2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK230

The first Mercedes-Benz SLK I drove was a 1999 SLK230 with the AMG package, similar to the roadster we see here for sale outside of Philadelphia. The car really surprised me, but it didn’t have anything to do with the speed or handling dynamics. I was baffled how Mercedes could build a sporty looking two seat convertible that felt and handled almost exactly like the 1998 C230 sedan I owned at the time. I shrugged it off at the time and reminded myself that I wasn’t in a BMW and instead focused on the positive, such as the car’s relatively rattle free ride, decent low end torque from the supercharged 2.3 liter four cylinder engine and electrically folding steel roof. Fifteen years has passed since these small cruisers first went on sale in the US, meaning they have turned into quite the bargain for people who want a bit of style at a discounted rate.

2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 on eBay

SUPER CLEAN 2001 SLK230. Clean Carfax, low mileage. This vehicle has been very well maintained. Completely detailed inside and out. Vehicle runs and handles great. Comes equipped with: 17″ alloy wheels, fully automatic power hard top, auto-dimming rear view mirror, home-link universal garage door opener remote keyless entry, and more.

The asking price of $15,995 is a bit much, even considering the mileage is on the low side and the car has the AMG package. Realistically, this is a $12,000 to $13,000 car all day long. Also, a manual transmission Mercedes appeals to fewer people in the US than Europe, even if it’s a sportier model. One more big obstacle for this SLK is that you could easily procure a late model R129 SL500 for similar money. I think we all know which drop top Benz most of us would rather have.

-Paul

2001 BMW 325xi Touring

The E46 Touring represented the first time BMW tested the waters with a small estate car for the US market. While it didn’t sell in quite the same numbers as the sedan or coupe, it certainly did well for itself in a nation obsessed with SUVs. Offering nearly the same performance as a comparable sedan with added versatility and available all-wheel drive, this was an attractive package for someone seeking versatility without compromising driving pleasure. These days, it’s rather difficult to find low mileage E46 Tourings, as they were often pressed into service to a greater degree than their sportier counterparts. Here we have a 2001 325xi Touring with under 40,000 miles for sale outside of Philadelphia.

2001 BMW 325xi Touring on eBay

2001 BMW 325xi Touring wagon. Only 39,xxx miles. All wheel drive, one owner, clean Carfax report. Heated seats, leather interior, power sunroof, automatic transmission, power locks, keyless entry, power memory seats, traction control, CD player

Realistically, anywhere between $11,000 to $13,000 will buy you a nice E46 Touring. As mentioned earlier, it is getting harder to find these five door variants in good condition, but pushing $15,000 is a bit much for a 10 year old 3 series. With a $1,000 to $1,500 discount, at least, this would make for a more attractive purchase.

-Paul

2001 BMW M5

Produced to go head to head with the E55 AMGs in 1999, the E39 M5 hit North America for model year 2000. Compared to previous generations, the E39 M5 boasted the high strung S62 V8 engine which displaced 4.9 liters and made 394 bhp. In contrast to the M62 V8, the S62 offered a higher redline, variable intake and exhaust valve timing, and individual throttle bodies. All of these things made for a fast revving beast of an engine that was the benchmark that all other sport sedans would be measured against.

This Titanium Silver Metallic over black leather M5 for sale in Fairfax Station, VA represents the quintessential sports sedan of its generation.

2001 BMW M5 on eBay

You are viewing a CARFAX CERTIFIED 2001 BMW M5 SEDAN / 87535 MILES / 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION / GPS NAVIGATION / FULL LEATHER / LUXURY TRIM / HEATED SEATS / SKI BAG / BI-XENON HEADLIGHTS / ENHANCED PREMIUM SOUND.  The color combination on this vehicle is: Interior-Black Boston Leather.  Exterior-Titanium Silver Metallic.  This vehicle is free of any dings, dents, scratches, parking lot scuffs-as the photographs will show.  This vehicle includes a full and complete owners manuals kit.  With over 23 years in highline automobile sales and service, you are insured integrity.

