Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mid Week Match-Up: A BMW For Ben

If you follow the DT Radio show you might have noticed that Producer Ben has a thing about BMWs and his thing is that he dislikes them and belittles anyone who is a fan -- however, he recently had the opportunity to drive an old E28 5-series for a few days and positively loved it.  For this week's Mid Week Match-Up, I'd like you to help find a BMW for Ben for around $5-10k.  Must have manual gearbox, seating for 4, and decent paint.


For my money I'm going to go with this 1970 BMW 2002 here on eBay bidding for $5,100 with 5 days to go, located in Wallingford, CT.  The 2002 offers a great combination of vintage style, potential appreciation, and decent driving manners for not a giant pile of cash.  What do you recommend?

15 comments:

  1. I'm about to put my '97 328 convertible up for sale at the low end of what he's asking. It's in the Atlanta area, and the paint is what BMW calls Alpeinweisse, a white pearl color.

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  2. I think he should get an E28 535I. Next on my list would be 328i E36 and then an E46 Wagon or sedan. I don't think you can find a truly good 2002 for 5K.

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    1. I found an 85 to 90% truly good '73 2002 in this price range in 2014. They are still out there but you need to be the first one to show up, and have cash in hand. Helps if the seller is in a jam and needs to offload quickly.

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  3. There's no E28's for sale that I'd buy today. I keep one eye on the market, and the other on my wrenches that are working on my two e28s. Tell him to buy my 2007 E90 335i 6 speed so I can go back to daily driving my '85 528e.

    An e90 335i is a great car with more power than you'll ever need. Reports of them being high maintenance are somewhat overblown by the kind of people who buy a Toyota and never put a wrench to it. A car that's happy to sit at 150 till you've drained the tank will require more than just an oil change in a year, but not a ton more. The car will certainly require less sorting than a 30 year old E28 that basically needs a new everything made of rubber. Beware deferred maintenance though. Largely plastic cooling systems are only good for so many heat cycles, but mine had a new water pump a year and a bit ago, so few worries there. Otherwise, it's a 6 speed RWD twin turbo 300hp beast in a businessman's suit.

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  4. My vote is for an e46 330ci. They are cheap, have plenty of power, are easy to work on, and have a huge aftermarket support.
    Plus one can join a forum where people say words like "dope" and "sick bro"
    330ci

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  5. A 318 Ti with sport options is still cheap and cheaper to keep than most BMWs you can find under 10 k. I got into and out of mine for nothing except for shipping from Oregon for 6 years ownership. Loved it, drove it daily, and sold it in 3 minutes.

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  6. The answer is ZHP!

    http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/5555350259.html
    http://ithaca.craigslist.org/cto/5517578070.html

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  7. Dang, a few days late for this amazing car. Sold for a steal.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1989-BMW-5-Series-525i-M-/262392303814?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=Ps2%252Bgl%252FLu%252FqlmjVmbvzyNZgpkr0%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

    This beauty is still available and could be had with a good offer.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/301936536472?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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  8. There are 4 of these for sale on ebay right now. Great little cars!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/301940391007?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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    1. @TheStig, you might be seeing one of these again soon.

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  9. Are we still talking about this? Just go get an E39 540i 6 speed for chrissakes.

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  10. I'm going to side with either Sean or Alex.

    E46 330i if Ben wants light weight, nimbleness, inline six smoothness.

    E39 540i if he prefers a bit more space, heft, and pavement crushing V8 rumble.

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  11. The E39 540i is about 3600lbs and an E36 330i weighs in at 3300 lbs. Just saying...

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    1. Yeah but it FEELS much heavier than an E46. In a good way. Road-hugging weight.

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  12. When it comes to cars, nothing beats the experience of personally driving one to get the full “feel”. We can be criticizing a certain model or make at one moment, and at the very next second, we might just fall heads over heels with it after a spin.

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