For 911 buyers who want extra power, but without going the route of forced induction, the 911 GT3 (and its sibling the GT3 RS) makes for a fantastic alternative. Always considered more track-focused than the 911 Turbo, the GT3, through a combination of added lightness and added power, attempts to extract every ounce of ability from the 911’s already excellent chassis without going for a full track-focused setup. Performance with civility. While the GT3 only first debuted in 1999 as part of the 996 lineup, Porsche has long offered variants of this sort and they are consistently excellent and as equally revered. The car we have featured here is a Guards Red 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 located in San Francisco, which delivers its 435 hp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.
Ever since the release of the iconic Carrera RS in 1973, Porsche has periodically introduced production cars so as to fulfill homologation standards for road racing series in which they planned to race the 911. Not surprisingly, these cars are highly regarded and sought after. While the GT3 RS takes buyers a little closer to a RSR, the GT3 remains an excellent alternative for most drivers and possesses probably 95% of the GT3 RS’s performance for a bit less cost. For all but the most devoted racer or collector the GT3 probably even represents better overall value. The car featured here, a 2010 Porsche 911 GT3, comes from the 2nd generation of the 997 and features a 3.8 liter flat-six delivering 435 hp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. Like many of these cars this one has seen very few miles.
2014 will reportedly introduce to the U.S. a car that many Volkswagen fans have been eagerly awaiting – the Golf “GTD” TDi. Basically a GTi with the turbo diesel in place of the 2.0T, the GTD looks great, drives wonderfully and gets some fantastic mileage. But go back a few years and we basically already had the prototype here; the short lived 2010 Jetta TDi Cup Edition. What you got for your hard earned bucks was a basically a Jetta GLi with it’s heart yanked out and replaced by the thrifty and torque-laden turbo diesel. But this wasn’t just a styling exercise for Volkswagen – they had actively engaged in racing the Jetta TDi in the “TDi Cup” to help promote the TDi brand, so this car has some racing heritage as well. Only 1,500 were produced in black, white, blue, or today’s Salsa Red:
Weird but true: I’ve always liked the Volkswagen Eos. From the first time I saw a new one in 2007, the Eos always grabs my attention. It’s cute without being “cute”, it’s aggressive without being overstated, it’s clever without feeling over thought. I love the retractable hardtop; it gives you great coupe looks with the top up and a nice clean look with the roof stored away. As a 4 season convertible, Volkswagen just looked like they got it right. Most of the Eos were shipped to the U.S. with automatic transmissions, but a few early on got a 6 speed manual mated to the 200 horsepower 2.0T found in the GTi. The result? A convertible GTi that’s lost the “hatchback” look. Aimed squarely at the BMW and Mercedes crowd, these were never a cheap option but today you can grab a lightly used model for about the same price as a lightly equipped Golf. Take a look at today’s fantastic in Salsa Red over Cornsilk Beige interior:
Engine: 2.0 turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 50,423 mi
Price: $21,981 Buy It Now
Eos 2dr Conv Manual Komfort
2.0L I4 16V GDI DOHC Turbo
Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned
City 21 MPG / Highway 31 MPG
This is the perfect Eos package; the Salsa Red is a gorgeous deep bluish red, the beige interior is the one you’d want with the top down (think: black=bacon), and this car is equipped with the 2.0T mated to the 6 speed manual. Win! Further, although this is a “Komfort” model it’s equipped with the upgraded and nice looking “Le Mans” alloys.…
The Volkswagen Cabrio was the company car of sororities everywhere and the dream vehicle for every high school girl out there. It was also a car that Volkswagen got a lot of mileage out of, with the Mk1 chassis living on in open roofed duty until 1993, and the Mk3 living on well after Mk4 production commenced. The Cabrio exited stage right in 2002, and Volkswagen would be without a convertible until the Eos came along in 2006. This was a complete rethink for the drop top Volkswagen, as a folding hardtop was now in place of the cloth roof, adding greater all weather practicality but increasing the cost significantly. North American customers could order their Eos with the 2.0 liter TSI four cylinder or VR6 engine, mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG automatic.
This Eos for sale outside of Philadelphia is looking rather beachy in its light blue metallic color and has the popular four cylinder/DSG gearbox combination.