As a licensed Virginia dealer, I will gladly provide the buyer with a set of temporary tags and registeration.  Located just outside of Washington D.C, I will be glad to provide transpotation to any of our local airports.  I also can provide door to door vehicle delivery services.

In my eyes, this is the best M5 to own, with 80bhp more than the E34, and the V8 growl, and stunning good looks, these are the cream of the M5 crop. The E39 is also the last generation of a pure driving M5, as the E60 brought technology overload, which in my eyes takes away from the driving experience. At $18,700 this M5 is priced right out of the pages of NADA, and right along where the market has been. With reasonably low miles, and in seemingly pristine condition, this is a great buy on an epic sports sedan.

-Brian

Very Rare Manual 2001 BMW 325iT For Sale

These 3 series wagons are becoming a rare breed, one with a manual transmission is almost unheard of.  So, what’s the big deal?  As you may have heard the automatic transmissions in the 3 & 5 series cars of this era can be kind of fussy.

Granted, that is the exception and not the rule.  But why take a chance on something that is unreliable and less fun to drive?

2001 BMW 325iT For Sale:

“I am the second owner (both from Northern California) and purchased the car after a long search for a M/T wagon.  These are very hard to find.  I only wanted a car that had never seen salt/snow.

The car has 118k miles on it.  Many of the common issues have been addressed.  VC gasket, window regulators, front control arm bushings etc.  Owned by an enthusiast before me so most things were up to date.

Options on the car are Sport Package, Premium Package, xenon lights and Harmon Kardon Audio.  It does have a moonroof.  It does not have heated seats, navigation or park distance sensors.  The trim is wood.

Work I have done since purchase:  Tinted rear glass, OEM homelink, oil level sensor with LOF, final stage resistor, new cowl trim, new a-pillar trim, new hood emblem, new front grille, various clips here and there.

Pros:

Original paint – no accidents. I measured all the panels with a paint depth guage prior to purchase

Unmodified – completely stock

Runs extremely well.  Smooth and quiet.  Transmission shifts well and clutch take up is good.  Ride quality is amazing with no squeaks/rattles of any kind.

Color – I scoured the internet for Alpine White Sport Package wagons.

All controls work – power window, mirrors, A/C, moonroof, steering wheel controls etc.

Michelin Tires matching and in good shape.  Full size matching spare.

Folder full of records

Clean Carfax

Has the tonneau cover/dog guard missing on most cars

Tags current til October 2012
Brand new cargo mat

No CORROSION!  Super easy to work on.  Engine bay is beautiful

Cons:

The wheels have some light curbing here and there.  Still look great overall – no structural issues.

Paint has some chips that have been touched up by me.

Slight crack in the shift knob clearcoat – I replaced all the other wood with better stuff from other E46 wagon

Driver’s seat needs some attention.  Two common seams have come apart.  One in the bolster and one in the cushion.  I did not address this as I was considering changing the seats to alcantara from a ZHP.

Rear exhaust and front/rear bumper valances are scraped.  Previous owner had very steep driveway.  I planned on installing a Dinan exhaust and putting on a ZHP front bumper anyway. Can’t see unless you bend down and look.

That’s pretty much it.  I am sure there are some normal maintenance items that will need to be addressed in the future.  Front brakes should be done in a few thousand miles (I planned the Brembo upgrade), the oil pan gasket or oil filter housing gasket is beginning to leak, diff bushings and flex disc starting to crack etc.  Nothing immediate

Considering the limited number of manual transmission wagons available pricing is market based.   There are very few vehicles that offer the driving enjoyment and practicality for this kind of money.”

The seller is correct, it is tough to find a 3 series wagon for this kind of money regardless of the transmission.  Given how thorough the seller is I would say any and all flaws have been disclosed so there are no surprises on the horizon.

… well there can always be surprises but you know what I mean.

Anyhow, a wagon such as this for under $10k is a good value.  It does have some patina but nothing that can’t be sorted out by the next owner.  I am curious to see if the market agrees with my assessment.

~Aaron.

