Federalized 2001 Audi RS4 for sale

If you could bring one Euro-only car into the US, what would it be? Thanks to those selfish debtors hogging the best kit for years, there are so many good choices. Lancia Delta Integrale HF? Yeah, I want that. Any generation of M5 Touring? I want that too. Even the mundane E30 wagons get me going thanks to their status as forbidden fruit. However, the first car that comes to mind for me is the original B5 Audi RS4. As I’ve recounted before, upon first seeing one parked in Paris I stopped dead in my tracks and just stared for a few minutes, only to be doubly shocked when I walked around the block and saw another one. The front fascia and beastly wheel arches are to die for, not to mention the insane 350hp 2.7l Biturbo. There have been some amazing conversions (which are almost as brutally expensive as the real thing), but somehow the previous owner of today’s RS4 went through the whole song-and-dance to get this factory RS4 into the states. You, sir, deserve a round of applause.

2001 Audi RS4 for sale on eBay


From the seller:

The car is listed as a 1980 because ebay does not recognize the vin number. 2001 Audi RS4 titled, registered and federalized in California as an rs4. I was selling this car for the owner on a consignment sale but when i saw it, i just purchased it from him. I now need the money, so its up for sale. The owner before me originally bought this car for 125k back in 2004 with a little less than 10k miles. This car is super clean and fast. The only mods on the vehicle are awe down pipes, intake, and a chip computer, this was all done back in 2004, it was always serviced at Santa Monica Audi in California. Comes with factory navigation system and tv, the only problem is that its for another country so you cant use it over here in the u.s. The radio works fine and it also has a 6 disc cd changer. Interior is in mint condition, no one rarely ever sat in the back seats, the recaro seats are still in incredible condition. I have the clean california title in hand under my name and its ready for sale, I just had the car smogged 2 weeks ago and it passed with no problem. Tires are still in great condition, comes with michellin pilot sport tires with about 80% life left on them, also comes with a full size rs4 spare tire. This car is a super rare car and any Audi fanatic will love it. The only problem the car has right now is that the LED display on the cluster is going bad, the pixels in it are dying, this is about $150 fix, i might have it fixed by then. The car was also recently inspected at WMS (WIcked Motorsports) in van nuys, buyers are also welcome to do a pre purchase inspection. Please feel free to ask me any questions that you might have.

Beyond its rarity, this dream machine has just 21k miles on it. The only blemish appears to be the standard Audi LEDs-gone-wrong in the instrument cluster. As you might expect, forbidden fruit + low mileage = R$4, and the buy-it-now for this car is $70k. Too much for you? Well, then you can just move on to the next B5 RS4 in the States. Oh… that’s right, there aren’t any.

-NR

2001 BMW C1 200cc Scooter – REVISIT

The BMW C1 Scooter that we featured two weeks ago has been relisted. For sale in Chicago from our reader Johnny, this is an uncommon piece here in the US and already has a fair amount of bidding interest this time around.

2001 BMW C1 200cc Scooter on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site September 10, 2012:

We’ve had a few oddball machines here at GCFSB over the years, but this may be the most unexpected feature vehicle yet. The BMW C1 was devised with city dwellers in mind. An enclosed scooter, the C1 was designed around a safety theme, as it had shoulder belts, crumple zones and an aluminum roll cage. Two models were offered, the 125 and 200, which had a 124cc or 176cc one cylinder engine, respectively. Manufactured by Bertone and sold between 2000 and 2003, the C1 was never offered to US customers. This particular C1 comes to us from our reader Johnny and is located in Chicago.

2001 BMW C1 200cc Scooter on eBay

We have a lot of time, effort and money into listing this motorcycle on eBay. Please be respectful of that and be certain that you intend to follow through with the sale. Your bid is a contract to buy. We have the listing set up to accept bids only from US bidders in an effort to prevent scammers from ruining the auction. If you are a legitimate bidder outside of the US and you have a way to have the bike picked up at our location without it being crated, please e-mail Chris at chris@motoworkschicago.com. Provide him with your ebay ID and confirm that you can arrange international shipping and have the bike picked up uncrated at our location in Chicago, and he will gladly add you to the list that allows you to bid.

My beloved BMW C1 is up for auction. I’ll be sad to see this one go, as I lusted for one of these machines from the time it was introduced in the mid ’90s until last year when I purchased her. If you are not familiar with what the C1, here is some background: First presented by BMW in 1992 at the IMFA in Cologne, Germany, the BMW C1 is a small motorcycle with a safety cage.

