2002 BMW 525iT Sport

BMW does and has always understood that there are many varieties of car buyers. From the “A to B driver”, all the way to the enthusiast, BMWs product line has offered something for everyone, and this is a prime example of that. It’s becoming a rarity these days to find any car with a manual transmission, let alone a wagon. The combination of buyer laziness,  and transmission technology are making the all mighty 3rd pedal an endangered species.

For those of us that prefer…scratch that demand a manual gearbox our options are slim. So where does one turn? More and more it’s towards cars like this well cared for 2002 BMW 525iT for sale in Philadelphia.

2002 BMW 525iT Sport on eBay

2002 BMW 525iT Wagon

•For sale we present another GR8 buy and another beautiful and very rare model BMW 5-series Wagon Sport (525i)
•This car seems to have been very well maintained and serviced by the previous owners.
•Fairly low 120k Original, true highway miles (less than 12k miles per year avg.) Less than Average travel by all standards.
•This is a great find: 5- series Wagon which are very hard to find in any package or options.
•This is a perfect Altimate Driving machine which is great for cargo space and camping commutes while still delivering the sports feel and BMW drive.
•Extremely rare find on 5-Speed Manual Transmission!!!
•A very rare SPORT PACKAGE equipped model that comes with Sport Alloy 18′ Wheels, Sport Steering “M” Wheel, “M” Shifter Knob and Sport Suspension, also Xenon HeadLights, Heated Seats and PARTRONIC (Front & Rear)*****
•Engine sounds great, it is quiet and pulls strong. It yields very good MPG on the highway.
•Clutch is tight and grips extremely well you can change gears with minimum effort, GearBox is smooth and very responsive.
•The car drives and handles like a BMW Altimate Machine should(no squeaks, no pull)
•Nice color combination Gray Exterior, Gray Interior, Xenon HID HeadLights
•Exterior is beautiful, the car shines like new, it looks very clean and well kept. A few door dings and fingernail scratches in few spots barely noticeable to the naked eye…..SEE PICS!!!!
•Overall the exterior is in very good condition considering the year and mileage of the car.
•Interior is clean and has been well maintained. There appears minimal wear on the seating upholstery. Absolitely no foul odors and no visible stains on the carpet or upholstery…SEE PICS…
•Overall the interior is in good condition considering the year and mileage.
•Tires seem to have plenty of tread remaining and are a Matching MICHELINE set!…..SEE PICS!
•Don’t miss out on this gr8 buy. The next owner will surely enjoy this one for many years to come.
•These wagons are hard to find and are very sought after
•If you looking for one of these Wagons you know you can’t find it anywhere on the net so, DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE….you won’t find another one like this!!!!
•Good Luck and Happy Bidding!

This is a smoke-free automobile.There is no damage evident on this vehicle.This is a garage kept vehicle.The engine on this vehicle is running properly.The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate.There are no signs of prior damage on this vehicle.Vehicle has minor dings on the exterior body.This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission.All power equipment is functioning properly.Overall, this vehicle’s exterior is clean.The interior is clean and in good condition.There is plenty of the tire tread remaining.

If you have any questions about this or any of my other auctions please feel free to contact Tony via e-mail or you can call me at (215) 645-2021. Thank you for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you.

With 120,057 miles and in 8 out of 10 condition, this car should go somewhere in the $7500 ballpark, however with no reserve, this auction is an opportunity to get a great deal. With 4 days left there is plenty of chance for buyers to step up, so we’ll have to revisit this one in Paul’s week in review.

-Brian

 

 

1977 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-speed manual

The late 1970s was a about the halfway point for the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL. Here in the US, the only SL on offer was the 450SL, powered by the 4.5 liter V8 producing 222 horsepower. This engine was teamed exclusively with a 4 speed automatic in the US market. If, however, you lived in other parts of the world, you could order the 182 horsepower, 2.8 liter twin cam inline six and even opt for a manual transmission with four or five gears. In the case of our feature car, it has the desirable combination of the 2.8 liter six with the five speed manual transmission.

