Roll the Dice? 2004 BMW M3

So guess what caught my eye here? No surprise, if it’s a yellow M3, I’ll bite. This one grabbed my attention first because of the hue, then the price – just under $14,000 on a no reserve auction? Well, it must have a million miles rig….nope, not here. So it MUST be an SMG then, right? NO ONE wants a SMG because the moment you buy one they will murder you in your sleep and kick your dog and shut down the government (*according to actual internet comments I’ve seen). But nope, it’s a 6-speed manual.

But the more I looked at it, the more questions were raised. Why was no one bidding on this slick E46?

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2004 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe X50

There are times when I am specifically in search of an auction for a particular car rather than a standard listing with asking price. In some cases, I even want that to be a reserve auction rather than one with no reserve. This is one of those cases.

I like to do this when I feel I don’t have a great handle on the market for a particular model and an auction provides a nice gauge of that. Why search specifically for a reserve auction? Because I’m confident it will run to completion since the reserve almost certainly will be too high!

The market for a 996TT with the X50 package or a 996TTS has seemed strange to me of late with asking prices all seeming much too high. Most of those listings simply are overly ambitious sellers and the cars don’t sell. Occasionally, however, they do sell. So I’m curious where asking prices should be and where they might be headed. That lead me to this: a Speed Yellow 2004 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in Miami, with the X50 package and just 17,500 miles on it.

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2004 Volkswagen R32

Update 12/23/2017 – This R32 is back with almost no changes a year and a half later – except the price. When I looked at it in June 2016 the seller was hoping for $16,700. It’s now up to $17,400. Will this bold strategy pay off?

For a few generations, Volkswagen fans were denied the cream of the crop for Volkswagen products. It took several years to finally get the original GTi to these shores, and then it wasn’t quite as hot as the European version. The second edition might have sported twin cams and 16 valves, but Euro customers got the addtional option of a supercharged, all-wheel drive version. There were plenty of cool options missing from the U.S. lineup in the 3rd generation, too – including the 2.9 liter VR6 Variant Syncro. So there was a bit of rejoicing finally when the all-wheel drive hot hatch was finally added to the U.S. lineup after the initial launch in 2003. Sporting the same 3.2 VR6 found in the TT, unlike the Mk.1 TT it was 6-speed manual only. It was also only available as a 2-door model, with special body kit unique to the R32 and dual exhaust to help announce its sporting intentions. With the best part of 240 horsepower on tap, it certainly seemed like the ultimate Golf and the sound generated from the narrow-angle 6 was mesmerizing. While heavy weight meant it wasn’t considerably quicker than the 1.8T models, it nonetheless has secured a spot in U.S. fans hearts as the top trump from the Mk.4 generation:

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2004 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDi

Continuing on the diesel theme from yesterday, let’s take a look at another no spark Volkswagen. Again we have one that flies below the radar but is worth a lot more than you’d expect. The pre-scandal TDis have a serious niche following. While not quite as set-it-and-forget-it as the 1Z, the derivatives – first the AHU, then the later ATD/AXR and other models similar to today’s example, were nonetheless high-mileage warriors. Rated at 100 horsepower and 177 lb. ft of torque, performance wasn’t outstanding – 0-60 took a few ticks over 11 seconds, it’d take a half minute to hit 100 and top speed was limited to 115 mph. But then you weren’t really buying this car for it’s straight line acceleration. What you were buying it for was notable longevity and, of course, fuel mileage. At a time when the standard 2.0 inline-4 struggled to return about 30 mpg at best and the 1.8T was no better, the premium for the TDi gave you 33 mpg city and over 40 on the highway. You could stretch it even farther on a tank if you were careful. Impressive? Well, for the time, it was one of the very few diesel motors you could buy in the U.S. and set the stage for the popularity of the Mk.5 models.

As we saw with the Jetta Wagon, the ‘GLS’ trim moved upscale and included nicer wheels and interior bits. But just like that Jetta, the combination of a 4-door Golf, GLS trim, the turbo diesel motor and a 5-speed manual are quite hard to come by:

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2004 Porsche 911 GT3

I saw this 911 GT3 on Rennlist a while back and kind of went back and forth on whether to feature it. The car itself looks phenomenal so that wasn’t really my hesitation. My hesitation was with the price because it’s quite high for a GT3. Also, I figured it either would sell almost immediately, even with that high price, or sit for a good while. Well, here we are and it’s still available. The price has come down a bit, though it’s still very much on the high end. But what you’re getting definitely has value.

