Forbidden Fruit: 1996 BMW 725d E38

The E38 generation BMW 7-series was the pinnacle of executive luxury in the mid 1990s and you might think you’ve got the rarest if you get the M73 V12 with a long wheelbase in the 750il. But if you really want to join the “what is that” club, you should get a 725d (or 725tds) with a manual gearbox. What is that? It is a 2.5 liter turbodiesel straight-6 with 141 horsepower and a shift-it-yourself gearbox. Winner. Just don’t expect to drive it in places like California where you could own a Dodge truck with black-smoke-spewing Cummins diesel, but you can’t own a small displacement passenger car. Find this 1996 BMW 725d offered for $16,000 in Lakeland, FL via craigslist. Tip from Cory.

From the seller:

1996 BMW 725
condition: excellent
cylinders: 6 cylinders
fuel: diesel
odometer: 160000
title status: clean
transmission: manual
96 725tds inline 6 Turbo Diesel 5 Speed , imported from Belgium 2 years ago. Clean Florida title. Drives amazing! This is a very unique spec even in Europe! Lots of maintenance has been recently done by me, too much to list. Paint correction (polish) was just done and looks amazing! Brand new tires, floor mats , head liner…
Some options are manual seats, sunroof delete, Montana leather, headlight leveling, 5spd, orient blue paint. Serious buyers only!

See a better way to drive an oil burner?