Feature Listing: 2008 BMW 328xi Sports Wagon

Over the past few years, my wife and I have had an ongoing conversation about what would replace her 2006 Subaru Outback. It’s not that we don’t like the car; in fact, quite the opposite. Subaru really stepped up the quality and look of the fourth generation Legacy and made it close to comparable to the European counterparts. A svelte exterior was matched by a luxurious interior, a great all-wheel drive system, and the theory of Subaru reliability. But there are several places where the Legacy, despite it’s massive popularity, shows its budget origins. The ride is great as long as the roads aren’t rough and are reasonably straight; it doesn’t really like corners much and if there is a bump mid corner prepare for you and your passengers to look a bit like bobble head dolls. Then there’s the transmission; if you went with the Limited spec like my wife originally did, you got the nicer interior wood finish, climate control and leather seats – but the manual was opted out, making them automatic only. Couple that automatic to the 2.5 liter boxer 4 and saddle it with the best part of 4,000 lbs and the result is anemic. But the real thorn in the side has been the reality of fourth generation Subaru ownership; far from trouble free, the Outback has eaten its headgaskets, wheel bearings, batteries and brakes like it’s going out of style. I think when you purchase something like an Audi or BMW wagon, you expect that once it’s outside of warranty there will be a big occasional repair – that’s the trade off for the luxury and performance of the nicer marques. But in a Subaru? It’s then when the other shortcomings really begin to wear on your patience and you begin to think of alternatives.…

Feature Listing: 1995 BMW M3 “Track Package”

It might not be Motorsports Monday, but with the weekend just around the corner, it’s a great time to contemplate a track day car. This 1995 BMW M3 comes to us by way of our friends at Euro Werkz and represents the first year for the E36 M3 in the US market. This example has been worked over, with additions such as an adjustable suspension, floating brake rotors and four point roll bar. While it’s done up decidedly for competition, this M3 is also street legal. In addition, a Chevrolet pickup with trailer comes as a part of the package, in case you don’t want to drive the M3 to the track.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW M3 Track Package at Euro Werkz

Feature Listing: 2006 Audi A4 1.8T Cabriolet with 36,000 miles

We like to seek out low mileage examples of our favorite German machines here at GCFSB, and this week, I’ve come across one in my own backyard here in the Mid-Atlantic region. Normally, an A4 Cabriolet isn’t high on my radar when it comes to the used market, but an old colleague contacted me this week telling me that he was putting his 2006 A4 1.8T Cabriolet up for sale, and it had only covered 36,000 miles. I had to go have a look for myself this afternoon and upon doing so, I’ve come away with a new found respect for this four-place drop top. With warm weather upon us, it’s the perfect time to be entertaining a ride like this.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Audi A4 1.8T Cabriolet on Craigslist Washington DC

Feature Listing: 2004 BMW 330Ci Convertible

The BMW E46 3 series strikes a good balance between the more analog nature of its predecessors and the edgier, more advanced E90 3 series that replaced it in 2006. One feature that disappeared on the convertible model post-E46 was a canvas roof. While the new folding hardtops are certainly a wonder of technology that offer greater all-weather capability, there’s just something classic about a traditional ragtop. Not surprising, then, that a few Bimmerphiles I know have sought out clean, low mileage examples of the E46 convertible, eschewing the newer models. If you’re one of those folks who always wanted the icon of open-roofed BMW motoring, you won’t want to miss this 330Ci Convertible for sale from our friends at Euro Automotion in Oregon.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 BMW 330Ci Convertible at EuroAutomotion

Feature Listing: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

It’s hard to believe, but it’s approaching two decades that the “New” Beetle has been with us. What debuted as the Concept 1 at the 1994 North American International Auto Show begat the New Beetle for the 1998 model year. This revival of an entry-level motoring classic was offered with a 2.0 liter inline-4 or a 1.9 liter TDI engine initially, with a hotter 1.8 liter turbocharged petrol unit arriving shortly thereafter. Everyone from college kids to retirees began snapping these up in their quest for a little bit of nostalgia. These were not the most reliable of Volkswagens, suffering a lot of the same trim and electrical glitches that plagued the car they were based on, the MkIV Golf. A few years on, you could buy one for a song on the used market, and demand for new ones started to wane.

