The E39 BMW 5er needs no introduction on this website, being a favorite of the writers of this blog and readers. The M5 is probably the most poured over E39, however, between the entry level 525i and the V8 engined 540i/M5 versions stood the 530i, which offered BMWs ubiquitous 3.0 liter inline six producing 228 horsepower. Enthusaists often hold this version in highest esteem, since the weight savings of the inline six over the V8 improves handling while sacrificing little in performance. The following example on Craigslist near Washington, DC has some tasty M accessories, three pedals and not too many miles under it’s belt. The aftermarket wheels are also rather tasteful, unlike some accessorized E39s I’ve seen.
2001 530i Sport, Premium and 5 Speed. Titanium Silver, grey leather interior. 77K miles. M Sport suspension, M steering wheel and trim. I’ve taken really good care of this car and can document with lots of maintenance records. Installed the OEM (no cheap kit) M-Tech front and rear bumpers, along with a Magnaflow exhaust. Rims are 18″ Monet New Age with Sumitomo HTR ZIII performance tires with lots of tread left. Also has Premium package — Xenon headlights, Park Distance Control, top of the line Montana leather, DSP sound system.
Here’s what Bimmer magazine had to say in April 2008 — “The manual gearbox 530i Sport has always been our favorite E39, as it has ample power and more nimble handling with none of the V8 problems.” Look around – manuals don’t come on the market very often. Get yourself a classic BMW made before they became more software than car.
A neighbor of mine owned a 530i, albeit with an automatic transmission, but even so, in dark metallic gray, there is just a seriousness to this sport sedan that epitomizes what we all love about BMWs and dread about the latest iterations cranked out of the factory in Munich. I’ve driven a 525i and 540i, both with manual transmissions. Both were fantastic to drive, the 525i light on it’s feet but lacking a little bit of top end power, the 540i brutish, but the handling was just a tad compromised. From listening to the critics, it would seem that the 530i mirrors the famous story of “The Three Bears.” It’s the one that’s “just right.”
Update: 2.9.2011 From the comments the current owner is noting the care is now available again:
The care is available for sale again in California. Now has 33,500 miles. Time for me to pass it along to the next enthusiast. Always garaged, detailed, still excellent condition, stock suspension still available, Sirius/XM added, 4 additional rims mounted with Kumho Ecstas. $31,000. Contact me at email@example.com
Originally posted January 2009
The 2001 BMW M Coupe is the first year to get the fantastic S54 engine that’s shared with the e46 M3. This is the first one I’ve seen listed for sale below $25k.
quote from seller’s listing:
Sadly the coupe has to go. 2001 M Coupe, S54 Engine, 315 HP, Titanium Silver, Black and Red interior. 27,xxx miles, new Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3’s on stock wheels, DA Koni’s / TCKline Springs and Camber Plates, Strong Strut Front and Butt Strut, Rogue Engineering Rear Shock Mounts, Front Sway Bar, B&B Stainless Exhaust, Fosgate head unit with removable faceplate, Hawk HPS pads. Stock springs, struts and front sway bar included. Dealer maintained and serviced
27k miles and an asking of $24k? What could possibly be wrong with this car? I like all the modifications, but they do tend to devalue a car in the eyes of enthusiast buyers. And it also has that terrible two tone interior, red and black leather. But at this price, I’d consider it a bargain purchase and have the leather dyed!
OK, so while this car isn’t wearing a German badge, most people will recognize this car for what it is, a rebadged version of Opel’s executive class vehicle, the Omega. Still reeling from the failed experiment that was the Cimmaron (itself a rebadged Chevrolet Cavalier), Cadillac sought to offer something more sophisticated for it’s entry level sedan and sourced the Omega from it’s German subsidiary. Named the Catera, it was markedly different from Cadillacs of the time, offering rear wheel drive and very un-Cadillac looks. Here is a clean, low mileage late model example of the baby Caddy that paved the way to the CTS.