This is a Carrara White 2004 Porsche 911 GT3, located in California, with 25,500 miles on it. It has been extensively modified to both lower its weight – the seller claims a weight of around 2,780 lbs – and improve the performance of the engine and suspension. They say the devil is in the details, and here there are lot of details with a mixture of aftermarket and Porsche Cup or GT3 RS parts.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 on eBay

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2004 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Alright, let’s get back to the value side of the 911 world since my last few features have all been a bit pricey (very pretty though!). This one, a silver 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in New York, with black leather interior and 77,400 miles on it, comes in at a pretty nice asking price even for these usually very budget friendly models. You’re not getting anything special with it – the colors are pretty standard and not the most exciting and it’s just a base Carrera rather than a S or 4S – but you’re still getting a nice dose of performance. There’s certainly enough to grab your attention and make for an exciting drive if you really put your foot down. Oh, and the seller says the IMS bearing has been “done.” That isn’t the most specific phrasing and it was reportedly done by the previous owner so we’re a little vague on the details of what exactly that means, but hopefully some documents and conversation can reveal some of those details and its new owner can breathe a little easier with that potential issue out of the way.

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2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Variant

The Volkswagen Passat isn’t a particularly exciting car to drive. It’s also not particularly exciting to look at. While most people would categorize those as negative attributes for vehicle ownership, there’s a third thing that the Passat isn’t particularly exciting at which I’d wager most would consider a very good thing.

It’s not an exciting car to own.

“But isn’t that a bad thing?!?! you’re thinking to yourself? Sure, when I go out into the garage and see the M3 sitting there, my pulse rate quickens. Scratch that, I don’t even have to go into the garage – endorphins flow at the mere thought of it. And turning the key? All sorts of goodness happens. I’ll spare you the details, but sufficed to say it’s an exciting car to own, look at and drive. The Passat is not a M3.

But it is a vehicle thoroughly devoid of drama, and to me, that’s what makes the Passat a not exciting car to own. Take the contemporary Audi Allroad from the same period for example. The Passat mimics the look and the function of the A6 in nearly every way. It’s not even much slower on a continuum. But Less exciting to own? For sure, and when you’re talking breaking and repairs, that’s a very good thing.

Because let’s be honest for a second; these cars that we love, that we fawn over, that we pontificate about – they’re pieces of metal with a lot of plastic and complicated electrical and pneumatic systems. And they’re not getting any younger. Take my 2002 Passat as a case study; it’s on the verge of being 17 years old and has now covered over 140,000 miles. Yet it’s caused no sleepless nights, no emptying of wallets, not even left me stranded once. It’s just been completely reliable transportation in all weather, with my family, all our goods and a ridiculous amount of various cargo. I’ve had full-sized sofas on the roof, entire Ikea kitchens inside. It’s been a garden gnome full of trees, flowers and vegetables to plant. It’s transported rocks, gravel, dirt, bicycles, strollers, and everything in between. It’s cool on the hottest day, warm on the coldest, the starts everytime and all the electrics work still. Is it without flaw? No, along the way items have broken. But my point is that it offers 99% of the experience of it’s more expensive brethren with 90% less drama. And don’t think my singular experience is unique, because I’ve had two, and the last one – which I sold now 6 years ago with over 200,000 miles on the clock, did the same thing – and still is, with it’s new owner. I saw it just the other day, and it’s a tick under 240,000 without major issue too. And when I look around, what’s the most common older German vehicle I see cruising around me? B5.5 Passats, pretty much everywhere in RI, MA and CT. They’re all still running strong despite the newest now being 12 years old.

And I’d argue that while most will dismiss the lack of ownership drama as not reason enough to be interested, the B5.5 Passat is also a pretty good looking car. Beyond that, it’s also reasonably fun to drive in GLS 1.8T manual form – kind of a bigger GTI in many ways. But as I said, they’re getting older, so if you really like the idea of jumping on the bandwagon a bit after everyone else has, finding a clean example is key – and this 2004 sure looks clean:

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2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet with X51 Powerkit