Enter the A5 based Beetle which debuted in 2011 for the 2012 model year. This was a larger, more powerful and feature laden car than its predecessor. Its appearance was meant to ape a bit of the cues from the original Beetle, with a modified roofline and available steel wheels with chromed trim rings and hubcaps. We’re a few years now into the current generation of Beetles, and this 6-speed manual example with low miles comes to us by way of our friends at Euro Automotion in Happy Valley, Oregon.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle at EuroAutomotion

Feature Listing: 1997 BMW M3

Out of the box, the BMW E36 M3 offered almost everything a serious motorist could want. A lusty inline-6, slick manual gearbox and beefed up body cladding to differentiate itself from the lesser models on which it was based. But there’s always customers out there who want just a bit more or prefer to tinker with their ride a bit to stand out from the crowd. This 1997 BMW M3 comes to us from our friends at Sun Valley Auto Club and is equipped with a Hamann body kit and Hamann PG3 wheels, along with Sparco seats and H&R springs. Added in to the mix is a hue of purple that will certainly grab your attention.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 BMW M3 at Sun Valley Auto Club

1978 Porsche 928

In the realm of Porsche 928s, there are two models to keep an eye on these days. The ultimate version of this GT car, the 928GTS and very early versions, such as this mint 1978 928 with only 34,709 miles and equipped with the desirable 5-speed manual gearbox. This example comes to us from our reader Joe, who is friends with the folks over at 928 Classics. This 928 is listed concurrently in our Self Service Classifieds and is a very early model, serial number 0241. There are a few issues on this one to iron out, but nothing major. In silver with Pinstripe cloth, it’s a livery that still looks fresh to this day.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1978 Porsche 928 on GCFSB Self Service Classifieds

Feature Listing: 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL600

Like many other industries, technology has affected the cars we drive over the last 20 years in an impressive fashion. From digital music to adaptive cruise control, vehicles offer a large helping of convenience to motorists, but it comes with a price. After a few years, technology of course becomes outdated and as these complex systems age, problems ensue. This translates directly into increased depreciation, especially for high end luxury cars, like we see with this 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL600 for sale by our friends at Sun Valley Auto Club. While it might be attractive to purchase an über-luxury machine at a discount, the reality is it could turn out to be one massive headache. However, this CL600 isn’t any ordinary coupe, as we’ve come to expect from this seller. Looking very much the V12 flagship part in black on black, this example has just over 11,000 miles on the clock.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL600 at Sun Valley Auto Club

Feature Listing: 1989 BMW 325ix

When it rains, it pours. The BMW E30 325ix was not a huge seller during its lifetime and of course fewer examples exists today. Over 2.3 million E30s were produced, of which less than 30,000 had the “ix” suffix on their decklid. We’ve seen several clean examples over the last two weeks, both in sedan and coupe form. This 1989 325ix sedan comes to us from our reader Mike. This was originally an automatic car but received a 5-speed manual swap. For a car with just over 170,000 miles, it is a real minter and wears its original paint. This is one you surely won’t miss as it tears its way through the snow drifts.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 BMW 325ix on Craigslist Omaha

Coupe Week Feature Listing: 1988 BMW M6

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I think it’s fair to say that there are quite a few of our readership that came of age in the 1980s, and the cars from that era hold a special appreciation in our minds; this author included. As we work our way through our celebration of “Coupe Week”, I went bank into my memory banks a bit. Growing up flipping through car magazines every month, I studied and memorized the horsepower figures, the 0-60 times and scrutinized the driving impressions of every single car, but there were some that caught my attention. Admittedly, in the early 1980s I had a predisposition to the Porsche 928. It looked so futuristic, and with its big aluminum V8 the performance figures seemed otherworldly to someone who grew up with Toyota Tercels and learned to drive on a early ’60s Beetle with no clutch. But towards the late 1980s, a car came to my attention that I had largely ignored up to that point; the E24 BMW. Sure, they were good looking 2-doors, but to a young man power was everything and the 928 was top trump. But then my father sold his RT1100 BMW motorcycle and bought something the family could enjoy; a 1982 633CSi. My appreciation for the BMW instantly grew. The long hood and delicate A and C pillars were a symphony of design; the sharply angled nose and BBS Mahle wheels hinted at a connection to motorsports. Inside, I still remember the smell of the luxurious leather and the sound of the M30 heading its way up the tach. Solidly in “Camp 6” now, my new favorite car was the fastest version of the E24 that was available to U.S. customers – the M6.

Later on, my father’s priorities changed slightly and heading to the track more, he opted to get into a 1988 BMW M5.…