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2003 BMW 540i M-Sport

Lets get this out of the way right off the bat. The E39 BMW 5 series is the best looking sedan ever made. It is the pinnacle of balanced design and it’s beauty is only accentuated by the garish abomination that succeeded it. Show me someone who says they love their “Bangle Butt” 5 series and I’ll show you a person in serious denial. BMW tired to scale back the ugly on the F10 but it’s still a bloated boat compared to the clean, svelte E39.

Growing up I was obsessed with the hottest version of this beautifully thought out machine, the E39 M5. One of my favorite pro skateboarders had two of them and could be seen thoroughly enjoying them in his video parts. At age 15 a blacked out M5 with “peanut butter” interior was THE car and it remains a vehicle that I am still in lust with. However I’m a bit more educated than I was back then and I know that while the M5 is the lead, there is an equally impressive supporting player in the cast, the 540i M-Sport.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 BMW 540i M-Tech on USE

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2007 Porsche Cayman S

I don’t like to make assumptions, especially within the automotive community as doing so is often met skepticism as to your intelligence and overall ability to function as a human being. That being said, I’m going to make two assumptions right now.

One: You were online yesterday and saw the new Porsche Cayman GT4 which you instantly fell in love with.

Two: You cannot afford the Porsche Cayman GT4.

I think these are fair assumptions to make because I’m a German Cars For Sale Blog reader and so are you. I’d love to have the fully clapped out brand new Cayman but given that I’m an automotive blogger, that’s just not in the cards. The first gen Cayman S on the other hand is well within the reach of many an automotive enthusaist and not just the high mileage beater ones either. Many a nicely equipped Cayman S can be found with around 50-80k miles on the clock for a reasonable price. For example, this one down in Dallas, TX has all the options you need and none that you don’t.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Porsche Cayman S on eBay

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1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor

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At age 10 I was really into collecting die-cast models from Maisto and I vividly remember picking up a 1/18 scale version of the car you see above. As a 10 year old a model of a bright yellow roadster with a functional folding top seems pretty damn cool but only a few short years later after seeing a real one I found myself thinking “that car is so lame.” Of course it was completely due to the circumstances in which I saw the car (tacky retirees at the wheel) and the fact that my automotive tastes had begun to shift towards overwrought Japanese vehicles. If only I had realized in my youth what I have realized now, the R170 SLK is a pretty nifty little car and holds an important place in Mercedes Benz history.

With it’s folding steel convertible top the first gen SLK was quite the head turner in it’s debut year. Mercedes sold 55,000 of the retro-futuristic roadsters worldwide and it snagged the title of North American Car of the Year from Car & Driver in 1998. Weighing a respectable 3,036 lbs. and featuring a 185hp supercharged inline-4 engine, the SLK 230 Kompressor moved from naught to 60 in 7.2 seconds which for the olden days of the late ’90s was pretty good. It marked Mercedes’ return to making a light little roadster with a four cylinder engine, something they hadn’t done since the glory days of the 190SL. I think it’s safe to say that had the SLK not been successful, Mercedes may not have figured out that it’s ok to put smaller motors in their cars when it suits the chassis.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 on eBay

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2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Please give a warm welcome to our newest writer at GCFSB, Andrew Maness. Andrew is active with his own page over at Jalopnik, The Road Less Driven. Welcome Andrew!

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For most people owning a 911 falls into the same category as traveling the world on yacht with the Pirelli calendar girls, you’d love for it to happen but it’s highly unlikely. For the briefest of moments some of us regular folks could go out and scoop up a 911 SC or 964 at a relatively reasonable price, but thanks to the internet, that ship has sailed. These days there’s only one generation of 911 left where the cost of admission to the “Stuttgart Originals” club is within reach, the 996.

Mention this particular era 911 to most enthusiasts and you’ll get a mighty big eye roll. Lackluster design, frumpy interior, unreliable components, that’s just some of the shade that get’s thrown at the 911’s built from 1998-2004. While I will agree that the exterior design is not my favorite, it’s still better looking than 90% of the vehicles on the road.

The interior is devoid of all the creature comforts we’ve become accustomed to in today’s cars but is that really such a bad thing? These cars we’re built with the intended purpose of enjoying piloting them, do you really need a vehicle that’ll read your text messages and tell you showtimes for Taken 3?

Click for details: 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S on Cars.com

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2009 Audi TTS

Please give a warm welcome to our newest writer at GCFSB, Andrew Maness. Andrew is active with his own page over at Jalopnik, The Road Less Driven. Welcome Andrew!

Given that I am currently a card carrying member of ACLA (Audi Club Los Angeles) and I am about to put my B7 S4 Avant up for sale, I am frequently asked “well what kind of Audi are you going to get next?”. It’s a bit presumptive on the persons part to assume that just because I’m a club member that I’m going to stick with the brand. True I do have a lot of love for Quattro driven vehicles but since moving to Southern California from Vermont that love has wained a bit over the last 6 years.

I fell in love with Audi because they’re the oddball of the German brands and I like things that are different. These days their vehicles have lost some of that character but I suppose that’s to be expected given how much the brand has grown in the last decade. 2009 marked a turning point for the brand as that’s when they killed off arguably the best body style they ever had (B7 pride!) and dropped their partnership with Recaro. However 2009 wasn’t all bad news as they also offered an S model of the TT coupe for the first time. I’ve always had a soft spot for the TT ever since Tom Cruise spun one off a cliff in MI:2 and the second generation body style is one of my favorite Audi designs. It looks especially good in white but one must resist the urge to “stromtrooper” the vehicle. Black wheels are overrated people, trust me, been there done that. I would however support powder coating the signature TTS gas cap, that’s a tasteful modification.

Click for details: 2009 Audi TTS On Cars.com

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