Wagon Week 10K Friday: Which Road would you take?

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The C5 Audi Allroad was one of the better wagons Audi has brought over to the United States in recent memory. The car was available with initially only the 2.7 twin-turbo V6 out of the S4 and A6 2.7T, but later was also available with a 4.2 V8 making for a smooth operator. What differentiated the Allroad from the S6 was a neat package; out of the box, these cars came with height adjustable air suspension that made for both impressive ground clearance and sporty handling in the twisties. Today I’ve cooked up an interesting comparison between the two more desirable versions of the car; the 2.7T mated to the 6 speed manual and the V8 4.2 model. Let’s start with the manual:

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Year: 2004
Model: Allroad 2.7T
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 127,000 mi
Price: $8,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi Allroad 2.7T 6-speed on eBay

Hello! Up for sale is a 2004 Audi Allroad Quattro. This car is in a great exterior and interior condition. The color is very nice gray metallic and it’s the original paint. It has 6-cylinder 2.7T engine with all-wheel drive 6-speed manual transmission. Plenty of power combined with famous Quattro all-wheel drive system makes this vehicle the best for all kinds of weather conditions, especially for winters. This vehicle has currently a little over 127,000 miles. This car looks and drives like new and it’s very clean inside and out. Please, look at the pictures, they say it all.

This vehicle is fully loaded. It has black/grey leather interior, powered heated seats and rearview mirrors, 8 airbags, sunroof, power windows, premium Bose stereo system with 6 CD-player and satellite radio, dual climate control, cruise control, ABS, traction control, parking sensors, central locking, alarm, factory xenon headlights, fog lights, 17’ alloy wheels, roof racks and much more. It has all matching almost brand new Michelin tires.

The vehicle equipped with famous Allroad air ride suspension, which is a great feature. This system has no issues with lifting up and holding air for weeks. The engine and transmission work great. Timing belt, water pump and all possible seals and gaskets were replaced last week. Only original or high quality german made parts were used, no cheap junk. Check engine light never comes on, neither any other warning lights. No fluids are leaking, no smell of any kind, there are all new brake pads.

Since the vehicle is used, it does have its small blemishes, such as slightly worn headlight switch, dent on rear bumper, burn mark on driver’s seat and couple of almost invisible dings on the left fender, nothing major at all. Please, see the pictures. Radio and climate control buttons are in great shape. BTW, Audi has a recall for burned marks on the seats caused by heating element, so it can be replaced for free. This vehicle just passed NYS inspection and it comes with clean NYS title. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask.

Winning bidder to pay $300 deposit via Paypal within 2 days after the auction is ended. Bidders with the 5 feedback or less, please, contact me prior to bidding.

This car looks quite clean outside, and with some recent engine maintenance that’s a plus. The interior also looks quite clean and presents well. The Allroads are quite complicated beasties though, and though the seller claims the suspension works perfectly, you can bet either compressor or airbags are going to need to be replaced before long if they haven’t been already. It’s an expensive repair to undertake, though there are upgraded aftermarket parts now available. Alternatively, you can swap in steel springs from either a S6 or A6, though you loose the ride height adjust-ability obviously. Second downside? The two turbos; while they’re great for tuning, they’re more often than not a replacement item as the miles grow, necessitating removal of the motor. Those two things got you down? How about this unique V8:

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Adding the 4.2 changed the character slightly from the “wooshy” 2.7T to a more refined, torquey driving style with the V8. Ultimately, this relaxed the car and though on the books it looks very similar to the S6, it’s a very different car. This particular model is even more different than most, with it’s custom interior and monochrome paint scheme:

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Year: 2005
Model: Allroad 4.2
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 116,000 mi
Price: $10,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi Allroad 4.2 on Craigslist.org

I have a 2005 Audi Allroad 4.2 V8 for sale.

It is a special order and comes with the matching fender flares and body molding to the Titanium Grey exterior. It has custom Black, Grey & Red leather seating and both front and back seats are heated with heated steering wheel. It has Sirius/XM integrated, Homelink, walnut trim in front and back. It also has the automatic and manual variable height suspension. It is automatic with Triptronic shifting. Bi-Xenon auto adjusting & leveling headlamps as well as front & rear fog lights. It has had all of the services done in the past 2000 miles and in the last 500 miles had the air suspension and struts replaced. It has new Michelin tires in the last 5,000 miles. It also has legal front and rear window tinting.

It has 116,000 miles on it which is good average mileage and has been mostly highway. I am asking $10,500 or reasonable offers. Email and calls are welcome. This is for local private sale for cash or bank check only. This will not be shipped, etc. Contact 5085057737 with questions. These ARE actual pictures of the car. More can be texted upon request. I am looking to sell by the weekend.

