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

2000 BMW 525iT 5-speed

For many enthusiasts that read this blog, the E39 BMW 5 series is revered as the consummate sport sedan before BMW went crazy with i-Drive and funky styling. The fact that E39 series sedans are readily available with manual transmissions in both 6 cylinder and V8 format makes them even more attractive to enthusiasts. But when is the last time you saw a 5 series wagon with a manual transmission. And one with less than 60,000 miles? Here’s one available in Pennsylvania.

The seller states:

2000 BMW 528iT Wagon, 5 speed. Sunroof, leather, heated seats, BMW Dealer serviced.

Given the cost of SUVs these days, this 5 series wagon offers a nice combination of style, utility and performance for a very reasonable price. Given what these cost new, this is an immense bargain and the proven mechanicals should provide years of blissful service. If I needed something more commodious than a sedan, this car would get my vote.

-Paul

Clean 2000 BMW M5 for sale

It’s coming, folks: the days of affordable E39 M5s are nearing. Yes, the maintenance costs will keep you forking out the dough, but with prices of what many consider to be the high water mark of modern BMWs reaching into the low-to-mid teens, I’m already salivating at the thought of adolescent dreams coming true.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the M6 wheels, probably attributable to a lack of enthusiasm about the M6 in general and thinking that it looks too modern when put on older Bimmers, but I must admit that they look pretty sleek here. The sky blue is so pastel it’s gotta be cool, so this clean package ends up putting some pieces together I wouldn’t have come to myself and ends up looking great. At 128k miles, it’s not one of the cream puffs we post, but it is remarkably clean all things considered, and the price is right at a $15k buy-it-now. We are entering a golden age, friends, and the supercars that seemed so recent are getting old enough to be attainable.

-NR

2000 BMW M Coupe priced to sell

At the turn of the millennium, before constantly evolving and critiquing car blogs were around and my car info came exclusively from car magazines, I didn’t even know most people found the M Coupe ugly. The shooting brake has always attracted me, providing a funky aesthetic that wagon nor roadster can achieve on their own. Throw in the curves and aggression of the Mified Z3 and you’ve got one of the coolest cars of the past decade. Today’s clownshoe is one of the slightly less sought-after S52s, but if I remember anything from my friend’s Dinan E36, that engine can be beyond satisfactory. The dearth of information in the ad is counteracted by the attractive numbers: $8k, 84k miles. Let’s do this.

2000 BMW M Coupe for sale on Craigslist Fort Collins

The big question marks here, maintenance and how hard it’s been loved, should be dealt with before laying the money down. The blemishes shown in the pictures may not bode well for the latter, but on the other hand they almost continue the rat-rod aesthetic created by the flat black wheels/vents/grille, which I love. The interior reminds me of a scary clown dream. I could probably get over that though, or get some carbon inserts and new seats. Either way, despite a little necessary love, $8k seems like a good price of entry, and I dig the not-babied-but-awesome vibe it’s got going for it; it could easily be cleaned up, or the tough love could continue. Good times to be had either way.

-NR

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 for sale

The W210 Mercedes E-Class represents one of the first times I started seeing M-B as capable of the bruce I knew so well from their Bavarian counterparts.  The sport-edition E430 certainly looked the part with some slick 5 spokes and near-AMG body kit, but the real beast of the litter- subtly aggressive on the outside and packing tire-roasting torque on the inside- was the E55.  Now, some may scoff at its 349hp, 5.4L V8, but realize that we live in the most golden age of horsepower wars. Though it even gave up some power to its contemporary M5, the tides were reversed when it came to torque, making this a true muscle car from the great Hammer tradition.

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 for sale

This one comes in clean silver, showing off the well-shaped hood and clean lines front to back.  It has 133k miles and a less-than-descriptive listing so it could use a thorough pre-sale inspection, but it looks to be in good condition inside and out and is priced at a mere $10,000.  For 10 grand, you’ve got your own German ape-in-a-business suit, ready to spin those AMG monoblocks and look classy doing it.

-NR

No-Reserve BMW E39 M5 for sale

Here’s a chance to steal the quintessential super sedan from Bavaria without repercussions from the law.  The E39 M5’s design and performance has held up extremely well in the decade since its inception, the muscular shape still catching eyes and 400hp 5.0L V8 still scaring children, animals, and uninitiated lead-feet.  A minor fender-bender knocks this one’s AutoCheck score down a bit, but this is balanced out by fairly low mileage, just over 90k miles.  What isn’t balanced out is the garish interior, an unfortunate choice in this otherwise classy and handsome beast.

Overall this looks like a fine example that could be had at a great price.  I would seriously consider eBaying at least the seats if not the door panels too and finding something more… restrained.  Other than that, this is a great chance to snag one of the best BMWs in recent memory, one of those (sadly) increasingly rare instances of a Bimmer that truly is an Ultimate Driving Machine.

-NR

Clean 2000 E39 BMW M5 Red Dinan S1

This is quite a clean looking M5 for being a three owner car. The seller says it has never seen winter roads and has been in a garage all its life. With only 40,000 miles those three owners sure didn’t use it to commute very long. The car has some mild upgrades including the Dinan S1 package, with exhaust and intake. It also has a set of deep dish 20″ rims and aftermarket angel eyes. The clutch and flywheel have been replaced at 30,000 so they should be good for awhile. The engine bay looks amazingly clean.
The car is at $22,000 reserve not met. As long as the reserve isn’t set more than $10,000 from this, you could take this car and drive it for a few years and then sell it with out much depreciation as long as you take care of it.


~Evan

2000 BMW M Coupe For Sale: Unusual Oxford Green!

While early M Coupes don’t grow on trees, they’re not hard to find for sale either. But this single owner and rare color combination example stands out. It’s not as aggressive as the typical black, silver, or blue examples, but in it’s own right it stands apart in a more reserved combination.

Check it out on San Francisco Craigslist for $17900 with 80k miles:

quote from the Craigslist post:

This has been my pride and joy for the past 10 years, due to family situation, I must move on to a 4 seater. The car has been garage kept all its life. The body, interior, and mechanical are in great condition. Without looking at the odometer, one would think it has about 30kmi. It has no dings but some small chips from normal driving. Considering the rarity, M Coupe’s are surprisingly inexpansive to maintain. It struck a fine balance of reliability and performance. It shares the same workhorse engine as the e36 M3’s. My ownership experience has been very positive. You can go to http://www.tarr.com/personal/mcoupe.htm for more info on this car. It also has other links to various discussion forums.

About the car:
80400 miles
mobile 1 synthetic every 7k mi
80% tires and brakes
owned by mature family man (no modifications what so ever except an upgrade Blaupunkt stereo)
Oxford green exterior with beige leather interior
Glass pop up roof
Thule rack with fairing and 2 bike attachments included
Clean title with all original sheet metals
I have owned it since 9-1-2000 with 4800 mile

By now you’ve figured out that I’m an M Coupe fanatic, or you’ve been a long time reader and know my history. But this looks like a good opportunity to own a modern classic that will stand out amongst it’s peers for the quality care and unique color combo.

dc