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.
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.
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
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.
The Z8 is the fastest car I’ve ever driven. Such superlatives create a special place in one’s heart, and this Bond car is no exception. While it doesn’t get mentioned much these days, it was a true beast when it came out and can still cause uncontrollable laughter as it chirps the tires in 3rd gear and takes off with the wonderful roar of the late, great S62. Styling is tame in the face of ubiquitous flame-surfacing, but refreshingly classic thanks to aping the general design of the incredible 507. The back end is quite simply my favorite stern of any car, with perfect roadster proportions with aggression and class to match its mechanicals. Today’s example has a museum-worthy 15k miles, but a museum would be such a waste of that glorious wide-open sound.
Nothing too interesting from the seller, but the numbers tell the story. Other examples with reasonable miles can be had for under $75k, but this Z8’s lack of use demands special treatment in the form of $114k. That’s a mere 12% depreciation from the original MSRP of $130k, and soon enough that number should change to appreciation. Appreciation is a fitting word here, of both the form of a fantastic BMW and my thanks for having the opportunity to wring one out one sunny afternoon!
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.