The world is changing. It is going electric. I’m not saying that it is a bad thing, because certainly cleaner airs and happy atmosphere is important, but our years of driving around in turbocharged 300+ horsepower sport sedans with manual gearboxes and fun handling is nearing the end. Soon the fun analog stuff we’ve become accustomed to will be driven out of our price range by wealthy collectors or recycled into battery containment pods. The wheat will be sorted from the chaff. But don’t fret. Instead, keep driving and maintaining the good stuff while you can and prepare for the “nightmare buffet of artificially flavored, hyperpalatable, yet ultimately bare-marginally satisfying, pseudoabundance”** that is coming. Find this 2010 BMW 335i M-Sport offered for $16,500 in Santa Clara, CA via craigslist.
The E36 generation 318ti was an odd little hatchback from BMW that combined the E30 generation rear semi-trailing arm suspension with a 1.8 liter non-turbo 4-banger. It was fun to drive and economical — like a sport compact car should be, but today’s version has taken an interesting turn. It has a twin turbo N55 inline-6 from an E90 BMW 335i, which is unfortunately mated to an automatic transmission, but otherwise this looks like the correct way to double (or triple with a chip and some tuning) the horsepower of the original vehicle. Find this 1995 BMW 318ti offered for $6,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
The E90 generation BMW 3-series (E90 sedan, E91 touring, E92 coupe, & E93 vert) was first launched for the 2005 model year and continued production through 2013. It was the first 3-series to have a turbocharged gasoline engine and it was quick in 335i trim — fast enough to challenge previous generation M3s when mildly tuned and even faster when covered in stickers and big fart can exhausts. They were preferred by the tuning community and it is almost impossible to find a stock version with low miles and a 6-speed, but here we are: Find this 2007 BMW 335i Coupe E92 offered for $16,500 in Mill Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Eighty five hundred bones isn’t a large amount of money…in fact more than 25% of the American households have more than $8500 socked away in their savings accounts…which is a miserably low percentage for the wealthiest country on earth…anyway…if you are one of the lucky few, you could turn your life savings into this 2007 […]
This week’s Mid Week Match-Up victim is a friend of DT who asked me to help him find a 2007-2009 BMW 335i. For the sake of anonymity, let’s call him Dan — his 335i needs to be specifically, a 4 door sedan (consider 2 door coupe, no interest in convertibles) 6 speed manual. Exterior color preferences: 1) Space […]
Today’s Mid Week Match-Up request comes from DT reader “Day” who writes: Forget that Grandma’s Camry Beige 996. Some old lady crashed into my ’05 Mustang GT and I need help finding a replacement. Ideally, $10k would be fair for the budget. I would like something with a manual, preferably RWD and seating for four […]
It is Wednesday so that means another time for a Mid Week Match-Up (TM)! Last week we tried to find a cheap truck for a guy named Joe, but today we look for a fast family sedan that makes sense. It is easy to get into a decent EVO/STi for $15k, but you end up […]
When the N54 powered E90 generation BMW 335i was released in 2007, I said to myself: “Self, you are going to buy one of these cars when they get cheaper.” Around 2010 prices for ’07 models were looking good in the $20k range, but I thought they should drop a bit more before being seriously […]
In 2006 BMW introduced the E90/92 generation 3-series but you had to wait until 2007 to get the twin turbo N54 powered rocket sled version. The release of the 335i took a huge bite out of the E46 M3 used prices as the non-M 335i was just about better in every way and is certainly […]