Scared of the turbos and the airbags? Check those two off – the suspension and service has just been done to this particular car. The interior is a bit over the top, but not garish and thankfully not too overdone; I think it’s probably liveable, though I don’t think it really suits the car particularly well. This example does have the rivited two piece wheels I like more in terms of looks, and the Titanium looks better than the Alpaca Beige.

Despite likely less issues with the suspension, I’d guess that most people would choose to grab the 6 speed. It’s a versatile, sporty wagon that maintains driving enjoyment. My parents had one for a while and I always liked driving it, though I dreaded the repair bills it generated. Still, I’d rather drive one of these and fix it often than end up in a Q5. They can even tow a reasonable amount of weight if you’re looking for a track hauler – just make sure both the car and trailer are light.

The question is, which Road would you take?

-Carter

Wagon Week: Forbidden Fruit – 2007 Audi A4 3.0 TDi Quattro Avant S-Line 6 speed

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In the world of desirable Audis that enthusiasts want to import from Europe, there are multitudes of wagons; the S2 and RS2 are favorites, but truth be told there were few fast Audi wagons that were brought to the U.S. compared to those that have been available in Europe. There are several generations of RS wagons, S6 pluses, and even the original S4 4.2 V8 is pretty desirable. Notably missing from most lists would be cars like the one today, and that’s a shame because given the option between owning a B7 4.2 V8 powered S4 Avant or this car, I’d choose this car any day of the week and twice on Saturday. Why? Well, first off, there’s the name – one of the longest in Audi history. Not so simply stated, this car is a 2007 Audi A4 3.0 TDi Quattro Avant S-Line, but enthusiasts like to add the 6-speed manual part on. In the realm of cars we didn’t get that are spectacular, this is pretty high on my list. Plenty of punch, a healthy does of sport, the great looks of the B7, wagon and all wheel drive utility and good fuel mileage? Sign me up:

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Year: 2007
Model: A4 Quattro S-Line
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 TDi
Transmission: 6-speed
Mileage: 94,770 mi
Price: $26,990 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi A4 3.0 TDi Quattro Avant S-Line on eBay

German Audi A4 B7 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI Quattro S Line All Euro Options

This is a one of its kind Audi 3.0 V6 TDI Quattro S Line Advance Plus Version direct imported from Germany!
It´s 100% genuine euro spec. Audi B7 Avant and comes fully equipped with all available options!

This Audi is the only one of its kind in the US!
We brought the Audi with us when we moved from Germany to the US in January 2012.
The Audi has a legal, clean and clear New York title and is registered in NY. I am the 2nd Owner and have the car for 3 years now. All services were done always on time and always at certified Audi workshops. This Audi was never involved in an accident and has no damages! The engine and transmission are spotless and run Uber-GREAT! City: 32-35 mpg / Hwy: 40-45 mpg!!! Please be aware this is a 3.0L V6 Diesel with lots of power… There are no mechanical or technical problems. The Audi is super reliable and never caused a problem. Please understand this is a 100% German Version.
The quality and craftsmanship are not comparable to the B7 models you know here in the US.
Many of the options in this Audi were never available to the North American market!

Original List Price of this Audi was: 58,000 Euro / $80,000 USD !!!

Please see details:

100% Genuine German Audi A4 B7 Avant/Wagon
VIN: WAUZZZ8E57A070242
Model: 2007
Odometer: 94770 Miles
3.0L V6 TDI 233HP/171KW – 450NM/332LB.FT
Quattro All-Wheel-Drive
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Full German S Line Interior Package
Full German S Line Exterior Package Incl. Bumpers, Trims, Valance, DTM Side Skirts + RS4 Mirrors (Powered + Heated)
Audi S Line Advance Plus Suspension
TDI S4 Exhaust System
Full Leather Interior
RS4 Pedals
Birch-Wood Interior
Dual A/C
Heated Full adjustable S Line Sport Seats
Power Sunroof
All Black Headliner
Leather Sport Steering Wheel Fully Powered (Radio + Phone)
Cruise Control
Automatic Headlights Bi-Xenon (HID) for Low + High Beams Incl. Curve Lights (Premium Euro Light Package)
Daytime Running Lights
Front Fog Lights
Rear Fog Lights
Headlight Cleaning System
Audi Navigation Plus System – Upgraded to US/Canada Road Map
Audi Bose Advanced Sound System
Bluetooth
I-pod Adapter
CD Player
Rain Sensor
Leather Armrest Front + Rear
Cargo Net + Cover + Fasteners (Premium Cargo Package)
Audi Interior Ambience Lights
Power Windows
Airbags
Audi 8×18 Sport Wheels
New 235/40/18 High Performance Michelin Super Sport Tires
New Audi Alternator + New Belt
New Audi Battery
Audi Premium Mobile Long Life Engine Oil (20.000 Miles Interval Certified)
Speedometer Faceplate Changed To Miles

Since there are so many options and feature I might missed mentioning some of them.
Please see images.
So if you have any questions or would like to see the Audi in person please feel free to contact me through Ebay.
Please leave your phone number – I will call you back!