If yesterday’s beautiful 997 Coupe was a little too bright for you or too closed off, what with it having a fixed roof and whatnot, then perhaps this 911 will be more your speed. Here we have an Arctic Silver 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, located in Pennsylvania, with 14,598 miles on it. Of even greater import, it’s a 6-speed manual and had the X51 power kit fitted from the factory. I don’t know the specific numbers, but I suspect a Cabriolet equipped like this isn’t all that common. Cabriolets tend more toward the refined luxury side of the Porsche market (unsurprisingly) and we find quite a few with Tiptronic rather than a manual. To have both the manual transmission and the power kit is a nice treat indeed for those hoping to get the most out of their open-topped motoring. At least without going all the way to the Turbo.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 2004
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 14,598 mi
Price: $44,900 Buy It Now

Highlights include: $113,945 ORIGINAL MSRP!! AWD C4S CABRIOLET WITH JUST 14,598 1-OWNER MILES!! $13,990 X51 CARERRA 345HP FACTORY POWER KIT: UPGRADED INTAKE MANIFOLD-INTAKE PIPE SUPPORTS-EXHAUST MANIFOLDS-CYLINDER HEADS-CAMSHAFT-VALVE SPRINGS-PARTITION BOX IN OIL PAN-DME MAPPING!! 6-SPEED MANUAL, FULL LEATHER, NAVIGATION, PCM II, POWER HEATED FRONT SEATS WITH LUMBAR SUPPORT AND DRIVER SIDE MEMORY, BOSE HIGH-END SOUND & CD CHANGER, SELF DIMMING MIRRORS, ADVANCED TECHNIC PACKAGE, AUTO CLIMATE CONTROL, WINDSCREEN, PSM, XENON HEADLAMP PACKAGE, PAINTED WHEEL CRESTS, CLEAN CARFAX, WARRANTY!! This vehicle will be reviewed by an independent certified mechanic in accordance with PA state inspection regulations. If for any reason this vehicle does not pass inspection it will be noted. !!PLEASE CONTACT OUR SALES TEAM AT 610-844-0831 WITH ANY QUESTIONS!! We are pleased to show you another great opportunity! Sky Motor Cars is in the wholesale business and that represents the majority of what we do. When we have a vehicle this nice we present it to the public. Our turn time is quick and depending on auction schedules we may end listings early and take the vehicle to a dealer only auction. Do not hesitate if you are interested! We have supplied many detailed photos to give you an accurate sense of just how nice this one is! !!3 MONTH/3,000 MILE POWERTRAIN WARRANTY INCLUDED!! This is a previously enjoyed vehicle so there MAY be a few light scratches and small chips around the vehicle. Please study the photos provided. Anything unusual or significant will be shown in the pictures. Also note there are many shadows cast on the vehicle due to the conditions in which the photos were taken. If you are unclear of anything please contact us PRIOR to making an offer!

I’ll admit from a purely aesthetic perspective this isn’t the most exciting 911 we’re going to come across. It’s a silver and black 911 produced during a time in which it seems more than half of the 911s Porsche sold were silver. I like Arctic Silver as a color and generally don’t hate silver for the exterior, but I find it more appealing on earlier 911s when it was a little less common. That’s perhaps a strange sentiment, but it is what it is. On the 996 I like something a little more wild. But sometimes a color is popular for a reason so perhaps this one will still have plenty of appeal. For me this C4S is more about the other aspects anyway, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t prefer a better color.

As a potential daily driver the C4S serves as a pretty good option. There’s plenty of power, good stability in a variety of conditions, and it can provide comfortable cruising. For those who enjoy putting the top down the Cabriolet version makes this one even better. So far with only 14K miles on it this 911 clearly has not been used as an everyday driver, but that shouldn’t deter its new owner. It comes with the usual caveats that any non-Turbo, non-GT3, 996 model comes with concerning IMS failure. Have it inspected and then proceed as you see best.

The asking price here is pretty much identical to that of yesterday’s Speed Yellow 997 so combined these make for a couple interesting options. With this one you certainly have to consider the price of a 996TT. You wouldn’t find a Turbo with this mileage for this price, but once mileage moves above 50K there are some out there.

-Rob

Right Hooker Week: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love of cars. Whether it was the childlike wonder for whatever my Dad happened to have at the time or the lust-driven desire of my teenage years, cars were one of those things that occupied way too much of my mind. I even used to be able to identify almost any car at night from a distance simply by its headlights (a pointless skill that actually was useful in a police investigation once). But the car that really impacted my thinking the most is the one we see here: the 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It was the first car in my post-college years – you know, when I might actually be able to purchase my own car – that grabbed my attention and held it firmly.

