Very Rare Manual 2001 BMW 325iT For Sale

These 3 series wagons are becoming a rare breed, one with a manual transmission is almost unheard of.  So, what’s the big deal?  As you may have heard the automatic transmissions in the 3 & 5 series cars of this era can be kind of fussy.

Granted, that is the exception and not the rule.  But why take a chance on something that is unreliable and less fun to drive?

2001 BMW 325iT For Sale:

“I am the second owner (both from Northern California) and purchased the car after a long search for a M/T wagon.  These are very hard to find.  I only wanted a car that had never seen salt/snow.

The car has 118k miles on it.  Many of the common issues have been addressed.  VC gasket, window regulators, front control arm bushings etc.  Owned by an enthusiast before me so most things were up to date.

Options on the car are Sport Package, Premium Package, xenon lights and Harmon Kardon Audio.  It does have a moonroof.  It does not have heated seats, navigation or park distance sensors.  The trim is wood.

Work I have done since purchase:  Tinted rear glass, OEM homelink, oil level sensor with LOF, final stage resistor, new cowl trim, new a-pillar trim, new hood emblem, new front grille, various clips here and there.

Pros:

Original paint – no accidents. I measured all the panels with a paint depth guage prior to purchase

Unmodified – completely stock

Runs extremely well.  Smooth and quiet.  Transmission shifts well and clutch take up is good.  Ride quality is amazing with no squeaks/rattles of any kind.

Color – I scoured the internet for Alpine White Sport Package wagons.

All controls work – power window, mirrors, A/C, moonroof, steering wheel controls etc.

Michelin Tires matching and in good shape.  Full size matching spare.

Folder full of records

Clean Carfax

Has the tonneau cover/dog guard missing on most cars

Tags current til October 2012
Brand new cargo mat

No CORROSION!  Super easy to work on.  Engine bay is beautiful

Cons:

The wheels have some light curbing here and there.  Still look great overall – no structural issues.

Paint has some chips that have been touched up by me.

Slight crack in the shift knob clearcoat – I replaced all the other wood with better stuff from other E46 wagon

Driver’s seat needs some attention.  Two common seams have come apart.  One in the bolster and one in the cushion.  I did not address this as I was considering changing the seats to alcantara from a ZHP.

Rear exhaust and front/rear bumper valances are scraped.  Previous owner had very steep driveway.  I planned on installing a Dinan exhaust and putting on a ZHP front bumper anyway. Can’t see unless you bend down and look.

That’s pretty much it.  I am sure there are some normal maintenance items that will need to be addressed in the future.  Front brakes should be done in a few thousand miles (I planned the Brembo upgrade), the oil pan gasket or oil filter housing gasket is beginning to leak, diff bushings and flex disc starting to crack etc.  Nothing immediate

Considering the limited number of manual transmission wagons available pricing is market based.   There are very few vehicles that offer the driving enjoyment and practicality for this kind of money.”

The seller is correct, it is tough to find a 3 series wagon for this kind of money regardless of the transmission.  Given how thorough the seller is I would say any and all flaws have been disclosed so there are no surprises on the horizon.

… well there can always be surprises but you know what I mean.

Anyhow, a wagon such as this for under $10k is a good value.  It does have some patina but nothing that can’t be sorted out by the next owner.  I am curious to see if the market agrees with my assessment.

~Aaron.

2001 BMW 740i Sport

On July 27, 2001, the last E38 BMW 7 series rolled off the production line. Picking up the baton was a car that polarized the BMW faithful. The E65 7 series. People rushed to buy the last of the E38s before none could be had. These were magnificent vehicles, and towards the end, the M Sport package added a few tweaks that worked amazingly well on such a large sedan. This lower mileage E38 is a nice example of the last of the breed.

2001 BMW 740i M Sport on BMW CCA Classifieds

4.4-liter V8, 282 hp, 324 lb-ft torque, M sport & premium pkgs, built 4/01, maple-wood trim, glass sunroof, power windows & door locks, a/c, power seats w/memory, xenon HID lights, telephone connectivity, rear window/passenger sunshade, BMW premium audio, DVD-based widescreen nav, M steering wheel, traction control, dual climate control, alarm/anti-theft system, remote keyless entry, 18″ staggered M wheels/tires, mechanically perfect, cosmetically great w/minor paint chips & door dings, great interior (no stains, tears, rips or scratches on carpet, leather or trim), no accidents, one owner, clean title, rarely driven (weekends), dealer maintained, always garaged, drives flawlessly, clean, passed smog emissions, excellent condition.

