The E30 Tourings are coming. As the weeks and months pass, it seems that there are those here stateside willing to go to lengths to import the E30 that was forbidden to us, the five-door Touring. Most of these lifestyle estates that have cropped up for sale have had the 2.5 liter inline-6 under the hood, but this one is powered by the turbocharged 2.4 liter inline-6 diesel that we saw here in the E28 5 series. For those who want an E30 Touring but seek a bit more economy, this one is available in Los Angeles.
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Lately, I have been struggling to figure out what sort of vehicle best suits my needs as I do a fair amount of hauling and the M3 coupe is not ideal for such tasks. On top of which, the ability to load things into an E36 two-door is constantly challenged by the low roofline, narrow trunk opening, and seats that always need to be folded down to swallow anything of substance. In between truck-related fantasies, I’ve thought about wagons like this W124 with its cavernous, CUV-like rear hatch while still being familiar enough to deliver a distinctly German driving experience. This late-production, pre-facelift W124 is in great shape with, in my opinion, one of the better color combos out there. I don’t think an older automatic wagon is quite where I’m at yet, but it is interesting food for thought.
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At the Geneva Auto Show this week, Audi unveiled a special version of its latest beastly estate, the RS4 Avant Nogaro selection. This RS4, painted in (you guessed it) Nogaro Blue harkens back to the first RS car 20 years ago, the legendary RS2 Avant. Now, before Carter corrects me, the RS2 Avant’s hue was in fact RS Blue, not Nogaro Blue. It’s unlikely we’ll see any variant of the newest RS4 on these shores, at least in Avant form. But, you can still pick up a used example of the B7 S4 Avant with the 4.2 liter V8 and the gearbox that God intended, the 6-speed manual. This 2007 S4 Avant has covered 75,000 miles and does its best to blend into the scenery with its subtle Dolphin Gray Exterior.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi S4 Avant on Cars.com
My GCFSB colleague Jeff has discussed the idea of the “forever car” before, after his brother shared an article regarding a classic Porsche 911. I was intrigued by this notion. My R53 Cooper S has a bit of this ideal about it, as it is a car I can’t see parting with anytime soon. It does everything too well. It’s fast, engaging, economical, easy to park and can haul a decent amount with the rear seats down. It suits my every need and has been trouble free to boot. But if I ever needed something a bit larger, what would I turn to?
Well, without question, this car would be high up on my list. The E91 BMW 3 series Touring with a 6-speed manual gearbox. A old childhood friend of mine just scooped up a 6-speed manual E91 Touring and loves it. His wife wanted an SUV, but luckily he won that round. We featured another 328i Touring, but this 328i x-Drive Touring, brought to our attention by our friends at BlythBros. is the stuff that dreams are made of for estate fans. Black over Oyster leather, M-Sport package, 6-speed manual. Does it get any better than this, folks?