2010 BMW 535i xDrive Touring 6-speed manual

Today, I’ve decided to jump from one manual transmission to the next. Albeit this time we’ll look at one that has a bit more get up and go than the Mercedes featured earlier.

Similar to Audi, BMW has decided to nix the traditional estate, or Touring model, from the US lineup. As of this moment, if someone wants a new BMW that is more versatile or commodious, you’ll have to look towards their lineup of SUVs or the oddly shaped 5 series Gran Turismo. There are rumors, as purported by Automobile Magazine, that BMW is planning to bring a Touring variant of their new 3 series across the pond, but it has yet to be seen if it will be offered with this 535i xDrive Touring’s most tasty feature, the 6-speed manual gearbox.

Sold in very limited numbers here, this 535i XDrive Touring is made even more rare with the three pedal option. This gearbox mated to the 3.5 liter, twin-turbo inline six producing 302 horsepower will make sure you can haul fast. Literally. And the dark green over tan color combination would look right at home in The Hamptons or country club parking lot.

Year: 2010
Model: 535i xDrive Touring
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 30,145 mi
Price: $37,480

2010 BMW 535i xDrive Touring 6-speed manual on AutoTrader

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Navigation, ultra-rare 6-speed manual transmission, premium package, heated seats, heated steering wheel, Harman Kardon Logic 7 Premium Sound System, panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, one previous owner.

Every time I see a late model E60 5 series Touring for sale, they don’t seem to come cheap. Could it be the uncertainty of whether BMW will bring the 5 series Touring back to the US? Or are these 5-door Bimmers just that good. I tend to think both reasons are at play here. Even though it seems pricey for a three year old 5 series, the high $20,000 to mid $30,000 range is what low mileage 535i xDrive Tourings are averaging. If it could be had closer to around $34,000 to $35,000, this would certainly be a great machine for the family that doesn’t want to surrender driving enjoyment.

-Paul

2010 BMW 535xi Touring 6-speed

Longroofs are the perfect way to add a confused look on most people considering sports cars. “But how could a mom’s car be a good driver’s car?” “Wagons are slow.” Etc. Well, real car fans know some of the coolest sports cars in the world have been wagons. RS2/4/6? E63 Wagon? Who doesn’t want an M5 Touring (side note, I saw an M5 Touring with Antigua plates at a local gokart track. Foreign envy boiling)? Well, this isn’t quite an M5 Touring, but it’s about as good as we’ll get in the States. With a twin-turbo 3.0l inline-6 and all wheel drive, this almost sounds like one of those fancy-fast Audi wagons! The cherry on top is the rare 6-speed manual, an ever-increasingly refreshing sight these days. Edging this 535xi a little closer to M5ness is an M-Sport Package and Dinan goodies, including chip and exhaust pushing the N54 to over 380hp and 420lb-ft. Not bad for the most popular car in Silicon Valley soccer field parking lots.

2010 BMW 535xi Touring 6-Speed for sale on BMWCCA CLassifieds

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I think you would be very hard pressed to find another sport wagon–with the M-sport package, no less–fitted with a 6-speed manual in the US. This is a fully loaded car in immaculate condition. Additionally, the car has the Dinan Stage 3 engine tune and a custom fitted Dinan exhaust. Michelin Pilot Sports replace the standard run-flats. Immaculate condition. No dings. No wheel rash. Fully loaded, save for rear air bags. I have thoroughly enjoyed this car. It is special. Looking for the right home!

I was pretty surprised to see the potency of the Dinan upgrades (although Dinan only lists 2 stages and the ad says it’s “Stage 3”). Combined with the standard-yet-rare option boxes already ticked, this is a kickass wagon. I’ve heard these aren’t the most trouble-free BMWs, but if you’re looking for a modern car that is fun to drive anywhere and that can handle a family, it’s hard to deny the versatility and good choices present on this 535xi. $46k is a bit steep, but not out of line. Thank goodness it doesn’t have M5 fender vents.

