belonged to the original owner who was working in the US on behalf of the German military. This is the legendary diesel wagon which achieves almost 50 miles per gallon, but was never offered for the US market. Best color combination, Black mettallic on Gray. Fully legalized with a clean and clear Maryland title, ready to be registered in any state! This is the only Passat TDI wagon of this body style in all of US.
Features a 1.9 Turbo diesel ALH engine, mated to a 6 speed manual transmission
Loaded with the following options:
Monsoon Sound System
Power locks/windows/ mirrors
Climatronic climate control
6 CD changer
Side Impact Airbags
6 SPEED MANUAL
Here is your chance to own the one and only Passat TDI wagon with a 6 speed manual transmission in all of the US.
Please note the car is a 2000 model, not a 1980 like listed on ebay, as the ebay system cannot decode the vin number.
I preface this entry by stating that my favorite estate vehicle of all time is the Audi RS2. This high performance version of the Audi 90 estate was built in the same factory as the legendary Mercedes-Benz W124 500E/E500 and had some tasty Porsche styling bits to compliment it’s 2.2 liter, 20 valve 5 cylinder turbo engine. As a follow up, Audi introduced the A4 based RS4 in 1999, but never imported this vehicle to the US. Or did they…..?
The seller states:
I’m posting this for a very good client of mine. He had 3 of these brought into the United States in 2001 and they are all legit for the USA. It was hemogenized and has a full 17 digit VIN Number. I’ve personally sat in this car and driven it and it is unbelievable. He bought 3, sold off one back in 2001 and currently has two of them (his and hers). This vehicle has not been beaten on any whatsoever (couple are in their early 70’s) just true Audi enthusiasts. Vehicle holds a clean Colorado title and is located in Aspen, CO. Seriously enquires only please.
2000 Audi RS4 quatto advant (only made as avants)
Blue Exterior (I would assume Nogaro)
Black Recaro Leather
*Car is certified for US use by DOT and EPA. Accordingly, Germany only parts are available from Audi US. Colorado titled.*
Audi Factory Racing Department (RS) slotted rotors and calipers, Audi Factory Racing Department sport cat and exhaust system, remote escort radar/laser detector, hood bra, Audi bright leveling headlights, new updated Audi Factory Boge shocks, sport/racing seat belt harness system, newly replaced factory Bose speakers, XM radio installed and ECU factory Audi Racing Department remapped for 91 octane gasoline. Germany 98 octane.
For many enthusiasts that read this blog, the E39 BMW 5 series is revered as the consummate sport sedan before BMW went crazy with i-Drive and funky styling. The fact that E39 series sedans are readily available with manual transmissions in both 6 cylinder and V8 format makes them even more attractive to enthusiasts. But when is the last time you saw a 5 series wagon with a manual transmission. And one with less than 60,000 miles? Here’s one available in Pennsylvania.
The seller states:
2000 BMW 528iT Wagon, 5 speed. Sunroof, leather, heated seats, BMW Dealer serviced.
Given the cost of SUVs these days, this 5 series wagon offers a nice combination of style, utility and performance for a very reasonable price. Given what these cost new, this is an immense bargain and the proven mechanicals should provide years of blissful service. If I needed something more commodious than a sedan, this car would get my vote.
It’s coming, folks: the days of affordable E39 M5s are nearing. Yes, the maintenance costs will keep you forking out the dough, but with prices of what many consider to be the high water mark of modern BMWs reaching into the low-to-mid teens, I’m already salivating at the thought of adolescent dreams coming true.
I’ve never been a huge fan of the M6 wheels, probably attributable to a lack of enthusiasm about the M6 in general and thinking that it looks too modern when put on older Bimmers, but I must admit that they look pretty sleek here. The sky blue is so pastel it’s gotta be cool, so this clean package ends up putting some pieces together I wouldn’t have come to myself and ends up looking great. At 128k miles, it’s not one of the cream puffs we post, but it is remarkably clean all things considered, and the price is right at a $15k buy-it-now. We are entering a golden age, friends, and the supercars that seemed so recent are getting old enough to be attainable.
At the turn of the millennium, before constantly evolving and critiquing car blogs were around and my car info came exclusively from car magazines, I didn’t even know most people found the M Coupe ugly. The shooting brake has always attracted me, providing a funky aesthetic that wagon nor roadster can achieve on their own. Throw in the curves and aggression of the Mified Z3 and you’ve got one of the coolest cars of the past decade. Today’s clownshoe is one of the slightly less sought-after S52s, but if I remember anything from my friend’s Dinan E36, that engine can be beyond satisfactory. The dearth of information in the ad is counteracted by the attractive numbers: $8k, 84k miles. Let’s do this.