1977 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-speed manual on eBay

A Mercedes SL with a 5 speed transmission? A rare car in the USA, because it was never directly imported by the Mercedes-Benz factory, but rare even in the home markets, with 1347 produced in 1977. This car was privately imported early in life to California, so has NO RUST and no evidence of accident history. We purchased the car some time ago, with a previous history of a long term owner. We bring our favorite Mercedes-Benz cars right away to a Mercedes-Benz Factory trained technician, for a thorough inspection and repair program.

The car runs great!! The low total mileage of 115,031 represents a large amount of remaining use. Driving feel is fantastic: maneuverable, tight, responsive are all words that come to mind. Most W107 SL cars were produced with V-8 engines, mostly to satisfy the US market. The MUCH lighter twin cam six cylinder engine coupled with a 5 speed transmission gives a completely different feel. The high output engine has a definite growl and the manual transmission is a perfect match. Also, as a technical note: automatic transmissions absorb approximately 35 horsepower, where a manual transmission absorbs only 8 -10 horsepower. It makes for a better feel when the engine starts out with 185 horsepower.

While going over the car, we check over and service the brake system, cooling system, all fluids, electrical systems etc. We are happy to report that all systems are go, only needing basic operations to bring them up to date. As usual, the electrical systems on 107 Mercedes-Benz cars are quite trouble free, and this car has all working gauges, lights horns etc. Air conditioning and heating systems have been serviced and are operating properly. Water temperature and oil pressure all operate at proper levels, as befitting a low mileage car.

Chrome fittings are in excellent condition, including grille, bumpers handles and body trim. Lenses and lights all operate properly, and look great. The no-rust body and chassis is very straight and original, complemented by the blue metallic paint color. We do a polish operation on all of our cars, to bring up a fresh shine, and while the paint is presentable, there are a few chips and nicks etc, as well as varying levels of paint shine quality over the totality of the body panels. Overall, the paint is in good condition.

The red interior of this car is in excellent condition, and also very outstanding visually. All the chrome trims on the sides of the seats are intact, which is a bit rare. Carpets and dash trim look great with only a few cracks on the top of the dash pad (see photos). Also, there is a matching body color hardtop included in the sale, in excellent condition. Please note: the convertible top canvas is not present. The top frame work is stowed under the metal boot lid.

In summary, this is probably the best specification W107 SL to buy, and this car in specific is a recommended buy. It is such a different feel than a regular V-8 / automatic car, the difference is night and day, as well as a great color combination.

Blue metallic teamed with a red interior is a combination not often seen on the R107. The slimmer Euro bumpers also lend a more lithe look to this roadster than the heavy crash bumpers mandated by the US government. The only thing I’d change to finish off the package would be to add the flush fitting Euro headlights. Values of R107s have been rising across the board, as enthusiasts begin to recognize the strengths of the series. This is a nicely kept example for someone who wants a little more sporting of a drive. If this SL could be had for between $12,000 to $15,000, it would be well bought.

-Paul

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SE (350SE) 4-speed manual

The W116 is perhaps one of the most forgotten Mercedes-Benz S class generations, but even this staid sedan had a few interesting versions. We are all familiar with the beast that is the 6.9, but here is an interesting version with what looks to be a 4.5 V8 and a 4 speed manual. Also included are a few tasteful modifications.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul who found this beauty and wrote the post, like the seller and the original importer has been duped. This car is not as the seller states a 450SE, but likely a much more significant Euro market 350SE. It could be the importer called this a 450SE to help ease the importation. A 450SE with a manual was almost unheard of. This car shows its Euro heritage with the Euro bumpers and headlights and also has only had the speedometer converted, the other gauges in the instrument cluster and the climate controls remain the original Euro, German language ones. The VIN number indicates a 350SE. Without seeing the actual engine data plate it is easy to confuse the two models, particularly this one which seems to have an air cleaner like the 4.5, earlier 3.5 engines had a smaller, circular, air cleaner with the intake on the passenger side. The 3.5 liter V8 was marked as a M116 engine in the W116 chassis. The 4.5 liter V8 was marked as the M117 engine in the W116 chassis. Many consider the smaller 3.5 V8 to be the better engine. It was a marvelous piece, very high revving and nimble. Couple that engine with a manual transmission and the short bodied 116 chassis car and this must be quite a fun ride. I would get rid of that particular set of aftermarket rims. Replacing the stock 14″ items with 16″ or bigger is a good idea, but there are much nicer looking rims for classic Mercs. A set of expensive AMG Ronal 5 spokes would complete the authentic AMG look. This is a great find and likely to only be appreciated by those in the know so look for a possible bargain here if it doesn’t attract too much attention. Though the price already is that of what a similar mileage 450SEL can be had for.
~Evan
Back to Paul’s comments:

The seller states:

Hey everyone up for sale we have a mint condition 1978 450SE Euro model with 81k original miles and a manual 4 speed transmission. Not sure if it is a 3.5 or a 4.5 (Bureau of Automotive Repair says 4.5) I am the second owner of this beautiful car, The first owner was an elderly man that drove it seldomly and kept it garaged under a car cover most of its life. It runs great, engine runs very smooth and powerful, absolutely no leaks whatsoever, Shifts perfect, clutch feels like new, temperature is always steady at 80C. The two front windows are electrically powered while the two rear windows are manual (set up available for euro models only). It has Michelin Pilot tires with 85% tread left and an almost perfect interior as you can tell by the photos. The only minor defects are: a slight vibration at 55-60mph and the AC needs to be recharged. I have a clean California title thats ready to be handed over to the winning bidder.

Values of W116 S classes have been notoriously low for Mercedes-Benzes in recent history, except for that of the 6.9. There are 14 bids on this already as I write this with two days left in the auction, so we’ll see if the reserve is met and where the value goes.

-Paul

1992 BMW 850i 6-speed for sale

I was visiting home (Seattle, WA) recently, and went to a fish and chips spot on one of the local lakes to meet up with friends and family.  As I walked through the parking lot I remembered that this was the place I had first seen a BMW 8-series many years ago.  It was a later 850CSi as opposed to today’s 850i so it had a little extra mojo, but the low-slung GT shape is as magnetic now as it was back in 5th grade.  The E24-like greenhouse, sweeping fender flares and imposing rear end make for an unmistakable car and one of the cleanest examples of a BMW halo-car.

The initial 850i models may be the least powerful of the eights, but it’s all relative, and we’re talking about a 5.0L V12!  This decked out 8-series also comes with the rare (and awesome) 6-speed manual.

1992 BMW 850i 6-speed for sale on Craigslist

The bad:  Complex V12 is a beast for maintenance.  Only the onboard computer, one of two, is working.  I never liked those wheels; they look too small and cheap.

The good: 5.0L V12 connected directly to 6 gears.  Timeless, gorgeous shape.  Plenty of luxury, including a car phone! (Can this be connected to my cell number?)

Even with less than 90k miles, if you go into a V12, or a BMW, let alone a BMW V12, without thinking you’re going to spend some money, you’re dumb.  With that established, this is a whole lot of car and engine for $13k that could be spruced up into one hell of a grand tourer.

Clean E36 M3 Sedan near SF

The E36 M3 sedan is the first fast car I drove, and, like a first love, has stuck with me ever since.  Unleashing a couple of 16-year-olds in a Dinan M3 was perhaps a foolhardy move by my best friend’s dad, but luckily we kept it in good shape other than a few check-engine lights due to impatience with the M warm-up sequence.  It was a dream to drive; every pebble in the road gently communicated to the hands, every gearchange a satisfying snick, and every corner was our own railed rollercoaster.  E36s in general are fine, but the 4-door M3 has always struck me as markedly sexier than any of its generational brethren.  I tried to buy that Dinan a few years ago at $14k, but couldn’t make the finances work (luckily it’s being saved for my friend).  These days its not difficult to find them for under $10k, and this nicely modified 1997 sedan demonstrates the accessibility of clean examples.

1997 M3 Sedan for sale on Craigslist SF

I could do without the Supersprint DTM exhaust (Dinan’s looks almost stock but sounds perfect) and I’d raise the adjustable rear suspension just a little, but this is a very clean example with some nice, simple modification choices (I don’t know of a car that looks bad with BBS CHs).  157k miles is on the higher end, but at $9k it’s still a great value, and if the engine goes bad, spend some money swapping in a Euro S52 or S54 and you’ll still have a performance bargain.

Final Note: Thank god it’s a manual.  In my mind, automatic E36 M3s might as well be junked.

-NR