2001 BMW 740i Sport

On July 27, 2001, the last E38 BMW 7 series rolled off the production line. Picking up the baton was a car that polarized the BMW faithful. The E65 7 series. People rushed to buy the last of the E38s before none could be had. These were magnificent vehicles, and towards the end, the M Sport package added a few tweaks that worked amazingly well on such a large sedan. This lower mileage E38 is a nice example of the last of the breed.

2001 BMW 740i M Sport on BMW CCA Classifieds

4.4-liter V8, 282 hp, 324 lb-ft torque, M sport & premium pkgs, built 4/01, maple-wood trim, glass sunroof, power windows & door locks, a/c, power seats w/memory, xenon HID lights, telephone connectivity, rear window/passenger sunshade, BMW premium audio, DVD-based widescreen nav, M steering wheel, traction control, dual climate control, alarm/anti-theft system, remote keyless entry, 18″ staggered M wheels/tires, mechanically perfect, cosmetically great w/minor paint chips & door dings, great interior (no stains, tears, rips or scratches on carpet, leather or trim), no accidents, one owner, clean title, rarely driven (weekends), dealer maintained, always garaged, drives flawlessly, clean, passed smog emissions, excellent condition.

With only 60k miles, this is a decent price for a lot of car maintained to a respectable standard. I always enjoy perusing the BMW Car Club of America’s Classifieds because more often than not, the best examples of the breed come up for sale in such a venue. This E38 is no exception.

-Paul

Mean Santa’s Sleigh: 2001 S4 w/ OEM RS4 widebody

Let’s take a moment away from last-minute Christmas plans and get a little selfish. I’m very happy with my new car, but if there’s one out there that makes me feel funny inside still, it’s the B5 RS4. The first time I saw one was on a school trip to Paris in high school. I saw the low-slung, wide-shouldered uber-S4 parked on the street. As I pulled myself away to continue walking with the group, we turned a corner and I was confronted by another one. They left a lasting impression, and dug an “RS” shaped hole in my heart that exists to this day.

As Walter said in The Big Lebowski, “If you will it, dude, it is no dream.” This RS4 clone is the result of someone choosing to will the dream to reality. We still can’t import RS4s, but if you feel like coughing up the massive change required to get OEM panels, you can get something that looks like it. Featured in a eurotuner that I poured over, this car does a whole lot more than just look the part. 570hp at all four wheels takes it to a whole new level of insanity. If money were no object, this would be my dream.

2001 Audi S4 with RS4+ conversion for sale on eBay


The very eurotuner-worthy but purposeful description and parts list:

No expense has been spared to build this wagon. Previously owned by Adam of SDR Research in Colorado, it just received some fresh upgrades to bring it up to date with new technology and a new pump gas tune by Tony @ EPL. This car been been featured in Euro Tuner and is well known in the Audi community. Please see an extensive list of modifications below, I am sure I forgot a few things…

Car:

2001 Audi S4 avant
72k on the chassis
Clean title

Exterior:

Full OEM RS4 wide body conversion
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera pearl white paint
SDR Research carbon fiber hood with hood pins
Matte black exterior trim / emblems / mirrors / roof rails
15% window tint

Interior:

Full OEM RS4 interior conversion (seats, carbon fiber trim, shifter, steering wheel) – back seat is not installed
Custom suede seat inserts (higher quality that OEM)

Engine:

EPL custom pump gas tune (570 AWHP / 560 AWTQ)
3.0L stroker short block
3.0 Audi V6 crank
CP pistons 82.5mm (8.5 to 1 compression)
Pauter rods with oil rifling for the pin
Block machine bored / honed and internally balanced to 9,500 rpm
ARP main cap studs
O-ringed block
2.8 custom ported / flowed heads
Cat titanium valve springs / retainers
RS4 intake cams
2.7 exhaust cams
New valve guides / valve stem seals
Seven angle valve job
Tial 770R turbo kit
Custom Apikol intercoolers with bar and plate cores and ER cabron fiber shrouds
Hand fabricated divorced down pipes with 3 inch dual center section and V band clamps
Sportec catback exhaust with AWE center muffler
RS4 OEM Y-pipe
SDR Research carbon fiber Y-pipe (no longer installed)
RS4 intake manifold
Apikol snub mount
Aquamist water / methanol injection system
AMD custom methanol tank (trunk mounted)
Zeitronix wide band O2 sensor / ETG probe / boost sensor with interior digital display
AMD custom fuel system (dual Bosch 044 fuel pumps)
AMD custom breather system
EPL 80mm MAF
EPL 72lb injectors

