BMW 740i

Along with the E39 BMW M5, the E38 740i is one of those über sedans that is on my radar for future purchase. Every time I return home to Philadelphia, I see a number of E38s, mostly in black, cruising up and down Bustleton Avenue through the Northeast section of the city, a predominately Russian neighborhood. Popular, then, both at home in Russia and abroad. It is still commonplace to see the E38 function as the vehicle of choice for heads of state, executives and wealthy individuals the world over. This particular 740i in upstate New York has the popular M parallel wheels and only 68,000 miles under it’s wings.

2000 BMW 740i on eBay

Mint condition BMW 740i, THIS CAR VERY CLEAN IN AND OUT black on black leather with only 68k miles, this car is in mint condition as you can see in the pictures, the car is loaded with navigation system and cd changer options. This car is very fast and very comfortable, everything works as it should, ice cold AC, 18” sport wheels and tires are in mint condition ,the leather is also in mint condition. I will also help with shipping and storage until a shipper can come out to pickup, not to exceed 30 days after auction close.

Standard Features:
Compact Disc Changer
Fog Lights
Garage Door Opener
Power Heated Mirrors
Keyless Entry System
Power Moonroof
Premium Audio System
Automatic Climate Control (2 Zone) – Driver and Passenger
Power Driver Seat w/Memory
Power Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
Trip Computer
Stability Control
Traction Control
4-Wheel ABS
Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
Front Head Airbags
Front Side Airbags
Anti-Theft Alarm System
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Cruise Control
Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
Power Door Locks
Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlights
Auto-Dim Rear View Mirror

Optional Features

Comfort Seats
Electronic Damping Suspension Control
Heated Front Seats
Security Glass
Sport M Wheels
Rear Head Airbags
Headlight Cleaners

Specifications

Exterior:
Width: 73.3 in.
Height: 56.5 in.
Length: 196.2 in.
Curb weight: 4255 lbs.
Wheel base: 115.4 in.

Performance:
4.4L V8 DOHC 32V Engine
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower: 282 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque: 324 ft-lbs. @ 3700 rpm

Fuel tank capacity: 22.5 gal.

The asking price for this 740i is about in line with where current values on these models are headed. The color combination and mileage on this particular car are surely going to garner its fair share of interest. I can’t help but get weak in the knees every time I see one of these sedans. The crisp lines and stance, especially with the M parallel wheels, is just perfect. This, in my opinion, was the zenith of the 7 series. You can have the bloated and overly complex current range. I’ll take an E38, thank you.

-Paul

1000 horsepower 2000 BMW 323ci M3 clone, kind of

You probably read that title and wondered how someone juiced a 2 liter M52 engine to 1000 horsepower. In reality this 323ci isn’t packing some massively nitroused or turboed inline six BMW engine, but instead a full race 410 cubic inch Chevy small block with a supercharger.

There has to be a bit of crazy sparkle in the eye of the gent who thought this conversion up, not to mention more than a couch full of spare change. This car has been around the net for a number of years, gathering its share of cheers and jeers.

The 2000 323ci has a salvage title so the car itself was probably sitting around awaiting a less interesting fate or was purchased for a song. Somehow, perhaps after an evening of drinking in the garage, someone got the idea of dropping an engine worth 10 times the value of the car up front, the seller says there is $40,000 invested in the engine. The seller lists the engine has having dyno sheets showing 850 honest horsepower before the addition of the supercharger, which is being claimed to push the beast to close to 1000 horse power. The engine a bored over 350 was pulled from a World of Outlaws sprint car and is mated to a GM 700R transmission. I’d probably want to see updated dyno sheets and I’d think twice about wagering on there really being Veyron horsepower at the rear wheels.

The car itself has had a BMW M3 GTR widebody kit added along with some M badges. A few extra holes in the body work have been added, presumably to help with heat. The trunk is filled with a fuel cell.

Inside the car looks stock other than the new autobox shifter and a redone digital dash.

The seller gives mileage as 5,000, who knows what exactly that refers to. Probably would be worth knowing how much track time the engine saw before the transplant.  I suspect it has seen some hard miles since the conversion. The ask price is $30,000. Some other crazy might buy it for that much. I’d be a bit scared of the longevity of something like this, but the hard work has been done so even if something breaks it would be easier to replace the second time. This would be pretty fun to surprise some people out on the street, but the novelty may wear off pretty quickly as this is probably two complete handfulls to keep in straight line. I’ve posted a few videos below showing the car as it appeared back in 2007, thankfully it has lost the ridiculous wing since these were made.

