What’s better than an E38 740i? A 740i with the Sport package, which adds 18″ M-Parallel wheels, shadowline trim, sport suspension and seats. And what’s better than a 740i Sport? A 740i Sport with a manual 6-speed gearbox. Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. While these cars were only available from the factory with an automatic, a brave soul withÂ aÂ healthy supply of time,Â money and geniusÂ has converted this 740 to a stick shift by swappingÂ in a transmission from an E39 540i. That should turn this luxo-barge into a bit of a canyon carver.
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I’m not really sure where the “wagons are cool” craze comes from. Back in Europe, estates tend to be regarded as a bit boring. But the longer I’ve lived in America, the more I can relate.Â Camping trips, afternoons spent chasingÂ down furniture on Craigslist, and weekends spent helping friends move apartments in the city have all ledÂ me to appreciate theÂ appeal of a good wagon.The highly competent 540i sedan is already well loved, combining aÂ well-balanced chassis with a torquey 4.4 liter V8 that puts out about 290 hp. TheÂ Touring version offers all of this plusÂ aÂ load space nearly on par with that of a small pickup, once the seats are folded down. What’s even better than a 540i Touring? A 540i Touring M-Sport, which adds more aggressively styled, M5-like bumpers, firmer sport suspension, sport seats and shadowline trim (sedans also received M-Parallel wheels, although Tourings did not).
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 BMW 540i Touring M-Sport on Portland, OR Craigslist
I have a bit of an interesting comparison today, and I think in many ways it’s harder than it would first appear to be. If you said to most enthusiasts “Would you rather have a manual or automatic?”, the collective ire of autophiles towards self-controlled cars is akin to suggestion a revision to the 2nd Amendment at a NRA rally. And outwardly, today’s two E39 5-series wagons seem quite similar. But they represent two different directions for BMW and I think it will be interesting to see which foot enthusiasts land on. So, what would it be, then – a 5-speed 528i Sport Touring or a 5-speed (automatic) 540i M-Sport Touring?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 BMW 528i Touring on eBay
From a string of well priced, overall nice examples of M3s, I’m returning back to a lower mile example – perhaps one of the best condition E36s on the market today. It’s a rare one, too – produced in January 1999, it’s one of the last BG93 E36 M3 coupes produced. Considering I spent some time talking about how the Lime Rock Park Edition E92 is coveted as the end of the run for the M3 Coupe (and E9X), it’s interesting how there seems to be less attention paid to the last of the E36 run. This car popped out at me for a few reasons; I was pondering a low-mile E46 v. E92 post as asking prices on both are nearly identical, but here was a low mile E36 languishing at under $20,000 bidding – less than half the asking price of the super-low mile later models. Unlike the other 26,000 mile Dakar Yellow coupe I looked at, where my big complaint was that I felt the car was overpriced considering the lack of originality, this car has even lower miles and appears completely stock and unmolested. Is this as good as E36s get?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M3 on eBay
Produced to go head to head with the E55 AMGs in 1999, the E39 M5 hit North America for model year 2000.Â Compared to previous generations,…