The only reason why we are selling our Audi is we need a bigger car for our (soon) extended family.

The car is currently located in San Diego, CA.

Mind blown. The S-line package really made the B7 a great looking car, and this one is no exception. The list of options alone is impressive, as is the original $80,000 price tag. As diesel wagons go this is about as desirable as one gets. These cars can be chipped and opened up and hang with S4s without much difficulty, but even in stock form the 3.0TDi isn’t exactly a slow car. This car combines all of the wonderful attributes missing from U.S. bound Audis these days – a turbo diesel RS4 Avant look with a 6 speed manual. I keep looking at the price and considering what organs I can do without; yes, it’s covered nearly 100,000 miles but looks pristine and the importation work has been done. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the only 3.0TDi A4 Avant in the U.S., and it’s likely to be the only one for quite a long time. At $27,000, this car strikes me as a very good deal all things considered.

Now, does anyone know what a spleen brings on the open market and how long I can live without it?

-Carter

Wagon Week: Which W8?

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Volkswagen has a tendency to introduce “misunderstood” cars in the US, and in recent memory two really stand out; the ultra-luxury Phaeton and the crazily-engined Passat W8. Existing only for a brief time, the W8 was the test platform for many of the W-engine variants. Linked to 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive, these cars were only slightly more luxurious than the run of the mill Passat, but did pack a lot more punch on the freeway. The W8 remains a discrete performance package in the truest sense of the word; few outside enthusiasts even understand what that “W” means. Perhaps that’s why Volkswagen sold so few of these pricey mid-range cars; today, though they hold a special place in VW fans’ hearts and minds, W8s in good condition are hard sells that generally don’t bring much higher prices than V6 or 1.8T models. That means you can get a unique performance bargain if you’re a careful shopper not afraid of the equally unique engine. In honor of wagon week, then, we have an either/or – 2003 Passat W8 6-speed manual versus a 2004 Passat W8 Variant. Let’s start with the manual

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Year: 2003
Model: Passat W8
Engine: 4.0 liter W8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage:106,600 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Volkswagen Passat 6 Speed on eBay

2003 VW PASSAT
4.0L W8 AWD 6 SPEED
Very RARE
Clean inside and out
Runs and drives 100%
No warning lights on
No known issues
Good clutch, brakes and tires

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While normally I think enthusiasts would flock to the manual over the automatic, today’s face off gives pause, because they’re not really on equal terms. Fans of the W8 tend to also be fans of wagons, and the unicorn is the W8 6-speed Variant. Few were brought to this country, so unless you’re prepared to pay seriously top dollar for one and wait, you’re more likely to find a manual sedan. This sedan seems to be in good condition, retains the original BBS-made “Madras” wheels which are the desirable ones, and is a sedate but attractive color combination fitting the W8’s personality. Downside? Well, as with any used dealer no real maintenance is shown and I can see at least one lug nut missing; a pre-purchase inspection would be a must. Despite this the car is offered at no reserve and bidding at time of writing is quite low, so this could really be a performance bargain. Still want the wagon?

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As someone who drives a 2002 Passat Variant nearly every day, they’re quite a nice package and very useful. As a family car with a touch of sport and all-weather capability, there aren’t many cars in this price range that will match the Passat in overall value. Unfortunately, most of the W8 Variants were coupled to the 5-speed tiptronic, like today’s Black/Black example:

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Year: 2004
Model: Passat W8 4Motion Variant
Engine: 4.0 liter W8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 102,000 mi
Price: $11,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen Passat W8 Variant on eBay

This Passat is in excellent mechanical condition. The body has extremely minor scratches, but no dents. This Passat has the exterior chrome trim package. This vehicle has always been well maintained by the dealer or at a european automotive specialist.

I’m the second owner of the vehicle.

Buyer responsible for vehicle pick up or delivery.

The tiptronic is probably a deal changer for most people, but I think puts these two packages on relatively equal footing. Have a family? The wagon is for you. Enjoy a little sport while flying under the radar? The 6-speed is a really neat package. These W8s have a reputation for being very pricey to fix, but some research with actual owners says that they’re not as bad as they’re reported to be, and certainly no worse than the Audis they square up against in most cases. I think the wagon is probably overpriced a little but appears to be in good shape, and if the sedan comes in below $7,000 I would consider it pretty well bought. If you want to stand out from the crowd and have everyone know it, these aren’t the cars for you; but if you want a neat package that is just that much different than what everyone else has, these cars do it like few others.