At this point I can’t even recall when I first encountered the car. It was in magazine articles and Top Gear tested it. I lived in the U.K. during its production and actually wrote about it for a Theology course. So I’ve seen it in various media and once in the flesh. When Porsche announced that the 997 GT3 RS would be available in the U.S. market I was overjoyed, even if it was well out of my price range. Yet I have always come back to the 996. I actually prefer the design over that of the 997. I don’t know why. It possesses the same problems we typically associate with the 996 design, but on the RS it all works beautifully.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS on Classic Driver

Year: 2004
Model: 911 GT3 RS
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 28,320 km (17,597 mi)
Price: Price on Request

Presenting this very sought after Australian complied and delivered new 996 GT3 RS.

By Porsche enthusiasts, the 996 GT3 RS has now become a true collectors car. The 996 GT3 RS is the second rarest RS ever made behind the 997 4.0 litre.

This example comes with full service history and has also been fitted with a fron lift kit.

Inspection is a must. Please contact us for more details.

Naturally, for our Theme Week the 996 GT3 RS was one of the first cars I tried to find available. I found only 1 RHD for sale. It isn’t from the U.K., but rather it is one of the very few sold in Australia (I believe I’ve seen 17 total quoted). The mileage is reasonably low (~17,600 miles) and the price likely will be high. I’m almost sure it will be worth it.

Those familiar with the GT3 RS will know that buyers could choose either Carrera White or Carrera White for the exterior paint. Graphics and wheels came with a little more choice: Red or Blue. Of the total production, said to be 682 worldwide, the choice of Red appears to have dominated. I prefer Blue. All those available were White over Red. My search wasn’t entirely exhaustive and I’m sure someone, somewhere, is selling a White over Blue RS, but you get the point. So the color here is the less rare of the two, but being RHD already makes it more rare than its LHD peers so I guess we shouldn’t get too greedy and demand a Blue one.

I’ve been looking at the 911 GT3 quite a bit lately. It’s a car I like a lot and prices really aren’t that bad. But even for less cost the GT3 will always take a backseat to the GT3 RS. I just love these!

-Rob

2004 Porsche 911 GT3

I have had my eye on this GT3 for a while. It is an example I absolutely love for its color, condition, and added equipment. I can’t remember when I first came across it for sale, but I know it’s been quite a few months, maybe even longer. So why post it now? I guess because it’s my birthday. So if anyone was trying to think of the perfect present….

Anyway, here we have a Speed Yellow 2004 Porsche 911 GT3. It was originally ordered with the only options being a thicker steering wheel and red seat belts. It has since received a number of upgrades from Porsche’s Clubsport collection: full factory roll cage, a pair of very sexy GT3 Club Sport seats, 6-point harnesses, fire bottle, and 993 Carrera RS engine mounts. The Clubsport options were all available as no-cost substitutions on RoW GT3s, but were never available for the US market. That makes this one that extra bit more special.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 on Excellence Magazine

Year: 2003
Model: 911 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 52,000 mi
Price: $80,000

I ordered this GT3 back in ’03 with thicker steering wheel as the only option, in Speed Yellow with red seat belts just like the promotional posters. This GT3 has full Clubsport equipment that includes a full factory roll cage, Nomex Euro GT3 Club Sport seats, 6 point harnesses, Cup fire bottle, console and ash tray deletes. A Guard LSD and 993 RS engine mounts have been the only updates.

In 12 plus years of my ownership it has been a dead reliable and fun Porsche. 52,000 miles all by one single caring owner, zero over revs. This GT3 has been maintained with an open checkbook by one single technician since new. If you are a serious, ready buyer please call me only, 631-786-6511.

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Of course anyone with an open wallet could fit their GT3 with the various Clubsport bits so that will need to be taken into account when determining whether the asking price here is worth it. And at $80K this asking price isn’t low. Hence the somewhat long time it’s been for sale. It is a one-owner car and the seller is well regarded (and always has a fantastic array of 911s available) so those factors certainly will count for something when considering the price.

That said during my foray into GT3 world a few months back I found plenty priced below this one with less than half the mileage. Granted, none of those had the Clubsport pieces, nor do I recall any of them being Speed Yellow, but at more than 50K miles we would expect a little lower price here. This is sure to be a fantastic example though with excellent provenance and shown great care. Add in the cost of the Clubsport options and we probably aren’t too far off on price given that many others seem to be selling around $70K. If you do buy it, feel free to stop by D.C. and give me a ride.

-Rob