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:
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BMW has done much to advance the notion of a sport sedan throughout history, but few embody the concept better than the E36 M3 Sedan. Available for just two short years here in the US, a four-door M3 wouldn’t reappear for another decade until the V8 engined E90 M3 arrived on the scene. A lot of these M3 sedans are equipped with the automatic gearbox, but this Alpine White example for sale at Enthusiast Auto Group has the desirable 5-speed manual gearbox and has covered less than 100,000 miles.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW M3 Sedan on AutoTrader
The 540i M-Sport we posted this week posed some interesting questions in regards to the E39s available on the market. The 540i has a good engine and lots of choice bits, but the E39 M5 has the engine and even more choice performance parts. I asked why you wouldn’t just spend a little more to get the Big Daddy, and today we have an example of just how attainable the E39 M5 is these days. Originally owned by the CEO of the Tire Rack, this M5 has just about everything you’d want when looking for a used car – huge Autocheck score, not that many miles (but enough to bring the price down a little), well-informed owners, and overall great condition. Is it worth $16,500? In my eyes, hell yes.
Click for more details: 2001 BMW M5 on eBay
For me, an indication of a car’s provenance is best captured by period accessories still in place and not lost to the hands of time (or multiple owners). Take, for instance, this M5′s factory cell phone: sure, it’s ugly and large enough it could double as a self-defense tool, but it’s also refreshing to see it wasn’t unceremoniously ripped out when owner number 4 decided that space could be better served by some aftermarket cupholders to hold his Big Gulp. The original radio is still in place, the the few mods there are – such as the Alpina wheels and Billy Boat exhaust – are high dollar, high quality upgrades. Residing in a fair-weather climate like Charlotte doesn’t hurt, either.