-Carter

Tale of two Audis: 2000 A4 1.8T Quattro Avant and and 2000 A6 2.7T 6 Speed

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We feature a fair amount of “S” versions of Audis, but there are some great options if you’re not looking for the flash or repair bills of the bigger brother models. In some cases, I really think these models will be collectable or at very least sought after in the future. They’re also a stark reminder of what we’ve lost in the past decade, because in their own way each of these cars has been discontinued in the United States by Audi. Today we’ll look at the last of the manual A6s, a C5 2.7T A6 Quattro 6 speed and a reminder to when Audi imported small wagons with a B5 1.8T Quattro Avant 5 speed. They’re also stellar deals below $6,000. Let’s start with the 6 speed sedan:

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Year: 2000
Model: A6 2.7T Quattro
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 128,500 mi
Price: $ 4,994 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi A6 2.7T Quattro 6 speed on eBay

2000 AUDI A6 QUATTRO! 2.7T, AWD, 6 SPEED, MANUAL, SPORT, MUST SEE!

This car strikes me as a great deal and fairly undervalued. At $5,000, this is a lot of car, effectively a S4 in a more dignified suit. The 6 speed manual A6s are a joy to drive and really the last of the breed, as the manual option was completely discontinued in the U.S. after this model. With nearly 130,000 miles I’d expect some repairs in the future, but even given a healthy repair budget this car still is a lot of value for the money. $5,000 would get you into an S4, but that car would likely have close to 200,000 or more miles and throws a very different vibe than the A6. As I said in previous posts, this car is really the spiritual successor to the much-loved C4 S4/S6 and deserves more respect than the market gives it. Looking for something a little smaller and more versatile? How about a B5 A4 wagon?

The B5 saw the introduction to U.S. shores of the small Audi wagon; a decade on, Audi has decided that all roads lead to Allroads and has removed this option from our pallet. That’s a shame, because for a while the A4 really cornered the small sporty wagon category. Equipped with the V6 these were sedate and luxury-oriented tourers, but with the 1.8T and manual, the A4 felt small and drove more like a GTi. If anything, the weight of the Avant over the rear wheels really helps out balancing some of the understeer inherently dialed into the Audi platform:

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Year: 2000
Model: A4 Quattro Avant
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 129,700 mi
Price: $ 5,499 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Avant on eBay

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2000 Audi A4 5dr Wgn 1.8T Avant Man Quattro AWD Wagon
Internet Special
2000 AUDI A4 1.8T AVANT TURBO WAGON QUATTRO B5 5SPEED NAVIGATION KW COILOVER APR

With some modifications to this already-Sport package equipped wagon, this is a desirable package. The APR goodies will up the power and make this car more fun, the KW coilovers are great in the twisties, and while black isn’t the option that I’d choose this car certainly looks great. I love the Speedline-option wheels for the sport package; as one of our readers noted they suit the design very well and look great while not standing out too much. Unfortunately this dealer hasn’t provided many photos of this car, but it’s priced below most of the market for similar mile A4 Avants, and like the A6 even factoring in some maintenance this appears to be a solid package for a daily driver with some spirit.

Honestly, I’d have a hard time choosing between these two; I love the A6’s combination of speed and style but the C5 chassis is not my favorite looker. On the other hand, I think the B5 A4 was better looking than the B6 that replaced it, but I’d really like to see more photos of this Avant before putting a bid on it. At these prices, though, either one seems like a good package and lots of fun. Which would you choose?

-Carter

1997 BMW 540i 6-speed

The BMW E39 M5 is a decent performance bargain at the moment, offering big V8 power and grace for a fraction of what they cost when new. However, a good one will run you well into the $20,000 range, which, depending on your budget, can be considered less than a bargain depending on budget specifics. However, move down one notch in the E39 hierarchy from the M5 we featured yesterday and you’ll find this car: the 540i. While it’s 4.4 liter V8 produces less power than the M5, you still can have your fun with the 6-speed manual and enjoy a near similar V8 soundtrack from the exhaust. This 540i for sale in Florida has clocked just under 100,000 miles and has some M5 add ons that will have you doing a double take to figure out exactly what it is.

Year: 1997
Model: 540i
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 98,986 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 BMW 540i on eBay

You are viewing a 1997 BMW 540i 6 speed manual transmission with only 98k miles!!

This is the real thing, my favorite vehicle in inventory, really. This is what I believe BMW is all about. Raw power no excuses, 4.4L 282 hp V8 engine with 325 torque attached to a 6 speed manual transmission. Perfect acceleration, handling, and all that in the comfort of a luxurious sedan. What else can you ask for? If you are a BMW E39 V8 fan, you probably know that they are getting harder and harder to find, especially in good condition.

