Jan. 21, 2012 1:01 p.m.

There's one for sale nearby, with 217k miles on it. Carfax doesn't list anything disturbing about it. What do I ask about? It is at a deal, with a reasonable reputation.

njansenv HalfDork
Jan. 21, 2012 1:24 p.m.

? Need more info. Manual trans? (good) Auto at that mileage: timebomb Good cars, sensitive cooling systems, nice to drive and surprisingly efficient for that size car. Engines/manual trans/diff are stout, but some of the luxury/options fail which will drive you insane if you try to fix them or you can let it go and enjoy the driving dynamics.

WilberM3 Dork
Jan. 21, 2012 1:29 p.m.

i will say that a tired, sloppy suspensioned e39 can drive a lot nicer than a bad PPI will make you think it should.

Jan. 21, 2012 2:00 p.m.

Sorry! It's an automatic, 2.8 I6.

fornetti14 HalfDork
Jan. 21, 2012 7:39 p.m.

I won't buy a BMW automatic from '95 - '08. Manual's are the only way to go IMO.

Several car friends have had them crap out with no warning and they're expensive buggars to fix.

02Pilot Reader
Jan. 21, 2012 8:04 p.m.

Yeah, the auto box makes it a no-go in my book. Some of them go forever, some of them die without warning. Not good enough odds for my taste.

You'll need to log in to post.

Also on Grassroots Motorsports

Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty Celebrates Porsche

16 hours ago in News

Gearhead heaven? We think it looks something like this.

First Drive: Turbo ND MX-5

2 days ago in News

We hit the track with Flyin' Miata's latest power adder.

This Weekend at the Mitty: The Ultimate Auto Festival

3 days ago in News

Gates open this Friday for the Classic Motorsports Mitty at Road Atlanta.

ND Miata Turbo Kits Now Available!

3 days ago in News

Add 70 horsepower and 70 ft.-lbs!

What's the Plan, Man?

4 days ago in Articles

Thoughts on our racing plan for the year.

Meet the Rebels Who Started the Cannonball Run

5 days ago in News

Relive those desperado days through movie excerpts, and hear the real facts and wild stories from the legends themselves.

Up for Auction: All of Level 5 Motorsports's Hardware

5 days ago in News

It's a pro race team part out.

Can You Really Live With a Low-Buck Porsche 911?

5 days ago in News

For the past two years, on of our forum regulars has been chronicling his life with a Porsche 996.

Project Turbo Miata: Fire Fighting

6 days ago in Project Cars

We transfer the fire system to our new Miata.

Reader's Ride of the Week: Autocross Abomination

1 week ago in News

Classic British styling with a rotary engine?

AMX-Cessive

1 week ago in Articles

If you’re going to host the search for the ultimate street car, perhaps you should drive one yourself.

Chris Albin’s Flying VW Golf: What Really Happened?

1 week ago in News

What really happened to send Chris Albin's VW Golf flying?

OUR SPONSORS

Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More
XCK4up3ANTicfKx5YZDlo9tLJiVsYicW