Drivetrain:

Dahlback Racing V2 clutch
Single mass steel flywheel
Stern engine mounts
RS4 transmission mounts
Apikol rear differential mount
AWE drive train stabilizier
Stasis built 6-speed transmission (OEM gear ratios)
Stasis 4:1 center differential
Quaiffe rear limited slip differential

Chassis:

H-sport front / rear sway bars
Stasis Motorsport coilovers with remote reservoirs
Stasis Alcon 328mm Mono4 4 piston front brake kit
Stasis Alcon 298mm 2-piece rotors
Stern adjustable control arms
OEM aluminum front uprights
18 x 9.5 Weds Sport SA-67R wheels (20.5 lbs. each)
275/35/18 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires

Miscellaneous:

Optima yellow top battery (relocated to the rear)
Alpine head unit
Focal 5-channel amplifier
Focal speakers
Escort Passport laser jammer

Why? Because racewagon. This thing has been done to the nines and the result is truly special. From the well-chosen laundry list of tuner parts (I always love seeing Dahlback pop up!) to the Lamborghini white paint and black wheels & trim, this exact car has been in my dreams for years. There’s no market to compare this to, but for those looks and this level of ponies, its $48k asking price seems fair to me. Cheaper and more powerful than the reigning wagon-champ Cadillac CTS-V and terrifyingly expensive to replicate, it’s sad the creator of such a wonderful machine doesn’t have it anymore, but some Audi nut with a decently-sized wallet can reap the benefits without having to go through the craziness of putting all the pieces together.

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is an RS4 clone to keep the M5 company.

-NR

2001 Volkswagen Eurovan MV

I’m not a fan of large vans and trucks. While they are good for some things, I don’t foresee the day when I’ll be needing that much space or hauling capacity, given my hobbies. If I did, however, I’d want to be creative about it. This is where the Eurovan comes in. I’ve seen less and less of these vans on the road as the years pass and was surprised that Volkswagen had the audacity to replace this workhorse, known as the Transporter in other markets, with a rebadged version of the Dodge Caravan. Unfortunately, most of the US market is too unaware to notice.

While not as legendary as the Vanagon that preceded it, the Eurovan initially came to the US in 1992 as a 1993 model with a 2.5 liter five cylinder engine that produced an unimpressive 108 horsepower. Volkswagen sold the Eurovan for one year before pulling it from the lineup. The Eurovan was reintroduced to the US market in 1999 and the second time around it packed a more potent version of the 2.8 VR6, putting out 201 horsepower. They stopped importing the Eurovan in 2003 and sadly, the traditional big VW box van has yet to be seen stateside once again. Here is a relatively well kept example of the MV trim level, with rear facing seats, table and rear bench that converts into a bed.

2001 Volkswagen Eurovan MV on Cars.com

2001 Volkswagen Eurovan MV, 70,428 miles. VIN #WV2MB47021H129757

SAFETY FEATURES: Dual airbags, ABS, Traction Control, Child Safety Door Locks
EXTERIOR FEATURES: Alloy Wheels
INTERIOR FEATURES: Power Windows, Power door locks, heated seats, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM Cassette, AC
MECHANICAL FEATURES: Full Size Spare Tire

Yet again, another underwhelming dealer description, but looking at a few of the Eurovans currently on the market, this seems to be a good combination of price, mileage and condition. The price is a few grand optimistic. On a good day, you may get close to $10,000 for such a Eurovan. When I owned two GTIs about ten years ago, I remember seeing a few of these around the dealer lot when they were new. They usually would only have one or two sitting around at any given time, and maybe one in the showroom. I was impressed with it’s build quality; the doors had a nice Geländewagen “thunk” to them. In time, I’m sure these vans, especially with the VR6 engine, will become more appreciated. They are certainly practical and a good option for the family man who dares to be different.