What makes this vehicle rare, take a look at around 100 pictures and a virtual test drive at this listing. It is hard to believe, this 540i E39 is the best I have seen in years and it comes in 6 speed manual transmission. A dream come true. The exterior Arctic Silver is close to perfect, with only a small rear bumper damage (view photo for additional details)

The interior is in mint condition, the Grey leather seats show only minor wear, no cracks or rip. This BMW 540i is equipped with optional heated steering wheel and heated seats, and Premium Hi-Fi sound system including cassette, and CD changer. Other options included are: ABS , Four wheel ventilated disc brakes, front and side air bags, Sport suspension, 17” sport alloy wheels, memory system for driver seat, seatbelt height, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel and outside mirrors.

Original MSRP – $56,370.00

The powertrain is in top condition, this 540i drives like a dream, addictive! No issues, no warning lights. Did I mention that I love this car? This vehicle was garaged kept, not a smoker vehicle. Clean CarFax report, no accidents, no damages, no flood, no odometer rollback, not a lemon. For a full CarFax report please email a CarFax request to info@sunshine-autosales.com subject line 1997 BMW 540i CarFax report request.

This BMW 540i comes with:

2 master keys
Owners manual
Floor mats
Tires are in good condition

Sumitomo 235/45 ZR17

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A 5er like this could be the performance bargain in the E39 lineup currently, as a car like this will run you under $10,000 typically. I’ve always been a fan of the deep inset wheels on these 6-speed manual variants, as they fill out the corners quite nicely on this design. For someone in need of a highway cruiser with some space that will get you there fast, but that allows you to enjoy a bit of the twisty bits, there are few better used alternatives out there.

-Paul

1993 BMW “M550CSi” – M5 with S70 V12 6-speed swap

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In my post about last week’s 2JZ swapped M5 many questioned why you would go through the expense and difficulty of swapping in the Toyota unit, or at least that it was downright sacrilegious to do so. Perhaps I have a looser sense of how to do things the proper way, but I certainly can recognize that the 2JZ unit is capable of higher levels of power than the original S62 V8 was for less money, and that at least makes some sense to me even if I wouldn’t do it. When I first came across today’s E34 M5, I was initially struck with awe, but as I’ve sat wondering what to write up about this car, that awe has slowly turned to a bit more confusion. The reason why is fairly straightforward – some enterprising individual has taken a quite nice Euro-market E34 M5 (great start) and swapped in the equally great S70B56 V12 from a 850CSi along with a 6 speed manual transmission. Take a look for yourself at this monster:

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Year: 1993
Model: M5
Engine: 5.6 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 76,000 mi
Price: $20,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 BMW M5 S70 swap on Willz.Ca

Model: 1993 European M5 chassis
Chassis: WBSHC91090GD63011
Build Date: June 1992
Mileage: 76,000 miles
Colour: Black
Motor: 5.6L 850 CSi engine (S70B56) conversion
Interior: black leather mechanical sports seats, leather stitched center console and door skins
Transmission: new 6 speed manual
Traction Control:
Brakes Front: 2-piece, 355 (14″) rotors UUC 4 piston aluminum calipers
Brakes Rear: vented 328mm (12.9″) rotors
Wheels: 17 x 8 forged system II
Tires: 235-45 and 275-40 Dunlop Sport 5000
Features: front strut bar, HR springs, uprated sway bars, UUC short shifter, Eisenman stainless exhaust, in dash CD
Options: single air bag, ABS, rear deck wing, rear window shades, E code headlights, clear blinkers, Motorsport door handles
Comments: Hand built custom driveline by Brett Anderson from Koala Motorsport, Cleveland OH. Sold and registered as 1993. Self-leveling not removed – still functional. New EDC shocks all ’round. Quaife LSD.

As I said, initially I thought “Holy beep that is awesome!”; seeing that monster V12 in a real M car is sort of like 1995 got all sorts of better. But then I sat on it and thought about it some more, and came away confused. The S38 is a pretty strong motor and this car didn’t have many miles when it was yanked from what I can tell, so there’s that question. Then, the replacement motor is that awesome 5.6 V12. Well, at least it was awesome in 1995, but my main question comes from the result. That V12 is effectively two inline 6s, meaning you have double of nearly everything in the engine bay. On a 20 year old car, that’s not always a good thing – especially those early computers, which seem to have hiccups.