Engine: 2.0 liter inline four
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 21,100 mi
6 Speed DSG automatic transmission $1,100.00 option, 17 inch LeMans alloy wheels $450.00 option, splash guards $200.00 option, touch screen am/fm radio, power moonroof, 3 spoke multi-function steering wheel, heated seats, Bluetooth, 6 disk in-dash cd changer, dual digital climate control, SD card reader, fog lamps, ESP traction control, cruise control, heated side mirrors, power driver seat, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, satellite radio, AUX input, keyless entry, alarm, power windows-locks-mirrors. This car is excellent condition inside and out with no disappointments.
The vehicle is covered by the remainder of the factory VW bumper to bumper warranty and no charge maintenance plan until 3 years or 36,000 miles. Also the factory VW powertrain warranty until 5 years or 60,000 miles.
Today, I’ve decided to jump from one manual transmission to the next. Albeit this time we’ll look at one that has a bit more get up and go than the Mercedes featured earlier.
Similar to Audi, BMW has decided to nix the traditional estate, or Touring model, from the US lineup. As of this moment, if someone wants a new BMW that is more versatile or commodious, you’ll have to look towards their lineup of SUVs or the oddly shaped 5 series Gran Turismo. There are rumors, as purported by Automobile Magazine, that BMW is planning to bring a Touring variant of their new 3 series across the pond, but it has yet to be seen if it will be offered with this 535i xDrive Touring’s most tasty feature, the 6-speed manual gearbox.
Sold in very limited numbers here, this 535i XDrive Touring is made even more rare with the three pedal option. This gearbox mated to the 3.5 liter, twin-turbo inline six producing 302 horsepower will make sure you can haul fast. Literally. And the dark green over tan color combination would look right at home in The Hamptons or country club parking lot.
Model: 535i xDrive Touring
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 30,145 mi
Navigation, ultra-rare 6-speed manual transmission, premium package, heated seats, heated steering wheel, Harman Kardon Logic 7 Premium Sound System, panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, one previous owner.
Every time I see a late model E60 5 series Touring for sale, they don’t seem to come cheap. Could it be the uncertainty of whether BMW will bring the 5 series Touring back to the US? Or are these 5-door Bimmers just that good. I tend to think both reasons are at play here.…
Longroofs are the perfect way to add a confused look on most people considering sports cars. “But how could a mom’s car be a good driver’s car?” “Wagons are slow.” Etc. Well, real car fans know some of the coolest sports cars in the world have been wagons. RS2/4/6? E63 Wagon? Who doesn’t want an M5 Touring (side note, I saw an M5 Touring with Antigua plates at a local gokart track. Foreign envy boiling)? Well, this isn’t quite an M5 Touring, but it’s about as good as we’ll get in the States. With a twin-turbo 3.0l inline-6 and all wheel drive, this almost sounds like one of those fancy-fast Audi wagons! The cherry on top is the rare 6-speed manual, an ever-increasingly refreshing sight these days. Edging this 535xi a little closer to M5ness is an M-Sport Package and Dinan goodies, including chip and exhaust pushing the N54 to over 380hp and 420lb-ft. Not bad for the most popular car in Silicon Valley soccer field parking lots.
I think you would be very hard pressed to find another sport wagon–with the M-sport package, no less–fitted with a 6-speed manual in the US. This is a fully loaded car in immaculate condition. Additionally, the car has the Dinan Stage 3 engine tune and a custom fitted Dinan exhaust. Michelin Pilot Sports replace the standard run-flats. Immaculate condition. No dings. No wheel rash. Fully loaded, save for rear air bags. I have thoroughly enjoyed this car. It is special. Looking for the right home!
I was pretty surprised to see the potency of the Dinan upgrades (although Dinan only lists 2 stages and the ad says it’s “Stage 3”). Combined with the standard-yet-rare option boxes already ticked, this is a kickass wagon.…
While I love burning imprudent amounts of gasoline in my M5, I also have a fascination with TDIs and hypermiling. This probably stems from a love of road trips and superlatives, and few cars are as day-to-day efficient as the VW/Audi TDIs. To commemorate their innovative and eponymous spec series, VW got awesome and paired the TDI with the GLI’s suspension and interior. There’s talk of them bringing the similarly-conceived GTD over someday; yes please. Reader Graham tipped us to his dad’s TDI Cup for sale on eBay, with the awesome note that his dad once bought a M-B 2.3-16 off of this blog’s ancestor, tjrubley.com. Right on!