1000 horsepower 2000 BMW 323ci on eBay

 

~Evan

2000 BMW 528i Touring

The E39 BMW 5 series has rather a large fan base at GCFSB. Also, continuing with the theme of estates from our last post, this body style is quite popular amongst European car enthusiasts. The E39 Touring wasn’t the most popular vehicle in the BMW lineup ten years ago, a fact that is abundantly clear today, as an estate variant of the current F10 5 series is not offered for sale in the United States.

Here is an E39 Touring for sale with just under 80,000 miles and the desirable sport package for sale in Philadelphia.

2000 BMW 528i Touring on eBay

LOW MILES! Sport Package! Wagon! Classic silver/gray color combination! CD CHANGER! The Car has been inspected by our mechanic!

You are looking at a well kept, great looking sporty luxury wagon. The vehicle has been made and assembled entirely in Germany, and consists only of Germany made parts! This wagon is renowned in the world for its unique combination of luxury and superior performance thanks to its award winning I6 engine and almost 50/50 weight ratio, it has great performance to it – it handles and performs as you would expect such a highly acclaimed luxury vehicle! The metallic gray exterior combined gray leather interior gives the car a certain kind of unique classy appeal. It’s a never smoked in great sporty looking wagon. The car comes with 2 stage front airbags and 2 side airbags for you and your passenger’s maximum protection.

The engine is an exceptional I6 – one of the most powerful in the segment – runs strong and smooth provides the power you have come to expect from a BMW. The transmission has the BMW mark on it as well and shifts like on a new car, no skips or slips on shifts – actually it does it so smoothly that you can’t feel it shifting. The car runs great! The engine compartment is clean, and free of any leaks.

The vehicle also features DSC or Dynamic Stability Control, which is a lateral skid control system preventing the driver from skidding off the road in sharp turns and generally keeping the vehicles traction at its best. The A/C works well and blows cold air! We had our mechanic check the car and no problems were found with it. As you can judge for yourself from the pictures – the interior is clean while the seats show almost no wear! No electrical problems were found. The check light of the diagnostic computer reads ok. The engine compartment is clean, and free of any leaks.

This BMW is equipped with a dual-zone climate control system. The power locks, windows, seats and moon roof all work and are in excellent condition. It also features dual heated seats. All the power controls and buttons work a 100%. Rims are in great condition. The car also comes all season tires. The tires have been rotated, balanced. This is a very nice looking vehicle. It’s obviously been garage kept, and is in good condition.

Other than the fact this Touring is lacking a 5 speed manual, I have two small issues right off the bat with this car. First, the BMW badge is missing it’s enamel on the tailgate. These are a quick and inexpensive fix that simply finishes the look. Second, the headlights are suffering from the typical hazing. Fortunately, there are fix it kits out there for this problem. Other than that, the Anthracite Metallic over gray leather looks great and I’ve always been a fan of these deep inset BBS style rims. If ever I needed a family hauler, the E39 528 Touring will always been high up on the list.

-Paul

Car and Driver featured 2000 BMW M Coupe

This is a nice looking clown shoe with 72,000 miles. This two owner car that appears to have been well cared for. This specific car’s claim to fame is a cover photo on C&D magazine, which is kind of cool. The silver and black color combo looks good. The tinted windows add to the good look.

Somewhat surprisingly for an M Coupe or Roadster of this mileage, it looks like this one is remarkably stock. A nice Racing Dynamics cat back exhaust appears to be the only major modification and a good one at that. The owner has also had some suspension bushings replaced which is a good way to tighten up the handling.

The interior, trunk, and under hood, all show minimal signs of use.

Fairly heavy bidding has this up at $15,800 with lots of time left and the reserve not met. That is getting right up there pricewise, but there is still some room to go higher for such a nice looking example of this future collectable. The M Coupe Buyer’s Guide, http://www.mcoupebuyersguide.com/, lists average sale price at $24,000. Just the right amount of horsepower in the trusty six running through the manual transmission makes these a blast to drive.

Car and Driver featured 2000 BMW M Coupe on eBay

~Evan

2000 BMW Racing Dynamics R50 Sedan

This selection comes our way from an email sent by Nick. I apologize as I didn’t get to his email until tonight and the auction ends in just 20 hours. That said, it’s an intriguing listing considering where the bidding is currently ($14k +) and how close we are to e39 M5 territory.