Then there is the second main question when you look at the performance. Sure, the S70 has a healthy bump of torque over the S38, but only 70 horsepower more than even the lowly 3.5 – bump up to the optional 3.8, and those numbers are closer. Then there’s the question of availability; it’s not like the S70 is a cheap motor to come by, so this was intentionally done at great expense. Further, unlike the all-aluminum M73, the M70-based S70 has a big old iron block, so you’re throwing off the balance some. While I have no doubt this car is a blast to drive and looks fantastic, I am left scratching my head a bit. Still, like the Supra-powered E39, I’m happy that someone went through the effort and created what would have been the ultimate handbuilt M-car. And it can all be yours for less than the price of most E39 Ms…

-Carter

1998 BMW 540i 6-speed

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This morning I wrote up a rather unconventional modified 2JZ swapped M5 that raised both eyebrows and ire with the modifications. In an effort to redeem both the website and our collective eyes, it’s only fitting that we write up a very nicely modified E39. While many enthusiasts lust after the M5, there is another option that BMW offered which is nearly equal to the M5 in overall package but easier on the wallet. The E39 540i 6-speed ticks all of the right boxes for enthusiasts looking for a practical and fun driver; great aggressive looks, super performance from the rumbling V8, comfortable seating for 4 or 5 in a pinch, and a commodious trunk to carry plenty of weekend luggage to get away from the rest of your life. Best is that this package comes with the option to row through the gears yourself; a simple pleasure that car companies seem determined to make a forgotten skill.

A few weeks ago I did a comparison of a 540i 6 speed against an Audi S4, and the general consensus was that the 540i was the more highly desired car. This particular example takes what you’ve already said is the car you want to the next level with a host of desirable and tasteful upgrades. The seller provides an excellent overview of the car and condition outlined below:

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Year: 1998
Model: 540i
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 109,811 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 BMW 540i 6-speed on eBay

THIS IS A NO RESERVE LISTING.

This is my excellent 1998 BMW 540i Sport 6-speed with an AC Schnitzer M5 body kit, M5 wheels and performance upgrades. With an estimated 350 horsepower, killer looks and excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition, this car is really exceptional. You can look at this car one of two ways: either this is the best 540i Sport 6-speed you’ll ever find, or darn close to an M5 for a lot less money.

This car has 109,811 miles but it looks and drives like a car with 40,000 miles. You’ll see me use many superlatives throughout this description, because of the truly excellent condition of this superb car.

I am a huge BMW enthusiast and I’ve owned nearly every significant BMW produced in the past 30 years. This particular car is hands-down, one of the finest BMWs I’ve ever driven. The looks, the power, the sound, the brakes, the handling, the comfort and reliability are all just superb. This is about as close as you can get to an M5 without spending huge money.

This car has been serviced and upgraded by a nationally-renowned BMW specialty shop in our area. The man who worked on the car is a worldwide BMW expert and has been called on to write numerous articles for “Roundel” the BMW Car Club of America’s magazine. So you know that all the work done to the car was done right, and no corners were cut.

This car has the following factory equipment:

4.4L V8 engine
6-speed manual transmission
factory Sport package
power moonroof
leather and heated Sport seats
AM/FM CD and cassette premium audio system with DSP
automatic climate control with A/C (blows cold)
anti-lock brakes
Dynamic Stability Program
front and side airbags

In addition, the car has the following upgrades:

AC Schnitzer M5 body kit
UUC short shift kit (amazingly tight, short throws)
lowered performance suspension
18″ M5 wheels with Goodyear Eagle GT tires
AFE Magnum Force cold air intake
JET performance tuning chip
OBX-R stainless steel dual exhaust
“angel eyes” HID headlights and updated signals at all four corners
cross-drilled brake rotors on all four wheels

I also have the original books and owner’s manuals in their original case.

This car is in truly outstanding condition. The paint and body are excellent, the paint is gorgeous and the body is straight and clean. There is very little in the way of stone nicks, etc- this car is superbly clean. The 18″ M5 wheels have no curb rash and they’re in great condition. The AC Schnitzer M5 body kit fits perfectly and the pieces have super high-quality paint to match the car.

The interior of this car is nearly unbelievable- there is literally no wear and no signs of age. The leather seats are nearly like new with no wear, and the interior plastics, upholstery and wood are superb. The interior of this car look like that of a 2 year old car.

The mechanical condition of this 540i is excellent. The engine, transmission, suspension, etc are working great. The car has no known mechanical issues and it drives exceptionally well. The engine is smooth and hugely powerful. The engine sounds outstanding with a great V8 rumble due to the cold-air intake and stainless free-flow exhaust system. The handling is amazingly tight and sharp without being harsh. Everything is “tight” on the car, the suspension, steering, brakes, transmission, etc. There is nothing loose or sloppy about the car- it is precise, tight and solid in every way- again it feels like a car with 40,000 miles.