We are proud to present this STUNNING 2001 Cadillac Catera for sale. Garage kept with 47k actual miles. Fully loaded with power sunroof, dual power seats, xenon lights, Onstar, Bose stereo, and more. Made in Germany. Four new Pirelli tires. Never smoked in. Well maintained with books and records. Showroom condition.
The Catera isn’t the most exciting piece of German iron, but well maintained examples are becoming less and less common and when found, could provide a refreshing alternative to the smaller offerings from Mercedes and Lexus. For a shade under $7,000, this could be quite the dark horse in the value for money game.
I feel as if the first generation BMW M Coupe was one of those sports cars that wasn’t immediately appreciated, mainly due to its quirky styling. As time passed, the car gained in popularity, which might have been a result of BMW’s latter day styling efforts. Here’s a later example of the M Coupe with the desirable and rather rare S54 M3 motor.
The seller states:
2001 BMW Z3 M Coupe. Titanium Silver w/ Black/Gray two tone leather. 20k original, one owner miles. One of only 690 produced with the S54 motor. All original panels and all original paint. Original MSRP $46,135. Car is still riding on its original tires.
No telling what the reserve is on this one, however, my best guess is that the seller is looking in the high 20k range. While not a bargain, it’s a decent price for what is a clean and unmodified example of one of the purest forms of late model BMWs.
There aren’t a lot of better ways to get in on some classy German V8 action than the W210 E55. Plenty of power and timeless looks generate nostalgia for the last time German uber-sedans were simple. This example has covered fewer miles than its moniker and it shows.
From the seller:
Up for sale is a gorgeous Silver E55 AMG – an autobahn stormer in a gentleman’s suit. The handbuilt AMG engine is magnificent and very responsive. This car has been garaged and well maintained with all service records. It drives as nice as my wife’s 2010 Mercedes, which is a testament to how well built these machines are. 1 prior elderly gentleman owner prior to me. I have all the service records and original window sticker with a $70,000 + pricetag. In my exhaustive search for the perfect E55, none of the others that I drove have come close to the caliber of this car. The new owner gets two sets of keys.
MECHANICAL: The magnifient E55 AMG handbuilt engine sounds amazing and is just as responsive as the day it left the factory. It drives amazingly well, thanks to religious servicing. It handles just as well. No rattles. Dealer serviced, and I have the service records. In addition to routine servicing, some major items are as follows –
18k mi – AC blower motor replaced under warranty. AC works great.
37k mi – replaced throttle actuator and EGR valves and gaskets, shift linkage bushings, lower control arm bushings – $1320
EXTERIOR: Gorgeous Brilliant Silver paint (744) is in excellent shape. Garage kept, without dings. A few small scratches on the rear bumper. NO rust and flood issues.
– 18″ AMG wheels with Michelin Pilot Sports II with 80% tread depth. A few small scratches on the wheel lips, but not too unsightly.
– Xenon Headlights with no yellowing on the headlights.
– Was in a fender bender years ago, where the right front fender was expertly repaired.
INTERIOR: The two-tone leather is in excellent shape. No tears or bolster wear. The interior has very little wear. The rear seats were barely used. The carpets are in great shape.
– The dark wood accents are in great shape. No cracks in the dash.
– 6 disc trunk changer works great.
– Headliner is in perfect shape.
– Sunroof works perfectly, but the sliding panel is slightly loose. Still slides back and forth. Mild wear on the steering wheel controls.
In summary, you are getting a well cared for low mileage example that will continue to provide years of driving pleasure. Remember that while this car is in amazing shape, it is not new. The only reason I am selling it is that we just closed on a real estate deal, and I need to free up some cash. I am also going to be selling my 1997 Porsche 911 c4s.
Reserve not met around $10k at time of writing. I love the interior, the silver exterior is classic, and in reality getting it for under $15k would be reasonable. If it stays lower, it’ll be a downright deal with so few miles. It’d certainly look like more than $15k hauling ass down the freeway.