-Paul

2001 BMW M5

Blame this post on fellow GCFSB contributor Nate. Ever since he snagged his E28 M5, I’ve had M5 on the brain. I’ve driven a few E39s, and most notably, a friend’s 2003 525i 5 speed manual sticks in my mind as striking a great balance between luxury and sport. The shifter was accurate without being too notchy, the clutch takeup was perfectly weighted and the ride was serene without putting you to sleep.

I’ve dreamed about driving an E39 M5 for quite some time. I’ve been a passenger in one, but I’m hoping, someday soon, that I can buy a low mileage example of my own. The cost of entry to this 400 horsepower beast is becoming more reasonable, such as this particular one for sale in Connecticut.

2001 BMW M5 on Autotrader

LOOK AT THE MILES!! 50,210 Original Miles on this Gorgeous ‘01 M5 with a 6-Speed Manual Transmission!! This vehicle comes equipped with Navigation, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Power Heated Front Seats, Sport Suspension, Sport Steering Wheel, and much more!!! WOW.

Silver isn’t my most favorite color for an M5, however, it would allow me to slip past the fuzz more easily. Still, I’d rather have a nice dark blue, black, or just to be obnoxious, Imola Red.

Here’s a clip of Jeremy Clarkson’s series “Meet the Neighbors” where Nürburgring legend Sabine Schmidt does a hot lap in the E39 M5 Nürburgring Taxi.

-Paul

2001 BMW 740iL

Black and silver are safe colors for large, German luxury sedans. Highly desirable and easy to sell on. However, a few cars slip through the cracks with more flamboyant hues, inside and out. While this BMW 740iL has a relatively understated Midnight Blue exterior, the interior is what sets this car apart. The Oyster leather with navy blue piping, blue carpeting and other blue and oyster accents appear to be straight out of a high end yacht. I think it looks great on this particular E38, a model that is still revered by many enthusiasts.

2001 BMW 740iL on eBay

2001 BMW 740iL. Rare Oyster Interior. There is still plenty of tread left on the tires. The paint has a showroom shine. This vehicle is fully-loaded. With just 75962 miles, this car is barely broken in. 100% CARFAX guaranteed! 100% AutoCheck guaranteed! Very clean interior! Still has the new car smell! The transmission in this vehicle shifts very smoothly. All electronic components in working condition.

The buy it now price of $16,000 is a few grand overpriced. If this was a perfect car, owned by a collector and fully documented, I could possibly see it. But given that it’s just another dealer who happened to get his hands on a unique 740iL, well, there would have to be some concessions in order to offset any repairs and maintenance that might need doing in the near future. Given a good tidying up and a clean bill of health, I would love to have something like this. The E38 is one of those timeless designs that will be an icon of luxury for years to come.

-Paul

2001 Porsche 911 RUF RGT 13,000 miles

Not the fastest, nor, despite only 17 being produced in 2001, the most exclusive RUF model, but a RUF RGT is certainly both fast and exclusive.

The RGT is a great car, a GT3 Porsche available in the early 2000s for cruising the streets. One of the things that makes the RGT so appealing was the potent power, close to 400 ponies, coming without lag from the turbo free 3.6 liter engine.

While a casual observe may mistake this for one of the myriad of odd Porsche editions, those who recognize the RUF badge will know that only a mere handful of these cars exist.

New price on these was in the $250,000 range and this 13,000 mile model is being offered at $67,500. This is a pure driver’s car for the enthusiast who wants rarity and speed that comes from a wheels-up, factory built tuner car, not a stock Porsche saddled with various bolt on bits with questionable longevity. A new owner here can expect many miles of trouble free track and street performance and it is almost a necessity to get a car like this out to the track to let it stretch its legs.

2001 Porsche 911 RUF RGT 13,000 miles on eBay.

~Evan