After selling 10,614 in 2001, the C1 only sold 2,000 in 2002 and ceased production in October 2002. The C1 was never available in the USA, and it didn’t take off in the UK as BMW had hoped, partly because the Government refused BMW’s argument to let riders use it without wearing a helmet. Several other European countries accepted the company’s claims that, with the twin seat belts, it was impossible for the rider’s head to hit the ground in an accident.

For the first time in a modern motor vehicle, the C1 combines the advantages of two-wheeled motorized transportation with the strengths of the automobile. The C1 is targeted to urban European markets as an appealing alternative to small cars and crowded mass transit systems. The ultimate congestion beater, it is easily maneuverable, versatile in traffic, easy to park and, due to its distinctive appearance, readily noticed by other motorists.

The C1’s most innovative design feature is its emphasis on safety. It is the first two wheeler in the world to offer a high standard of passive safety. BMW claims its crash tests have shown that, in a head on collision, the C1 offers a standard of accident protection comparable to a modern subcompact car. In fact, the C1 is so safe that it can be ridden without a helmet. The German, French and Spanish authorities have allowed an exception to the helmet law for the C1.

Why is it so safe? The driver is protected by shoulder height protective bars, an impact absorbing front wheel guard and a rigid aluminum roll-over cage. The C1 thus incorporates a car-style safety cell, formed by its aluminum “space frame” and roof struts. The C1 is fitted with twin seat-belts in a “cross your heart” fashion to keep the rider safely inside the vehicle.
The C1 is powered by a 125cc, or a 200cc engine mated to a continuously variable, stepless automatic transmission. Just twist the throttle and go! The C1 engine features double overhead camshafts, sophisticated inlet-port shaping and electronic fuel injection. The engine is content to run at high speeds, thanks to a compression ratio of 13:1. The C1’s generator, the most powerful ever on a two-wheeler at the time, develops 400 Watts, so you are good to plug in accessories and still power the heated seat and grips.

Things I like and interesting data on the scoot:
She is safe to ride without a helmet, and its really true, I did a pile of research online and found that all of BMW’s testing states that the scoot is actually safer to ride without a helmet.
The centerstand system is amazing, one lever raises and lowers the suspension, and the other lever deploys the stand. It’s genius.
The windshield wiper has a fluid reservoir and and a button to spray.
The optional rear case is huge.
She is not top heavy the way I thought she would be.
Top speed is about 70mph

This scoot was bought new by a German car collector and grey market importer. I purchased the scoot from him. She has a 50 state legal Washington title that is ready to be transferred into your name. I have her insured with Progressive as a BMW scooter, the policy is less than $200 per year. Everything on the scooter works as it should. The top case was dropped by the previous owner and is scratched a bit from that, the detailed pics show that damage.

If you are a Beemer nerd and a scooter nerd like myself, this thing is the ultimate. I bought her with 1700km last year. I more than doubled that, had a blast doing it, and now it’s time to let someone else take their turn.

When they were new, these scooters retailed for around $6,000 to $7,000. I’ve never seen a C1 in the US, so this unique two-wheeler represents a rare opportunity. A quick scan of some European sites brought up a few of these and most are priced around the $2,000 mark. You can buy a basic, brand new Vespa these days for just a tad over $3,000, but, I’m guessing the same person that would be attracted to such a scooter may not necessarily fall in love with the C1. It’s nice to see, however, manufacturers who are still receptive to put products like this outside of the mainstream into production. More often than not it’s when new technologies are tried out and lessons are learned with regards to manufacturing.

-Paul

2001 BMW C1 200cc Scooter

We’ve had a few oddball machines here at GCFSB over the years, but this may be the most unexpected feature vehicle yet. The BMW C1 was devised with city dwellers in mind. An enclosed scooter, the C1 was designed around a safety theme, as it had shoulder belts, crumple zones and an aluminum roll cage. Two models were offered, the 125 and 200, which had a 124cc or 176cc one cylinder engine, respectively. Manufactured by Bertone and sold between 2000 and 2003, the C1 was never offered to US customers. This particular C1 comes to us from our reader Johnny and is located in Chicago.