From the seller:
I’m reluctantly auctioning my 2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup Edition. I started a new job on 9/24 with a 70-mile daily commute, plus sales trips that can add another 200+ miles each week. Previously, my daily commute was 10 miles, with much shorter sales trips. The upside is that already in one month, the fuel mileage has increased from my previous 40.4 mpg overall average to 41.2 mpg (it’s all on Fuelly.com; my best fill-up is 51.5 mpg, and I have all receipts). However, this is a special-edition car that I feel is too rare to subject to a road warrior’s lifestyle. Factory options on top of the sport suspension and special Interlagos interior on the TDI Cup package include power sunroof, iPod integration, and the Jetta floor mat kit with a Monster Mat for the trunk. The combination of style, comfort, convenience, safety features, and efficiency are compelling; hence, the decision sell has been tough. Further, this car is nearly perfect, interior and exterior, and is garaged day and night. My history with the car dates to February 2012, when I purchased it from York VW as a one-owner VW Certified vehicle.
The 4.2L V8 S4s are a hard act to follow. In 2009 when Audi announced that the S4 was returning to forced induction, many were skeptical that this car could live up to the S4 name.
While the supercharged V6 gives up 7 bhp to the predecessors V8, it makes up for it with a 20 ft-lbs torque increase and cuts the 0-60 by about .5 seconds. The B8 S4 puts the power to the ground via Audi’s legendary Quattro AWD and their new active sport differential. With more usable power, better gas mileage and loads of technology, and refinements, the new S4 takes Audi’s sports sedan in to the future, while living up to the S car heritage.
This clean Brilliant Black over Silver Alcantara S4 for sale in Houston, TX is a true gentleman’s sports sedan.
Introducing the 2010 Audi S4 that comes with legendary 3.0L V6 Supercharged engine, 6-speed manual transmission, Premium Plus Package, navigation, power sunroof, heated front seats, leather interior, Bluetooth phone system, rear backup camera, rear parking sensors, Xenon headlamps, Sirius Satellite Radio, alloy wheels, fog lights, power front seats, power locks/windows and so much more.
The B8 S4 is leaps and bounds beyond its predecessor, the only gripe that myself, and many other Audi enthusiasts will have is the loss of the 4.2 V8’s exhaust note, which when approaching the rev limiter is one of the best noises any car could make. That being said, it’s a small price to pay for what you get in the B8. Priced just a hair below retail, this S4 checks all of the right boxes with its black exterior, Alcantara seats, and the 6-speed. The only major option I wish this had would be the dynamic chassis, but that’s certainly not a must have for me.…
The last time I visited the fatherland (in my case, Portugal), I had a BMW 320d with a 6 speed manual for a rental vehicle. With its four cylinder turbo diesel engine, cloth interior and mid 40 mpg figures on the highway, I longed for BMW to offer a more basic vehicle to US customers, while still retaining the excellent road manners of BMWs of yore. When the 128i first arrived in the US in 2007, I had high hopes. Sadly, only a two door coupe and convertible were offered, not the two and four door hatchbacks available outside of these shores. Six cylinders were the only engines of choice, many of which were mated to automatic transmissions. My hopes of a 120Si, or even better, a 120d, were dashed. These 1 series were not a whole lot cheaper than some of their larger 3 series counterparts which begged the question…why?
Well, now that these 1ers have been out for a few years, resale values have dropped them into more realistic territory, prompting me to search out for my favorite of the bunch, the entry level 128i with a 6 speed manual. Here is one for sale in Pennsylvania at a shade over $20,000.
2010 BMW 128i Coupe, 6 Speed, sunroof, power & heated seats, bluetooth, satellite radio, iPod and USB connection. One owner, dealer serviced!
I have driven a 1 series before, specifically, a 2009 128i 6 speed manual. To be honest, it brought back a lot of fond memories of my 1988 325is. The engine sound and feeling of the gearshift and clutch gave it that old school BMW feel about it that we all know and love. No iDrive, no navigation system, no paddle shifters. Just plain old fun. I still think the first generation 1 series looked better as a two and foor door hatchback, but I have warmed up a bit to the coupe’s proportions over the past couple years.…