I don’t like SUVs. This is nothing new to those who read my posts on GCFSB. But there are a handful of models from this vehicle genre that I don’t mind. It’s a short list though, that includes the following:
1. Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen
2. Series 1 Range Rover
3. Land Rover Defender
4. Lamborghini LM002
I’m not sure I’d count the GMC Typhoon on this list, since it wasn’t made to go off road. But I always admired this vehicle in any case. Another outlier on this list is any first generation BMW X5 3.0 with a 5 or 6 speed manual. Outfitted with thicker sidewall tires and three pedals, it could prove rather useful as a second hand workhorse while throwing in a little bit of that BMW driving panache. Here’s a fairly clean X5 5 speed for sale outside of Philadelphia.
Very rare stick shift BMW X5. This SUV is in excellent condition and has a certified clean Carfax. It is loaded with factory navigation, sport package, sunroof, premium leather, premium sound and much more!
I would wager to say that given the asking price and the fact this is not the more popular automatic version, a deal could be had here. Depending on how long this has sat on the dealer’s lot, you might be able to walk away with this X5 in the $13k range. While it is no spring chicken with 97k miles, the 3.0 inline six is the bread and butter BMW engine, known for its reliability, and with a manual transmission, servicing costs are sure to be less over time. The only thing I would do is lose the subwoofer in the back, as it compromises space.
Whenever I see one of these manual transmission X5s pop up, I think, well, if you must have one of these things, why be like everyone else and drive a steaming pile of suck, such as a Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot, when you could snag something with better build quality and driving dynamics and stick out from the crowd? In this shade of green with tan leather, this would fit right in at the country club parking lot.
Like most convertible conversions, this isn’t for everyone. If you are however, a fan of cars with the roof cut off then its best to get a conversion done by a reputable source and not the guy down the street with a sawzall. The company that did this conversion, Baur, has a long history of working with the BMW factory to modify cars. Even so I still worry about how much stiffness/safety you lose with a conversion like this.
The seller states this 2002 is one of 1963 that Baur converted to the targa style. The front has a removable top while the rear has a fold down soft top. The open air is a good thing for the summer as the car’s nice black leather wrapping the Recaro sport seats probably roasts the backs of legs on a hot day. I suspect the roof will rarely be on the car so one can look past the car’s less than stellar looks with the top up.
This is a German delivery car and has retained its Euro spec gauges. The steering wheel with the blue inserts is a bit of a detraction, colored rims are ok with me (my BMW has body color rims), color insert steering wheels are a bit boy racer. The proper Baur emblem resides on the center console.
There are 85,000 miles on the original 2 liter inline 4. Power flows through the stock 4 speed manual. The exterior has been redone and the rich blue color looks great. There is an added front and rear spoiler, which look ok. There appears to be a larger than needed exhaust on the car as well.
This is a no reserve sale so high bidder will take the car home. Currently bidding is up over $7,600. The rarity of the vehicle will bring out BMW collectors. While not my cup of tea, this conversion doesn’t look bad. Its kind of a step up for the former VW cabrio owning teenybopper crowd.
The Sportcoupe models of Mercedes’ C class fall into that same odd place as the BMW 318ti. Not the most fantastic looks, economy based powerplants and trim. This particular model has had some work done so much so tat it got itself a place in the February 2009 European Car magazine.
The car’s supercharged 2.3 four is pumping out 280 horse power thanks to a Kleeman pulley, Supersprint headers, and Renntech intercooler and sending power through a manual transmission. Elsewhere custom flares are in place to fit massive rims, and big brakes.
Nice interior features include plenty of custom audio work.
The car has 36,282 miles and the seller has a buy it now price of $23,900, bidding sits at a reserve not met $5,000 for now.
Overall the mods make this hatch look good, be advised he seller has zero eBay feedback.
For around $45,000, you could buy a brand-new BMW 335i with it’s fancy twin-turbo inline-6, iDrive, and plenty of plush amenities and Bangleness. You could also buy a very low-mile 1974 2002 Turbo, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, some gauges, a steering wheel, and some nasty (in the good way) fender flares and spoilers. Which would you go for? I know my answer.