2000 BMW M Coupe for sale on Craigslist Fort Collins
The big question marks here, maintenance and how hard it’s been loved, should be dealt with before laying the money down. The blemishes shown in the pictures may not bode well for the latter, but on the other hand they almost continue the rat-rod aesthetic created by the flat black wheels/vents/grille, which I love. The interior reminds me of a scary clown dream. I could probably get over that though, or get some carbon inserts and new seats. Either way, despite a little necessary love, $8k seems like a good price of entry, and I dig the not-babied-but-awesome vibe it’s got going for it; it could easily be cleaned up, or the tough love could continue. Good times to be had either way.
The W210 Mercedes E-Class represents one of the first times I started seeing M-B as capable of the bruce I knew so well from their Bavarian counterparts. The sport-edition E430 certainly looked the part with some slick 5 spokes and near-AMG body kit, but the real beast of the litter- subtly aggressive on the outside and packing tire-roasting torque on the inside- was the E55. Now, some may scoff at its 349hp, 5.4L V8, but realize that we live in the most golden age of horsepower wars. Though it even gave up some power to its contemporary M5, the tides were reversed when it came to torque, making this a true muscle car from the great Hammer tradition.
2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 for sale
This one comes in clean silver, showing off the well-shaped hood and clean lines front to back. It has 133k miles and a less-than-descriptive listing so it could use a thorough pre-sale inspection, but it looks to be in good condition inside and out and is priced at a mere $10,000. For 10 grand, you’ve got your own German ape-in-a-business suit, ready to spin those AMG monoblocks and look classy doing it.
Here’s a chance to steal the quintessential super sedan from Bavaria without repercussions from the law. The E39 M5’s design and performance has held up extremely well in the decade since its inception, the muscular shape still catching eyes and 400hp 5.0L V8 still scaring children, animals, and uninitiated lead-feet. A minor fender-bender knocks this one’s AutoCheck score down a bit, but this is balanced out by fairly low mileage, just over 90k miles. What isn’t balanced out is the garish interior, an unfortunate choice in this otherwise classy and handsome beast.
Overall this looks like a fine example that could be had at a great price. I would seriously consider eBaying at least the seats if not the door panels too and finding something more… restrained. Other than that, this is a great chance to snag one of the best BMWs in recent memory, one of those (sadly) increasingly rare instances of a Bimmer that truly is an Ultimate Driving Machine.
This is quite a clean looking M5 for being a three owner car. The seller says it has never seen winter roads and has been in a garage all its life. With only 40,000 miles those three owners sure didn’t use it to commute very long. The car has some mild upgrades including the Dinan S1 package, with exhaust and intake. It also has a set of deep dish 20″ rims and aftermarket angel eyes. The clutch and flywheel have been replaced at 30,000 so they should be good for awhile. The engine bay looks amazingly clean.
The car is at $22,000 reserve not met. As long as the reserve isn’t set more than $10,000 from this, you could take this car and drive it for a few years and then sell it with out much depreciation as long as you take care of it.
While early M Coupes don’t grow on trees, they’re not hard to find for sale either. But this single owner and rare color combination example stands out. It’s not as aggressive as the typical black, silver, or blue examples, but in it’s own right it stands apart in a more reserved combination.
Check it out on San Francisco Craigslist for $17900 with 80k miles:
quote from the Craigslist post:
This has been my pride and joy for the past 10 years, due to family situation, I must move on to a 4 seater. The car has been garage kept all its life. The body, interior, and mechanical are in great condition. Without looking at the odometer, one would think it has about 30kmi. It has no dings but some small chips from normal driving. Considering the rarity, M Coupe’s are surprisingly inexpansive to maintain. It struck a fine balance of reliability and performance. It shares the same workhorse engine as the e36 M3’s. My ownership experience has been very positive. You can go to http://www.tarr.com/personal/mcoupe.htm for more info on this car. It also has other links to various discussion forums.
About the car:
mobile 1 synthetic every 7k mi
80% tires and brakes
owned by mature family man (no modifications what so ever except an upgrade Blaupunkt stereo)
Oxford green exterior with beige leather interior
Glass pop up roof
Thule rack with fairing and 2 bike attachments included
Clean title with all original sheet metals
I have owned it since 9-1-2000 with 4800 mile
By now you’ve figured out that I’m an M Coupe fanatic, or you’ve been a long time reader and know my history. But this looks like a good opportunity to own a modern classic that will stand out amongst it’s peers for the quality care and unique color combo.…
As promised I am keeping with our theme of looking for E39 BMW M5s this week. I was looking around for an E39 to fill the slot of worst modified, but Ben claimed the same car I was going to talk about before me. You’ll see it tomorrow.
So I decided to make an attempt at the low mileage category with this nice 23,000 mile example.
Being a 2000 it is an early example of the E39 M5. With such low miles the car has hardly been broken in. The driver seat even looks almost new. Very pretty in silver, this unmolested original, will make someone a great driver for years to come. The crisp lines are satisfying just to look at and the bit of window tint adds a touch more sleekness.
Any ideas on what it will be bid up to? A premium will be paid for sure for this kind of mileage. Buyers be ware as the seller has low feedback.