This is a 1998 car and as such it is not brand new. While this is a great car, please expect normal issues of wear and tear consistent with the age of the car. This is a list of anything and everything I know of that is wrong with the car: the center display which shows the onboard computer/ odometer is hard to read (common for these cars), the airbag light is on, and the sunroof does not open. That’s it. This is a superb, great-condition performance machine that you’ll enjoy every minute of driving.

The car currently has 109,811 miles but this will increase as I’m planning to take this car for a trip this weekend. Incidentally, this car is totally reliable, dependable and fully mechanically sound. There are absolutely no known mechanical problems, and I’d trust this car to drive to California and back.

This BMW has a clean and clear OH title ready to transfer.

You can fly in to Cleveland (CLE) and drive this car home, or you can have the car shipped. Please call Angels Moving Autos at 530 245 0481 for a shipping quote.

This car is kept in my garage in Willoughby, OH.

Questions, please email me or call/text me at 440 339 4341.

It’s true, there are a lot of superlatives offered in the description, but the photos document why this is the case. This is a tastefully built example of a very popular car in fantastic condition. The leather looks barely worn and the paint appears in excellent condition with no noticeable wear visible. I love the addition of the AC Schnitzer body kit; often these can go over the top, but I feel like this particular one really accents the car and shape nicely. The M5 wheels are also a welcome addition; they complete the package well and look sharp. When you remember this car is about to be 16 years old, the condition it’s presented in is a testament to the seller’s care.

If you have any questions for the seller you can contact him via email at camera411@gmail.com or via phone at 440-339-4341

-Carter

V8 Week 10K Friday: BMW 540i v Audi S4

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Want a little sport in your daily commute? There are many cars that you can buy that will spice up your life, but few things will remove you more quickly from the grind than a 6-speed V8-engined daily driver. The automotive equivalent of “Calgon, take me away!”, these sedans will rocket you to your next location with plenty of style, luxury and speed. While there are a few German V8s that can be had for less than the models I’m reviewing today, there aren’t too many that offer the sportiness, manual 6 speed, and level of luxury that these three combine. I had to get a little liberal with your budget to pull it off so afford me a little slack, but here’s your 10K Friday Face-off for V8 Week – 2003 BMW 540i Sport 6 speed v. 2004 Audi S4. Let’s start with the 540i:

Year: 2003
Model: 540i Sport
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 99,447 mi
Price: $10,997 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 BMW 540i Sedan on eBay

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS TITANIUM SILVER METALLIC 2003 BMW 540i WITH BMW M SPORT PACKAGE WITH 99,447 MILES, 3 PREVIOUS OWNERS, AND HAS A CLEAN CARFAX REPORT. THIS 2003 BMW 540i COMES EQUIPPED WITH A 4.4L V8 ENGINE, 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION, GRAY LEATHER INTERIOR, POWER AND MEMORY SEATS, WOOD DASH TRIM, STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS, M STEERING WHEEL, M WHEELS, SUNROOF, AUTO DIM REAR VIEW MIRROR, HID PROJECTOR HEAD LIGHTS, FOG LIGHTS, DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL, DSC, REAR LIP SPOILER, KEYLESS ENTRY, POWER WINDOWS, POWER MIRRORS, GARAGE DOOR OPENER, AM/FM RADIO, CD PLAYER, CRUISE CONTROL, AND MUCH MORE! MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THE IMAGES IN OUR GALLERY TO SEE HOW THIS IS THE PERFECT BMW 540i FOR YOU! ATTENTION! AS A HIGH VOLUME DEALERSHIP, MANY OF OUR VEHICLES SELL VERY QUICKLY. PLEASE CALL US FOR AVAILABILITY AND EXPLANATION OF INTERNET PRICING.

These cars are one of our favorites here at GCFSB.com. Sure, it’s not an M5, but you can’t buy an E39 M5 for 10K, now can you? This car offers 90% plus of the M5 experience for about half the asking price of most examples. The silver on grey combination may not be the wildest combo out there, but it’s classic and understated, still looking fresh (unlike some of those mint green 540s….remember them?). The M-Parallels are without a doubt one of the best looking wheels ever put on a BMW out of the box, and fit the car perfectly. This car is really a perfect Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde daily driver that you could take to dinner at a high class restaurant after your trip to the track, and it would be welcome at both. While it’s certainly a solid and fun daily driver, maybe you want a little more flare in your trip to work? Red your thing? Then I have the car for you:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 116,179 mi
Price: $11,998 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 on eBay

Very Clean! 6 Speed Manual! 100% Clean Carfax! Runs and Drives Great! Power Sunroof! Heated Seats! and More! – OVER 200 CARS AT OUR FACILITY! REMEMBER THE PERFORMANCE DIFFERENCE!! NO PREP FEES! NO DELIVERY FEES! AND OUR PRICES DO NOT NEED TO REFLECT A TRADE IN VALUE OR DOWN PAYMENT! DON’T BE SCAMMED BY OTHERS FINEPRINT! You do NOT need to finance to get this price! A price should be exactly that, A PRICE!