2001 BMW C1 200cc Scooter on eBay

We have a lot of time, effort and money into listing this motorcycle on ebay. Please be respectful of that and be certain that you intend to follow through with the sale. Your bid is a contract to buy. We have the listing set up to accept bids only from US bidders in an effort to prevent scammers from ruining the auction. If you are a legitimate bidder outside of the US and you have a way to have the bike picked up at our location without it being crated, please e-mail Chris at chris@motoworkschicago.com. Provide him with your ebay ID and confirm that you can arrange international shipping and have the bike picked up uncrated at our location in Chicago, and he will gladly add you to the list that allows you to bid.

My beloved BMW C1 is up for auction. I’ll be sad to see this one go, as I lusted for one of these machines from the time it was introduced in the mid ’90s until last year when I purchased her. If you are not familiar with what the C1, here is some background: First presented by BMW in 1992 at the IMFA in Cologne, Germany, the BMW C1 is a small motorcycle with a safety cage.

After selling 10,614 in 2001, the C1 only sold 2,000 in 2002 and ceased production in October 2002. The C1 was never available in the USA, and it didn’t take off in the UK as BMW had hoped, partly because the Government refused BMW’s argument to let riders use it without wearing a helmet. Several other European countries accepted the company’s claims that, with the twin seat belts, it was impossible for the rider’s head to hit the ground in an accident.

For the first time in a modern motor vehicle, the C1 combines the advantages of two-wheeled motorized transportation with the strengths of the automobile. The C1 is targeted to urban European markets as an appealing alternative to small cars and crowded mass transit systems. The ultimate congestion beater, it is easily maneuverable, versatile in traffic, easy to park and, due to its distinctive appearance, readily noticed by other motorists.

The C1’s most innovative design feature is its emphasis on safety. It is the first two wheeler in the world to offer a high standard of passive safety. BMW claims its crash tests have shown that, in a head on collision, the C1 offers a standard of accident protection comparable to a modern subcompact car. In fact, the C1 is so safe that it can be ridden without a helmet. The German, French and Spanish authorities have allowed an exception to the helmet law for the C1.

Why is it so safe? The driver is protected by shoulder height protective bars, an impact absorbing front wheel guard and a rigid aluminum roll-over cage. The C1 thus incorporates a car-style safety cell, formed by its aluminum “space frame” and roof struts. The C1 is fitted with twin seat-belts in a “cross your heart” fashion to keep the rider safely inside the vehicle.
The C1 is powered by a 125cc, or a 200cc engine mated to a continuously variable, stepless automatic transmission. Just twist the throttle and go! The C1 engine features double overhead camshafts, sophisticated inlet-port shaping and electronic fuel injection. The engine is content to run at high speeds, thanks to a compression ratio of 13:1. The C1’s generator, the most powerful ever on a two-wheeler at the time, develops 400 Watts, so you are good to plug in accessories and still power the heated seat and grips.

Things I like and interesting data on the scoot:
She is safe to ride without a helmet, and its really true, I did a pile of research online and found that all of BMW’s testing states that the scoot is actually safer to ride without a helmet.
The centerstand system is amazing, one lever raises and lowers the suspension, and the other lever deploys the stand. It’s genius.
The windshield wiper has a fluid reservoir and and a button to spray.
The optional rear case is huge.
She is not top heavy the way I thought she would be.
Top speed is about 70mph

This scoot was bought new by a German car collector and grey market importer. I purchased the scoot from him. She has a 50 state legal Washington title that is ready to be transferred into your name. I have her insured with Progressive as a BMW scooter, the policy is less than $200 per year. Everything on the scooter works as it should. The top case was dropped by the previous owner and is scratched a bit from that, the detailed pics show that damage.

If you are a Beemer nerd and a scooter nerd like myself, this thing is the ultimate. I bought her with 1700km last year. I more than doubled that, had a blast doing it, and now it’s time to let someone else take their turn.

When they were new, these scooters retailed for around $6,000 to $7,000. I’ve never seen a C1 in the US, so this unique two-wheeler represents a rare opportunity. A quick scan of some European sites brought up a few of these and most are priced around the $2,000 mark. You can buy a basic, brand new Vespa these days for just a tad over $3,000, but, I’m guessing the same person that would be attracted to such a scooter may not necessarily fall in love with the C1. It’s nice to see, however, manufacturers who are still receptive to put products like this outside of the mainstream into production. More often than not it’s when new technologies are tried out and lessons are learned with regards to manufacturing.

-Paul

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