We can all agree that the 2002 is an amazing car that forever changed what a sedan could be, but the 2002 Turbo is just in a different league. Reasons it stands alone: 170hp; 5-speed dogleg; limited-slip diff; M Stripes. I also love the tall greenhouse on the squat body, the center exhaust, and the all-business yet inviting interior. This beautiful 2002 was originally owned by a Japanese F1 driver and painted black then later brought to the US and redone in the appropriate Polaris Silver with lots of OEM refurbishing. I’ve seen these in black, and it’s something special, but this original hue is gorgeous. Though unverified, it looks like it’s covered a scant 17,000 miles. Much time and money has gone into making this a fantastic example, just one of 1672, of the awesome Turbo. I don’t know the market for such a time piece and will admit that $45k is a lot, but it’s a lovely, rare BMW, one that laid the groundwork for all of BMW’s souped-up sports sedans to follow.
This former racing 2002 has been put back together for street use. The seller provides a lot of great description and clearly knows his 2002s. The car has been pieced together from a variety of parts from different model year 2002s. The nice thing about a car like this is you don’t have to worry about it as much when you take it out to enjoy it. It isn’t going to be a concourse or numbers matching investment grade vehicle, just pure vintage driving fun.
Around 160k on the body and 3k since the restoration. Currently at $2500, reserve not met.
From the seller:
I installed the drivetrain from a restored 73 ‘02 totalled rollover car which I had previously acquired. The motor from this car was a 1975 (e12 head) which was completely rebuilt, bored and balanced,new cam and the previous owner invested over $4000 in the motor alone. The transmission (rebuilt) was solid with no synchro issues, the driveshaft was rebuilt and the ANSA exhaust system was brand new. Also a 2002Tii exhaust manifold was installed. The clutch was new also. The carb is a Weber 32/36 DGV with manual choke and K&N air filter. This motor runs extremely strong, idles smoothly at 500 RPM and can take much more carburetion than in currently on the car. I installed new brakes front and rear with cross drilled rotors and new brake hoses. Two weeks ago I installed factory rebuilt front brake calipers. The only part of the drivetrain that is original is rear differential. It is still working fine however an additional differential is included in the sale. The car comes with two sets of wheels and tires One set are performance Sumitomo 195/60-13 with BBS style OE equipment 320is wheels 13×6. The tread is very sound with some cracking on the tires. The other set of street tires and wheels are 175/70-13 tires with 320i fanjet alloys 5 1/2×13. These tires are virtually new. Both sets are pictured on the car.
The paint is very good with some minor dings. The front grilles are later ’02 model plastic grilles painted silver with the matching kidney grille. Headlights are Hella H-4 element style. The rear bumper is a ’71 ’02 short sided bumper painted silver along with rear trim and tailight rims. I Installed a new front windshield and replaced all the other glass. I also installed pressure sensitive adhesive backed black moulding to replace the waist moulding. All side marker lights and reflectors were removed and holes were filled to simulate the look of the older 2002.
I Installed new black carpeting and all the original black interior panels which are in excellent condition. I also installed original equipment BMW Recaro seats from an 83 320is. They are also in excellent condition and mounted on the 2002 seat tracks. The rear seat (both parts) is in very good condition with the original horsehair padding still instact. Headliner is solid with no rips along with sunvisors. The dash pad is a one piece unit from a 74 ‘02. It has a few cracks but is very serviceable. The original ‘bus’ steering is in excellent condition with a leather cover. All gauges operate. The speedo and odometer are working. The mileage is not correct as this is a replaced gauge. The console is in good condition with an older Pioneer cassette stereo in operation.