This e39 started life as a more garden variety BMW 540i. However that really is selling the car short as the 540i, especially with the sport package and 6 speed gearbox, really do make for a powerful and fun sport sedan. But with a reported $60k in aftermarket upgrades parts, the performance of this car is elevated to very similar numbers as the M5 of the same generation.

Racing Dynamics has always been familiar to me from their ads in magazines like European Car and VW & Porsche before it. They have been making aftermarket parts for a few European marques for over two decades, but BMW in particular has always seemed to carry a deeper product line.

2000 BMW Racing Dynamics R50 For Sale on eBay

quote from the seller’s website:

This is a Racing Dynamics custom E39 BMW 540i with $60K invested. Modifications Include but are not limited to: -R50 engine rebuild, bored and stroked to 4.93 liter displacement, 11.3:1 compression, high performance cams, tubular headers with custom exhaust, Horse Power – 407, Max RPM – 6,200, Torque – 423, Max Torque RPM – 4,350, Axle Ratio – 3.46 limited slip differential, RDSport RD2 cast off-set front & rear wheels – 19″ x 9.0″ front, 19″ x 10.5″ rear Tires – Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires Tire size – fronts 245/35 rears 275/30 – RDSport (Brembo F40 OEM) 4-piston caliper, NEW 355mmx32mm slotted rotor front brakes -RDSport chassis kit & stabilizer bars -RDSport E39 Body Trim – The 2000 BMW 540i comes with factory options: leather interior, heated front seats, parking sensors, premium sound with DSP and six-speed manual transmission. Much more information is available to purchase inquiries, we have files full of mechanical records and more upgrade information here at DC Motors.

I really love those wheels! The appearance kit is also a nice upgrade without upsetting the understated lines of the e39. And I have no doubt the motor is a wonderful piece of work to put through the paces. My only criticisms would be the terribly out of date clear rear lenses, and the very stock looking interior. The pedal kit and shift knob/e-brake combo just don’t feel like they upgrade the interior enough to compliment the enhancements on the rest of the car. Especially since the M5 does…

Thanks for the forward Nick!

dc

2000 Mercedes CLK GTR $1 million, reserve not met

While we suspect this might be just a touch outside the market of the majority of our faithful readers, why not at least dream.

This is number 17 of 25. With just under 1,500 miles, you wouldn’t exactly call this a daily driver. I suspect every outing you make in this car will become an experience if not for the nearly 700 horsepower, then for the throngs of people you will have surrounding you every where you go. This is the price you pay for sharing tastes with the Sultan of Brunei. Find some open road and all gawkers can be left far behind. The 7 liter V-12 on these sounds awesome and will either scare people away or draw more gear heads to your car. This is despite two mufflers that look like 50 gallon barrels.

At this point, with technology from the late 90s, the car is dated, but really who cares? To me the exterior is still fantastic. When these first hit the track I couldn’t look away and it still ranks as perhaps the number one modern classic on my list of most desirable cars. More exclusive than a Mclaren F1, more brutal than a Porsche GT1.

There can’t be more than a handful of these stateside. Any takers?

2000 Mercedes CLK GTR on eBay.

~Evan

2000 BMW M3 Touring Wagon Sleeper

Two years ago I would have come across the listing as I had been in the market for a performance German estate car and was following the online offerings. I was looking for something that gave the sporty German car feel, but also had room for things like my hockey gear or for a trip down to the home improvement store. This car, however was spotted and sent in to us by reader Wes.

The high performance offerings from the German car makers should convince you that estates are great, just don’t call them station wagons. Cars like the Audi RS6 Avant, BMW M5 Touring, and Mercedes E63 Estate, really shouldn’t be associated with a term that conjures up visions of the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. These cars offer nearly equal performance to their sedan brethren, but with added utility of spacious cargo or additional seating area.

Plus their limited production numbers and shape make them super stealthy. If the production offerings are still too common for you then a custom built wagon like the one featured here might be for you.

BMW didn’t offer an E46 M3 touring, but that didn’t stop many people from wishing it existed. It is only natural that some of those wagon fanatics, who had some ingenuity and/or some spare cash, bolted up a few one offs.

This car started life out as a typical 323i T, but the old driveline has been pulled and the running gear from an M3 was put in place. The chassis has 160,000 miles, but the engine has 68,000. 17,000 miles have been put on since the conversion so we can say it has been well shaken down at this point. Besides the engine and 6 speed he donor 2004 M3 also gave its suspension, brakes, exhaust, rearend, ECU, and gauge cluster. The car also has newer hood, fender, and headlights and a non-OE M3 look bumper.

