Monday, November 12, 2018

Custom or Kuztom? 2000 BMW 540iT 6-Speed

There is an old Latin saying: de gustibus non est disputandum, which means "in matters of taste, there can be no disputes." Now, those old Latin dudes were good at building aqueducts, designing the calendar, and minting coins with their faces on them...but did they really expect us to believe that there isn't an objective perfect (a paradigm of beauty, perhaps) in this world? Ha!  And to prove it, I'm going to let you guys tell me if this next car is awesome or awful.  Find this 2000 BMW 540iT 6-Speed offered for an undisclosed chunk of cash somewhere near Chicago, IL via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

2000 bmw 5 series 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 130 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
2000 540it Touring 

Testing the waters for my beloved Touring. Has a M5 interior/exterior swap. Engine which is stock. Rare caramel extended leather interior. Also has a even more rare 6 speed swap done professionally by Fluid Motor Union. Original Hellrot red with a matte clear coat finish. Has 20" style 32 from a 740i (and 2 other sets of oem wheels). The audio system is top notch - all FOCAL speakers/amps with a bitOne processor- Pioneer headunit. Sounds amazing. 

Car is in great mechanical shape. I have all repair/upgrade records since 30k on the odo. The timing chains have been repaired and just completed a suspension refresh. Was a southern car Arizona, Tennessee and finally Chicago. Zero body rust and lived its life in a garage. I rarely drive it since its my 3rd car, mostly for daddy duty. Currently at 13X,XXX miles but miles will slowly creep up. 

Looking for a trade for something unique such as M3, M5, S2000, TL Type-S, Datsons, wagons, STi, etc. Also considering selling it, so make me an offer. 

 See a better way to drive a cool wagon?


  1. I genuinely hate it when a seller refuses to disclose his ask for a car. If he can't determine the value on a unique car like this, then how am I supposed to? Just a good way to invite solicitations from cranks: "Hi, I'm calling about your BMW for sale? Will you take ten dollars and a half-used roll of wintergreen lifesavers for it? No? But they're really good lifesavers! Hello? Hello? Guess we got cut off. I better call him back."

    1. puked my coffee all over the screen....classic! I'd almost give up my 01 325i 5sp wagon for it.....if the guy wanted it and wasnt such a dick about his ask. I wouldnt even make him deliver it to Cali.

  2. The guy clearly is looking to barter. Maybe there is some reason he doesn’t want the value to be too high like taxes, divorce or just bragging about how cheap his cars are.

    You know, like that guy that traded a paper clip for a house.

  3. I really like these wagons, especially with a 6-speed stick and the non-black tan interior. I would prefer exterior in blue but that is not a deal breaker for me. Too bad he is not mentioning the price since I would need to import it north.

  4. Fleetwood T. BroughamNovember 14, 2018 at 7:01 AM

    "Original Hellrot red with a matte clear coat finish."

    Wait, wut? You took the original paint/clearcoat and sprayed yet another coat of clearcoat (matte no less, that one day will identify cars as SOOOO aughts) on top of it, and still want to call it "original"?


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