340 silky smooth horsepower channeled through quattro all wheel drive with 4 door practicality makes a great package. It looks as if it had an enthusiastic owner prior to the current sale, judging by the size of the exhaust and the very much not-my-favorite wheels. Not to worry, though, as on eBay I was able to track down a reasonably priced set of OEM wheels – the auction is linked through the wheel photo.

So that fixes the outside look of the car and I bet that exhaust sounds great. This car is really the opposite of the 540i, not being understated at all. Flashy and loud, this one will shout to everyone “I DON’T BELONG HERE EVEN THOUGH I COULDN’T AFFORD THIS CAR UNLESS I WORKED FOR YOU”. Maybe that’s the message you’d like to send? Well, even if not, this car is still a lot of car for the money. In fact, both of these cars are. Which one would you have?

-Carter

1995 BMW 540i M-Sport

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I was intrigued by the 540i M-Sport we featured last week, partially because my college rowing coach lavished praise upon the non-M-sport 6-speed 540i highway-crusher he commuted 100 miles a day in. Many were already fans of the torquier 540 over the E34 M5, so the additional M suspension was a decent compromise when the M5 went away for a few years. Today’s is another one of the 139 fitted with the 6-speed, making it one of the most desirable E34s out there. Unlike last week’s with the 4.4L swap, this one’s original block had the Nikasil issue taken care of pretty early in its life. It’s only covered 100,000 miles since then, while there’s about 50k more on the chassis. If you don’t care about an M badge, this may well be THE E34 to have.

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Year: 1995
Model: 540i M-Sport
Engine: 4.0L V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 147,400 mi
Price: Reserve auction

Click for more details: 1995 BMW 540i M-Sport on eBay

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1995 BMW 540i M-Sport
Arctic Silver metallic w/ Light Silvergray leather & burled walnut wood trim
6-speed manual gearbox
ASC+T & heated front seats
147,400 miles (Nikasil block issue was resolved at 50k miles so the bottom end has less than 100k on it)
Original tape deck and sound system (still provides great sound) – also a 6-disc CD changer in the trunk
Fantastic condition for an almost 18 year old car…no accidents, title-in-hand, clean Carfax, third owner, no dead pixels on the dash, etc.

Good:

EDC suspension is in fantastic condition and works flawlessly! ($7,000 job done during the previous ownership about two years ago and about 25,000 miles ago; there is a very discernible difference between “P” and “S” modes, the latter stiffening up the suspension and lowering the car a bit which makes it much more nimble in the corners, also makes the steering more responsive)

Jim Conforti chip (as well as original in one of various parts boxes) & aluminum radiator are the only aftermarket parts…otherwise, all OEM!

Wheel lips have been polished and centers painted; Throwing Star wheel covers are in superb condition

Seats re-dyed and show very little signs of wear, leather feels great

Every single receipt and document since vehicle was first purchased at New Century BMW in California in 1995 (including cool bits like the original window sticker & M-Sport brochure); lots of manuals such as the Bentley manual and various 540i-specific maintenance procedures

Fresh oil & filter change at 146,850 miles

Car does not require any work or service at the moment (within the range of all service intervals)

PPI at Paddock Imports in Denver in April of 2013 came back clean

Clear glass angel-eye headlights

Michelin Pilot SuperSport tires still have plenty of tread on them

NO rust whatsoever. The two previous owners lived in Southern California and Colorado, respectively, and when in CO it was never driven in the snow/winter.

Bad:

Rear window regulators just went (of course), would buy new ones if I wasn’t selling the car

The expected paint chips due to age, but many were prevented by the clear protective film that’s on the front end

A quarter-sized scratch on the right C-pillar (show in photo) from the previous owner; otherwise the original paint is in fantastic condition all around

A bit of curb rash on the front right wheel

That’s it, seriously.

Sale includes V1 radar detector + extra Sports II steering wheel [picture of items in boxes is of the Throwing Star wheel covers to the left and steering wheel to the right] (all in 9.5 out of 10 condition)

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Silver isn’t my favorite color on these, but this is a mean looking E34. It’s a very rare piece, but the mileage may be keeping some away. The deeper details like the Nikasil fix and the recent work helping the problematic and expensive EDC work flawlessly make this a well-sorted example. If enough people overlook it and the reserve can be met, this could be a serious performance-sedan bargain.

-NR

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