This car looks well put together and the seller provides a nice description about what has been done and what still needs work. The rear fenders for instance need to be rolled to prevent rubbing on the 19″ rims with weight in the back. Since the point of a wagon is to be able to load up the back a new owner is going to want to do this or step down to 18″s. The intake could use some work as well to tidy up the under hood appearance, which will likely get shown off a lot at local cars and coffee events.

The stance of the car and traditional BMW M quad pipe exhaust hints at what lies beneath, but with the 323i badge still firmly in place this car would surprise a few folks out on the street.

Bidding is currently at $13,000, with no reserve. We’ve seen some German wagons sell for big dollars, as this type of car has a cult following. Combine the wagon aficionados with those who like unique custom German iron and we could see bidding on this run up past $20,000.

 2000 BMW M3 Touring Wagon Sleeper on eBay

~Evan

 

2000 BMW Z8

After watching an old Top Gear episode from season two, I thought, hmmm, haven’t seen many BMW Z8s on GCFSB lately. Here’s one with 37k miles for just under $100k for sale in La Jolla, California.

The seller states:

This southern California BMW Z8 six speed, silver with red/black leathers, is a fine example of the legendary Z8 Roadster. The Z8’s leading edge engineering and style make it one of the world’s most coveted, high performance, modern day, limited edition sports cars. Standard options include: ABS, Traction control, stability control, front side-mounted airbags, remote vehicle anti-theft system, engine immobilizer, Xenon high intensity headlamps, Headlamp wipers, Speed sensitive wipers, Harman/Kardon stereo system, Multi-CD located under seat, 260 watts stereo output, 10 speakers, diversity antenna, speed-proportional power steering, retained accessory power, air conditioning, micron air filtration, Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, heated driver and passenger seats, one-touch power windows.

The BMW Z8 Roadster was inspired by the extraordinary BMW 507 and is an all- aluminum body. Powered by a 5.0 liter DOHC 32-Valve V8 engine, developing 394 bhp @ 6600 rpm and 368 ft. lb. of torque @ 3800 rpm. 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. This vehicle comes with hard top, top stand, books and tools. The extraordinary BMW Z8 roadster is revered by collectors worldwide as one of the fastest appreciating sports cars avaialble today. This car has been lovingly maintained since imported new into the US.

I was never quite sure what to make of the Z8. It seems as if BMW lost the flagship plot ever since the last 1989 635CSi rolled off the line. The 8 series was never as recognizable as the E24 6 series and floundered in the marketplace even though it had plenty to offer in the way of performance and comfort. While I’ve never been fortunate enough to drive a Z8, from everything I have read, it has been pegged as more of a grand tourer even though it appeared as an outright supercar. Perhaps this is why it was with us for such a short time.

The 507 roadster from the 1950s was a gorgeous machine and I think the Z8 payed an excellent homage to it and gave us one last breath of good, clean BMW styling before the Bangle era took hold. These Z8s will more than likely hold their value over the years and anytime they reach into the $90,000 and below range, it is a decent value, in relative terms.

-Paul

2000 Volkswagen Passat TDI Wagon 6 speed manual

I have lengthy discussions with a good friend of mine in the Boston area about how there is a lack of decent diesel and performance wagons available in the United States with a manual transmission. Coincidentally, my friend drives a 2003 Audi A4 1.8T wagon with a manual gearbox. Here’s an interesting Passat wagon for sale on eBay that he passed along to me earlier this week, one that was brought over by someone in the German military working in the United States. This could very well be the only Passat wagon with the TDI engine and a 6 speed manual in the US at the current time.

The seller states:

Up for sale is a a very rare ONE owner 2000 Volkswagen Passat TDI wagon, with 217k original kilometers which is 135k miles. This is a one owner car that belonged to the original owner who was working in the US on behalf of the German military. This is the legendary diesel wagon which achieves almost 50 miles per gallon, but was never offered for the US market. Best color combination, Black mettallic on Gray. Fully legalized with a clean and clear Maryland title, ready to be registered in any state! This is the only Passat TDI wagon of this body style in all of US.