Found this beautiful little 2002 on eBay today. It’s extremely clean original with just 116k miles. The ad seems to suggest that it’s all-original, from engine/tranny to interior and exterior. If true, the exterior is amazing for its age. The paint made me think it was a respray at first glance, but the more I look, I think it might just be really well taken care of. There are some little issues such as a bare trunk and some upholstery work needed, but those details seem minor in how clean the rest of the car is. With a Buy-It-Now of $7500, It’s on the higher end of 2002 prices, but well under our $10k budget week limit. In my opinion, worth it for the originality and condition. Now just find some Euro bumpers…
The first-generation Audi S8 commands a unique respect that, at least for me, has diminished in subsequent generations. Its show-stealing display of performance in Ronin has helped this, as well as the advanced aluminum body and chassis, all powered by Audi’s now-ubiquitous 4.2L V8 pushing out a healthy 360hp. It has ultimate sleeper status, but for the educated few it stands out with the Avus 6-spokes and mean stance. The new, blingy V10 model just can’t match the subtle aggression of the D2.
These 2002/3 examples on eBay are exceptionally clean. Neither has passed 90k miles and they show it. The exteriors are clean, but the interiors are even more impressive. I like 6-spoke wheels more than the 9-spokes, as well as that car’s suede gray interior over the other’s more garish white. Both are priced pretty high at $18,600 and $20,950, but I guess the sellers expect the cleanliness and low miles to attract some big spenders. I’d place a bid or make an offer, but the buy-it-nows seem too high, regardless of condition.
Continuing E39 M5 theme week, I found one that closely matches the requirement of our fellow M-lover over at the M5 Video Guide. It’s an ’02 instead of an ’03, but it’s a clean Carbon Black version with just 30k miles.
With 9 days left on the auction it’s just under $18k. Depreciating at almost $2/mile has to hurt for the original owner, but it’s all good for the buyer. The gray interior isn’t as striking as the Caramel we saw on one the other day, but getting one of the best sport sedans ever made with so few miles for around $20k will probably help you get over the interior color pretty quickly.
My main realization of M5 week thus far is how amazingly accessible these M5s have become. THIS WEEK ONLY,M5s 75% off! (until next week, and the week after that…)
Silver 2002 BMW M5 with Black Leather Interior -72Kmiles
I am sacraficing my 2002 BMW M5. This beast has a V8 400h engine, 6 speed transmission. The M5 has all the standard options including Xenon headlights, M5 Sports Suspension, dynamic stability control, power sunroof, heated power M5 Sports seats, 6 CD changer in the trunk etc, etc. The Titanium Silver body is clean. There are some roadchips near the grill and a couple scratches on the bumpers. The 18 inch performance tires and rims have alot of life left in them.
The black leather interior with suede lining has been a non smoking auto with minimal wear. I put in a new OEM clutch and rear brakes about 6K ago. Clean Title. Well maintained. Maintenance records available. Disclosure: the Navigation cd-rom drive needs to be repaired, but all other computer functions work properly. This a great deal for an amazing car.
The one thing I would like to know more about is why this car needed a new clutch at 66,000 miles. Also, it is quite odd that the rear brakes, not the fronts, were the ones replaced. An uncle of mine, who owned many BMWs as well as some M models, always said he was hesitant about buying used M cars, as they are often driven hard and put up wet. A clutch replacement at 66k is making me lean towards this assumption. Another thing to be careful of is cars in the Philadelphia/NYC/Boston corridor often lead hard lives.
Depending on how well this example drives and the extent of the maintenance records, this could be a good deal. Retail values of clean M5’s in this mileage range seems to be runnin in the low to mid $20k range on average these days.
Ben and Evan have sourced a few interesting BMW 2002s in the past few days and adding on to those, I have come across a strikingly original 1972 BMW 2002tii.
Short description from the seller:
Original California car with same owner for 25 years(with records). Rare Tii with working AC and Sunroof. White with original tan interior. Very good condition inside and out. Some small splits on dash and driver seat. Upgraded 5 speed tranny. Great running car!
While restored 2002tii’s are bringing well over $20,000 these days, this is a pretty honest original that, with a little bit of tidying up, could serve either as a daily driver or for weekend amusement. This particular example is made more desirable by the slim bumpers and round taillights, both hallmarks of early 2002s. It should be noted that the original color of this vehicle was not white, but Tundra, as witnessed by the color tag right above the build plate. This is evidenced most clearly by the picture taken of the engine bay.
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