With only 60k miles, this is a decent price for a lot of car maintained to a respectable standard. I always enjoy perusing the BMW Car Club of America’s Classifieds because more often than not, the best examples of the breed come up for sale in such a venue. This E38 is no exception.

-Paul

Mean Santa’s Sleigh: 2001 S4 w/ OEM RS4 widebody

Let’s take a moment away from last-minute Christmas plans and get a little selfish. I’m very happy with my new car, but if there’s one out there that makes me feel funny inside still, it’s the B5 RS4. The first time I saw one was on a school trip to Paris in high school. I saw the low-slung, wide-shouldered uber-S4 parked on the street. As I pulled myself away to continue walking with the group, we turned a corner and I was confronted by another one. They left a lasting impression, and dug an “RS” shaped hole in my heart that exists to this day.

As Walter said in The Big Lebowski, “If you will it, dude, it is no dream.” This RS4 clone is the result of someone choosing to will the dream to reality. We still can’t import RS4s, but if you feel like coughing up the massive change required to get OEM panels, you can get something that looks like it. Featured in a eurotuner that I poured over, this car does a whole lot more than just look the part. 570hp at all four wheels takes it to a whole new level of insanity. If money were no object, this would be my dream.

2001 Audi S4 with RS4+ conversion for sale on eBay


The very eurotuner-worthy but purposeful description and parts list:

No expense has been spared to build this wagon. Previously owned by Adam of SDR Research in Colorado, it just received some fresh upgrades to bring it up to date with new technology and a new pump gas tune by Tony @ EPL. This car been been featured in Euro Tuner and is well known in the Audi community. Please see an extensive list of modifications below, I am sure I forgot a few things…

Car:

2001 Audi S4 avant
72k on the chassis
Clean title

Exterior:

Full OEM RS4 wide body conversion
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera pearl white paint
SDR Research carbon fiber hood with hood pins
Matte black exterior trim / emblems / mirrors / roof rails
15% window tint

Interior:

Full OEM RS4 interior conversion (seats, carbon fiber trim, shifter, steering wheel) – back seat is not installed
Custom suede seat inserts (higher quality that OEM)

Engine:

EPL custom pump gas tune (570 AWHP / 560 AWTQ)
3.0L stroker short block
3.0 Audi V6 crank
CP pistons 82.5mm (8.5 to 1 compression)
Pauter rods with oil rifling for the pin
Block machine bored / honed and internally balanced to 9,500 rpm
ARP main cap studs
O-ringed block
2.8 custom ported / flowed heads
Cat titanium valve springs / retainers
RS4 intake cams
2.7 exhaust cams
New valve guides / valve stem seals
Seven angle valve job
Tial 770R turbo kit
Custom Apikol intercoolers with bar and plate cores and ER cabron fiber shrouds
Hand fabricated divorced down pipes with 3 inch dual center section and V band clamps
Sportec catback exhaust with AWE center muffler
RS4 OEM Y-pipe
SDR Research carbon fiber Y-pipe (no longer installed)
RS4 intake manifold
Apikol snub mount
Aquamist water / methanol injection system
AMD custom methanol tank (trunk mounted)
Zeitronix wide band O2 sensor / ETG probe / boost sensor with interior digital display
AMD custom fuel system (dual Bosch 044 fuel pumps)
AMD custom breather system
EPL 80mm MAF
EPL 72lb injectors

Drivetrain:

Dahlback Racing V2 clutch
Single mass steel flywheel
Stern engine mounts
RS4 transmission mounts
Apikol rear differential mount
AWE drive train stabilizier
Stasis built 6-speed transmission (OEM gear ratios)
Stasis 4:1 center differential
Quaiffe rear limited slip differential

Chassis:

H-sport front / rear sway bars
Stasis Motorsport coilovers with remote reservoirs
Stasis Alcon 328mm Mono4 4 piston front brake kit
Stasis Alcon 298mm 2-piece rotors
Stern adjustable control arms
OEM aluminum front uprights
18 x 9.5 Weds Sport SA-67R wheels (20.5 lbs. each)
275/35/18 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires

Miscellaneous:

Optima yellow top battery (relocated to the rear)
Alpine head unit
Focal 5-channel amplifier
Focal speakers
Escort Passport laser jammer

Why? Because racewagon. This thing has been done to the nines and the result is truly special. From the well-chosen laundry list of tuner parts (I always love seeing Dahlback pop up!) to the Lamborghini white paint and black wheels & trim, this exact car has been in my dreams for years. There’s no market to compare this to, but for those looks and this level of ponies, its $48k asking price seems fair to me. Cheaper and more powerful than the reigning wagon-champ Cadillac CTS-V and terrifyingly expensive to replicate, it’s sad the creator of such a wonderful machine doesn’t have it anymore, but some Audi nut with a decently-sized wallet can reap the benefits without having to go through the craziness of putting all the pieces together.

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is an RS4 clone to keep the M5 company.

-NR

2001 Volkswagen Eurovan MV

I’m not a fan of large vans and trucks. While they are good for some things, I don’t foresee the day when I’ll be needing that much space or hauling capacity, given my hobbies. If I did, however, I’d want to be creative about it. This is where the Eurovan comes in. I’ve seen less and less of these vans on the road as the years pass and was surprised that Volkswagen had the audacity to replace this workhorse, known as the Transporter in other markets, with a rebadged version of the Dodge Caravan. Unfortunately, most of the US market is too unaware to notice.

While not as legendary as the Vanagon that preceded it, the Eurovan initially came to the US in 1992 as a 1993 model with a 2.5 liter five cylinder engine that produced an unimpressive 108 horsepower. Volkswagen sold the Eurovan for one year before pulling it from the lineup. The Eurovan was reintroduced to the US market in 1999 and the second time around it packed a more potent version of the 2.8 VR6, putting out 201 horsepower. They stopped importing the Eurovan in 2003 and sadly, the traditional big VW box van has yet to be seen stateside once again. Here is a relatively well kept example of the MV trim level, with rear facing seats, table and rear bench that converts into a bed.

2001 Volkswagen Eurovan MV on Cars.com

2001 Volkswagen Eurovan MV, 70,428 miles. VIN #WV2MB47021H129757

SAFETY FEATURES: Dual airbags, ABS, Traction Control, Child Safety Door Locks
EXTERIOR FEATURES: Alloy Wheels
INTERIOR FEATURES: Power Windows, Power door locks, heated seats, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM Cassette, AC
MECHANICAL FEATURES: Full Size Spare Tire

Yet again, another underwhelming dealer description, but looking at a few of the Eurovans currently on the market, this seems to be a good combination of price, mileage and condition. The price is a few grand optimistic. On a good day, you may get close to $10,000 for such a Eurovan. When I owned two GTIs about ten years ago, I remember seeing a few of these around the dealer lot when they were new. They usually would only have one or two sitting around at any given time, and maybe one in the showroom. I was impressed with it’s build quality; the doors had a nice Geländewagen “thunk” to them. In time, I’m sure these vans, especially with the VR6 engine, will become more appreciated. They are certainly practical and a good option for the family man who dares to be different.

-Paul

2001 BMW M5

Blame this post on fellow GCFSB contributor Nate. Ever since he snagged his E28 M5, I’ve had M5 on the brain. I’ve driven a few E39s, and most notably, a friend’s 2003 525i 5 speed manual sticks in my mind as striking a great balance between luxury and sport. The shifter was accurate without being too notchy, the clutch takeup was perfectly weighted and the ride was serene without putting you to sleep.

I’ve dreamed about driving an E39 M5 for quite some time. I’ve been a passenger in one, but I’m hoping, someday soon, that I can buy a low mileage example of my own. The cost of entry to this 400 horsepower beast is becoming more reasonable, such as this particular one for sale in Connecticut.

2001 BMW M5 on Autotrader

LOOK AT THE MILES!! 50,210 Original Miles on this Gorgeous ‘01 M5 with a 6-Speed Manual Transmission!! This vehicle comes equipped with Navigation, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Power Heated Front Seats, Sport Suspension, Sport Steering Wheel, and much more!!! WOW.

Silver isn’t my most favorite color for an M5, however, it would allow me to slip past the fuzz more easily. Still, I’d rather have a nice dark blue, black, or just to be obnoxious, Imola Red.