-NR

2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup for sale

While I love burning imprudent amounts of gasoline in my M5, I also have a fascination with TDIs and hypermiling. This probably stems from a love of road trips and superlatives, and few cars are as day-to-day efficient as the VW/Audi TDIs. To commemorate their innovative and eponymous spec series, VW got awesome and paired the TDI with the GLI’s suspension and interior. There’s talk of them bringing the similarly-conceived GTD over someday; yes please. Reader Graham tipped us to his dad’s TDI Cup for sale on eBay, with the awesome note that his dad once bought a M-B 2.3-16 off of this blog’s ancestor, tjrubley.com. Right on!

2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup for sale on eBay


From the seller:

I’m reluctantly auctioning my 2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup Edition. I started a new job on 9/24 with a 70-mile daily commute, plus sales trips that can add another 200+ miles each week. Previously, my daily commute was 10 miles, with much shorter sales trips. The upside is that already in one month, the fuel mileage has increased from my previous 40.4 mpg overall average to 41.2 mpg (it’s all on Fuelly.com; my best fill-up is 51.5 mpg, and I have all receipts). However, this is a special-edition car that I feel is too rare to subject to a road warrior’s lifestyle. Factory options on top of the sport suspension and special Interlagos interior on the TDI Cup package include power sunroof, iPod integration, and the Jetta floor mat kit with a Monster Mat for the trunk. The combination of style, comfort, convenience, safety features, and efficiency are compelling; hence, the decision sell has been tough. Further, this car is nearly perfect, interior and exterior, and is garaged day and night. My history with the car dates to February 2012, when I purchased it from York VW as a one-owner VW Certified vehicle. As a result, you will enjoy peace of mind from the transferable VW Certified warranty until 9/22/2015 or 60,000 miles, to include 24-hour Roadside Assistance. York VW recently completed the 30,000-mile service, so this car is ready for its intended purpose of stylish, fun, efficient, reliable operation — there have been zero problems during my 10,000 miles of ownership. I’m located in York, PA, which is 50 miles north of Baltimore, MD on I-83 or 90 miles west of Philadelphia, PA on Rt. 30. I want to sell quickly, before the miles start racking up in earnest. The title is in hand, so please feel free to see the car, bid, etc.

Seems like an honest and affectionate listing. I don’t often write up cars with existing warranties, but with 25k miles or 3 years left, that’s a solid selling point. So is the $15k starting price; the reserve is still on, but TDI Cup Editions regularly go for $20-24k. I definitely miss the TDI Cup front treatment, which was an expensive option and is my favorite piece of VW design since the original R32. Exterior aside, the key points like the chassis, great GTI-homage plaid interior, and fast-and-frugal TDI are all in place to make this a great car.

-NR

2010 Audi S4

The 4.2L V8 S4s are a hard act to follow. In 2009 when Audi announced that the S4 was returning to forced induction, many were skeptical that this car could live up to the S4 name.

While the supercharged V6 gives up 7 bhp to the predecessors V8, it makes up for it with a 20 ft-lbs torque increase and cuts the 0-60 by about .5 seconds. The B8 S4 puts the power to the ground via Audi’s legendary Quattro AWD and their new active sport differential. With more usable power, better gas mileage and loads of technology, and refinements, the new S4 takes Audi’s sports sedan in to the future, while living up to the S car heritage.

This clean Brilliant Black over Silver Alcantara S4 for sale in Houston, TX is a true gentleman’s sports sedan.

2010 Audi S4 on eBay

Introducing the 2010 Audi S4 that comes with legendary 3.0L V6 Supercharged engine, 6-speed manual transmission, Premium Plus Package, navigation, power sunroof, heated front seats, leather interior, Bluetooth phone system, rear backup camera, rear parking sensors, Xenon headlamps, Sirius Satellite Radio, alloy wheels, fog lights, power front seats, power locks/windows and so much more.