Features a 1.9 Turbo diesel ALH engine, mated to a 6 speed manual transmission

Loaded with the following options:

Monsoon Sound System
Alloy wheels
Power locks/windows/ mirrors
Climatronic climate control
6 CD changer
Side Impact Airbags
6 SPEED MANUAL
Keyless entry
Here is your chance to own the one and only Passat TDI wagon with a 6 speed manual transmission in all of the US.

Please note the car is a 2000 model, not a 1980 like listed on ebay, as the ebay system cannot decode the vin number. The exterior of the car is in excellent condition. The black paint looks great and has a deep gloss to it, as can be seen from the pictures. This Passat has NEVER been in an accident and has no previous paintwork of any kind! This TDI has a completely clean Autocheck report.

The interior is in great shape with no rips or tears. All power options work great! The entire interior is very clean! Has a spare tire with tool kit. As well as a set of original floor mats. Has nearly new tires all around!

Timing belt and water pump has been replaced at 101k miles at Stohlman VW in VA!

Mechanically: Starts, runs, and drives like a solid german built car. The suspension feels strong and tight with no rattles. The engine runs smooth, and is very powerful. . There are no check engine or warning lights on of any kind. The manual transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears. This car has been taken care of all its life and it really shows. If you wouldnt see the odometer, you would never believe that this car has 135k miles. It looks, and drives like a car with a quarter of its miles.

One thing that I noticed about this car is that it has power front windows and manual rear windows, something not seen on US Passats. This feature is similar to the setup my grandfather had in his 1982 Peugeot 505. A neat touch, I think. Granted this is a rare piece in this country, but in Europe, this would be any old Passat on the market. Over $16k for an 11 year old Passat with about 135,000 miles seems a bit ridiculous. Other Passats of this vintage are regularly trading in the $5,000 to $7,000 range on average. Given it’s rarity, I could see a $1,000 to $2,000 premium, not one which puts it in line with a new Jetta.

-Paul

2000 Audi RS4 Avant, 1 of 4 in the USA

I preface this entry by stating that my favorite estate vehicle of all time is the Audi RS2. This high performance version of the Audi 90 estate was built in the same factory as the legendary Mercedes-Benz W124 500E/E500 and had some tasty Porsche styling bits to compliment it’s 2.2 liter, 20 valve 5 cylinder turbo engine. As a follow up, Audi introduced the A4 based RS4 in 1999, but never imported this vehicle to the US. Or did they…..?

2000 Audi RS4 Avant on VW Vortex

The seller states:

I’m posting this for a very good client of mine. He had 3 of these brought into the United States in 2001 and they are all legit for the USA. It was hemogenized and has a full 17 digit VIN Number. I’ve personally sat in this car and driven it and it is unbelievable. He bought 3, sold off one back in 2001 and currently has two of them (his and hers). This vehicle has not been beaten on any whatsoever (couple are in their early 70’s) just true Audi enthusiasts. Vehicle holds a clean Colorado title and is located in Aspen, CO. Seriously enquires only please.

2000 Audi RS4 quatto advant (only made as avants)

Blue Exterior (I would assume Nogaro)
Black Recaro Leather
35,000 Miles
AWD
425HP

Manual Transmission

*Car is certified for US use by DOT and EPA. Accordingly, Germany only parts are available from Audi US. Colorado titled.*

Audi Factory Racing Department (RS) slotted rotors and calipers, Audi Factory Racing Department sport cat and exhaust system, remote escort radar/laser detector, hood bra, Audi bright leveling headlights, new updated Audi Factory Boge shocks, sport/racing seat belt harness system, newly replaced factory Bose speakers, XM radio installed and ECU factory Audi Racing Department remapped for 91 octane gasoline. Germany 98 octane. $3,500 remapping essential, according to Factory Audi Racing Department, to eliminate detonation.

Purchased the vehicle in Germany with 2300 miles

No accidents

Title not salvage

Two keys

Never smoked it

Service records available

Brand new tires on stock RS4 wheels and brand new Blizzaks on a secondary set of wheels.
Vehicle is being offered at $49,000. Again, serious enquires only please. This vehicle was owned the right way and I am doing this as a favor for a client!

As much as I like this RS4, the $49,000 asking price is too high in my opinion, even if a value on such a rare car is hard to place. At this price point, I simply couldn’t drive this car in good conscience on a regular basis. If it were about $15,000 cheaper, this would be a seriously tempting piece. One thing is certain though, the cool factor for this car is off the charts and you’ll never see yourself coming and going on the street, unless RS4 clones suddenly become all the rage.

-Paul