Here’s a clip of Jeremy Clarkson’s series “Meet the Neighbors” where Nürburgring legend Sabine Schmidt does a hot lap in the E39 M5 Nürburgring Taxi.

-Paul

2001 BMW 740iL

Black and silver are safe colors for large, German luxury sedans. Highly desirable and easy to sell on. However, a few cars slip through the cracks with more flamboyant hues, inside and out. While this BMW 740iL has a relatively understated Midnight Blue exterior, the interior is what sets this car apart. The Oyster leather with navy blue piping, blue carpeting and other blue and oyster accents appear to be straight out of a high end yacht. I think it looks great on this particular E38, a model that is still revered by many enthusiasts.

2001 BMW 740iL on eBay

2001 BMW 740iL. Rare Oyster Interior. There is still plenty of tread left on the tires. The paint has a showroom shine. This vehicle is fully-loaded. With just 75962 miles, this car is barely broken in. 100% CARFAX guaranteed! 100% AutoCheck guaranteed! Very clean interior! Still has the new car smell! The transmission in this vehicle shifts very smoothly. All electronic components in working condition.

The buy it now price of $16,000 is a few grand overpriced. If this was a perfect car, owned by a collector and fully documented, I could possibly see it. But given that it’s just another dealer who happened to get his hands on a unique 740iL, well, there would have to be some concessions in order to offset any repairs and maintenance that might need doing in the near future. Given a good tidying up and a clean bill of health, I would love to have something like this. The E38 is one of those timeless designs that will be an icon of luxury for years to come.

-Paul

2001 Porsche 911 RUF RGT 13,000 miles

Not the fastest, nor, despite only 17 being produced in 2001, the most exclusive RUF model, but a RUF RGT is certainly both fast and exclusive.

The RGT is a great car, a GT3 Porsche available in the early 2000s for cruising the streets. One of the things that makes the RGT so appealing was the potent power, close to 400 ponies, coming without lag from the turbo free 3.6 liter engine.

While a casual observe may mistake this for one of the myriad of odd Porsche editions, those who recognize the RUF badge will know that only a mere handful of these cars exist.

New price on these was in the $250,000 range and this 13,000 mile model is being offered at $67,500. This is a pure driver’s car for the enthusiast who wants rarity and speed that comes from a wheels-up, factory built tuner car, not a stock Porsche saddled with various bolt on bits with questionable longevity. A new owner here can expect many miles of trouble free track and street performance and it is almost a necessity to get a car like this out to the track to let it stretch its legs.

2001 Porsche 911 RUF RGT 13,000 miles on eBay.

~Evan

2001 Audi S8 for sale

Within a couple of hours this past weekend, I drove past a manufacturer-plated, not-yet-for-sale 2012 S8 several times. With some extreme antennas and wires attached and two guys sitting inside examining a laptop, it must have been testing some manner of new equipment. Pushing the envelope of what big sedans can be is nothing new for the S8, and it made me think back to the original, Ronin-famed D2 S8 with it’s aluminum space frame and good-for-the-time 335hp 4.2-liter V8. The progression of S8s have been fantastic, but not to the extent where the original has lost much of its cache. Sure, it doesn’t have a V10 or twin-turbo V8 and is a couple hundred horsepower shy of those engines, but it still looks great and must still be a hoot to drive. So, while you could spend over $100k on the 2012 D4 (when it comes), or $50-70k for a used D3, you could get today’s D2 S8 in classic silver for under $9k.

2001 Audi S8 for sale on eBay


Seller’s Description:

Vision Custom Cars is pleased to offer you this 2001 Audi S8. You can own this car for a mere fraction of its original price.

I drove this car about 50 miles and noticed no problems with brake fade, no odd noises, and no blown speakers and no odd shakes or electrical issues of any kind. We serviced the car, detailed it, and took pics. All accessories worked well and the car on the whole seemed to run out exceptionally well. You could definitely tell it was well cared for. When I returned and checked it out in the shop I found no additional issues. The brakes seemed to have plenty of life left and the matching set of Michelin tires look to have plenty of life left on them as well.

The Good:

extra clean car – no rust – awesome color combo – leather seats with a ton of adjustments – great bose stereo – all aluminum lightweight chassis/body – just serviced and needs nothing – beautiful Audi – priced low! – xenon lights – rear & side sun shades – park sensors – tinted windows – all the toys! – Navigation

The Bad:

the rear sunshade sticks, other than that there really is nothing to note on the car, there is far less wear than normal for the miles. This car was VERY well cared for.

