With all this controversy surrounding the Volkswagen Group and the EPA investigation regarding its diesel engines, who knows what the future holds for oil burners in the US. BMW was relatively late to the diesel game, although they did offer a diesel powerplant in the E28 5 series back in the 1980s. However, the 1990s were petrol only for the US market. So that begs the question: how did this 725tds make its way stateside. Cars like this under 25 years old that weren’t originally intended for US sale are always a risk in the used market, but somehow, this one got registered in California, a state known for its strict emissions rules.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 BMW 725tds on Craigslist Orange County
Engine: 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-6 diesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual
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Not only is this E38 a diesel, but it is equipped with a 5-speed manual. This would be the last 7 series to come with a three-pedal option, which was a feature we would never see here stateside. The ad copy here isn’t very detailed which leaves a lot of questions unanswered for potential buyers, not in the least the lack of a mileage figure. The other big question left unanswered is how this thing is legal to drive on US roads. While all states have different registration requirements, the general rule of thumb is that you can’t bring in something under 25 years of age without huge obstacles to overcome (or if you can get a “Show and Display” exemption). My guess is this might have been a car left behind by a diplomat who may have gotten some sort of exemption. Whatever the case may be, if you can figure out the legal hurdles, this would be one unique E38 to go tooling around in.