Ben’s Q-Ship post the other day got me thinking about these biggest of Benz coupes. There’s something to be said about the pure indulgence intrinsic in massive luxury coupes. Ben’s 65 puts the “rocket ship” in Q-ship, but the “pedestrian,” non-AMG’d CL600 was no slouch either. It only made 60% of the CL65’s power (367 vs. 612), but it was still a burly V12 able to excite while cruising in a massive, B-pillarless yacht of a coupe.
2001 Mercedes-Benz CL600 for sale
It’s a shame it’s not two years older, when the 600 gained twin turbos. But really, an engine that needs its torque electronically limited is an exercise in absurdity; the 600 and V12 badges will impress just as much when you’re cruising. It’s just over 100k miles, usually a nice amount but with a German V12, any miles are bad miles in terms of maintenance cost. But if a Benz CL is what you want, you’d have class and cash left over with a reduced price around $16k. Not bad to get into this lineage.
I’ve tried to show off some great classic BMW M cars recently. The early factory M cars have so much going for them: great power, subtle but aggressive looks, rarity and cache. Like Ben, I am a big fan of the E38 7-series, but this example has none of the qualities that made those M cars great, and no matter how hard this seller will try to convince you, there has never been an M 7-series. His taste is about as good as his spelling, but I thought it was still worth sharing. If anything, just to point and laugh, but who knows, maybe someone wants the “CUSTOM SWEAD INTERIORS” and can appreciate that “LOT OF MONY HAS BEEN SPEND ON THIS CAR.”
“EVERYTHING IS A CUSTOMIZE” 2001 740i for sale on Craigslist
There are good facets of this car, but it’s just too much. The red is actually a very nice shade, but doesn’t really suit the 7-series. The wheels would look good without the painted rim, the steering wheel is similarly tainted. The “red” (pink) roundels can go, along with the front winglets, the M badges on the door sills, front grill, engine, and the Pimp-My-Ride amplifier and speakers.
Once those basics have been taken care of, it’d be an attractive 7 series under $15k that somehow has “MORE HORSE POWER THAN REGULAR 740.” Until then, however, it’s just a good exhibit (Xzibit?) of what not to do to your BMW.
I’ve given the BMW Ms a lot of love recently, but the Audi S series offers a deliciously different flavor of Teutonic speed. The first post I wrote for this site was an S4 Avant, though this is a much nicer example. Lots of space, Quattro, two turbos and six ratios, and easily accessible aftermarket speed make these one of my ultimate DDDs (dream daily driver, that is). A rear collision gives this example an apprehension-inducing salvage title, but it’s too good looking and reasonably priced to overlook.
Cons: 87k miles is right about the time things can start to go wrong. Salvage title sounds like it was from a minor accident that’s been properly taken care of, but should be investigated. Engine bay is oddly dirty.
Pros: Dead sexy in black with the perfect Audi wheel, the BBS CH. Interior and exterior look nearly flawless. 6-speed Avants are rare and desirable. Modifications are restrained and functional, e.g. aluminum plumbing, short-shift kit, and suspension. Salvage title brings price down significantly, with bidding still under $6k with 3 days left.
If this thing stays under $10k it’s a great deal, and it’s now my mental image for the DDD.
I can see this car falling into the hands of someone with more money than brains resulting in a fairly unhappy ending.
What we have is a twin turbo 996 that has a 3.8 liter engine and rear drive conversion full of speed parts. Mahle pistons, Carrillo rods, new turbos, wastegates, exhaust, and more. On race fuel the seller states the car puts out 1200 horsepower. That is a fairly ridiculous number, but the seller has a certificate from the legendary Texas Mile showing the car crossed the line at a few ticks over 212 MPH, last fall. Even with the low 3150 lb weight thanks to things like a carbon Gemballa hood, that top speed shows the car is packing some serious punch in the engine compartment.
55,000 miles on the clock with $79,500 buy it now. It is unclear when the engine work was completed. It would be nice to know how many miles are on the engine since the work was done.
There are plenty of automotive ways to get your self in a heap of trouble for less, but not too many that can get you into trouble at over 200 MPH for this price.