… This car qualifies for up to a 4 Year Warranty!

Provided the seller is being honest, having a rear sunshade the sticks be the only problem is incredible. 170k miles is a lot, but the bottom of the market for these can’t be much lower. A 4-year warranty would make it that much sweeter (but probably make the final price a bit more sour). Buy it for a winter cruiser and sell it for the same next year. Or drive it until until the wheels fall off. Either way, it’s a good price for a luxurious, quick, and well taken care-of sedan that looks like 10 times the asking price.

-NR

2001 BMW 740i Sport

The BMW 7 Series of 1995 through 2001 is one of those cars that was instantly immortalized once its less than pleasing successor was introduced. Offered with a the versatile 4.4 liter V8 or the 5.4 liter V12, these executive sedans were slightly less popular with dignitaries and businessmen than the Mercedes-Benz S class, however, they were a more mainstream choice than its other compatriot, the Audi A8.

My favorite of all the E38 7 series is the short wheelbase 740i with the M Package. Included in this option package were the classy 18″ M parallel alloys, black shadowline trim, a stiffer suspension and a modified Steptronic transmission with a higher stall speed on the torque convertor. Low mileage examples are getting hard to come by, but here is 740i Sport in a sinister shade of black for sale in California.

2001 BMW 740i M Package on eBay

You are looking at the cleanest blk/blk 2001 BMW 740I M pkg, sport pkg, and convience pkg. Have all service records and owner manuals. Options, xenon headlights, sunroof, leather seats, wide screen navigation only comes on sport pkg, M steering wheels, and wheels, bluetooth, 6 disc cd changer, rear window screens, wood trim, and much more. This is a one of kind car so dont wait!!!

The buy it now price of $14,500 is in line with market values and given the desirable color, full service history and stunning condition, I have no doubt this car will go fast. I think the complexity and looks of the 7 series that followed beginning for the 2002 model year will continue to put the E38 in a good light and position it as a modern day classic.

-Paul

2001 BMW 740i Sport

The introduction of the E65 7 series in 2002 left many BMW faithful scratching their heads. Not only was the styling questionable, but the new iDrive control garnered much criticism in the press for being too complex. As a result, it left many pining for the days of the previous generation E38 7 series. 2001 was the last year for this generation, and one of my favorites has always been the short wheelbase 740i with the sport package and M Parallel wheels. Here’s a clean, low mileage example in Florida for sale.

The seller states:

Extremely clean, great running 740i Sport. This is not a 740i with the M parallel wheels, it is the true sport package. I really enjoy this car, but with the amount of driving I do, it is time for something that is more efficient. Low miles for this year and always garaged. Tinted windows all around. Will need a glove box handle (glove box still opens and closes) and the rear driver’s side door lock actuator (works intermittently). Traction struts were replaced in November or December of 2010. The bushings in the traction struts are a common point of failure on these cars. Both of the small rear window shades have been repaired so they do not fail in the open position, and the front dash cupholder has also been repaired to keep it from failing in the same way that so many of them do. Front tires were replaced with Pirelli P-Zero tires at 60,840 and rears will need to be replaced soon. The price of the car reflects those few items that need to be taken care of AND the exceptional condition of the paint. Check my feedback and bid with confidence. Please ask any questions prior to placing a bid, and PLEASE do not bid if you do not intend to pay… if you aren’t prepared to pay, please don’t bother bidding.

A couple of other features that aren’t listed on the standard features page…

Auto dimming mirrors
Dual zone climate control
Vehicle alarm system with motion sensor
CD-based navigation system
6 disc CD changer
Premium sound system
HID headlamps
Soft-close trunk lid feature
Measured 66dB cabin noise at 70 mph on I-95… by comparison, my 2011 Honda civic is 70dB on the same stretch of highway, over twice as loud!

At $13,900, this is a hell of a lot of car for the money, even with it’s minor issues as described by the owner. The V8 version of the E38 is surely the one to have, as the more complex V12 will lead to higher running costs over time for not much more of a return in performance. If you are looking for a good long distance cruiser and appreciate the zenith of BMW design, this is the ride for you.

-Paul