The first generation (E53) BMW X5 was released in 1999 as the first SUV produced by BMW and, needless to say, the purists were upset. How could BMW spit in the faces of luxury sedan owners all over the world by producing a sport futility vehicle? Lemme tell you how. They did it with the precision and focus that BMW does in everything it creates…which means that if you want the ultimate driving machine with an upright driving position and mild off-roading capability, get an X5, and try and find a manual gearbox version. Find this 2002 BMW X5 3.0i offered for $4,500 in Berkeley, CA via craigslist.
I know what you guys are gonna say…or at least think. Too many BMWs. That might be true. But, unlike those other car sites, where they hype up the value of certain cars by continually featuring them, here at DT, we feature cars and their values go down. Just look at the Fiero market today and compare it to a few years ago…not to mention what we’ve done to the El Camino-d custom market, you can thank me later (I accept cash, venmo, paypal, and car parts). But for now, all you need to know is that your wife is gonna think this is a perfectly acceptable family hauler for taking the kids to school, but you know its got a twin turbo 547 horsepower V8 that’ll catapult this thing across a center divider and upside-down in a ditch quicker than you can say Tiger Woods. 0-60mph…yup FORE seconds!! Tiger might have been driving the new Genesis SUV, but the X5M was the original SUV that was faster than it should have been. Find this 2010 BMW X5M offered for $19,500 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
This next car is an interesting piece of technology — it came from the factory with a M57Y twin-turbo diesel engine that pushed 265 horsepower and 425 ft-lbs of torque through a SCR system and who knowns what kind of diesel particulate filter. The result was a clean diesel that pulled like a truck, but todays example has had all of that backpressure increasing stuff removed and pushes over 300 horsepower and 500 ft-lbs of coal rolling black death into the air. Find this 2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d offered for $6600 in Rutland, VT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
DT’s own Hunsbloger said it best when he wrote: There is no money better spent on a car than the other guy’s money. He probably stole that line from somebody else, but it is something to consider when you are looking at a car — especially a customized monster. If the last guy dropped $25k […]