The B8 S4 is leaps and bounds beyond its predecessor, the only gripe that myself, and many other Audi enthusiasts will have is the loss of the 4.2 V8’s exhaust note, which when approaching the rev limiter is one of the best noises any car could make. That being said, it’s a small price to pay for what you get in the B8. Priced just a hair below retail, this S4 checks all of the right boxes with its black exterior, Alcantara seats, and the 6-speed. The only major option I wish this had would be the dynamic chassis, but that’s certainly not a must have for me. The mileage on this car is a tic high at 42,000, but that’s still relatively reasonable. Given the mileage, if this could be had for around $34,500 this car would be a good buy.

Given the current “competition” from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the S4 is outgunned in the power department; however with Quattro AWD, dead sexy styling, and enough power to get anyone in to trouble, the S4 seems to be the most civilized option in the group.

-Brian

 

 

2010 BMW 128i 6 speed

The last time I visited the fatherland (in my case, Portugal), I had a BMW 320d with a 6 speed manual for a rental vehicle. With its four cylinder turbo diesel engine, cloth interior and mid 40 mpg figures on the highway, I longed for BMW to offer a more basic vehicle to US customers, while still retaining the excellent road manners of BMWs of yore. When the 128i first arrived in the US in 2007, I had high hopes. Sadly, only a two door coupe and convertible were offered, not the two and four door hatchbacks available outside of these shores. Six cylinders were the only engines of choice, many of which were mated to automatic transmissions. My hopes of a 120Si, or even better, a 120d, were dashed. These 1 series were not a whole lot cheaper than some of their larger 3 series counterparts which begged the question…why?

Well, now that these 1ers have been out for a few years, resale values have dropped them into more realistic territory, prompting me to search out for my favorite of the bunch, the entry level 128i with a 6 speed manual. Here is one for sale in Pennsylvania at a shade over $20,000.

2010 BMW 128i on eBay

2010 BMW 128i Coupe, 6 Speed, sunroof, power & heated seats, bluetooth, satellite radio, iPod and USB connection. One owner, dealer serviced!

I have driven a 1 series before, specifically, a 2009 128i 6 speed manual. To be honest, it brought back a lot of fond memories of my 1988 325is. The engine sound and feeling of the gearshift and clutch gave it that old school BMW feel about it that we all know and love. No iDrive, no navigation system, no paddle shifters. Just plain old fun. I still think the first generation 1 series looked better as a two and foor door hatchback, but I have warmed up a bit to the coupe’s proportions over the past couple years. A price of over $20,000 seems a bit rich for a used 1 series, even if it is generally in line with the market. If the asking price fell in a range about $2,000 to $3,000 less, more enthusiasts might warm up to this car, which is quite possibly the car in BMW’s lineup which lives up to its illustrious past.

-Paul

2010 Volkswagen CC

I thought it was about time GCFSB featured one of the prettiest mid-sized sedans to hit the market in the last few years: the Volkswagen CC. Devised as a more stylish alternative to the Passat sedan, The CC aped the four-door coupe concept from the Mercedes-Benz CLS but brought it down to a more reasonable price point. Available with the turbocharged 2.0 four cylinder or 3.6 VR6 engine, these rakish sedans almost made one wonder if Volkswagen overreached with the Phaeton luxury sedan and should have introduced something along these lines instead. The 2.0T engined variant seem to be more common, as new VR6 versions are cresting $40,000. Here is a two year old 2.0T automatic with the 6 speed DSG automatic transmission for sale at an attractive price point.

2010 Volkswagen CC on eBay

Lowest price in Florida for a CC! It has 42,300 miles and factory warranty. Great Condition, loaded with options. This is the 200 HP 4 cyl 2.0L Turbo and a great driver. Great gas mileage. Striking leather-look interior. Just off lease, fresh oil change. Always properly maintained.

Pre-owned CCs are inching down in price to where they are becoming an alternative to more sedate sedans such as the Camry, Accord and Altima. With the four seat configuration, these cars aren’t as practical as the competition, but appeal to the individual who can’t bear boring transportation. The asking price of under $17,000 is certainly tempting for a two year old near luxury sedan and I would wager to say the looks of the CC will withstand the test of time, as the car’s styling includes just enough flash without looking contrived.

-Paul