Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:
All posts tagged 2002
The BMW Breadvan. The Clownshoe. Ugly. The Z3 coupe (and its M sibling) have been called everything under the sun, but I have always found the shape extremely eye-catching and funky. You may not like funky, but I think it works in this application, with those deeply flared haunches and angry nostrils. The car has attitude, especially when clad in screaming Dakar Yellow paint. Though this car also has a rebuild title, I am firmly in the camp that a salvage title does not necessarily sound the death knell for a car, especially one that is so desirable someone saw it worthwhile to fix back up. Although I’d never want to see the photos of the tree that landed on this low-mileage Z3, I would gladly take a chance on one that’s relatively affordable compared to its counterparts with repair-free histories and rapidly-climbing price tags.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 BMW Z3 3.0i Coupe on eBay
Last week, I popped a quick ad up on our for a stock Mk. IV GTi 337 Edition. Not only are GTis in just about any form rare to find stock once the warranty in over, but in the case of the 337 and 20th Anniversary Edition GTis, it is nearly impossible to find one that hasn’t been modified to death. Lucky for us, we can take a closer look at this 337 because it failed to sell and was relisted this week. The 337 was an attempt by Volkswagen to bring the GTi back towards its roots; the VR6s made a great noise and were more refined highway cruisers, but the basis of the GTi was back in those peaky 4 cylinders that combined economy, light weight and performance into defining the hot hatch category. In that light, Volkswagen equipped the 337 – called the 25th Anniversary edition in Europe – with the 1.8T motor now churning out 180 hp coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox. To keep weight down but looks up, the 337 received specially painted BBS RC wheels with a revised sport suspension and larger brakes. Additionally, the 337 came with a unique body kit and some awesome Recaro seats that again evoked memories of the 16V GTis and you could get it in any color you wanted – as long as it was Reflex Silver:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Volkswagen GTI 337 on eBay
The more I write about these cars, the more they have grown on me. Like many, I was never a huge fan of the body design of the 996, but I have gradually come to admire these cars over time. I will never like the headlights, but the rest of the shape bothers me far less than it once did and for any buyer’s performance dollars the 996TT is seriously tough to beat. I especially like a black 996TT, like the one featured here: a Black on Black 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo that clocks in with a mere 6,200 miles. While a standard 996TT is hardly a slouch, this one has had some engine work that’s sure to make what was already a quick car, even quicker still. Thankfully, the car retains its stock appearance, something that anyone shopping for a 996TT knows, sadly, is not always the case.